Archive for May, 2012

FOGG Alert – May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

FOGG TAKES A WALK!!!

Dozens of FOGG Supporters ‘took a walk’ at the Tuesday, May 29, 2012 SF Port Commission meeting when the Commissioners rubber stamped the 8 Washington Street/SWL351 luxury condominium project.

After sitting through a tedious and predictable half hour presentation by Port staff of why the Commissioners should approve the project, we had our turn.

Janet Lautenberger presented our ‘YOU DO NOT LISTEN’ ultimatum as to why we are steadfastly united in opposition to the development and have plenty of fight left.  We are not going to just sit around and accept the Port’s decision. You may read her statement by clicking on the ‘May 2012 Port Commission Statement’ on this website.

After Janet’s statement, the FOGG Supporters stood up and walked out of the room!

A hearty ‘Well Done’ to all who attended.  We thank you.

We also want to thank Theo Armour for recording the event.  As soon as it is available we will put it on our website for viewing.

A few of our people stayed on to present more testimony in support of our position, but FOGG’s actions took the steam out of the remainder of the meeting.  The Commission Meeting Room became 2/3 empty after we departed.

There’s still long and difficult work ahead, but we did show that our FOGG volunteers will continue to be with us in larger numbers than the opposition thought possible.

Two pending Board of Supervisors Committee hearings are just ahead of us:

Monday, June 4, 2012.  Land Use Committee, 1:00 pm – City Hall

Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  Budget/Finance Committee, 10:00 am – City Hall

By this coming weekend we should be able to send you more details on these important meetings.

In the meantime FOGG again thanks all of you who attended the Port Commission meeting.  A great job of letting them know we are still in this to win.

FOGG ALERT – May 27, 2012

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

REMINDER – Port Commission Meeting – Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FOGG asks that as many of you as possible attend the Port Commission hearing on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

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FOGG Open Letter – May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25th, 2012

FOGG SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUMMER KIDS CAMP

FOGG and its many volunteers have been working 24/7 these past weeks in saving our Community’s open recreational center (GGT&SC).  We will not let these hours of work slow us from raising funds for Kids Camp.  We want to sponsor more kids this year from low income housing areas and we ask for your help.

While FOGG is continuing its intense efforts to stop developer Simon Snellgrove and his 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium project, we feel now is the time to renew our efforts as Summer Kids Camp starts soon, and runs for 16 exciting weeks.

With your tax deductible donations FOGG can send deserving youngsters for the time of their lives this summer in a safe and family friendly environment.

We thank those who have already donated.  We need as many of you as possible to make a contribution now.

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 “Scholarship”.

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

FOGG knows that our many supporters will provide the necessary funds for this worthwhile cause, and will make another positive statement why we must preserve our Community’s open recreational center.

Remember for every two kids that we can support GGT&SC will sponsor another child. This means three kids for every two FOGG sponsors.

FOGG needs your help and we look forward to your positive and continuing support.

FOGG ALERT – May 24, 2012

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

PORT COMMISSION MEETING – Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The SF Port Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to vote on the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 financial deal and approval of the development.

The meeting begins at 3:15pm and will be in the Ferry Building, 2nd Floor, Port Commission Hearing Room.

We urge our FOGG supporters to attend, and to be on time.  This is a very important meeting, and we wish to show how united we are in opposing the Port Commission actions.

Again, FOGG really needs a large number of our team to be in attendance.

That’s Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 3:15pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

FOGG ALERT – May 18, 2012

Friday, May 18th, 2012

MEETING RESULTS AND UPDATES

FOGG wishes to thank the dozens of Supporters who gave testimony at the Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting.  Our team was well organized and presented factual and important testimony.  It couldn’t have been better.

FOGG must also recognize the many letters and emails you sent in support of FOGG, and signing the online petition form.  It is not too late to add your name to the over 1,100 people who have already shown their support.  You can sign the Petition at this link.  Stop 8 Washington Petition

Our District Three Supervisor and Board President, David Chiu, deserves a special “Thank You” for his efforts in asking important questions of the Planning Department, and the developer’s attorney, that they had a difficult time trying to answer.

