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tv   Mayors Disaster Council 92115  SFGTV  October 7, 2015 9:00am-10:01am PDT

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board of supervisors or this ftc commission they help us in city hall this is a beautiful building it really is the inner workers of the building you feel you're in the heart of government and it's exciting to be part of that as we bring events in the city, and know that we have partnerships throughout the communities, i think, there is a lot more confidence about what we're doing and it's exhibited by the people who tap into our sf72.org. you remember that? [laughter ] , as well as the very enthusiastic support we have for our nert program. and for the ongoing resiliency programs that a number of
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people have had, and to our resiliency officer, who is helping dem and city administrator think through things around the corner that we need to pay attention to. there are a couple of things that i also want to do. let me say thank you to all of you who have also helped in the lake county/sonoma, napa and butte areas in their disaster and maybe a quick moment in our own minds and hearts about the lost lives there. i think it's appreciated. and i also want to give particular thank you to our fire department, and our firefighters, who over the past week have not only gone up there in as many volunteer hours as possible, with equipment, hopefully we never have to use down here and hopefully, we keep our fires down, but in response to that tremendous disaster that you
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you already know the statistics on. 800 homes, thousands of people's lives destroyed, that were there to assist. if it isn't medical and now perhaps our public health is being asked to submit mental health professionals to help. as our firefighters giving toys to kids who lost everything and giving them a chance to have some play as people rebuild their lives. that reminds me this is the 10th anniversary of katrina, and knowing that a huge disaster happens in the other counties constantly we're more than observing and engaged in those not just to help, but to take lessons learned and about rebuilding and recovery and
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things we have been associating ourselves with ever since katrina where mayor gavin newsome allows me and others to represent the city and we took the opportunity not only to bring lawn mowers to help certain areas, but took our time to stand in areas that were devastated and wondered how our city would prevent that from happening? and in those moments it wasn't just wishful thinking, but brought that opportunity back and that is what began a more solid resiliency plan and volunteers and people from both berkeley and harvard. that studied it from all over the country, if not the world, to see what san francisco and other places could do to anticipate better our expected challenges on both an earthquake, but also now more
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and more it can be the expected el nino, plus an earthquake, plus drought, plus anything else. and so this is my way of saying that we take every opportunity that we can to support you the others that are doing and then we learn. and then we take it back here. for el nino, as all of you know, all of the experts are predicting historic levels of flooding. i have already asked harlan for his favorite list of catch-basin sites that he and public works have already identified, and can already vacuum-suck all of that stuff and make sure that we don't have backups that will compromise our pedestrian/vehicle, and access safety for everybody. but that is just the small
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stuff, relatively small, i think. we need to concentrate on those areas of flooding, but also prepare people for that particular aspect of our weather while we're still into how we're going to get out of this drought. and that is taking the opportunity to say thank you to the puc, because all of you there have been working hard to make sure that we do everything that we can to respond to the drought. i think we have done it effectively, that we're at historic-levels of conservation. i can use my bill as one example. but i know that we're always cautious of our water use in the city and i noticed everybody has got dirty cars, fine. i'm accepting of dirty cars. i also want to say thank you to our city administrator. she has kept me very much informed on our lifelines, utility councils and what each of the big utilities are doing
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and practicing. again, on the eve of yet again our -- i guess this will be the 26th anniversary of loma prieta next month, that we are also taking that as an opportunity to remind everyone that yes, that there were real shakes in piedmont, along the hayward fault. that is extremely -- that is right there -- it's close. and it's close enough that there is earthquake experts that are zeroing in on all of the different plate movements that are going on in northern california if not even in the cascade mountains that i have been studying a little bit, because i have relatives up that way as well. we need to be very cognizant of that, and the same experts and some of them are working on early earthquake warning systems and i'm glad to see now there is a growing investment,
