Archive for January, 2017

FOGG Alert – January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

San Francisco Examiner Article – January 12, 2017 – Please Read

FOGG is following up to our ALERT of January 11, 2017 with an article of much interest.

The San Francisco Examiner wrote a story covering the San Francisco waterfront height limit lawsuit against Proposition B, which the State Lands Commission (SLC) has filed against the city of San Francisco.  Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is the chair of the SLC.

FOGG believes the story is factual, fair, and balanced.

You can read it at the SF Examiner Article January 12, 2017 Page on this website.

We thank Josh for his fine writing in this article.

Again, our Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom can’t seem to understand that the voters of San Francisco have already spoken in strong terms, by voting over 58% in favor of Proposition B, to protect our waterfront for the benefit of everyone.

FOGG Alert – January 11, 2017

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

FOGG ALERT January 9, 2017 – CORRECTION

FOGG wishes to apologize for misstating Eleanor Burke’s quote in our Alert of January 9, 2017.

The entire text of Ms. Burke’s statement is as follows.  The correction has been highlighted in blue.

“…He (Gavin Newsom) was at the Balboa Café a while ago when I was having lunch with friends.  As he passed by our table to leave, we all grabbed him and pleaded with him not to ‘ruin our waterfront.’ “

“He stood there for 45 minutes giving an illogical argument (“we must have one rule for waterfronts throughout the state; we can’t have one rule for San Diego, another for San Pedro, and another one for San Francisco,” he asserted.)”

When we asked him in unison why not, he just repeated just what he said. :”Why” we asked him, “does SF have to have high rises on the waterfront  just because San Diego doesn’t mind having high rises on their waterfront? “

“He responded his Mantra for the third time. Clearly we got nowhere with him.  But he wasn’t home free. The next table did the exact same thing.  He is not winning fans in SF.  I never saw him as an empty head before, but that he is.”

Again we apologize for this error.  The statement should now clarify how little Mr. Newsom respects the voters of San Francisco.

FOGG Alert – January 9, 2017

Monday, January 9th, 2017

FOGG ALERT January 4, 2017 – Update

FOGG gave you the latest information and status we had on the pending State Lands Commission (SLC) lawsuit against the City of San Francisco in our FOGG Alert dated January 4, 2017.

That Alert can be read on this website.

This lawsuit is led by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who is Chair of the SLC.

FOGG had a number of responses from our supporters to our January 4th Alert.  We thank you for getting back to us with your comments.

We wish to share with you the conversation one of FOGG’s long-time supporters Eleanor Burke, and her friends recently had with Mr. Newsom.  It certainly gives you some insight into what his thoughts are on the Proposition B height limits passed by the San Francisco voters in June, 2014.

“…He (Gavin Newsom) was at the Balboa Café a while ago when I was having lunch with friends.  As he passed by our table to leave, we all grabbed him and pleaded with him not to ‘ruin our waterfront.’ “

“He stood there for 45 minutes giving an illogical argument (‘we must have one rule for San Diego, another one for San Pedro and another one for San Francisco, he asserted)”

When we asked him in unison why not, he just repeated just what he said. :”Why” we asked him, “does SF have to have high rises on the waterfront  just because San Diego doesn’t mind having high rises on their waterfront? “

“He responded his Mantra for the third time. Clearly we got nowhere with him.  But he wasn’t home free. The next table did the exact same thing. He is not winning fans in SF.  I never saw him as an empty head before, but that he is.”

FOGG asks that you share the January 4th Alert and this one with your family and friends who live in California.  We feel you can see how Mr. Newsom is working the system to better his own cause, together with his developer friends.

FOGG will continue to seek further information and details on how to prevent the State Lands Commission (Gavin Newsom) from destroying what the voters of San Francisco overwhelmingly chose: Control over the height limits on their waterfront.

FOGG Alert – January 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – Update

FOGG wishes you a very Happy and Healthy 2017!

In our FOGG ALERT dated July 13, 2016, we advised you that the State Lands Commission’s (SLC) lawsuit against the City of San Francisco, would negate the voter’s right to set height limits – Proposition B – on waterfront property was going to trial on February 6, 2017.

The SLC is led by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

The San Francisco voters overwhelmingly voted for Proposition B (58% plus) in the June 3, 2014 election.

FOGG can now provide you with an UPDATE:

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016 the SLC and the City attorney’s met in Superior Court before Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos, to see if a settlement agreement could be reached.

They could not.

Judge Bolanos has therefore set the date of May 31, 2017 for a hearing on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgement.

After the May 31, 2017 hearing, Judge Bolanos will have the opportunity to rule in favor of one or the other party based on the legal arguments information submitted to that point.

If that does not happen there will be a trial on September 11, 2017.

How does this affect FOGG and the Bay Club – The Gateway?

Should the City of San Francisco lose the court case, the SLC could allow developers to build on the Gateway Club site at heights higher than allowed.

We can thank Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who heads up the SLC, for this continual effort by him to bring more dollars from developers to reach his goal to be Governor.

We should not forget it was Newsom and Mayor Ed Lee, who were strong supporters of Simon Snellgrove’s high rise luxury condominium project, known as 8 Washington.  This development would have demolished the Bay Club – The Gateway site.

It would have been a Wall on the Waterfront that would forever change the openness of the waterfront on the northeast corridor of the Embarcadero.

FOGG is optimistic that the voters of San Francisco will eventually prevail, but we must keep vigilant and let Lt. Governor Newsom and his cohorts know they should stop this nonsense that only lines their pockets and those of their developer buddies.

We will keep you updated on any additional information that becomes available.

Once again, Happy New Year to all our Friends and Supporters!