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karen cansino, very instrumental in the distribution of our gazette, we're putting the gazette -- it was in the examiner two weeks ago. 130,000 copies distributed around the city. so, hopefully it fell in the hands of 130,000 people. and we are also distributing in all the libraries around the city. and while in speaking engagements, we talk about the civil grand jury. it is an excellent outreach item for us. we also have hal smith who is on the board [speaker not understood], and our current foreperson, mark [speaker not understood]. would you like to say anything about your jury service? >> well, i'm very grateful, one, to be selected. two, to have an incredible group of jurors to work with, representative of all aspects
of san francisco communities and educational background. and it's been incredible to view what the city has to offer in a really intimate way. and we look forward to carrying on a rich tradition of following up with past reports, doing past juries proud, and we look forward to putting out some good reports. >> thank you. we also have, and i'm not going to call you out because i don't want anybody to [speaker not understood] we have several current jurors here and a number of former jurors here also. as kate said, the california jurors is comprised of [speaker not understood]. at the chapter here, we very much [speaker not understood] with the courts in recruiting and publicizing what the grand jury is all about. most people you talk to don't know what the civil grand jury is. they think criminal grand jury,
barry bonds, but they don't know what the civil grand jury is about. we try to get the word out. because not only do we want people to serve on the grand jury, but i think it's important for people to know what the grand jury is all about. we are the watchdog of the citizens. this is our chance to participate in democracy. to investigate how our taxpayer dollars are being spent. and we need people to do those investigations, but we also need people to be aware of these investigations and the reports that come out. [speaker not understood] and potentially respond. you know, something they find very dear to their heart, they can call their newspaper and say, hey, i read this grand jury report. what are you going to do about it? or they can call the entity that is being investigating and ask, you know, what are you going to do about following up this list? so, it is very important for people to know about the civil grand jury. so, with that, i also want to
say we train the juries. a lot of people say, actors coming out of the public, what do they know? at the state level they train for 2, 2-1/2 days about investigating, entering viewing, writing reports, what they can and cannot do according to the penal code. and we also train them at the local level about the city government and a little bit more about writing reports and what is expected of them here at the city level. so, they're not amateurs coming in. they are well trained and informed about what their duties are and what they can and cannot do. so, thank you. >> at this time i'd like to show you the product, psa. [laughter] >> california founders understood the importance of citizen oversight of local government.
our writing into the state constitution requirement that each county will convene a civil grand jury with the express purpose of investigating local government activity. each year your county court, it's citizens just like you that serve as watchdogs over the government the jury has powers and local government is required to provide information the jury needs to conduct this investigation. the result of investigative reports can improve how local government does its job. reports also form the public about the performance of their government. serving on a civil grand jury is not only an experience you'll never forget, but you'll also learn extraordinary amount about how your local government carries out its responsibilities. * i encourage you, encourage you to do your civic duty and hold your local government accountable by contacting the california grand jurors association to learn more about your county's civil grad jury and how you can apply to serve. (applause)
>> i believe there are some presentations to be made. paul henderson, representing mayor ed lee's office. >> thank you, guys, having been here, it is an honor to be in front of the civil grand jury. i actually grew up with a lot of familiarity with the civil grand jury. i grew up here, fourth generation here in the bayview. my grandmother who raised me after she finished college, she went to school late. after she finished college she served on the civil grand jury. and she told us as we were growing up, you can't get to it till after you go to college. i grew up thinking, oh, if i do enroll in school, i can go to college and i can get to the civil grand jury. i don't know why -- [laughter] >> did she carry the card for the civil grand jury with her in her purse actually until she passed.