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where we can have a warning system that would allow us to do some early things while the precious seconds are there trembling. we can also have some maybe automated things that help our fire departments keep the doors open, elevators get unstuck, these are all important things to consider as kind of lessons-learned and let's do better and let's keep on investing in the proper protocols for that. i know that we're investing in our disaster workers program with our city employees. and making sure that we have both through the lifeline council and through our hr a robust return as best we can knowing there will be participation challenges. that we have to have the multiple modes coming back into the city, so that utilities and
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lifesaving support systems can be up. most importantly, i need to remind everyone here to make sure you are personally prepared. there is no excuse for us not to be in the situation that we have, and we are the center of leadership and so we have got to have our own families and friends ready for this at any time. and then to have your departments that you are in charge of, you do the same thing for your top management. you ask them to be personally prepared, and to work on those things that get them freed up, so that we do what we do best, which is serve the public. i want the public to know that our investments in nert in resiliency programs is all in an effort to prepare for those 72 hours and we should never,
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ever be caught in an unprepared way. we should always expect this disaster to happen. then it's a planned response, not a surprise response. and that is the huge difference in san francisco. we always want our disasters planned out in advance, so that we can take care of a lot more things, and i think we have found out that when we do pre-planning whether it's in our fiscal arena or in any other event planning, we always have a great deal of success. and no less for disaster response and to be planned in every jurisdiction we have interviewed since katrina knows that when you make the fundamental investment, you will have some clear and better results, and the residents will feel that. because they will be directly engaged in that effort. so with that, i just want to say thank you for being part of this council. i'm proud of what the city is doing.
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let's keep doing it and let's keep having an attitude of always been prepared. that is how less fear and more about the engagement that we have in front of us is going to be the standard always to be working with our communities. i know there is a lot more things that people want us to do, whether it's potable water on the west side, whether it's more paramedics to make sure ambulance responses are there, whether it's ongoing investments like we have done with hiring more firefighters, paramedics and 911 callers and more equipment and more police officers, i think we have those resources. we have demonstrated in the budget this year with the no-cuts budget for the city that queer we're willing to invest in all these things to make our city. nowhere else do i think it's adequately prepared dem, and i know we'll be on display for
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fleet week as we emphasize well-beyond the celebration of our military is the practice of a number of things that i have already seen the scheduled for and i'm excited to be participating in everything from the practice zones to the desktop practices with our you our coast guard, with our military, that would most likely be here in a major disaster. this continued practicing with them, so that our cultures within departments can get used to the names, the acronyms that they use, that we use, that we understand each other's acronyms and get used to those things so we have good partners coming in and bringing good equipment and have the places to do it. everything from debris management to supplies has to be here and we have to anticipate that. thank you. >> thank you.
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thank you very much, mr. mayor. as the mayor mentioned we are responding currently to the valley fire that was a very fast-moving fire, started a week ago saturday with 40 acres and by the time we woke up on sunday morning, i think it was almost at 40,000. so it was very quick. about 75,000 acres have burned now, and three lives have been lost, which is just very sad. over a thousand structures. it's going to take them a long time to rebuild. the city has deployed from the fire department, from my office, from public health and from the puc, up to help in lake county. at the same time, the fire department is also still currently in butte county. i think you have six engine companies up there is deployed. so we really are providing a lot of mutual aid for our
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partners here in california during this very rough fire season. we have is deployed a total of 17 personnel just to the valley fire so far, and again, as i mentioned, we'll probably going on for many, many weeks we will be asked for help over that period of time. i wanted to mention just really briefly that we finished our urban shield exercise a weeking a. urban shield has grown into a comprehensive full-scale regional preparedness exercise, assessing the overall bay area and the regional response capabilities related to multi-disciplinary planning policies and procedures and specifically san francisco was very involved with the yellow command exercise, which happened a week ago friday.
