FOGG Seasons Greetings – December 17, 2011

FOGG wishes everyone a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and New Year.

Thanks to so many of you.  With support of our Coalition partners including Golden Gateway Tenants Association (GGTA), Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA), Telegraph Hill Dwellers (THD) and many others, FOGG is positive that our Community’s outdoor recreational center (GGT&SC) will continue to be here as it is now, for many years to come.

We are ending 2011 in an upbeat mode.  FOGG gives thanks to our volunteers who have provided so much of their own time.  So many of you made appearances before numerous committee hearings, sent letters and emails, and provided the financial support that enabled us to move ahead without holding back in our efforts.

FOGG would particularly like to thank our attorney Sue Hestor, and our consultant Brad Paul.  Sue and Brad have provided an unbelievable effort, (much of it on their own time) doing independent research, attending strategy meetings and guiding our volunteers on the most effective way to use our limited resources.

We must also recognize our District 3 Supervisor and Board President, David Chiu.  FOGG thanks him for his leadership in supporting our cause.

Our meeting on Monday, December 12, 2011 with the Supervisor’s Land Use Committee, was a success.  We thank former SF Planning Director Allan Jacobs, former SF Redevelopment Director Ed Helfeld, former City Attorney Louise Renne,  former Supervisor Bill Maher (also author of the Prop K shadows ordinance), for their compelling and supporting testimony.  And, we want to thank our FOGG volunteers who provided very personal and factual testimony.

Great job by all!!

We are sure the developers and their usual small group of supporters, who continue to offer nothing of substance to support their reasons for 145 luxury condominiums and 400 underground parking spaces on the existing Club site, are worried.  Are they looking for another way to justify the 8 Washington Street proposed project?  This proposed project has changed multiple times in the last seven years.  The ‘current’ proposal has chopped open recreational space to 21,500 square feet; about the size of the existing tennis courts 1, 2 and 3.  Will that even survive?

We suggest that everyone read this recent newspaper article about the proposed project.  It is titled – ‘San Francisco’s bell curve of income distribution is becoming U-shaped’ – and can be read at the SF Bay Guardian Page link on this website.

These condominiums and parking garage are for the truly rich.  These buyers are beyond the 1% – they are the 1/2%.  Should this be what our neighborhood becomes?

The developer and his supporters, are scratching their heads as to what do they have to do to achieve their “greedy goals.”  FOGG would suggest they bow out and concede they are in a no win situation.

The thousands of families, youth & seniors who benefit greatly from the use of a “Quality of Life” middle class outdoor recreational center will not go away.

With your continued support and tax deductible donations, 2012 will hopefully see the end of this long strongle for the people who are the real heart of our beautiful City.

Please make your 2011 tax deductible donation to assure that FOGG continues its 100% efforts in the coming year.

You can make a real difference NOW by sending in your tax deductible donation to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  Please make your checks out to PDF/FOGG, and on the memo line write “tax deductible donation”.

Or you can donate online by clicking on the Donations to FOGG link on this website.

FOGG wishes you all A Very Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year.

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