FOGG Alert – January 24, 2012

This is FOGG’s first notice of the new date for the hearing on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed 8 Washington/Seawall Lot 351 development before the Planning Commission.

The date has now been set for Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 10:00am, Room 400, City Hall.

The developer is pulling out all the stops in trying to get his project approved by the Planning Commission, Port Commission and finally the Board of Supervisors.  We are expecting a large turnout by our supporters at this February 23rd meeting.  Please mark this date and be prepared to attend.

The Comments and Responses on the Draft EIR were released December 23, 2011.  Those who commented should have received a CD of those responses.  Those who commented should review the responses and point out places where the RESPONSE is insufficient.

For those of you who have not yet responded to the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 EIR and want to do so, FOGG encourages you to write your response now.

If you do not have the compact disc or print copy of the EIR Comments & Responses, it can be obtained by request at paul.maltzer@sfgov.org.

We ask that you move ahead as quickly as possible, and forward your comments to us at coaches@fogg.us for review and collection.  Responses are required no later than February 2, 2012.  We will see that they are delivered to the Planning Commission before the February 9th end date for comments.

Our attorney Sue Hestor has provided guidance on the EIR and how to review it.  Please read the following paragraphs.

The COMMENTS & RESPONSES to the EIR are in two volumes.

The large one (Volume 1) is the actual responses.  The smaller one (Volume 2 – Appendices) is the comment letters and hearing transcript.

The comment letters are each broken down into individual comments.  Each comment has a number in the margin, e.g. C.10.44.c.  In this example “10” is the commenter – Telegraph Hill Dwellers.  “44.c” is the particular comment by THD.

Most of you will be reading from a CD, you have a search capability that makes review a lot easier.

When you open the CD there are a series of chapters, including a complete list of the commenters.

Depending on WHAT was the substance of your comments, the “reply” to your comment can be located in the “chapter”/topic area of the comment.  The text of each chapter repeats each relevant comment.

Open the chapter/topic and type in YOUR NAME (last name probably sufficient) in the search box. If your name shows up in that chapter, the search will take you to your name/comment. It may be in more than one location. When you get to that place in the text, you will also see comments made by others on that or a similar topic.

If you commented on more than one issue, you should type in your name under each chapter just to see if your comment was split into several areas. (Always a good idea for everyone – sometimes the “answer” is in a place where you wouldn’t have thought was “right.”)

FEEL FREE TO CHALLENGE THE ANSWER – with particulars if possible.  Since ths is an EIR, the correctness and clarity of a response is what we are looking for.

EMOTIONS, ARGUMENTS are not what are at issue.  This is NOT about whether the project SHOULD BE APPROVED, but about whether the EIR has provided accurate and adequate information.

If you have and questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by responding to this email.

FOGG knows you will give this your best shot and participate to the fullest.

Thanks for all your hard work.

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