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what we were doing in full-scale exercise was simulating three different events around the bay area. stimulated terrorist-type of events or that is what we thought, but of course as you are in the middle of it, you really don't know what is happening. so as things are taking place in different counties, trying to pull the intel together, the information we had our joint information center activated. we had many, many personnel involved. we did a stimulation down at levi stadium for a soccer game. what happened is some kind of explosive device went off there, and so i think we learned a lot from urban shield. and every year it gets tighter and more people participate. san francisco had the most staff participating this year from fire, police, my office, health, puc. it was many, many
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different departments were participating. and it really is viewed on the national-level as the exercise to emulate. i was at the fema's national advisory council in washington, d.c. last week. i had the honor of sitting on it and representing san francisco and i can't begin to tell you how many people came up and asked me about urban shield specifically? and if they could come out and to partner with us and find out what we do. so more to come on that. i wanted to mention that fema requires us to do a hazard mitigation plan and keep it updated every three years. we did complete our hazard mitigation plan at the end of 2014. we covered climate change, and sea-level rise, temperature
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rise, precipitation changes, and we received many national accolades and requests for guidance to integrate those new components into other people's hazard mitigation plans. so again, i think we are viewed as leading the pack in that. since our last meeting, we have had a number of different exercises. i mentioned urban shield and we had ebooltabletop series a 3-part series. we did a mass-feeding tabletop. we did fleet week logistic tabletop and as the mayor mentioned and you will hear more about today, there are additional exercises occurring in next week. we activated the eoc a number of times last year for the wonderful giant's playoff and world series. the world series parade, our winter storms of 2014, it's
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rather difficult to even think about winter storms today when it's 90 degrees out. but new year's eve, the warriors nba finals just to mention a few. the last thing i'm going to mention we try all the time to really reach the community about being more prepared. i think most of you, hopefully, all of you are aware of our sf72.org. we use our outreach. we try to use special events to get the word out to people. this year in a very innovative fashion, i think we were at out lands with the table and simulating what people would do in an earthquake at outside lands and used the opening of the "san andreas" movie, the premiere as an opportunity to have a panel to discuss what you do in an earthquake? and to just you again highlight
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what we as a city are trying to do. any means that we have to bring people into the fold and get them to be prepared at home and at work is something had a what that we look for. so thank you very much. and we'll move on to the next item on the agenda our el nino citywide planning. mike dayton our ems director is going to be presenting to us. >> thank you. i just wanted today to give you a little flavor of how the planning effort is going. some of the assumptions that were based in the plans on, obviously on previous events. we had the great benefit of having our executive director anne serve as incident commander during the el nino 1997-1998 event. if the predictions hold true we anticipate see a lot of
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mudslides. in '78-highway 101 in pasco cific pacificka was shut down at one point we had 80,000 people in san francisco without power and if you think about people with access and functional needs things can really turn south when the power is out for an extended period of time. that is going to be informing our planning efforts. we opened up temporary shelters for the homeless and obviously, if it's like last winter when we opened up, activated the eoc during the winter storm for three operational periods, we expect with el nino type of events it's going to be a marathon of storms for the winter months. we're planing for a more extensive operational period. also in 1997-98 we declared a state of emergency with $14
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million in damages. so we're anticipating similar damages during this year with if the predictions again, hold true. during the next month we'll be convening smaller plan groups and also holding a meeting october 2nd within our faith council and thank you michael for pulling that together. and by november 1st we'll have a revised concept of operations. we had a con-op last year and we're taking that and revising the base and dem will be staying in constant contact monitoring what the national weather service will be in contact with state. and the feds and if there is a forecast for severe weather, and i mean that is high winds with a large amount of rain and isolated areas, then we will host a coordination call with all city departments and brief them on what forecast is.
