FOGG ALERT – June 13, 2012

MONEY BUYS VOTES

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012 the Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to approve in its 1st reading the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium project.

Voting for the developers destruction of our Community’s outdoor recreational center, (GGT&SC), and allow up zoning for a 140 foot high rise condominium, were Supervisors Mar – Chu – Kim –Farrell – Wiener- Cohen – Olague – Elsbernd. Against the measure: Chiu – Avalos- Campos.

The Supervisors succumbed to the power of money and pressure from special interest groups. The 8 members of the Board of Supervisors who voted in favor of the project were in lock step with the Planning and Port Commissioners.  The fix was in from the beginning.

There was no consideration on their part for the thousands of middle class family members, youth and seniors who opposed the project and had offered a much better alternative that would have benefited not only the neighbors of 8 Washington, but all residents of San Francisco and visitors alike.

Here are some real examples of the hypocrisy and deceit that you should be aware of.

The Planning Commission Chairman can be seen as a club member almost any day swimming in the pool AFTER he voted in favor of destroying the present recreational center with three of his Commissioners.

The developer has offered to reduce the public parking by 20% of the total public parking spaces.  There will still be over 300 total parking spaces.

The developer has offered to sign an agreement that present club members will be included in perpetuity even though there will be 600/800 fewer tennis members, and the total outdoor recreational space will be reduced by over 70%.

We don’t know how much more hypocritical you can get.

You get the picture.  FOGG and its many coalition partners are not finished yet fighting this boondoggle operation that will be the worst development on the Embarcadero since the Embarcadero Freeway came down.

We are now in the process of taking this directly to the voters by working to qualify a referendum for the ballot.  It will be a monumental task to collect over 20,000 signatures from registered San Francisco voters in less than one month and we are going to need everyone’s help.  With our many volunteers and community supporters we can do it if everyone puts serious effort in working with us.

To that end we still have a few openings for an informational meeting on the ballot measure, Saturday, June 16, 2012 at L’Olivier Restaurant at 465 Davis Court.  The meeting begins at 11:00am.

If you have not yet made plans to attend, please let us know by email at coaches@fogg.us.  Space is limited so place reply now.

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