FOGG Alert – February 9, 2012

FOGG is aware that the developers of the proposed 8 Washington/SWL 351 project for 145 luxury condominiums and 400 space underground parking garage are pulling out all the stops in their efforts to convince our supporters that the game is over, and they have won.

NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!!

FOGG has heard from some of you expressing concerns that the developers have “…already received the zoning changes required to build over the present height limits.”

FALSE!  Such zoning height increase decisions have not and will not take place for some time to come.

Others have told us that the developer’s or their PR machine state “…that the project is right on schedule for construction.”

FALSE!  Remember they wanted to have the Planning & Port Commissions approve their project last December 2011, then January 2012, and again in February 2012.  The Board of Supervisors review and vote on the project is unscheduled.

We now have a March 8, 2012 date for the hearing on the EIR, and FOGG, our attorney, Sue Hestor and volunteers are moving ahead.  All of us are working a great number of intense hours and coming up with strategies to prevent the loss of the City’s magnificent outdoor recreation center – GGT&SC.   Many of you enjoy every day the use of the nine tennis courts and the two swimming pools in a warm, family friendly environment.

FOGG is aware that the developer’s well-oiled PR machine is working overtime trying to spread their misinformation and convince our supporters it is time to give up.

NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!!

The developer’s supporters are making mistakes.  Someone in the Gateway Complex is trying to sow the seeds of confusion.  Notices have been posted in several elevators in the Complex.   A Snellgrove supporter, we believe, put these notices in the elevators and under some of the tenant’s doors.  The notices state that the Planning Commission hearing on the 8 Washington/SWL351 proposed project is scheduled for February 23, 2012.

FALSE!  The Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2012 as we stated in our FOGG Alert of February 6, 2012.

Both The Gateway management and Planning Department said they did not authorize such posting.

This shows the desperation by Mr. Snellgrove’s supporters to confuse our FOGG supporters.  These tactics will not work.

Our mission and dedication in preserving this jewel of a recreation center for thousands of middle income families, their youngsters and seniors has not slowed down – the intensity has increased and FOGG will not cease until we win. (and we will)

But it is going to also take your full support and financial commitment to reach our goal.  We need your tax deductible dollars NOW.  Please don’t accept the developer’s false statements.

Please send 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.

Whatever you can provide in tax deductible donations will be greatly appreciated and used wisely.

We thank those of you who have received the developer’s PR information and passed it along to us.  Remember, when you hear these false rumors that we have lost, just remind the developer that he is ‘developer number 4’.  FOGG has been working tirelessly since August 2003 and we will again prevail.

Thanks to our many friends & supporters, we grow stronger every day, and this includes all the new people who have joined us.

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