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if the national weather service agrees that earlier briefing to be part of the call, so you can hear it from the scientists and not the emergency managers. based on those conference calls we'll take actions whether or not to activate? and that is all in support -- i know there is already pre-planning efforts going on with the puc, the department of public works and we look forward to pulling them together with 311, and our dispatch center to really focus on the communications in next month to have a solid con-ops. that is where we are at with planning for el nino. thank you. >> thank you. any questions about our planning efforts? [ inaudible ]
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>> agencies should be prepared, because it's not going to be as fast a recovery -- [ inaudible ] >> thank you. any other comments or questions? thank you, michael. >> thank you. >> okay. next on the agenda is our super bowl l update. we're all excited about super bowl l, anna sop is our dem operations coordinator and she is going to be presenteding. >> hello and thank you for having me. i'm here today to share our super bowl l planning efforts. we have been working with the host committee and work in
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partnership with the afl and events planned for the bay area. as many of you know the game is scheduled sunday february 7, 2016. prior to that a week long series of events will be hosted in san francisco. nfl experience and we're working with our first-responders to identify how to continue to provide essentially you city services seamlessly. this obviously requires multiple -- requires coordination with multiple safety agencies, a mix of federal, state and local municipalities and private sector. within san francisco, we have developed branches that we can work from that can be a point of contact for us.
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for instance law enforcement and sfpd has been working with us and escorts, traffic safety, tactical response. for the fire branch we have with chief francisco working with fire-related focus. for san francisco, we have the city services branch working with peter albert for transportation, public health, and all of the other different functions that are actually impacted with these events coming to the city. and we started to really when we focused on this with dem, we really looked to our first-responders for a collaborative effort. so that we can maintain early communication and begin a series of exercises and we could look at operational awareness, planned development, and validation, training and
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exercise, and ultimately, leading up to operational coordination. we will have our emergency operations center active during the super bowl events. all stakeholders are invited to participate and assist with coordination and can i probably speak for the police department and multiple dpw and fire department will be operating in different instances. so we had three dates for the exercise series we held last month, the planning review workshop. we looked at planned assumptions and worked with martha cohen and moving forward we're going to look next month in november 18th, good day tabletop exercise. this will be an opportunity to test our response plans locally, regionally as well with our federal agencies. reviewing a list of events, looking at the street closures, sanctioned events, maybe unsanctioned events knowing that a lot of this may change, but really for us we want to know how we can provide, if we
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have an alarm fire how go we send response and ingress/egress for emergency response vehicles? and then the third series of that would be the bad-day tabletop. we just want to focus really for this it's an opportunity to focus multi--level response, say for instance a natural or manmade incident, say an extreme weather event, how do we integrate response and response in a timely fashion? ultimately the objective for us is to test local and regional plan, santa clara and san mateo are all heavily involved and how to maintain a common operating picture and share information? not just vertically, but also horizontally. what systems are we using? what do we need to know? when do we need to know it? in closing that has been really for me personally and i think i can speak for at anne, we
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started early planning efforts in collaborating and finding out who needs to know information and our first-responders have been very helpful communicationwise. that is all i have. we look forward to a very successful event and happy to be part of the process. any questions? >> the impact will be to have good communication for downtown construction because there will be a week delay how to do the delivery, our office will work closely -- because street closures in those areas for construction and delivering materials and so forth. >> that is part of that transportation -- we're contemplating how we accommodate the necessary movement such as commercial loading and construction that would be happening.