In spite of his efforts our two appeals went down by a vote of 8 – 3, at the Board of Supervisors.  The majority were in lock step with the developer, while President Chiu did have the support of Supervisors Campos and Avalos.

We must accept what has happened.  This is a setback.  FOGG however is confident that we will prevail.  We need your support, so please stay with us.

There are several options available to us and our volunteers are pursuing them vigorously.  We will keep you advised as our actions unfold in the coming days.

Important meetings are occurring soon that we want you to be aware of.  Here is the upcoming schedule.  We ask that you participate and state your position.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 3:15pm.  Port Commission meeting on the financial deal & approval of the development.

Monday, June 4, 2012, 1:00pm.  Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee (Mar, Cohen, Wiener).  Issues to be considered are the Height Increase in the Northeast Waterfront Area Plan for the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 development and Height Increase in Zoning Map.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 10:00am.  Board of Supervisors Budget/Finance Subcommittee (Chu, Avalos, Kim).  Issue to be considered is the SF Port financial deal for the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 development.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 2:00pm.  Board of Supervisors.  Issues to be considered are the SF Port financial deal (from Budget & Finance) and the General Plan Amendment – Height Increase in Northeast Waterfront Area Plan and Height Increase in Zoning Map – First Reading (from Land Use Committee)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00pm.  Board of Supervisors.  Height Increase in Zoning Map- Second Reading.

If this schedule is completed and the issues pass, project approval could go to Mayor for signature as early as the SAME DAY, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

FOGG will continue to work at 100% with our thousands of supporters to preserve our community’s open recreational center and provide a real positive plan to better the Embarcadero Northeast Waterfront.

We need everyone’s support, and look forward to your comments.

FOGG ALERT – May 12, 2012

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

8 WASHINGTON STREET DEVELOPMENT – MEETING SCHEDULE UPDATE

We want to update you on the upcoming 8 Washington Street/Seawall 351 proposed development meeting schedules.

Here is some good news.  Cooler and more sensible heads have prevailed.

The Board of Supervisors Budget & Finance Subcommittee scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – just one hour after the SF Port Commission had scheduled their meeting on the 8 Washington/SWL351 project approval and Public Trust land exchange – HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.  The new date is Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Further, the Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee (Supervisors Mar, Cohen and Wiener) will meet on Monday, June 4, 2012 about the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 proposed development.

That SF Port Commission hearing on Wednesday, May 16th for project approval and land exchange has ALSO HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.  The new date is Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

As of this writing the Board of Supervisors will still meet on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) & Conditional Use Permit (CUP) this Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:00pm, City Hall, Room 250.

FOGG asks that as many of our supporters as possible be at this hearing early as we expect a large crowd.

We will provide more information on the May 29th, June 4th and June 6th meetings when it becomes available and has been confirmed.

See you on Tuesday and thanks to everyone for their continued support.

May 10, 2012-Sign the Petition-Act Now

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

ACT NOW!!! – STOP 8 WASHINGTON – ONLINE PETITION

Sign the Petition at this link:  Stop 8 Washington Petition

ONLY SIX MORE DAYS!

The Board of Supervisors will be voting YES or NO on this proposed development on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  The meeting is in Room 250 at City Hall beginning at 4:00 pm.

Please SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION and send your statement to ALL ELEVEN SF SUPERVISORS voicing your opposition to the proposed 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium development.

We need your help.  Please act now!

FOGG ALERT – May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7th, 2012

WHAT IS THE PORT TRYING TO HIDE???

The SF Port (and the 8 Washington Street developer) has once again shown their true colors.

They don’t want to bother hearing public input.

They have scheduled a SF PORT COMMISSION HEARING FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 AT 9:00AM TO APPROVE THE PROJECT AND PUBLIC TRUST LAND EXCHANGE.

This is THE DAY AFTER the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:00PM hearing to consider certifying the EIR and addressing the issues raised in FOGG’s Appeal of the Conditional Use.

