FOGG Alert – May 31, 2012


Dozens of FOGG Supporters ‘took a walk’ at the Tuesday, May 29, 2012 SF Port Commission meeting when the Commissioners rubber stamped the 8 Washington Street/SWL351 luxury condominium project.

After sitting through a tedious and predictable half hour presentation by Port staff of why the Commissioners should approve the project, we had our turn.

Janet Lautenberger presented our ‘YOU DO NOT LISTEN’ ultimatum as to why we are steadfastly united in opposition to the development and have plenty of fight left.  We are not going to just sit around and accept the Port’s decision. You may read her statement by clicking on the ‘May 2012 Port Commission Statement’ on this website.

After Janet’s statement, the FOGG Supporters stood up and walked out of the room!

A hearty ‘Well Done’ to all who attended.  We thank you.

We also want to thank Theo Armour for recording the event.  As soon as it is available we will put it on our website for viewing.

A few of our people stayed on to present more testimony in support of our position, but FOGG’s actions took the steam out of the remainder of the meeting.  The Commission Meeting Room became 2/3 empty after we departed.

There’s still long and difficult work ahead, but we did show that our FOGG volunteers will continue to be with us in larger numbers than the opposition thought possible.

Two pending Board of Supervisors Committee hearings are just ahead of us:

Monday, June 4, 2012.  Land Use Committee, 1:00 pm – City Hall

Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  Budget/Finance Committee, 10:00 am – City Hall

By this coming weekend we should be able to send you more details on these important meetings.

In the meantime FOGG again thanks all of you who attended the Port Commission meeting.  A great job of letting them know we are still in this to win.

FOGG Open Letter – May 26, 2012


FOGG and its many volunteers have been working 24/7 these past weeks in saving our Community’s open recreational center (GGT&SC).  We will not let these hours of work slow us from raising funds for Kids Camp.  We want to sponsor more kids this year from low income housing areas and we ask for your help.

While FOGG is continuing its intense efforts to stop developer Simon Snellgrove and his 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium project, we feel now is the time to renew our efforts as Summer Kids Camp starts soon, and runs for 16 exciting weeks.

With your tax deductible donations FOGG can send deserving youngsters for the time of their lives this summer in a safe and family friendly environment.

We thank those who have already donated.  We need as many of you as possible to make a contribution now.

Please send your tax deductible donation to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.  Please make your checks out to PDF/FOGG, and on the memo line write “Scholarship”.

Or you can donate online by clicking on the ‘Donations to FOGG’ link on this website.

FOGG knows that our many supporters will provide the necessary funds for this worthwhile cause, and will make another positive statement why we must preserve our Community’s open recreational center.

Remember for every two kids that we can support GGT&SC will sponsor another child. This means three kids for every two FOGG sponsors.

FOGG needs your help and we look forward to your positive and continuing support.

FOGG ALERT – May 24, 2012

PORT COMMISSION MEETING – Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The SF Port Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to vote on the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 financial deal and approval of the development.

The meeting begins at 3:15pm and will be in the Ferry Building, 2nd Floor, Port Commission Hearing Room.

We urge our FOGG supporters to attend, and to be on time.  This is a very important meeting, and we wish to show how united we are in opposing the Port Commission actions.

Again, FOGG really needs a large number of our team to be in attendance.

That’s Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 3:15pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

FOGG ALERT – May 18, 2012


FOGG wishes to thank the dozens of Supporters who gave testimony at the Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting.  Our team was well organized and presented factual and important testimony.  It couldn’t have been better.

FOGG must also recognize the many letters and emails you sent in support of FOGG, and signing the online petition form.  It is not too late to add your name to the over 1,100 people who have already shown their support.  You can sign the Petition at this link.  Stop 8 Washington Petition

Our District Three Supervisor and Board President, David Chiu, deserves a special “Thank You” for his efforts in asking important questions of the Planning Department, and the developer’s attorney, that they had a difficult time trying to answer.

In spite of his efforts our two appeals went down by a vote of 8 – 3, at the Board of Supervisors.  The majority were in lock step with the developer, while President Chiu did have the support of Supervisors Campos and Avalos.

We must accept what has happened.  This is a setback.  FOGG however is confident that we will prevail.  We need your support, so please stay with us.

There are several options available to us and our volunteers are pursuing them vigorously.  We will keep you advised as our actions unfold in the coming days.

Important meetings are occurring soon that we want you to be aware of.  Here is the upcoming schedule.  We ask that you participate and state your position.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 3:15pm.  Port Commission meeting on the financial deal & approval of the development.

Monday, June 4, 2012, 1:00pm.  Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee (Mar, Cohen, Wiener).  Issues to be considered are the Height Increase in the Northeast Waterfront Area Plan for the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 development and Height Increase in Zoning Map.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 10:00am.  Board of Supervisors Budget/Finance Subcommittee (Chu, Avalos, Kim).  Issue to be considered is the SF Port financial deal for the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 development.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 2:00pm.  Board of Supervisors.  Issues to be considered are the SF Port financial deal (from Budget & Finance) and the General Plan Amendment – Height Increase in Northeast Waterfront Area Plan and Height Increase in Zoning Map – First Reading (from Land Use Committee)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:00pm.  Board of Supervisors.  Height Increase in Zoning Map- Second Reading.

If this schedule is completed and the issues pass, project approval could go to Mayor for signature as early as the SAME DAY, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

FOGG will continue to work at 100% with our thousands of supporters to preserve our community’s open recreational center and provide a real positive plan to better the Embarcadero Northeast Waterfront.

We need everyone’s support, and look forward to your comments.

FOGG ALERT – May 12, 2012


We want to update you on the upcoming 8 Washington Street/Seawall 351 proposed development meeting schedules.

Here is some good news.  Cooler and more sensible heads have prevailed.

The Board of Supervisors Budget & Finance Subcommittee scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – just one hour after the SF Port Commission had scheduled their meeting on the 8 Washington/SWL351 project approval and Public Trust land exchange – HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.  The new date is Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Further, the Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee (Supervisors Mar, Cohen and Wiener) will meet on Monday, June 4, 2012 about the 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 proposed development.

That SF Port Commission hearing on Wednesday, May 16th for project approval and land exchange has ALSO HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.  The new date is Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

As of this writing the Board of Supervisors will still meet on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) & Conditional Use Permit (CUP) this Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:00pm, City Hall, Room 250.

FOGG asks that as many of our supporters as possible be at this hearing early as we expect a large crowd.

We will provide more information on the May 29th, June 4th and June 6th meetings when it becomes available and has been confirmed.

See you on Tuesday and thanks to everyone for their continued support.

May 10, 2012-Sign the Petition-Act Now


Sign the Petition at this link:  Stop 8 Washington Petition


The Board of Supervisors will be voting YES or NO on this proposed development on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  The meeting is in Room 250 at City Hall beginning at 4:00 pm.

Please SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION and send your statement to ALL ELEVEN SF SUPERVISORS voicing your opposition to the proposed 8 Washington Street/Seawall Lot 351 luxury condominium development.

We need your help.  Please act now!