I invite all of you to attend a meeting at the downtown office of the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLC (SOM) in San Francisco. Address: 1 Front Street #2400. I like to introduce the firm who designed the One World Trade Center (aka Freedom Tower) in New York City and a community developer to the people who are concern about the future of Freedom West. The hope is that we can submit an alternative plan to HUD at the end of May, aside from the one proposed by The Related Companies whom the Board is exclusively working with.
The meeting will start 1:00pm but it’ll be good if you arrive earlier like 12:30pm so that our meeting can start on time. These are two good organizations I feel very comfortable with and I hope we’ll all have a good time 24 floors above street level. You don’t need to be shareholders to attend this event. Anyone who cares – son, daughters, nephews, concerned friends, etc. – are welcome. Tell your neighbors.
If we like the meeting, I would like those attend sign a petition to do our own shareholders meeting introducing the team to other residents who couldn’t come.
I consider this meeting as shareholders actions because we believe ordinary shareholders can do things that can affect Freedom West. Shareholders can make things happen too, not just the Board. So I hope you can come away feeling empowered afterward.
I met the Architect of the New York One World Trade Center Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP (SOM), and realize they have the design expertise, understanding of urban development, innovative approach, and most importantly, excited to work with Freedom West to realize a better community, preserve our independence at the same time create an expanded vibrant neighborhood. We met up with a community developer who would work with us as partners and committed to bring our visions into reality. I especially emphasized we must keep our co-op whole, create a senior friendly living environment, and ensure resident-affordability, not “affordable housing”. We are going to meet these people.
I went nowhere with the Board on my initiative. So now I’m asking you to come with me to visit SOM’s downtown office. This will give us an opportunity to meet the community developer and the architect. They will have presentation of their experience and opportunity to share our story with them, participation is the most important element in grassroots development process.
In the meeting we will sign a petition to invite the team to Freedom West to spend more time with us and meeting more residents (We want 30 signatures). This is a Shareholders Initiative and we are exercising People Power. All these years we allowed ourselves led by the nose but that’s no longer acceptable, neither for any boards nor for us. Remember, we people must take matters into our own hands. We must exercise that power or else others would do that for us.
WE NEED ALTERNATIVES!
THIS IS CRITICAL!!LET’S GO MONDAY at 1 pm