FOGG Open Letter – March 29, 2011

Last week the San Francisco Examiner had a front page headline: “Where are the children?” The story is about families leaving the City for more reasonable housing and better schools – “San Francisco becoming a child-free zone.” According to the SF Examiner article the City has 74,000 fewer children growing up in San Francisco than in 1960, a 40% decline in the youth population.  The article can be read at this link:   Article

FOGG agrees that the greatest contributing factors are the lack of moderate priced housing and need for a vastly improved school system.

There is a third factor when it comes to a better quality of life – recreational facilities.

FOGG has no control over the housing and education issues, but we can provide an outlet for recreation that is desperately needed for our youth in the City. Continue reading “FOGG Open Letter – March 29, 2011”

FOGG Open Letter – March 19, 2011

FOGG wishes to thank our Coalition partners, Telegraph Hill Dwellers (THD) for a very informative and entertaining Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 on the upcoming America’s Cup Race, and its potential impact on our neighborhoods.  We also appreciate the number of FOGG Supporters who attended the meeting.

Following is a brief review of this Community Meeting.

Michael Corbett, Architectural Historian and author gave a very well documented visual overview of the SF Port’s history.  His presentation gave an interesting perspective of the Waterfront and was an excellent start to the evening.

David Chiu, District 3 Supervisor and Board President, gave an in-depth update on recent negotiations with America’s Cup sponsors, and expressed some concerns about the financial agreements that are still being worked out.  Supervisor Chiu assured us that the challenges will eventually be resolved.  Supervisor Chiu feels the America’s Cup Race will be a real plus for our City.

While the America’s Cup Race can be a plus it will also have a direct impact on FOGG’s mission to preserve the neighborhood’s community recreational center (GGT&SC).

In that respect Supervisor Chiu made two statements to those in attendance that we feel are positive to our efforts.

He said:” I oppose any high rises being built along the Northeast Embarcadero Corridor, and I oppose the 8 Washington project!”

FOGG, and we are sure our Coalition partners, applaud those statements. Continue reading “FOGG Open Letter – March 19, 2011”

FOGG Open Letter – March 3, 2011

On Wednesday, February 23rd, we attended with many of our Coalition partners a Scoping Meeting at Pier 1 concerning the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the upcoming America’s Cup Races. The Port staff made their presentation as they prepare for developing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

You can read the Planning Department’s NOP by clicking on this link.  We suggest it is worth doing.  America’s CupContinue reading “FOGG Open Letter – March 3, 2011”