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[ inaudible ] parts of downtown that are essentially closed off, they are still buildings that are operating and construction and accommodate those needs. >> mr. mayor ? if i may? working closely with dpw -- [ inaudible ] i know those conversations are ongoing. we have been in two meetings last week -- director hui's
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questions and points -- [ inaudible ] >> >> thank you, martha. do you have anything to add as martha said? [ inaudible ] any other comments or questions? moving right along then. thank you, anna. i'm going to do a real quick fleet week brief. fleet week is right right around the corner. in addition, to the blue angels and spectacular airshow that we see the public-facing side of fleet week, as well as the ships that come into san francisco bay. there is a whole bunch of other activities that take place as
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well:the city and county of san francisco is organizing with the fleet week center for humanitarian assistance in disaster relief a series of events to help us train and prepare and get better as the mayor mentioned, responding with our military partners. so fleet week brings all of the first responders, federal, state and local government disaster response agencies together with the department of defense services to develop these relationships and plans in advance. so that when we need mutual assistance, when we do have some large event here in san francisco, we know how to talk to each other already, and we have those relationships established. so just to highlight a few things that are going on outside of what you see in the air and on the bay, on monday october 5th we're having a defense support
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civilian authorities discussion. rehearsal of concept exercise. this is taking place at pier 50, exercise is designed and conducted by dem, in partnership with the port of san francisco and the humanitarian assistance disaster relief group of fleet week. and we will rehearse decking the uss somerset outside of the bay, and then bringing it in and offloading supplies and staging at pier 50. so it's going to be a really good exercise and we're looking forward to it. on the 2nd -- the 6th of october rather, the marine corps will demonstrate the delivery of urban search-and-rescue teams to san francisco's post-disaster, mv22, that will land at moffett
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field and pick up teams and deliver them back to moffett field. also on tuesday the 6th we're going to be doing an interoperable training with fire department, and ems ride alongs. on wednesday, we'll be doing the fire department every year does urban search-and-rescue and we have gotten feedback from military, who have gone through that; that they have been able to use the skills that they have picked up from sffd in place likes haiti, when they have gone to respond and found it very useful and worthwhile. on the 7th of october a medical pier-to pier exchange at the marine's memorial and on the 7th senior leadership seminars day one. we do two-day seminars tackling immediately subjects with the military and these are our seniors leaders throughout the entire bay area region.
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the first day of the seminar will focus on energy restoration. i know that is one of the mayor's interest areas with the lifelines council. and the day concludes with a tour of the ship docked at piers 30-32. day 2 is the second day of the senior leadership seminar. on thursday, we also have an interoperable training with the navy and on saturday, actually friday/saturday/sunday this year, everyone who can should make it down to the marina green. we have a static display there at the humanitarian village, humanitarian assistance village and get lots of great information from all of the presenters and the different organizations who have booths there, along with being able to see the actual military
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capabilities that would be brought to san francisco. so all in all, it's a very exciting week, and we are very happy to be partners with the fleet week association. we've identified a citywide concept of operations plan. we do this every year. we'll be meeting next week to go over it with our key partners in the city, and this plan is designed to provide situational awareness for all of us. to just make sure that fleet week is not only a fun event, but it's also a useful one that brings good learning-lessons for us. yes, micki? >> i have a question about your october 6th event veterans employment. we have currently a veterans hiring project that dhr where we're seeing to be the employer of choice for veterans. so
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we're hoping that there is a coordination. please reach out to our workforce development staff to ensure that as the largest employer in san francisco to make sure we're there and part of the program and talking to our veterans about what opportunities in san francisco employment as well? >> i believe that you are there already, but -- no, i'm really glad that you mentioned that. we will make sure that that happens. but we have been working with your department. >> fantastic. thank you. >> also i would like to -- -- [ inaudible ] >> who is your contact? >> you can start with me. >> great. other comments or questions? everybody come out and have a good time with fleet week. i hope that you all
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participate. are there any -- we're drawing to a close here. are there any updates from disaster council members? we have a roundtable here. anything that you wish to present? [ [ inaudible ] holding a number of trainings of personnel -- to go through that at the eoc. so finance and admin can continue to participate and related to el nino specifically, we are notifying all departments that because of the gradual or marathon nature of el nino
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we're activating all the time keeping codes in an automated way, as well as in the accounting system. so your cfos will get messaging on this, so that they can calmly practice it before the storms come underway. if it doesn't come to pass at least they have a chance to practice with it. >> excellent, thank you, todd. any other announcements? yes, tom? >> last year -- actually this year because of the delay of the grants we have $200,000, chinatown for outreach. we have additional with two more districts we're going to do another $100,000 for each district. one is western edition and one bay and hopefully we have enough people to outreach for the public to learn how to
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prepare for the seismic safety. >> thank you. anything else? any public comment? october is a very busy month. 26th anniversary of loma prieta as the mayor mentioned and shake-up is in october. if you haven't signed up for it yet, please do. fleet week, we're going to have a lot of things going on in san francisco. and again, i thank you all for being here today. be safe, and thank you all you also for your partnership in helping us to be better prepared and planned. thank you.
