Archive for May, 2016

FOGG Open Letter – May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Kids Camps Scholarships – 5th Update

June 6th and the opening of this Summers Kids Camps at Bay Club The Gateway is just around the corner.

FOGG supporters, with their donations and the cooperation of the Bay Club have been able to provide young girls and boys an opportunity to participate in this program at the Gateway Club.

This is the best year for Scholarship donations since FOGG started the Scholarship Program. Thank You!

There are still a number of youngsters from low income housing neighborhoods who would like to join in this one of a kind summer experience.

These kids have an opportunity to participate through this Scholarship Program in a summer of fun and social activities in a safe, family friendly environment.

Attending the Summer Kids Camp Program can be a life changer!

Several of the Kids Camps counselors who are helping here, have had the opportunity to attend through the Scholarship Program.

They want to give something back, just like we ask you to do.

FOGG makes it easy for those who still wish to provide a tax deductible donation to the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.

Please send your summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program tax deductible donations to PDF/FOGG, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  On the memo line write “2016 Scholarship Fund.”

Should you prefer to donate online, you can do so at this website.

Click on the ‘Donate to 2016 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

Remember, for every tax deductible donation you make, the Bay Club donates an equal dollar. You can’t beat that.

Thanks to all our supporters who have already made a donation. Let’s see many more join with us in this community outreach program.

FOGG Alert – May 4, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

CalSTRS Blows $49.6 Million on 8 Washington!!!

Yes, you read it right.

The California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS) spent $49.6 million of teacher’s retirement funds on the 8 Washington Street project.

This is revealed in a CalSTRS April 18, 2016 letter responding to California 17th District Assemblyman David Chiu’s March 24, 2016 letter to Harry M. Keiley, Board Chair of CalSTRS.

You can read the CalSTRS letter at the Page named CalSTRS David Chiu Letter 4-18-2016. on this web site.

You can read the Assemblyman’s letter at the page named David CalSTRS Letter 3-24-2016 on this web site.

As you are aware, the 8 Washington Street project would have demolished the Bay Club – The Gateway site, and built high-rise luxury condominiums.

Where did the hard earned teachers dollars go?

Is it in the pockets of attorneys, architects, consultants, politicians, and public relations people?

You may recall the TV and radio advertisements and mailings in favor of 8 Washington featuring our mayor Ed Lee, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom in the fall of 2013.

The voters of San Francisco soundly defeated the 8 Washington project in the November 5, 2013 election.  Over 60% of the voters said a resounding NO.

Need we say more?

 Now CalSTRS is considering another proposal to build a hotel on the Club site.

You can read about this in our April 2, 2016 FOGG Alert on this web site.

If you think FOGG’s mission to preserve our community’s open recreation space never seems to end, you are correct.

The State Lands Commission, headed by the same Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, still has their lawsuit pending against the City of San Francisco concerning Proposition B – the ‘Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act’.

As FOGG advised you previously, the San Francisco voters on June 3, 2014 approved Proposition B by 59% limiting height limits along the waterfront unless approved by the voters themselves.

According to our District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the lawsuit should be in court sometime in October.  We feel, as does our City Attorney, the suit will fail as the San Francisco voters have spoken about who should have the final say on height limits.

As we said, it never ends.