FOGG Alert – January 4, 2017

State Lands Commission Lawsuit – Update

FOGG wishes you a very Happy and Healthy 2017!

In our FOGG ALERT dated July 13, 2016, we advised you that the State Lands Commission’s (SLC) lawsuit against the City of San Francisco, would negate the voter’s right to set height limits – Proposition B – on waterfront property was going to trial on February 6, 2017.

The SLC is led by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

The San Francisco voters overwhelmingly voted for Proposition B (58% plus) in the June 3, 2014 election.

FOGG can now provide you with an UPDATE:

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016 the SLC and the City attorney’s met in Superior Court before Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos, to see if a settlement agreement could be reached.

They could not.

Judge Bolanos has therefore set the date of May 31, 2017 for a hearing on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgement.

After the May 31, 2017 hearing, Judge Bolanos will have the opportunity to rule in favor of one or the other party based on the legal arguments information submitted to that point.

If that does not happen there will be a trial on September 11, 2017.

How does this affect FOGG and the Bay Club – The Gateway?

Should the City of San Francisco lose the court case, the SLC could allow developers to build on the Gateway Club site at heights higher than allowed.

We can thank Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who heads up the SLC, for this continual effort by him to bring more dollars from developers to reach his goal to be Governor.

We should not forget it was Newsom and Mayor Ed Lee, who were strong supporters of Simon Snellgrove’s high rise luxury condominium project, known as 8 Washington.  This development would have demolished the Bay Club – The Gateway site.

It would have been a Wall on the Waterfront that would forever change the openness of the waterfront on the northeast corridor of the Embarcadero.

FOGG is optimistic that the voters of San Francisco will eventually prevail, but we must keep vigilant and let Lt. Governor Newsom and his cohorts know they should stop this nonsense that only lines their pockets and those of their developer buddies.

We will keep you updated on any additional information that becomes available.

Once again, Happy New Year to all our Friends and Supporters!


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