FOGG Alert – September 9, 2017

September 9th, 2017

Community Clean Team Day – Saturday, September 16, 2017

For those of our supporters who live in the SF Bay area, FOGG invites you to join the San Francisco District 3 Community Clean Team Coastal Day Volunteer event on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Please see the Page link on this website for details.

Cleanup will take place all around San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods in District 3.

The event kick off location is the Francisco Middle School, located at 2190 Powell Street, entry is from Francisco Street.  Parking for volunteers is available in the schoolyard.

If you wish to volunteer and participate in this worthwhile community effort here are the details:

Community Clean Team volunteer event

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Registration begins at 8:30 am, program and activities from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

There will be painting, planting, cleaning, and greening projects.

Wear appropriate clothes, and bring a reusable water bottle.

Please RSVP to Jimmer Cassiol at the San Francisco Department of Public Works by Tuesday, September 12th.  His email is Jimmer.Cassiol@sfdpw/orgLet him know that you are coming as a FOGG supporter.

Lunch will be served, and our District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin will be in attendance.

FOGG is pleased to support this community outreach project, and we hope many of you will be there.

FOGG Alert – September 3, 2017

September 3rd, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 7th Update – Trial Date Changed

FOGG wants to update you on a recent development on this ongoing lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed by the State Lands Commission (SLC) vs. the City of San Francisco has now been delayed from September 11, 2017.

It has tentatively been scheduled for January 10. 2018.

You may recall that Proposition B, passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014 requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

The decision to change the date of the trial occurred because an expert witness for the SLC was a party “to attorney-client communications concerning Proposition B during the time he worked for the Port of San Francisco.”

You may read the entire Court statement at the Page link on this website. 

FOGG will continue to monitor this lawsuit, and keep you advised.

 

FOGG Open Letter – September 1, 2017

September 1st, 2017

Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program – 2017 – Update 7

This year’s Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program will end in just a few days.

FOGG wants to thank once again our supporters of the Scholarship program, now ending its 7th successful year.

With the help of these FOGG supporters, corporations and of course the Bay Club management, we sent another 50 plus youngsters from low income housing areas to a summer of fun and learning.

FOGG particularly wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the Kids Camps staff, its counselors and volunteers for their many hours of love and care for these young girls and boys.

Please see the photo Page link on this website showing some of the activities the kids participated in at Kids Camp.  We thank Pauline Chan of the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) for providing them. 

FOGG looks forward to the 8th year of the Kids Camps Scholarship Program, as we know you will be there once again for the kids.

FOGG Alert – August 9, 2017

August 9th, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 6th Update – Trial Date

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos has issued a formal order denying both the State Lands Commission (SLC) and the City of San Francisco Summary Judgement motions.

Judge Bolanos has stated that the trial would begin on Monday, September 11, 2017.

You may recall that Proposition B, passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014 requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

In denying the SLC’s major claim that Proposition B on its face invalid in any of its applications, this is a big win for our side.

The SLC must now prove that the height limits on Pier 70 and Mission Rock projects, with the increases in height limits that the voters approved are “subjugated” to statewide concerns to local interests on one or both of these projects.

You can read the entire formal order at the Page link on this website. 

FOGG will keep you up to date on any further changes and the exact time and place of the September 11th trial.

FOGG Open Letter – July 21, 2017

July 20th, 2017

2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program – Update 6

With six more weeks to go FOGG wishes once more to thank our many supporters and businesses that have donated the funds to enable youngsters from lower income housing areas to attend this summer’s Kids Camps at the Bay Club – The Gateway.

FOGG also thanks the Bay Club management for their 100% support of the Scholarship Program by matching a dollar for every dollar FOGG has raised.

We want to recognize the work and support that Lela Woltjer, Kids Camps Director, her assistant Ranya Abdelfattah, and the dedicated counseling staff and volunteers who are giving so much love and concern for the kids.

There is still time to bring more youngsters into the Scholarship Program, with additional tax deductible donations from those who would wish to contribute.

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.

It’s been a great Summer Kids Camps Scholarship program so far.  With your help, it can be even better.

FOGG Open Letter – July 20, 2017

July 20th, 2017

Summer Splash – A Benefit for Sunflower Wellness – 3rd Notice

FOGG is sending our last reminder about the Summer Splash – Benefit for Sunflower Wellness.

This worthwhile event will be held at our Bay Club – The Gateway, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 and is a fundraiser for the Bay Area cancer and exercises programs that Sunflower Wellness conducts.

