FOGG Alert – July 4, 2011

There are two important items that we bring to your attention.

ITEM 1.  San Francisco Planning Commission Meeting this Thursday July 7, 2011 beginning at  12:00 noon Room 400,  City Hall.

Led by AND (Asian Neighborhood Design), our Coalition;  Friends of Golden Gateway (FOGG), Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA),  Golden Gateway Tenants Association (GGTA), & Telegraph Hill Dwellers (THD) will give a presentation on “A Community Vision for San Francisco’s Northeast Waterfront.”

Our Coalition’s presentation is first on the Agenda.  You can read the July 7, 2011 Agenda at this link:  Agenda

This Vision Plan, prepared and researched for almost a year by AND with neighborhood volunteers is a positive and comprehensive vision of our Waterfront neighborhood, and the Embarcadero.

This vision balances revenue generating uses with open space and active recreation across all seawall lots and is a plan that is both financially and politically achievable.  It is offered as an alternative to the NE Embarcadero Study prepared by the SF Planning Department which failed to achieve any consensus of acceptance by the neighborhood.

You can read the AND document at this link:  Community Vision.

ITEM 2. Coalition Lawsuit.   We have been advised by our attorney Susan Brandt-Hawley, that the Coalition lawsuit Superior Court hearing scheduled for Wednesday July 13, 2011 has been moved to the third week in September.  The Judge, Ernest H. Goldsmith, has taken a two month leave of absence.

This lawsuit, you will recall was filed against the City and County of San Francisco, SF Planning Commission, SF Port, SF Port Commission, San Francisco Waterfront Partners II, LLC; Pacific Waterfront Properties, and the California State Teachers Retirement System.

We are arguing that the Planning Commission’s endorsement of the Northeast Embarcadero Study and the Port Commission’s approval of the project term sheet together prejudiced the EIR process by essentially pre-approving the project.

This delay, no doubt, does not find the 8 Washington attorney’s too happy.

You can read the Reply Brief filed by our Coalition attorney at this link:  Reply Brief June 2011

The Brief is very informative and provides excellent information concerning the lawsuit.  We urge you to read it.

FOGG will keep you apprised of further developments, and we look forward to seeing you at the July 7, 2011 Planning Commission meeting.

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