FOGG Open Letter – April 19, 2017

April 20th, 2017

Remembering Joan McCormick

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 the tennis community gathered to remember Joan McCormick, our long time member of the Bay Club – The Gateway and FOGG at the Bay Club – The Gateway tennis courts.

Please see these two photographs.  We thank Karen Mack for providing them.

Gateway Friends of Joan

Joan

FOGG supporter Merri Baldwin, who gave a donation to the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program, has asked that members who wish to donate to the Scholarship Program, and at the same time remember Joan, make their donations with the note that it is in memory of Joan.

FOGG sees this as a win-win.  You can recognize Joan’s contribution to the continued success of the Bay Club – The Gateway, and you can provide the funds allowing girls and boys from low income housing to enjoy a summer of fun in a safe, family friendly environment.

Remember, for every dollar FOGG raises we receive a matching dollar from the Bay Club.

If you have already donated and wish it to be in memory of Joan, please email FOGG with your request and we will see that it is included on the Memorial list.

Please send your summer Kids Camp Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2017 Joan’s Scholarship Fund Memorial.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this FOGG website.  Click on the “Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp” yellow donation button, and add that you are donating to Joan’s Scholarship Fund Memorial.

FOGG looks to your continued support, and in remembrance of Joan.

FOGG Alert – April 12, 2017

April 12th, 2017

Joan McCormick – Celebration of a Tennis Life!

Joan McCormick passed away last week.

Joan was an original member of FOGG, beginning when we began, in 2003.

The tennis community will gather in Joan’s honor to remember her at the Bay Club – Gateway, on courts 7 and 8, this coming Saturday, April 15, 2017 beginning at 12 pm.

We welcome our FOGG supporters to come by and celebrate Joan’s life and her love of tennis.  Joan gave her tireless effort to help save our Club from being demolished and becoming luxury condominiums – the 8 Washington Street development.

This will be an informal potluck and Joan’s friends are encouraged to some food or drink to share.

 Your stopping by to celebrate Joan will be greatly welcomed.

FOGG looks forward to seeing you this Saturday.

 

FOGG Open Letter – April 4, 2017

April 4th, 2017

2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program – Update 2

The Summer Kids Camps begin on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Bay Club – The Gateway.

FOGG’s desire in this, our 7th year of the Scholarship Program, is that we can provide the funding to have as many boys and girls from low income housing areas attend Kids Camp this summer.

We have had a good start in receiving your tax deductible donations, for which we deeply thank you.  We still have a way to go so we can add many more youngsters who are awaiting our OK.

Remember we must have the dollars in hand before FOGG can sign up a boy or girl to attend.

FOGG also must once again thank the Bay Club management for matching dollar for dollar what we can raise.  It makes a great deal of difference.

Please send your summer Kids Camp Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2017 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

Let’s make FOGG’s 7th year in sponsoring the Scholarship Program a great one!

FOGG Open Letter – March 15, 2017

March 15th, 2017

SF Chronicle Article – March 9, 2017 – Worth a Read

The David Talbot article in the March 9, 2017 SF Chronicle, about his interview with former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos is worth a read.  The interview is over a bowl of matzo ball soup.

The former Mayor, who has been a strong FOGG supporter, gives his insight into some of the happenings in San Francisco and some thoughts about what could happen next.

FOGG thought you would enjoy David’s interview with former Mayor Art Agnos. You may read it at this link.

SF Chronicle Article March 9, 2017

FOGG particularly enjoyed former Mayor Agnos’ comments about former Mayor and now Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and his State Lands Commission lawsuit against the City, concerning Proposition B.

Proposition B passed overwhelmingly in 2014, giving the voters of San Francisco the right to decide if present height limits on the waterfront could be increased.

Proposition B has worked well as voters have already approved additional height limits at Pier 70, and the SF Giants development project.

FOGG looks forward to continuing the fight to preserve open recreational space, not only the Bay Club – The Gateway, but along our precious waterfront.

We thank David for his fine writing effort.  There is nothing like a warm bowl of matzo ball soup to sooth the nerves.

FOGG Open Letter – March 13, 2017

March 12th, 2017

2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program – Update 1

Thanks to many of you, we have made a good beginning to the fund raising efforts for our Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.  We still have a way to go so that more boys and girls from low income housing areas can attend this wonderful summer Program of family friendly fun.

Remember, we cannot sign up the youngsters without having the donations available.

As you know, the Bay Club matches every dollar FOGG can raise, so we can double the number of kids who can attend the Program.

Now is a good time for those of you still thinking about making a tax deductible donation to do so.  The earlier we can collect the bucks the sooner we can sign up the boys and girls (5-12 years) who are looking forward to this one of a kind summer program.

Please send your summer Kids Camp Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2017 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

Let us continue our successful Scholarship fund drive by making your donation today.

FOGG Alert – March 11, 2017

March 10th, 2017

SF Port Waterfront Plan Working Group Land Use Meeting Notice

The San Francisco Port Waterfront Plan Working Group Land Use Subcommittee will be meeting in the Pier 1 Conference Room, located on the Embarcadero at Washington Street, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

There will be a discussion and open testimony on “Activation of Port Open Spaces.”

The SF Port’s Meeting Agenda can be read at this link:  SF Port Meeting Agenda

It is of interest to FOGG and members of the Bay Club – The Gateway, as there is much reference to open recreational space on the San Francisco waterfront.

