FOGG Alert – March 26, 2015

March 26th, 2015

SPLIT DECISION – PROP B STILL ALIVE – SLC CASE AGAINST CITY STILL ALIVE!!!

Judge Suzanne Bolanos, at the March 25, 2015 hearing, ruled in Superior Court on the motion to dismiss the State Lands Commission’s claim that Proposition B is invalid.

Judge Bolanos ruled that Proposition B was consistent with the Burton Act and the San Francisco Charter.

She also ruled that it was a factual question as to whether a later legislative action pre-empted voter initiatives like Proposition B.

This issue will be further presented and discussed at a court hearing on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in the Judge’s chambers.

Right now Proposition B still stands. No increase in height limits on SF Port property without voter approval.

One last thought.

Should the State Lands Commission win this case, a victory for them would mean that voters in 80 other local California jurisdictions with waterfront property will have no voice in what happens to their waterfront property!

This means that if the SLC wants to build high rise condominiums or office skyscrapers from San Diego to the Oregon border on waterfront property, the local voters would have no choice!!

FOGG is optimistic that the voters of San Francisco will prevail with Proposition B eliminated. All of California’s waterfront property land use will be decided by the local voters.

Thanks to all FOGG supporters who attended the March 25, 2015 hearing.

 

FOGG Alert – March 23, 2015

March 23rd, 2015

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!

State Lands Commission Case Against the City – March 25!!

The Wednesday, March 25, 2015 State Lands Commission case against the City will be held in Room 504, San Francisco Superior Court, 400 McAllister Street beginning at 2:00pm.

FOGG’s March 15, 2015 Alert explains in detail the purpose for the hearing brought by the State Lands Commission, Chamber of Commerce and a number of developers, who are trying to overturn the June 2014 Proposition B ballot measure, overwhelmingly approved by the voters of San Francisco.

Proposition B requires voter approval to allow any development on SF Port property to exceed existing height limits.

You can review the details at this website.

FOGG also urges you to review our partners “NO WALL” report on this court hearing.

You can read the arguments presented by the Chamber of Commerce, the SF City attorney, and an amicus brief filed on behalf of John Burton and the Sierra Club at this link.  No Wall on the Waterfront

We again urge all that can attend the hearing to please do so, and show your support for keeping the people’s approval in protecting height limits on the waterfront.

 

FOGG Alert – March 15, 2015

March 15th, 2015

State Lands Commission Case Against the City – March 25!!

The State Lands Commission (SLC), together with the SF Chamber of Commerce and a number of developers, have brought a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to overturn the June, 2014 Proposition B ballot measure, which was overwhelmingly approved by the voters of San Francisco.

If you recall, Proposition B requires voter approval to allow any development on SF Port property to exceed existing height limits.

The lawsuit will be heard on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015 beginning at 2:00 PM.

Location is SF Superior Court, located at 400 McAllister Street, at the corner of McAllister and Polk Streets. Judge Suzanne Bolanos will be presiding. The room will be announced when available.

Under SLC’s extreme view, neither the voters, nor the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, or Mayor have any say over waterfront issues. Is the current Lieutenant Governor, and former Mayor of San Francisco, who is a sitting member of the SLC behind all this?

While FOGG isn’t a direct participant in this lawsuit, it is of concern to us if the Judge rules in favor of the SLC. This could allow the 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium developer, Simon Snellgrove, to propose another high rise development that exceeds the present 84 feet height limit at that site. Our community’s existing outdoor recreational center (The Bay Club At The Gateway) would be demolished.

FOGG urges as many of our supporters who can attend this hearing to show the court our solidarity with those who supported the Proposition B vote.

FOGG will advise our supporters when we get notified of the room number for the hearing. And, we will keep you updated with any new information about this lawsuit.

 

FOGG Open Letter – March 14, 2015

March 12th, 2015

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – 5th Year!!

FOGG, with the cooperation of The Bay Club At The Gateway, is happy to announce that we will once again provide Summer Kids Camps Scholarships for low income kids this summer.

This is in spite of all the roadblocks that the 8 Washington high rise luxury condominium developer (Simon Snellgrove) threw at us, and continues to throw at us. As you are aware, Mr. Snellgrove wants to demolish the Club and build on this site.

It will be up to you whether we have a successful 5th year of Kids Camp.

FOGG needs your financial support for this community wide program that gives kids from low income areas a once in a lifetime event of fun, games and social interaction in a safe and family friendly environment.

Remember, your donations are tax deductible, and for every scholarship FOGG provides, The Bay Club At The Gateway will match on a one to one basis.

We thank the Bay Club for their continuing support.

FOGG already has commitments from neighborhood organizations who want to send their kids to Summer Kids Camps this summer.

We don’t want to turn them down. We ask you for the needed financial support.

Any amount that you provide means very much. Donate what you are able to afford. Just remember, for every $500 received, we have one FOGG Scholarship and one from the Bay Club.

Send your summer Kids Camps Scholarship tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG , P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA. 94126. On the memo line write “2015 Scholarship.” Should you prefer donate on line, please click on the ‘Donate to 2015 Kids Summer Camp’ yellow Donation Button on this website.

