FOGG Alert – May 21, 2017

May 21st, 2017

Gavin Newsom Faces Backlash – Los Angeles Times!!

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is in the news again.

Newsom is being called to task for his insistence on the State Lands Commission suing the City of San Francisco on Proposition B that was approved by 58% of the City’s voters in June, 2014.

You will find the details by reading this article in the May 19, 2017 Los Angeles Times at this link:  LA Times article

FOGG will continue to follow events as they progress, and we will do our part in helping defeat Newsom’s foolish power grab.

FOGG Alert – May 15, 2017

May 15th, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 2nd Update

In our January 4, 2017 FOGG Alert we advised you that the State Lands Commission lawsuit concerning Proposition B would be heard on May 31, 2017, in Superior Court before Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos.

You may review the reasons for this lawsuit by the State Lands Commission on this website in the January 4, 2017 post.

The SLC, headed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, is challenging the voters of San Francisco, who voted overwhelmingly for Proposition B in June, 2014. 

Proposition B requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

The May 31, 2017 court hearing has been moved to Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 2:00pm for the hearing on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgement.

FOGG looks forward to a positive decision by the Court that favors the City, and protects an open waterfront for everyone.

FOGG will keep you up to date if there are any further changes.

 

FOGG Open Letter – May 4, 2017

May 4th, 2017

2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program – Update 3

If you are one of the many who has already contributed to this summer’s Kids Camps Scholarship Program, we sincerely thank you, and you need not read any further.

For our supporters who are still considering a tax deductible donation to the Scholarship Program we want to remind you that the Summer Kids Camps begins one month from now on June 5, 2017.  This is FOGG’s 7th year of the Kids Camps Scholarship Program with The Bay Club – The Gateway.

There are many boys and girls waiting FOGG’s OK to proceed with registration.  We cannot sign up these youngsters from low income housing areas until we have the funding committed.  So please don’t hesitate any further with your donation to this worthwhile family orientated program.

As we have mentioned previously, your tax deductible donation will be matched by the Bay Club dollar for dollar.  This doubles the value of your contribution.

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.”

Donating online is quick and simple.  You can do so at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

That is all it takes to make many young boys and girls look forward to a summer of fun in a family orientated environment.

Let’s do it, and make a positive impact on our neighborhood communities!

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!