OPEN LETTER – AUGUST 2006

We are in what you could call the lazy days of summer. As we spend some time with friends or family at our beautiful Club, it seems so distant that the Club, as we know it, could be gone forever.



Friends of Golden Gateway remains alert to any possible changes concerning the proposed development known as 8 Washington. At the moment the developer (Mr. Simon Snellgrove) has not, to our knowledge, moved ahead with his proposed 600 car underground garage, and two 8 story buildings that include 170 very high end luxury condominiums. He is still constructing piers 1-1/2, 3 & 5, and we understand he is a few months behind schedule, and he is working to add tenants. This in no way means he has backed out of his plans to develop on the Club site. FOGG will keep you posted when we hear any pertinent news.

In the meantime, members of the Steering Committee are working in other avenues to strengthen our position in keeping this open recreational space that is critical to the neighborhood and to those who use the facility from throughout the City. We are meeting with other community groups to acquire additional support, and the response has been very positive. We know that Boston Properties (the Embarcadero Center property managers) has expressed their displeasure with the proposed development. FOGG is also preparing a long range strategy, and will provide details at the proper time.

We have, and will continue to have, ongoing financial expenses as our work progresses. Donations are always welcome. For those who made a donation this year we wish to thank you for your support. Remember, we have 501.c3 status which means that your contribution is tax deductible. If any of you would like to make a donation, you may do so by clicking on the ‘Donations to FOGG’ link on this web site. Or if you prefer to send a check please make it out to AGAPE/FOGG, c/o James Eggert, Treasurer, 550 Davis St. #46, San Francisco, CA. 94111. On your memo line write “2006 tax deductible donation”. Thank you in advance for your support.

Our fund raising committee is making plans for a big party early next year and would like to hear from you if you wish to help, or provide gifts for a silent auction or raffle.

We could use donations such as weekend retreats…boat and plane trips…theatre and movie tickets…beverages…professional services…restaurants…special events…sport events…etc. You can contact our fund raising chair Eleanor Burke at egburke@earthlink.net. FOGG will be most appreciative for your assistance.

If you have been at the pool or tennis courts this summer you know how great a place the Club is. The kids at Kids Camp each week are having a wonderful time. The lap pool is always full of enthusiastic swimmers, and the tennis courts are busy with players having a great time under the summer sun. Not to mention all the parties and barbeques – lots of socializing, or just laying in the sun and taking a break from the stress of the day. Let’s keep it that way!

Thanks again for your support.

Lee Radner
Chair – Friends of Golden Gateway

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