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Judge Robertson II based his decision on that PWP unlawfully relied on outdated traffic data from 2007, and nullifies all approvals that were included in the EIR.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

FOGG Alert – September 28, 2014

September 28th, 2014

IMPORTANT NEWAG MEETING OCTOBER 1st – PLEASE ATTEND!!

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:00pm, the Northeast Waterfront Advisory Group (NEWAG) will meet at Pier 1, Bayside 1 Conference Room. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – September 8, 2014

September 7th, 2014

 

IMPORTANT SF PORT & NEWAG MEETINGS – PLEASE ATTEND!!!

The SF PORT and NORTHEAST WATERFRONT ADVISORY GROUP (NEWAG) are holding public meetings that cover the “planning process” of the waterfront.

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:00pm, the Director of the SF Planning Department (John Rahaim) will give an informational presentation regarding working with the SF Port for waterfront planning and urban design. This meeting will be held at the Ferry Building, 2nd level, Conference Room. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Open Letter – August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014

BANNER YEAR for SUMMER KIDS CAMPS!!

The 18th year of the Bay Club at the Gateway Summer Kids Camps program was a real success!!

OVER 650 KIDS ATTENDED KIDS CAMP BEGINNING IN JUNE!! OVER 1,000 DIFFERENT SESSIONS!!

MORE THAN 300 SCHOOLS FROM THE BAY AREA WERE REPRESENTED!!

FOGG, TOGETHER WITH THE SUPPORT OF CLUB MANAGEMENT PROVIDED 30 KIDS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS!!

FOGG wishes to deeply thank the Bay Club’s Lela Woltjer, Youth Program Director SF Region, her staff, counselors, and life guards, for the dedication and hard work in making the 2014 summer program such a success.

We want to let you know that the Bay Club at the Gateway also has an After Schools Program for kids.  This program offers swim lessons, a tennis clinic, and yes, even skate board lessons, among other activities.  You may obtain more information by contacting Lela at lela.woltjer@bayclubs.com. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – August 27, 2014

August 26th, 2014

STATE LANDS COMMISSION MEETING – WATCH THE VIDEO!!!

Here is your opportunity to watch the California State Lands Commission (SLC) in action. This is the video from the August 15, 2014 meeting at the Ferry Building.

We previously told you about this meeting in our August 20, 2014 Alert. Now, you can watch how they conduct business.

The video is available at the State Lands Commission Meeting Video link on this website. Read the rest of this entry »