FOGG will keep you updated on our progress as we approach the opening Kids Camps date in early June. The sooner you donate the quicker we can sign up the needy kids.

FOGG Alert – February 13, 2015

February 13th, 2015

WELCOME TO 2015 – GOOD NEWS!!

FOGG welcomes 2015 on a positive note.  We know its Friday the 13th, but we have GOOD NEWS!!

On Friday, January 9, 2015, Superior Court Judge A. James Robertson II ruled that the EIR (Environmental Impact Report of 2012), for the proposed 8 Washington project did not meet adequate standards, and must be set aside.

Mr. Snellgrove’s Pacific Waterfront Partners possible alternative plans for 8 Washington to use the 2012 EIR as a legal document to support their efforts to proceed has failed.

Judge Robertson II based his decision on that PWP unlawfully relied on outdated traffic data from 2007, and nullifies all approvals that were included in the EIR.

PWP could file an appeal with the Court of Appeals, but this would take at least a year to be heard.

We must congratulate Susan Brandt-Hawley, attorney on behalf of a broad coalition of neighborhood groups including Neighborhood to Preserve the Waterfront, San Franciscans for Reasonable Growth, No Wall On the Waterfront, and of course our many FOGG supporters.

Susan – You made a great presentation. You can read her News Release at the February 13, 2015 Page link on this website.

And, the SF Chronicle has published an article about this Superior Court ruling.

This article can be read at this link. SF Gate Article

In closing, we think it is now time for the Port Commissioners to make a clean break from this failed project and take a fresh look at the best way to allow everyone to enjoy this prime part of San Francisco’s waterfront.

 

Seasons Greetings – December 21, 2014

December 20th, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

FOGG wishes all of you a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON and a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR – 2015!!

We want to thank all of you for your support over these past eleven years that we have been working to preserve our community’s open recreational center, The Bay Club at The Gateway (formerly the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club).

Our volunteers, attorneys, community organizations, the Bay Club management, all give their time and effort in our united cause.

Each one of you, who attended public hearings, wrote letters, made a financial donation, supported summer Kids Camps Scholarships, and so much more, gives FOGG the desire to continue. We will, with your help, preserve our community’s open recreational center.

Your efforts are deeply appreciated.

We look forward to your continuing interest and support and wish you a peaceful and Happy Holiday Season.

FOGG Open Letter – November 25, 2014

November 28th, 2014

A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!

FOGG, thanks to our volunteers and many others, has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

With the great campaign led by our NO WALL ON THE WATERFRONT partners, many community members, and the voters of San Francisco, the proposed 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium development went down to an ignominious defeat at the polls in November, 2013.

We are forever thankful for the successful work on our behalf by our three attorneys; Sue Hestor, Louise Renne, and Susan Brandt-Hawley. They’ve been outstanding in preparing the critical legal work needed to confront the developers. While lawsuits are still pending, their research and legal smarts have been invaluable.

Thanks to The Bay Club at The Gateway management and Summer Kids Camps staff for their cooperation in providing one scholarship for everyone FOGG and you, our donors, provided. It was a successful and fun filled Summer Kids Camps for these youngsters from low income housing.

FOGG looks forward to another successful Scholarship Summer Kids Camps program in 2015. We again give thanks to the generosity of our supporters and their tax deductible donations.

FOGG recognizes the battle to preserve our community’s outdoor recreational space is still ongoing. Any development plan coming forward for the adjacent Seawall Lot 351 (SWL351) must be compatible not only for our neighborhood, but be one that benefits the people of San Francisco and its many visitors. Our mission will continue.

With your support and that of our many community partners, we will prevail.

Have a really enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday!

FOGG Alert – November 16, 2014

November 16th, 2014

Waterfront Land Use Plan Review – Your Comments Are Needed!

We need your help.

The SF Port has begun a review of the Waterfront Land Use Plan. We have a chance to voice our position on what should happen along the San Francisco waterfront for many years to come.

The Waterfront Land Use Plan, first prepared in 1997 is now under review for an update after 17 years.

This will affect our community open recreational space – The Bay Club at The Gateway. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – October 11, 2014

October 10th, 2014

Government Audit and Oversight Committee Report – October 9, 2014

FOGG wishes to thank those who took the time from their busy schedules to attend the Thursday, October 9, 2014 San Francisco Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting.

A special thanks to our supporters who testified on our behalf.

FOGG also thanks Our District 3 Supervisor and Board President David Chiu for setting up this meeting.

The meeting’s purpose was to review the zoning history of the 8 Washington Street proposed development, the Gateway Commons and our outdoor recreational facility, The Bay Club at the Gateway.

It was a good meeting for us. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – October 5, 2014

October 5th, 2014

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9th – THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!

FOGG is advising you of a very important meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at City Hall in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee will be meeting at 11:00am, in City Hall Committee Room 263.

We ask that our friends and supporters make every effort to attend.

The Committee will be hearing testimony by FOGG’s attorney, Sue Hestor, covering the Planned Unit Development (PUD) issue that covers the development of the Gateway Commons and our outdoor recreational center – The Bay Club at The Gateway. Read the rest of this entry »