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surrounding us today. some of the other people working. i know tommy o'connor from the firefighters. the police representatives. along with the board of supervisors. there was a lot of number crunching to people were fully prepared when the move to the table. this is historic. i am really proud of both the public sector and the private sector that we can craft this kind of resolution. thank you. [applause] mayor lee: i also said the transparency was well beyond the labor unions as well, as well as our city workers. so, i know this transparency was reflected in the san francisco chamber of commerce and their ongoing participation. they listened very quickly to our efforts. >> thank you, mayor lee. the chamber of commerce and the
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entire business community of san francisco want to thank you for your leadership, and supervisor tells burns -- supervisor tells burns -- supervisor elsbernd, for your leadership. businesses have had to reduce their work forces. we have 40,000 unemployed san franciscans. it was time that we faced the reality of helping the city of just -- i just needed pension reforms. we're pleased to be part of this process. again, the best kind of reform is consensus reform. there are many times when you see in front of you city leaders, labor leaders, business leaders agreeing this is the right solution of the right time. thank you, mayor, again for your leadership, and we look forward
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to balancing the city budget and getting a raw economy back on track. thank you. [applause] mayor lee: by the way, if you are keeping count, i counted nine supervisors here. the other two who could not make it, i believe it was because they could not get here on time. we also have with us david metcalf from spur. we had a representative from the labor foundation. i also want to emphasize tim paulsen stood up for working families. that included rebecca ryan, roxanne sanchez, tom o'connor, tim paulsen, and we are joined
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by the fire chief joann hayes- white. i want to make sure i recognize throughout the process that our city attorney contributed to all the legal questions that came up. knowing how difficult these aspects were, they stepped up to help us review all these proposals. with that, this press conference is concluded, and we will move forward. yes, we will take questions. >> [unintelligible] >> first of all -- [unintelligible] in this proposal, we're talking about 35%. how can we afford that? mayor lee: it does, but
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obviously we have a long-term view on this. our talks relations indicates -- our copulations indicate this over 10 years. a lot will depend on how -- our calculations indicate the server 10 years. a lot will depend on how our investments do. we've always said employee contributions would be the major part and for a lot of current sacrifices are reflected. >> 35% -- it never gets to 35%. [unintelligible] mayor lee: it is a safety net. we have made the calculations just in case. >> [unintelligible] mayor lee: the very first year
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this takes effect, we anticipate $60 million in year 2013. in addition to that, all the new hires will begin contributing in a different way beginning january of next year. that is the savings. there is no smoothing in this process, because there is no smoothing in the economics of what we are facing. so we did not consider that a dog. >> the 10-year plan will not get going before a couple of years. mayor lee: we do have labor contracts in place right now that we have to honor. we currently have a lot of obligations that we have to honor with current retirees. so we did not touch that the legal obligation. so we had to start making significant changes as of nest -- next fiscal year.
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>> [unintelligible] mayor lee: the service employees are right here. they are right here among us. >> [unintelligible] can you talk about how they came on board? >> i would just say, we are happy to be here today. [laughter] i am the staff director in san francisco for the service employees. i am joined by members of our bargaining team. we are pleased to be here. we are especially thankful to warren hellman for his guidance and participation. we do have meetings with the mayor, issues we will be discussing. it is a healthy process and we're happy to participate. >> [unintelligible] >> we will be discussing with
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the mayor. >> analysis negotiation different from previous years? >> negotiation is always a difficult process. both sides come in with their interests and ideas. what was different is we spent a great deal of time at the beginning and got beat up from the press because of the time that we did take because -- so that we fully understood what was going into the discussions. >> there is a particular elected official not ammonia. [unintelligible] mayor lee: i did meet with him yesterday. we explained our proposals. we will leave it to him whether he wants to present those or not. we to believe that our consensus approach is the right thing to do. it signals that if you do want a sacrifice, you have to work directly with people who will offer that sacrifice and will do
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it in a way which is comprehensive and reflective of the values of san francisco. that is what we have done. i leave mr. adachi to his viewpoint. i am sure he has to recognize this is the official city family and he does not represent that. >> [unintelligible] do you think that was in his interest? mayor lee: i do not. the city attorney has been giving us advice. there is no doubt in my mind that that advice has been completely apart from anything that is political. we have kept politics out of this and focused on the numbers and the legality of the proposals we presented, and we are extremely confident this will pass before the board of supervisors and the public in november. mayor lee: >> lee: thank you.