Then ONE HOUR AFTER THE SF PORT COMMISSION HEARING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 AT 10:00AM the Board of Supervisors Budget/ Finance Committee (Supervisors Carmen Chu, John Avalos, Jane Kim) will hold the Board’s ONLY public hearing on the Financial Terms of the SF Port’s deal with the 8 Washington Street developer (Purchase & Sales Agreement, Trust Exchange).

This compressed schedule was requested by the SF Port Director Monique Moyer.

This is PREPOSTEROUS.

Having a SF Port hearing at 9:00AM and the Board of Supervisors’ ONLY hearing on the deal’s financial terms RIGHT AFTERWARDS at 10:00AM THE SAME DAY means there is literally no opportunity for the public OR THE SUPERVISORS to read or understand what the SF Port and the developer negotiated. There also won’t be time for the Board’s Budget Analyst to prepare a report to the Board on the Port’s complex financial deal with the developer.

WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE?

In your next email, letter or phone call to the Board of Supervisors, please protest this outrageous scheduling move by SF Port Director Moyer and the 8 Washington Street developer, along with the MANY other good reasons to oppose the 8 Washington Street luxury condominium project.

The Port and the developer are making an attempt to PREVENT the public and Board of Supervisors from fully vetting this complex deal. It takes $25 million in future property taxes away from the City and gives $5 million BACK to the developer for the ‘public improvements’ he’s using to ‘sell’ the project. It gives $20 million of City tax revenue to the SF Port for its capital projects. This City revenue should be paying for city services, teachers, fire fighters. This is what the SF Port doesn’t want us to talk about until AFTER the Board has committed to the project.

DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS!

WE NEED YOUR HELP. HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. EMAIL, WRITE AND CALL ALL ELEVEN Board of Supervisors to express your opinion about the 8 Washington Street project and the way the SF Port is trying to JAM its financial deal through the Board of Supervisors without any chance for debate.

Please see the ‘Board of Supervisors – How to Contact’ link on this website.

Please send a copy of your email to FOGG at coaches@fogg.us.

2. ATTEND THE TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012 Board of Supervisors EIR/CU hearing at 4:00pm, Room 250, City Hall.

3. SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION that goes to ALL ELEVEN Supervisors.

You can sign the Petition at this link: Stop 8 Washington Petition

Please ACT NOW.

FOGG Alert – May 6, 2012 – ACT NOW!!!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

ACT NOW!!! – STOP 8 WASHINGTON – ONLINE PETITION

We want to remind you to SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION and send your statement to ALL ELEVEN SF SUPERVISORS voicing your opposition to the proposed 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium development.

We thank all of you who have already done so.  We’ve gotten responses from every City District, all around the SF Bay Area, from across the US and even Europe.

You all recognize what a truly special place the GGT&SC is.  We now must convince the SF Board of Supervisors of this.  Signing this petition really helps and we thank you.

The Board of Supervisors will be voting YES or NO on this proposed development on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  The meeting is in Room 250 at City Hall beginning at 4:00 pm.

You can sign the Petition at this link:  Stop 8 Washington Petition

We need your help.  Please act now!

FOGG Alert – May 3, 2012

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

STOP 8 WASHINGTON – ONLINE PETITION

Thanks to our creative FOGG volunteer Ethel Jimenez, we now have an online petition.

You can sign it and send your statement to ALL ELEVEN SF SUPERVISORS voicing your opposition to the proposed 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium development.

The Board of Supervisors will be voting YES or NO on this proposed development on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  The meeting is in Room 250 at City Hall beginning at 4:00 pm.

You can sign the Petition at this link:  Stop 8 Washington Petition

We thank Ethel for her fine effort.  Please sign this petition and forward it on to all of your friends who care about preserving active open recreation space in San Francisco.

FOGG is really excited about all the new people who have joined us.  It has been amazing how many of you from every City District and throughout the SF Bay Area have participated with your emails and petition signing showing opposition to this proposed project.

Let us step up the effort.

We need your help.  Please act now!