The 52nd Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.
Attendees were: Bill Benkavitch, Allan Brotsky, Muriel Brotsky, Sue Hestor, Bob Iwersen, Charlotte Mayfield, Joan McCormick, Nan McGuire, Eric Nath, Lee Radner, Rogene Radner, Diane Root, Lloyd Root, Martie Young.
1 Chairman Lee Radner reported on several topics related to the SF Port plan for development of Seawall Lot 351, primarily concerning parking. The Port engineering staff has been asked to investigate whether the parking on Pier ½ – which is scheduled to close on September 15, 2008 because of safety concerns – could be extended. CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), which manages the Ferry Building concessions is looking into an alternative parking area near the Vitale Hotel, and they have an agreement with Boston Properties for reduced rate parking in the Embarcadero lots. This brings into question why another 500 space underground lot, as proposed by San Francisco Waterfront Partners brings any benefit to the neighborhood.
2 The Committee discussed the upcoming Port meeting on May 27th where a presentation is expected to be given concerning the Request For Proposals (RFP) to develop Seawall Lot 351. Lee Radner expects to obtain the staff report from the Port by the end of the week. He plans to issue a FOGG Alert advising FOGG supporters to attend the meeting on the 27th and testify, or if not able to attend, to submit written comments to the Port. The draft design and development objectives for Seawall Lot 351 from the Port are available from this link. SF Port Lot 351
3 Attorney Sue Hestor discussed with the Committee the issue of rising water levels in San Francisco Bay. She has sent a letter to the SF Port stating that if the Port votes to request proposals in response to an RFP, the full range of issues relating to the rising water table must be addressed. There has been no response from the Port as of this date.
4 Lee Radner advised the Committee of an excellent opportunity brought forward by FOGG supporter Carla Laser. Carla has offered to produce a ½ hour public access TV show about FOGG and its efforts to save the Club. A subcommittee has been formed and is developing a script. More information will be available in the coming weeks. FOGG thanks Carla for her desire to help.
5 Lee Radner updated the Committee on contacting the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). CalSTRS has not responded to FOGG letters or phone calls. Follow up action by FOGG is planned.
6 FOGG finances are holding up in spite of heavy expenses so far this year. Attorney’s bills have been paid. A fund raising event later this year is still being considered. Raising additional funds is very important, and FOGG again thanks everyone who has made their tax deductible contribution in response to our call for funds. As always, donations are welcome either through 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.
7 The next Committee meeting will be at the call of the Chair.