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>> this lodge is home to some of the best fly casting pools in the world. these shallow concrete pools don't have fish. this is just a place where people come to practice their fly casting technique. ith was built in the 1930's and ever since, people have been coming here to get back to nature. every year, the world championship of fly casting is
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held in san francisco and visitors from all over the globe travel to be here. >> we are here with phil, general manage of san francisco rec and parks department at the anglers lodge. what do you think about this? >> it is spectacular, travis from oregon, taught me a snake roll and a space cast. >> there are people from all over the world come to san francisco and say this is the place to be. >> yeah. it's amazing, we have teams from all over the world here today and they are thrilled. >> i flew from ireland to be here. and been practicing since for the competition. all the best casters in the world come here. my fellow countryman came in first place and james is on the current team and he is the head man. >> it's unique.
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will not see anything like it where you go to compete in the world. competitions in ireland, scotland, norway, japan, russia each year, the facilities here in the park are second to none. there is no complex in the world that can touch it. >> i'm here with bob, and he has kindly agreed to tell me everything i need to know about casting. i'm going to suit up and next, we're in the water. >> what any gentleman should do. golden gate angling has free lessons the second saturday of every month. we have equipment show up on the 9:30 on the second saturday of every month and we'll teach them to fly cast. >> ok. we are in the water. >> let me acquaint you with the
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fly rod. >> nice to meet you. >> this is the lower grip and the upper grip. this is a reel and a fly line. we are going to use the flex of this rod to fling away. exactly as you moved your hands. >> that's it? >> that's it. >> i'm a natural. >> push both arms forward and snap the lower hand into your tummy. push forward. >> i did gave it a try and had great time but i might need some more practice. i met someone else with real fly casting skills. her name is donna and she is an international fly casting champion. >> i have competed in the casting ponds in golden gate park in san francisco. i have been to japan and norway for fly casting competition. i spend my weekends here at the club and at the casting pond.
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it's a great place to learn and have fun. on a season day like this, it was the perfect spot to be. i find fly casting very relaxing and also at the same time very challenging sport. takes me out into the nature. almost like drawing art in the air. and then i can make these beautiful loops out there. >> even though people from across the globe come here to compete, it's still a place where locals in the know relax and enjoy some rely unique scenery. until next time, get out and play!
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>> what if you could make a memorial that is more about information and you are never fixed and it can go wherever it wants to go? everyone who has donated to it could use it, host it, share it. >> for quite a great deal of team she was hired in 2005, she struggled with finding the correct and appropriate visual expression. >> it was a bench at one point. it was a darkened room at another point. but the theme always was a theme of how do we call people's attention to the issue of speci species extinction.
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>> many exhibits do make long detailed explanations about species decline and biology of birds and that is very useful for lots of purposes. but i think it is also important to try to pull at the strings inside people. >> missing is not just about specific extinct or endangered species. it is about absence and a more fundamental level of not knowing what we are losing and we need to link species loss to habitat loss and really focuses much on the habitat. >> of course the overall mission of the academy has to do with two really fundamental and important questions. one of which is the nature of life. how did we get here? the second is the challenge of sustainability. if we are here how are we going to find a way to stay?
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these questions resonated very strongly with maya. >> on average a species disappears every 20 minutes. this is the only media work that i have done. i might never do another one because i'm not a media artist per se but i have used the medium because it seemed to be the one that could allow me to convey the sounds and images here. memorials to me are different from artworks. they are artistic, but memorials have a function. >> it is a beautiful scupltural objective made with bronze and lined with red wood from water tanks in clear lake. that is the scupltural form that gives expression to maya's project.
