FOGG Open Letter – October 2, 2010

The SF Port Commissioners, as expected, in lock step with the developers (San Francisco Waterfront Partners) and SF Planning Commission approved 3 to 0 the Port staffs proposed Term Sheet.  At Tuesday’s meeting, they voted to send on the Term Sheet for this development to the Board of Supervisors for their review and approval.

Several documents were presented.  These include the SF Port Director’s approval request, Site Map, Project Proposal and the Term Sheet for the proposed development at Seawall Lot 351/8 Washington Street; a joint development between the City and the Port.  The proposed financial arrangements are included.

This is only a first and small step in the long road for them to proceed with development of the sites, and there is no certainty they will receive the approval the Port seeks.

FOGG strongly urges you to take the time and review the SF Port documents and Term Sheet material.  We can only describe it as a “bait and switch” proposal. These documents can be viewed by clicking on the SF Port Documents Page on this website.

Our second recommendation is for you to read and review the letters that were sent to the Port Commissioners and Executive Director by our lawsuit attorney, Susan Brandt-Hawley, and our land use attorney, Sue Hestor, together with consultant Brad Paul detailing in specific, accurate and comprehensive terms why the Port’s Term Sheet is full of inconsistencies, fallacies and unobtainable goals.  (At least one Commissioner admitted not having read these letters before casting the vote!)

It really is important that you review and study these documents to understand where FOGG and our Coalition partners are heading and where further action will be taken. The link for these letters can be viewed by clicking on FOGG letters Page on this website.

All of this takes a great deal of time, not only by our volunteers, but FOGG must continue to financially support our attorneys and consultant as we need to move the process forward.

We ask that at this time you put forth your tax deductible dollars.  FOGG has been in this battle for over 7 years and is in it for the long haul.

It is up to all of us to provide the financial help to succeed in saving our community’s open recreational space (GGT&SC) and provide a community plan that benefits all neighborhoods along the Embarcadero.

We count on all of you to continue providing the dollars to help make it happen.  Please send your tax deductible donation by check to PDF/FOGG, mailed to Jim Eggert, Treasurer and CPA, 550 Davis Street #46, San Francisco, CA 94111.  In writing your check, please enter on the memo line “tax deductible donation.”

Or you can donate online by clicking on the Donations to FOGG Page on this website.

FOGG looks forward to your continuing and positive response.

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