The 50th Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.
Attendees were: Bill Benkavitch, Allan Brotsky, Muriel Brotsky, Chad Brubacker, Jim Eggert, Al Glassgold, Lorraine Honig, Victor Honig, Bob Iwersen, Joan McCormick, Nan McGuire, Lee Radner, Monica St. Geme, Jim Stevens, Martie Young.
1 Chairman Lee Radner stated that 2008 will be the make or break year for saving the Club. Developer Simon Snellgrove is moving forward aggressively with his plan to develop the Club site with 170 luxury condominiums and a 500 space underground parking garage.
2 Jim Eggert presented his report on FOGG finances. Attorney’s bills for December 2007 have been paid. The account balance is becoming a concern should the present expense rate continue. The Committee agreed that more work will need to be done in the next several months. Raising additional funds is very important. The Committee discussed several ways to raise additional funds. Chad Brubaker agreed to look into an internet based fund raising enterprise. Several other members offered other ideas, including a FOGG fundraising event, similar to the May 2004 event which was extremely successful. Committee members will be working on these ideas in the coming weeks.3 The Committee discussed the need to keep members informed of what is happening with the proposed development. Informal surveys indicate that many members do not know that the Club is in peril, or believe that the proposed development has already been defeated. All Committee members agreed to make an extra effort to inform Club members personally of what is happening and direct them to the FOGG web site for more information. Lee Radner told the attendees that he has a supply of the FOGG flyers prepared late last year, and to contact him for additional copies. 4 The Committee discussed the status of the FOGG response to the Notice Of Preparation (NOP), the SF Planning Department issued on December 8, 2007. (Click on this link to see the NOP 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 Project Notice of Preparation (NOP).) There was a short discussion about the NOP statement that all tennis memberships would be discontinued. This statement seems to counter previous statements by the developer that alternative tennis facilities were being investigated for member’s use while the project was being built. FOGG attorney Sue Hestor secured an extension of the January 10, 2008 response date to January 25, 2008 as several critical documents which have been requested from the SF Port Authority and other agencies have not yet been received and still need to be reviewed. Martie Young has begun drafting the FOGG response and the draft is very comprehensive. The Committee thanked Martie for his fine work.5 The Committee discussed its effort to contact the California State Teachers Retirement System (CALSTRS) which is the financial supporter of the developer. Theo Armour is pursuing this initiative. FOGG’s intent is to make CALSTRS aware of the neighborhood opposition and ask them to allow FOGG to present its position concerning the proposed development. The Committee thanks Theo for his efforts on this critical initiative.
6 The Committee discussed Bob Iwersen’s alternative design for the Club site. This alternative design will be incorporated into the FOGG NOP response. The Committee thanked Bob for his excellent work on this alternative design. FOGG believes there are more ways to develop this site than the developer has proposed, and the open recreational space can be retained. However, making as much money as possible seems to be the plan of the current developer.
7 The Committee decided to begin contacting other organizations with the intent to gain their support in opposition to the proposed development. Several Committee members agreed to do so, and will report back on their efforts.
8 An Open Letter to FOGG supporters will be issued within the next week advising everyone of what needs to be done.
9 FOGG again thanks everyone who has made their tax deductible contribution in response to our December Open Letter. As always, donations are welcome either through by clicking on the Donations to FOGG link on this web site or by sending a check made out to Agape/FOGG to James Eggert, CPA, 550 Davis Court #46, San Francisco, CA 94111.
10 The next Committee meeting will be at the call of the Chair.