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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!

 

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Season’s Greetings

To Our FOGG

Friends & Supporters

December 20, 2016

 

Mele Kalikimaka                           Ha’oli Makahiki Hou

Merry Christmas                            Happy New Year

 

HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE

 

Carve Your Own Path

Go Slow

Channel Your Strengths

Smooth the Way for Others

Keep Moving Forward

Avoid Meltdowns

Be Cool

 

Have a Very Happy & Healthy 2017

Lee Radner

Chair, Friends of Golden Gateway

FOGG Open Letter-November 22, 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

THANKSGIVING GREETINGS

FOGG wishes every one of our supporters a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

FOGG continued our mission in 2016 to preserve our community’s outdoor recreational center, Bay Club – The Gateway.  This facility provides invaluable recreational and social services for so many families, their children, seniors, retirees, and the business community.

One of the brightest successes was FOGG’s 6th year of the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.

On October 9, 2016 FOGG and the Bay Club co-hosted a THANK YOU Luncheon to recognize the many donors who provided the financial support for boys and girls from low income areas to attend the Summer Kids Camps Program.

Over 60 attended the luncheon, including the donors, staff and volunteers of Kids Camps, Bay Club management, and a number of the kids who have benefited from the Program.

One of the many highlights was our District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s email of support for the Program to the donors.

You may read it at the Peskin Kids Camp Email link at this website.

With the 50% – 50% sharing by FOGG and the Bay Club we have raised over $100,000 in donations, and provided almost 200 Camp sessions for the youngsters!!

We look forward to our 7th year in 2017, and we are sure many of you will want to contribute to its success with your tax deductible donation.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation by sending a check to FOGG/PDF, to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA. 94126.  On the memo line write 2017 Scholarship Fund.

Should you prefer to donate on line, you can do so at this website by clicking on the ‘Donate to 2017 Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

FOGG also stays alert for any possibility of another developer seeking to build on the Club site.  As of this moment nothing has been heard that could be substantive, but we will continue to keep a close watch on any possible developments.

FOGG is pleased to note that Elaine Forbes has been selected as the permanent Executive Director of the SF Port, after serving as “Interim Director.”

We had a number of meetings with Elaine and find her to be very open to our proposals for developing SWL351, on the Embarcadero next to our Club.

You will recall we have proposed a low rise Activity Center that would include Bicycle, Aquatic, Tennis and Fitness services; plus an indoor/outdoor café. The Fitness Center would be open to the public and run by the Bay Club.

FOGG has met together with Club management and Elaine on this proposal.  We are awaiting certain legal issues, not related to FOGG, that are still pending.

The Activity Center will be a welcome neighbor to the proposed Teatro ZinZanni Entertainment and Hotel complex on the corner of Broadway and the Embarcadero.

We also understand the lawsuit by the State Lands Commission and our Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, against the City and Proposition B, giving SF citizens the right to review proposed extended height limits on waterfront property, continues to be under review.  San Francisco voters approved Proposition B in the June 3, 2014 election.

This lawsuit is still on track to go to court on February 19, 2017.  If there are any changes we will promptly advise you.

As our FOGG supporters recall, both Lieutenant Governor Newsom and current Mayor Ed Lee were strong supporters of the failed 8 Washington Street high-rise luxury condominium development defeated by San Francisco voters in the November 5, 2013 election.  The existing Club would have been demolished. 

FOGG wishes all of you a happy and warm Thanksgiving Holiday.  We thank you for your continuing support since August, 2003.

WE WILL WIN WITH YOUR HELP!

FOGG Alert – September 16, 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Simon Snellgrove Sells The Piers Development on SF Waterfront

FOGG wants to update you on Simon Snellgrove and his Pacific Water Partners development on the San Francisco waterfront.

Snellgrove has sold the office and retail development at historic Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5.  You can read the story at this link.  SF Business Times Article

As our supporters are long aware, FOGG has been battling Snellgrove for over 10 years as he attempted to build high-rise luxury condominiums – the 8 Washington Street project – that would have demolished our community’s open recreational center – The Bay Club – The Gateway.  The 8 Washington proposed development is just across the Embarcadero from The Piers.

Our District Three Supervisor, Aaron Peskin, sent the Interim SF Port Director, Elaine Forbes, a public request for further information on this sale.  Elaine’s prompt response can be read at the Forbes Email of September 12 2016 Page on this website.

While we say goodbye to Mr. Snellgrove, there are others still hoping to build high-rise buildings on the Club site.  We must continue our vigilance and stay alert to what the future may offer in the way of unneeded development on our community’s open recreational center.

Let us end on a positive note:  Mr. Snellgrove’s restaurants at Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5 are first class, and we thank him for the needed improvements on the waterside of the Embarcadero.  Where he went wrong was trying to cross the street to our neighborhood’s site.

FOGG Open Letter-September 10, 2016

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Summer Kids Camps Scholarships – 2016 Summary

The Summer Kids Camps Scholarships Program was a great success thanks to all of you who donated.  Your generosity allowed over 70 boys and girls from low income areas to attend this wonderful summer program at the Bay Club –The Gateway.

Thank you for your support, and thanks to Bay Club management for their 100% support by providing one dollar for every one that FOGG raised.  It is a great partnership.

FOGG must also recognize the leadership of Lela Woltjer, the Summer Kids Camps Director.  Her well trained staff, and the many volunteers who worked long hours assured that the kids had a great and happy experience in a safe, family friendly environment.

We are already thinking about the 2017 Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.  Should you wish to provide a donation at this time it would be greatly appreciated, as all donations are tax deductible.

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 “2017 Scholarship Fund.”

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

Click on the ‘Donate to 2017 Summer Kids Camp’ yellow donation button.

One more time – THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

FOGG Open Letter – August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8th, 2016

June Osterberg – A True Friend

Most FOGG supporters would not know June Osterberg, but in her own special way she was a strong supporter of FOGG, and our efforts in maintaining the open recreational space we know as Bay Club – The Gateway.

June passed away on August 1, 2016.

As a reporter and friend June always made sure to include FOGG and its mission in many of her writings.

You may read of her fascinating life in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Obituary at this link.  June Osterberg Legacy

FOGG will miss June’s wonderful take on life.

 

FOGG Alert – July 13, 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

State Lands Commission Suit goes to Court February 6, 2017

The San Francisco Examiner reports in the Monday, July 11, 2016 edition that the State Lands Commissions lawsuit against the City of San Francisco challenging the voter’s right to set height limits – Proposition B – on the City’s waterfront goes to trial on February 6, 2017.

The story can be read at this link:  Examiner Article

For our supporters who are not San Francisco voters, Proposition B will let voters decide whether to allow any development on SF Port property to exceed the existing height limits.

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

The SLC, is headed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who also strongly supported the 8 Washington Street 136 foot high rise luxury condominium development that would have demolished Bay Club-The Gateway, our neighborhood outdoor recreational center.

The SF Examiner, in the print edition, stated that “Before the trial begins, a case management conference is scheduled for September 21, 2016.”

FOGG will advise you of further updates.