it was one of the things she was most proud of for working in the city. and, so, i've always paid special attention to what the civil grand jury did as like a magical entity that served and was committed to public service. unfortunately i've always worked in public service myself. i was never able to get to the civil grand jury, but i'm intimately familiar with the work that they do. so, we're all very grateful for your work and contributionses. so, my name is paul henderson. i'm the deputy chief of staff for our mayor ed lee. we are here today and i am here today to present this certificate of honor to the san francisco civil grand jury association. and, so, i have a certificate here that i'd like to present and thank you all so much for the work that you've been doing and the contributions to the city. you know, people don't say it enough, but the work that you
do actually does matter and the work that you do, people pay attention to. it creates changes that ripple all throughout our local government. so, i thank you all for your work and i look forward to working with you in the future. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. and then [speaker not understood] representing state senator mark leno. >> good morning, everyone. and i'm here, as keith said, on behalf of state senator leno. and i just want to say how proud i am to be here because, you know, most of us seek ways
to make government better. usually, you know, we have something that we don't like about our government, our local government. we want to change things. we have a disagreement. but you're here and you're actually doing something about it. you're taking your time, you're taking time out of your lives and putting energy into changing how government can serve the people of our county. and that's very impressive and i for one as a citizen of san francisco am very grateful to each and every one of you for doing that. for watching out for me, because that's what you are, each and every one of you, watching out for me and my well-being as well as everyone else in the city. and around the state, thanks to the california civil grand jury
association, we have 58 groups that do the same and help people experience government at a higher level and have government work for them. so, thanks to the california civil grand jury association for doing that, for making that work for us. and on behalf of state senator leno, i have the privilege of presenting the certificate of recognition to the california civil grand jury association. and with our thanks and great appreciation. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. (applause) >> as absolved a group as we may be, we cannot forget that this gathering is primarily to recognize that we're all but citizens of this great state, and that we all bear some responsibility for our own
governance. and, so, regardless of our political leaningses, we all are good government to be as responsive and effective and efficient as it possibly can be. and that is the role of our nearly 1 100 volunteers who serve each year in the 58 counties in california. * i didn't thank the governor on his way in. so, i don't mean to pass on you. would you like to say a few words? >> no, thank you. i'm in politics after all. [laughter] >> thank you, chief. >> i do want to thank all of you very much for making it. thank you for your leadership and stewardship. thank you all so much for your hard work, paul, and for taking time or here. unlike the office of mayor said, it has budgets for certificates of honor. the lieutenant governor's
office unfortunately did not. [laughter] >> [speaker not understood]. i do want to pick up on the theme and pick up on a little bit of what has been said already. i think it was justice brandeis who said it better than anyone. in democracy, the highest office is the office of citizen. and it's actually true. [speaker not understood] in many ways, sometimes amateurs. we're limited in what i could best describe an age of amateurs. i say that in a very enlightened sense. they are getting small. small is getting big. hierarchy as we know it is [speaker not understood]. you think about the institutions that have served us so well over the last half century. they are dramatically changing. you see it certainly in media. you've seen it in the financial service industry now increasingly serving the music industry. and you see it in city
government. you are a big participant in that dramatic evolution or what i would argue, the dramatic punctuation point in terms of the world we live in. i don't think it's cyclical. i think something dramatic is taking shape here as it relates to particularly the impact of technology is having on the world we're living in. we're living in a fish bowl. the whole idea of holding back information and keeping that information for those [speaker not understood] those in power, those days are over. age of amateurs, big is getting small, small is getting big. this democracy of voices, new contours of a new society, truly i think is being shaped. and, so, you are a big part of that. and i hope the spirit of engagement, civil grand jurors across the state, is respected in that light. as a supervisor, i was a big champion of you. as a marry was a little more
cautious because -- [laughter] >> [speaker not understood]. but increasingly, i hope people understand that the roilof a civil grand jury is not gotcha. it's not about taking shots, it's not about exposing people or systems. just for the purpose of an expose. it's about an improvement it's about transparency, about accountability, and ultimately it's about trust. one thing i think we all can agree on is trust in government is not where it needs to be. so, in the spirit of trust, that spirit of openness, in this fish bowl we're living in, in the spirit of the age of amateurs and citizenship, i'm grateful for your hard work and i'm grateful for your stewardship, a remarkable democracy. not only here in san francisco,
throughout the state and of course you represent to the rest of the country. so, thank you all very much. (applause) >> thank you, lieutenant government. -- governor. appreciate your presence and your message. it is important we recognize everybody mixes us up with the criminal grand jury. now we know what the civil grand jury is. thank you. i do have a message of thanks from theedthv the president of the california grand jurors association. unfortunately because of health reasons i cannot attend the grand jury public service announcement narrated by the lieutenant governor gavin newsome. so i cannot be here personally to thank you, i use this message to relay my appreciation and thanks as the president of the california grand jurors association to all those involved in the creation, production and ultimate distribution of the psa. i hope you liked it by the way,
when you watched it. >> they did a great job. it was great. [laughter] >> first and foremost we thank the lieutenant governor, the star of the production, for lending his presence, prestige, and stature and or -- or ratory to the project. ken mali, script writer, director and producer brought this idea to reality. * we also acknowledge and thank the man behind the camera, richard. and who edited and filmed the psa. and finally my thanks to my tga partner and our vice president bolting house and to my colleague and predecessor keith north for their leadership in moving the psa to the fruition and launch today and to all others that were involved. on behalf of the california grand jurors association, i cannot emphasize strongly enough how this effort and the resulting product advanced
preservation and the promotion of the grand jury institution which our constitutional forefather's thought so important to democracy in california. from william e. trout man, california grand jurors association, president. (applause) >> well, finally, i want to thank all of you for being here for this event and for helping to shine light on what i've begun to call california's best kept secret. so, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the california grand jurors association, thank you for all your help. and please, on your way out, take advantage of some of the literature, the san francisco gazette from your past jury is available. and other brochures and
information about the california grand jurors association and the works we do. our support doesn't stop with just the preliminary training for grand juries, but provide resource he throughout the year on the website. the information is there in the packets. thanks again for being here. >> thank you, too. (applause) >> i do want to just acknowledge ken malley. you mentioned, bill mentioned everything he did. he did mention that he picked me up and drove me -- called me 10 times and make sure -- [laughter] >> so, i did want to express my appreciation. (applause) >> thank you.