FOGG Alert – May 27, 2011

There are two very important upcoming events that will have a significant impact on our mission to preserve the neighborhood’s open recreational space.

WEDNESDAY JULY 13 2011.  This is the hearing date for our Coalition Lawsuit before Superior Court Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith.  This will be the preliminary hearing on the merits of the case.  The Opening Brief can be read at the May 2011 Opening Brief Link on this website.

THURSDAY JULY 21 2011.  The S.F. Planning Commission on this day will hear the San Francisco Waterfront Partners (Simon Snellgrove) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the proposed 8 Washington Street luxury condominium project.

FOGG will need a good, vocal turnout at this meeting.  FOGG will advise you when the EIR will be heard on July 21, and provide you with as much detail as possible.

The EIR requires a 60 day review process, so you will have that time period to review SFWP’s presentation.  FOGG expects the EIR document to be available by the middle of June.  We will send you an Alert when the EIR has been published.  The Alert will have a link to the EIR so that you can download and review it.

If you wish to receive a print copy or CD of the EIR at no cost, please email nannie.turrell@sfgov.org. You will receive the EIR by mail or CD at no cost.

It is not yet clear exactly what import the imminent EIR publication and its possible certification will have on the Coalition lawsuit.  But the publication will not moot or weaken our case.

The Planning Commission review is only a first step.  Since the EIR requests a land swap with Seawall Lot 351, the State Lands Commission must review and approve the request.  This is a Public Trust issue.  The Planning Commission could approve the EIR with the proviso “subject to approval of the State Lands Commission”.  There is also an Appeals Process with the Planning Commission and the State Lands Commission.  And, the S.F. Board of Supervisors review and approval of the 8 Washington EIR will be required.

In summary, there is a long way to go before the 8 Washington Street project is approved.  We will win this, but your financial support is critical to assuring we do.

All this takes a great deal of time and effort by our volunteers, land use attorney and consultant.  Your tax deductible donation helps continue this important and vital effort to preserve our open recreational space. We ask that you make a tax-deductible donation to continue our 8 year long fight to preserve our neighborhood open recreational space.

We really need your tax-deductible donations so our efforts can continue.  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 link on this website.

FOGG looks forward to your heeding our call for financial support, it is critical to our continued success.

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