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if you think about a cone or a bull horn, they are used to get the attention of the crowd, often to communicate an important message. this project has a very important message and it is about our earth and what we are losing and what we are missing and what we don't even know is gone. >> so, what is missing is starting with an idea of loss, but in a funny way the shape of this cone is, whether you want to call it like the r.c.a. victor dog, it is listen to the earth and what if we could create a portal that could look at the past, the present and the future? >> you can change what is then missing by changing the software, by changing what is projected and missing. so, missing isn't a static installation. it is an installation that is going to grow and change over time. and she has worked to bring all of this information together from laboratory after laboratory including, fortunately, our great fwroup of researche e-- g
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researchers at the california academy. >> this couldn't have been more site specific to this place and we think just visually in terms of its scupltural form it really holds its own against the architectural largest and grandeur of the building. it is an unusual compelling object. we think it will draw people out on the terrace, they will see the big cone and say what is that. then as they approach the cone tell hear these very unusual sounds that were obtained from the cornell orinthology lab. >> we have the largest recording of birds, mammals, frogs and insects and a huge library of videos. so this is an absolutely perfect opportunity for us to team up with a world renown, very creative inspirational artist and put the sounds and sights of the animals that we study into a brand-new context, a context
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that really allows people to appreciate an esthetic way of the idea that we might live in the world without these sounds or sites. >> in the scientific realm it is shifting baselines. we get used to less and less, diminished expectations of what it was. >> when i came along lobsters six feet long and oysters 12 inches within they days all the oyster beds in new york, manhattan, the harbor would clean the water. so, just getting people to wake up to what was just literally there 200 years ago, 150 years ago. you see the object and say what is that. you come out and hear these intriguing sounds, sounds like i have never heard in my life. and then you step closer and you almost have a very intimate experience. >> we could link to different institutions around the globe,
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maybe one per continent, maybe two or three in this country, then once they are all networked, they begin to communicate with one another and share information. in 2010 the website will launch, but it will be what you would call an informational website and then we are going to try to, by 2011, invite people to add a memory. so in a funny way the member rely grows and there is something organic about how this memorial begins to have legs so to speak. so we don't know quite where it will go but i promise to keep on it 10 years. my goal is to raise awareness and then either protect forests from being cut down or reforest in ways that promote biodiversity. >> biodiverse city often argued to be important for the world's human populations because all of the medicinal plants and uses
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that we can put to it and fiber that it gives us and food that it gives us. while these are vital and important and worth literally hundreds of billions of dollars, the part that we also have to be able to communicate is the more spiritual sense of how important it is that we get to live side by side with all of these forms that have three billion years of history behind them and how tragic it would be not commercially and not in a utilitarian way but an emotio l emotional, psychological, spiritual way if we watch them one by one disappear. >> this is sort of a merger between art and science and advocacy in a funny way getting people to wake unand realize what is going on -- wake up and realize what is going on. so it is a memborial trying to get us to interpret history and look to the past. they have always been about lacking at the past so we proceed forward and maybe don't
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commit the same mistakes. >> the public wants to access particular information about your house or neighborhood we point them to gis. gis is a combination of maps and data. not a graphic you see on a screen. you get the traffic for the streets the number of crimes for a police district in a period of time. if the idea of combining the different layerce of information and stacking them on top of each other to present to the public. >> other types of gis are web based mapping systems. like google earth, yahoo maps.
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microsoft. those are examples of on line mapping systems that can be used to find businesses or get driving directions or check on traffic conditions. all digital maps. >> gis is used in the city of san francisco to better support what departments do. >> you imagine all the various elements of a city including parcels and the critical infrastructure where the storm drains are. the city access like the traffic lights and fire hydrants. anything you is represent in a geo graphic space with be stored for retrieval and analysis. >> the department of public works they maintain what goes on in the right-of-way, looking to dig up the streets to put in a
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pipe. with the permit. with mapping you click on the map, click on the street and up will come up the nchgz that will help them make a decision. currently available is sf parcel the assessor's application. you can go to the assessor's website and bring up a map of san francisco you can search by address and get information about any place in san francisco. you can search by address and find incidents of crime in san francisco in the last 90 days. we have [inaudible] which allows you to click on a map and get nchldz like your supervisor or who your supervisor is.
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the nearest public facility. and through the sf applications we support from the mayor's office of neighborhood services. you can drill down in the neighborhood and get where the newest hospital or police or fire station. >> we are positive about gis not only people access it in the office but from home because we use the internet. what we used to do was carry the large maps and it took a long time to find the information. >> it saves the city time and money. you are not taking up the time of a particular employee at the assessor's office. you might be doing things more efficient. >> they have it ready to go and say, this is what i want. >> they are finding the same
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things happening on the phone where people call in and ask, how do i find this information? we say, go to this website and they go and get the information easily. >> a picture tells a thousand stories. some say a map
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