Sunflower Wellness is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

You can find more information about Sunflower Wellness and make a donation at their website; www.sunflowerwellness.org

Find out more about the Benefit details by clicking on this link.  Sunflower Wellness Benefit

FOGG hopes to see you July 27th at the Gateway Club.

FOGG Open Letter – July 12, 2017

July 12th, 2017

Summer Splash – A Benefit for Sunflower Wellness – 2nd Notice

 In our June 19, 2017 Open Letter, FOGG stated that we are a partner with the Summer Splash – Benefit for Sunflower Wellness.

This fundraiser for the Bay Area cancer and exercises programs that Sunflower Wellness conducts will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Time for the Benefit is from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Bay Club – The Gateway.

It is supported by the Bay Club, and led by Jane Clark, Regan Fedric and Robert Young.  All three are long time members of the Bay Club.

The Summer Splash has been working with cancer patients and their exercise programs since 2004.

Sunflower Wellness is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

You can find more information about Sunflower Wellness and make a donation at their website; www.sunflowerwellness.org

Find out more about the Benefit details by clicking on the Sunflower Wellness Benefit page link on this website.

We hope to see you at the Gateway Club on July 27th to support this worthwhile community event.

FOGG Open Letter – July 5, 2017

July 6th, 2017

2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program – Update 5

FOGG hopes everyone had a great July 4th Holiday.

GOOD NEWS!!

FOGG is pleased to welcome Safeway Stores who through their Foundation, committed a $2,500 grant to the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.  They join a growing number of business’s who now participate in this community outreach program.

Through Safeway’s generosity and the total support of Bay Club management, who match the donation dollar for dollar, we have an additional $5,000 to bring more kids from low income housing areas to the Bay Club – The Gateway, a summer of fun.

The Camps began three weeks ago, and there are ten more weeks of the program.

For those of you who have been thinking about making a tax deductible donation, now is the time to do so.

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

Donations can also be made online at this website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

There are still a number of youngsters who hope to time attend this summer’s program.  You can do your part and bring a smile to their faces.

FOGG Alert – July 2, 2017

July 2nd, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 5th Update – Court Hearing

FOGG attended the Wednesday, June 28, 2017 court hearing at Superior Court, in Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos’ court room, on the lawsuit initiated by the State Lands Commission (SLC) vs. the City of San Francisco about Proposition B.

Proposition B, passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014 requires voter approval before a developer can exceed the present height limits on San Francisco Port waterfront properties.

SLC asked the Court to invalidate Proposition B.  The City requested the Court to dismiss the case.

Judge Bolanos tentatively rejected the SLC request to invalidate Proposition B, and also denied the City’s request to dismiss the case.

The lawsuit may now go to trial on September 11, 2017 according to Judge Bolanos.

California Deputy Attorney General Joel C. Jacobs represented the SLC.  Jacobs was consistent in his claim that the voters can’t be trusted in decisions that affect their waterfront.  Only the Port Commission understands land use issues.  

Christine Van Aken, San Francisco’s Deputy Attorney represented the City.  She was somewhat astonished that the SLC feels that the Port Commissioners – a non-elected body – are more understanding and transparent than the voters of the City.  Christine did a fine job of responding to Jacobs for what we thought were his skewed arguments.

You can read how the media covered this story by clicking on these links.

LA Times Article

SF Chronicle Article

SF Examiner Article

We will keep you advised as to Judge Bolanos’ decision on the possibility that the lawsuit will go to trial.

Lastly, FOGG wishes all of our supporters a very happy July 4th Holiday.  Thanks for being with us since 2003.

FOGG Alert – June 27, 2017

June 27th, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – 4th Update – Newsom’s Response

As a matter of fairness, FOGG is sending you Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s response to the LA Times June 22, 2017 article that FOGG sent you on our June 25, 2017 Alert.

This story covers the upcoming June 28, 2017 court hearing about the State Lands Commission vs. the City of San Francisco on Proposition B, approved by SF voters in June 2014, as mentioned in our previous Alert.

The hearing is at the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, located at 400 McAllister Street (cross street is Polk), San Francisco, at 2:00 pm.

Here is the link to the LA Times June 22, 2017 Article.  LA Times Article – Newsom Defends Lawsuit

FOGG’s notes the LA Times story line: “Newsom is a longtime ally of San Francisco real estate developers, who have been major contributors to his campaigns.”

FOGG can only add that both Lt. Governor Newsom and current Mayor Ed Lee were the public face for the proposed 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium development that would have demolished our community outdoor recreational center – the Bay Club – The Gateway.