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>> welcome, welcome to our new home in in which accepts. (clapping.) >> please champion la sar discharge is
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coming i've been here for 12 years so many people off the streets of north beach and not only that i've gone had people getting off the streets with the city and other homeless providers we've gone from ocean beach and the avenue i've gotten people out the fort mason over and the tenderloin and people that are partners appreciable appreciate our efforts and so thank you and thank you for coming today. (clapping.) >> thank you well, everybody welcome to the rain thank you. (clapping.) >> it is given it have other
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people join us a wonderful leadership and let me say with great appreciation that north beach citizens i want to say congratulations and thank you for again being part of great part of san francisco is right in the heart of the city and, of course, a city nestled in the arcade and videos you found a home, i think expresses again, you are tremendous so for the for people in are in need we have housed more people in the city while we're having to wait for all this to appear we can demonstrate our incredible san francisco values by investing in the exultant that is a great connector that the north beach
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center is doing i was reminded almost 15 years ago i think dpw that we helped kick start some of the initial funding i know that in those years we were working with the city and using community art and sidewalks and streets to get resources and some train and jobs that people wanted to do something for themselves now there is a longer-term 12 year on this montgomery street to make sure that he with continue making the investments negotiations for people have a way forward we'll innovate ends homelessness overnight but certainly going to end hopelessness by seeing more than more and more of those kind of navigation centers and investing in people there's a place to go for help and
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programs that we want to fund that continue your severs it be actively and help you get off the streets and want to say thank you, again to champion lazzaro you are police department is part of our project sponsors and all that pill together (clapping.) they all know we're not going to here on behalf of the appellant we want it to help people get off the streets with that, line item introduce a wonderful supervisor that recent working hard for the program (clapping.) overwhelming to be quick we're all getting wet that couldn't be happening at a betterment homelessness in our district we have 27 percent so the
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partnership with north beach and our folks with the department of public health that makes those partnerships more important than ever ever i love the support of community it is all of you who have worked so hard to make north beach citizens a success and this facility a success thank you very much (clapping.) >> hello, everyone you'll never see the tap of think outside the box umbrella we want to tell you it is an honor on behalf of san francisco police department and every police officer that is in the station wear excited to have it a congratulations he's been a partner request the police department and as the mayor mentioned thank you, mayor ed lee for your partnership on all those issues homelessness is not
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a crime the police officers are an important role to connect with individuals in need of help what the north beach citizens and thank you to all the officers and again, we're excited to be here we're close to - all the community partners i want to say i want to conclude that is the best stop really for the whole system for the office and the city government and law enforcement coming together to solve the problem again congratulations (clapping.) let me say there are a lot of good citizens and agencies line simon and others out of their own pockets donate out of their pockets thank you to all the residents that are all making sure that the center succeeds ash. >> i thank you so much for
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coming and (inaudible) thank you give them another 5 minutes to julie. >> oh, in that case. >> not at all. >> so you have a couple of wrashgz my prayers is the sun will shine but i want to share and quote i found the other day dpruld with within the least articulateed emotions he have the great honor of thanking nbc for the committee that made that project come to lighted and this quote doing a good job of summarizing what i'm having trouble finding the right words so, please with that, i'd like to invite he was the facilities
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committee to join me in the rain (calling names.) (clapping.) >> okay. where is gwen in a gwen in a a new to the board joining in 2013 and immediately volunteered to join the facilities committee gwen in a has an attorney to the extent of contracts and passports and all the details one goes through and gwen in a gwen in a thank you for you for your contribution (clapping.) and dick roswell that gets us to the champaign so like gwen in a