We suggest your attendance and testimony in support of keeping the waterfront open to the public and the improvement of recreational space.

FOGG looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting, and to provide testimony if you wish.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

FOGG Open Letter – February 10, 2017

February 10th, 2017

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – 7th Year

FOGG, for the 7th year, will be providing financial scholarships for youngsters from low income housing areas to attend the Bay Club – The Gateway’s Summer Kids Camps Program.  The Camps run from early June to Labor Day and beyond.

The success of this program is up to you and your tax deductible donations that are matched on a dollar for dollar basis by our partner, the Bay Clubs.  Every $307 raised gives one youngster the opportunity to spend a week at Kids Camp.

In 2016 we had a very successful campaign, and look forward to continuing this most worthy community service.

In our Open Letter of November 22, 2016 we provided you with an excellent summary of our 6 years with the Scholarship Program.

The Open Letter can be read at the Page link on this website.

The highlight is our continuing partnership with the Bay Clubs.  Together, $100,000 was raised and almost 200 Camp sessions were provided for the boys and girls from low income areas.

With your continued support FOGG looks forward to another successful year.

You can make your tax deductible donations now.  FOGG is already working with community organizations in the neighborhoods wanting to sign up the youngsters.  We both want to work hard on this and have the Bay Club match the dollar donations with the boys and girls who can participate in the Summer Kids Camps Program.

Please send your summer Kids Camp Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2017 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

FOGG urges our supporters to make their tax deductible donations as soon as possible, so we can move ahead in signing up the youngsters for a summer of fun in a safe, family friendly environment.

Thank you, and thanks for your support.  We really appreciate it!

FOGG Alert – January 16, 2017

January 15th, 2017

San Francisco Examiner Article – January 12, 2017 – Please Read

FOGG is following up to our ALERT of January 11, 2017 with an article of much interest.

The San Francisco Examiner wrote a story covering the San Francisco waterfront height limit lawsuit against Proposition B, which the State Lands Commission (SLC) has filed against the city of San Francisco.  Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is the chair of the SLC.

FOGG believes the story is factual, fair, and balanced.

You can read it at the SF Examiner Article January 12, 2017 Page on this website.

We thank Josh for his fine writing in this article.

Again, our Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom can’t seem to understand that the voters of San Francisco have already spoken in strong terms, by voting over 58% in favor of Proposition B, to protect our waterfront for the benefit of everyone.

FOGG Alert – January 11, 2017

January 11th, 2017

FOGG ALERT January 9, 2017 – CORRECTION

FOGG wishes to apologize for misstating Eleanor Burke’s quote in our Alert of January 9, 2017.

The entire text of Ms. Burke’s statement is as follows.  The correction has been highlighted in blue.

“…He (Gavin Newsom) was at the Balboa Café a while ago when I was having lunch with friends.  As he passed by our table to leave, we all grabbed him and pleaded with him not to ‘ruin our waterfront.’ “

“He stood there for 45 minutes giving an illogical argument (“we must have one rule for waterfronts throughout the state; we can’t have one rule for San Diego, another for San Pedro, and another one for San Francisco,” he asserted.)”

When we asked him in unison why not, he just repeated just what he said. :”Why” we asked him, “does SF have to have high rises on the waterfront  just because San Diego doesn’t mind having high rises on their waterfront? “

“He responded his Mantra for the third time. Clearly we got nowhere with him.  But he wasn’t home free. The next table did the exact same thing.  He is not winning fans in SF.  I never saw him as an empty head before, but that he is.”

Again we apologize for this error.  The statement should now clarify how little Mr. Newsom respects the voters of San Francisco.

FOGG Alert – January 9, 2017

January 9th, 2017

FOGG ALERT January 4, 2017 – Update

FOGG gave you the latest information and status we had on the pending State Lands Commission (SLC) lawsuit against the City of San Francisco in our FOGG Alert dated January 4, 2017.

That Alert can be read on this website.

This lawsuit is led by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who is Chair of the SLC.

FOGG had a number of responses from our supporters to our January 4th Alert.  We thank you for getting back to us with your comments.

We wish to share with you the conversation one of FOGG’s long-time supporters Eleanor Burke, and her friends recently had with Mr. Newsom.  It certainly gives you some insight into what his thoughts are on the Proposition B height limits passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014.

“…He (Gavin Newsom) was at the Balboa Café a while ago when I was having lunch with friends.  As he passed by our table to leave, we all grabbed him and pleaded with him not to ‘ruin our waterfront.’ “

“He stood there for 45 minutes giving an illogical argument (‘we must have one rule for San Diego, another one for San Pedro and another one for San Francisco, he asserted)”

When we asked him in unison why not, he just repeated just what he said. :”Why” we asked him, “does SF have to have high rises on the waterfront  just because San Diego doesn’t mind having high rises on their waterfront? “

“He responded his Mantra for the third time. Clearly we got nowhere with him.  But he wasn’t home free. The next table did the exact same thing. He is not winning fans in SF.  I never saw him as an empty head before, but that he is.”

FOGG asks that you share the January 4th Alert and this one with your family and friends who live in California.  We feel you can see how Mr. Newsom is working the system to better his own cause, together with his developer friends.

FOGG will continue to seek further information and details on how to prevent the State Lands Commission (Gavin Newsom) from destroying what the voters of San Francisco overwhelmingly chose: Control over the height limits on their waterfront.