Open Letter – October 5, 2007

Hello FOGG Supporters!

Friends of Golden Gateway first wants to welcome aboard our new team members.  We are now at our highest level of membership.

FOGG volunteers and our attorney, Sue Hestor, had a very active and busy summer working with our coalition partners (Telegraph Hill Dwellers, Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association) to keep Seawall Lot 351 (Port property) within the Public Trust.  SB815 sponsored by Senator Carole Migden, has passed both the Senate & Assembly, and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.  With its passage SB815 keeps the developers from constructing private housing on this parking lot that abuts the Club location. None of this could have been done without hours of effort and a great deal of dollars to do our research and pay for the excellent legal services of our attorney.FOGG still has much work to do, and it will take more volunteer time and financial support to succeed in the efforts to save our open recreational space. We now ask our FOGG friends and supporters to step up to the plate and make their tax deductible contributions so we can succeed in our mission. We appreciate that some have already contributed to the cause.  Now is the time to broaden our financial base.  As the year comes to a close we all look for opportunities to make the right decision in contributing to a worthwhile cause.  We are convinced that FOGG is the answer to save our open recreational space. Remember your contribution is tax deductible.  Contributions should be made to AGAPE/FOGG.  On the check memo line note “2007 tax deduction donation.”  Mail it to James Eggert, Treasurer, 550 Davis St. #46, San Francisco, 94111.  Donations may also be made on this web site by clicking on the Donations to FOGG link.  Our FOGG volunteers will continue their efforts, and we know you will, with your financial support, help bring this endeavor to a positive conclusion. Recent activities by Simon Snellgrove the developer, bears out why additional monies are needed now.  He has hired a new architect firm – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (very expensive), is working with two very influential lobbyists and public relations persons, and is continually calling meetings with various community groups, using the “divide and conquer” scheme to separate his opposition.  He is trying to salvage the Seawall Lot needed to build his two massive condominium buildings and underground parking lot by seeking to exchange another parcel of land for the Seawall Lot.  And, he is sending out very expensive brochure mailings.  In other words he is spending lots of money in trying to sell his project to the community and public officials.  If we let him succeed, their goes the neighborhood. Finally, we are working closely with other recreational groups to make permanent the protection of recreational space throughout the City, as the interim resolution expires next year.  All of this takes many hours and frankly a sizeable amount of financial resources to continue this effort.  We know you won’t let FOGG or the greater community down. Thank you for your continuing support. 

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