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jean joined the board in 2013 and immediately records to outlook the committee and jean transcribed her skills to this effort keeping the project on time and track and budget and to simon with all due respect referred to me as the bulldog you that that a tremors compliment so with thank you for your capacity and vision and quite frankly for your ability to get stuff done thank you very much congratulations (clapping.) okay. where is janet i'm i looked at her sorry so janet i'm not sure where to start janet is part of board 2005 i think i would describe
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janet as a little train that could you know that story i'll say that jean single handingly not walked through this hills of in which looking at vacant building after building for the last 7 or 8 years with a professional with an open mind we'll all have opinions will this this thing so the professionalism part as positive was that fits you you'll see inside that design a your commitment to this pod humbles me so thank you janet thank you very much. (clapping.) >> the little train that could and finally my last comment
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before we go so i was in a meeting where and woman describes herself as someone that pieces it altogether ladies and gentlemen, that's how i share that story she is so truly helped this process (inaudible) and the vision since 1969 that project came within hundred percent of the budget that alone deserves a applaud and seem graduate congratulate him he'll say he didn't do it and point to everything else don't believe it it's his fingertip is on all things simon thank you for your efforts and your graciousness
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and commitment there's so many others to thank i've probably informational someone but i'm to pass the microphone. >> i have 30 seconds thank you. >> there's a lot of people to thank and i can't name you but i want to say again, thank you for the work that maids those (calling names) too many more and folks that gave money and special engineers but everybody continued it be i don't know what aim doing at this microphone thank you, everybody and thank you
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(clapping.) and you remind me i want to thank you so much kevin and champion lass discharge two more minutes we would be critically remiss to not thank the donors not without the funding for every single we wound borrowing to do this christie as a temporary banner to recognize the veterans that changes into a permanent installation inside the building please feel free to come and look and thank you to those on the boards i'd like to invite george and pam to come forward and we're now going to officially do the ribbon cutting. >> wow. >> we're going to open the doors after the ribbon and food
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inside enlightenments and we have champaign. >> we're on the east side we get the total. >> thank you. >> we're thankful to get on the inside. >> you and i are hold this. >> ready
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>> i have 2 job titles. i'm manager of the tour program as well as i am the historyian of city hall. this building is multifaceted to say the very least it's a municipal building that operates the city and county of san francisco. this building was a dream that became a reality of a man by the name of james junior elected mayor of san francisco in 1912. he didn't have a city hall because it was destroyed in the earth wake of 1906. construction began in april of 1913.
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in december 1915, the building was complete. it opened it's doors in january 1916. >> it's a wonderful experience to come to a building built like this. the building is built as a palace. not for a king or queen. it's built for all people. this building is beautiful art. those are architecture at the time when city hall was built, san francisco had an enormous french population. therefore building a palace in the art tradition is not unusual. >> jimmie was an incredible individual he knew that san francisco had to regain it's place in the world.
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he decided to have the tallest dome built in the united states. it's now stands 307 feet 6 inches from the ground 40 feet taller than the united states capital. >> you could spend days going around the building and finding something new. the embellishment, the carvings, it represents commerce, navigation, all of the things that san francisco is famous for. >> the wood you see in the board of supervisor's chambers is oak and all hand carved on site. interesting thing about the oak
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is there isn't anymore in the entire world. the floors in china was cleard and never replanted. if you look up at the seceiling you would believe that's hand kof carved out of wood and it is a cast plaster sealing and the only spanish design in an arts building. there are no records about how many people worked on this building. the workman who worked on this building did not all speak the same language. and what happened was the person working next to the other person respected a skill a skill that was so wonderful that we have this masterpiece to show the world today.
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