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other announcements? >> maybe just a reminder about the [inaudible] >> thank you. >> will reopen monday, 5:00 a.m. >> thank you chief. yes. >> question -- i've heard there's going to be an early closure of the golden gate bridge on may 1. [laughter] >> thank you, ken. >> i want to start off by thanking you for your kudos. monday tuesday of this week -- boma is an excellent partner and has also helped us get the word out to your members on what to expect. you've clearly done a lot of groundwork on how to respond, to make sure that the
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activities are facilitated and not problematic. so i thank you for that. we have been meeting with the golden gate bridge authority and c.h.p. regarding the potential first amendment activity that may occur on the golden gate bridge on tuesday. c.h.p. is the lead law enforcement agency for that. the golden gate bridge authority is all over it as well, national parks, and we have a component of it as well. so there's several working plans in place to facilitate that, as with all first-amendment actions. making plans for how to facilitate and plan for things that might go awry. it is an event that has a beginning, middle and end, intended to draw attention during the morning commute hours. so i would be mindful of it but know that there's already plans in place. and the labor council has been engaged in the conversation
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regarding what the plans are. so thank you. >> thank you, deputy chief. other announcements or questions 1234 any public comment 1234 seeing none, i think this meeting is adjourned. thank you very much for coming. [meeting adjourned] . . . . >> there are kids and families ever were. it is really an extraordinary playground. it has got a little something for everyone. it is aesthetically billion. it is completely accessible.
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you can see how excited people are for this playground. it is very special. >> on opening day in the brand- new helen diller playground at north park, children can be seen swinging, gliding, swinging, exploring, digging, hanging, jumping, and even making drumming sounds. this major renovation was possible with the generous donation of more than $1.5 million from the mercer fund in honor of san francisco bay area philanthropist helen diller. together with the clean and safe neighborhood parks fund and the city's general fund. >> 4. 3. 2. 1. [applause] >> the playground is broken into three general areas. one for the preschool set, another for older children, and a sand area designed for kids of
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all ages. unlike the old playground, the new one is accessible to people with disabilities. this brand-new playground has several unique and exciting features. two slides, including one 45- foot super slide with an elevation change of nearly 30 feet. climbing ropes and walls, including one made of granite. 88 suspension bridge. recycling, traditional swing, plus a therapeutics win for children with disabilities, and even a sand garden with chines and drums. >> it is a visionary $3.5 million world class playground in the heart of san francisco. this is just really a big, community win and a celebration for us all. >> to learn more about the helen diller playground in dolores park, go to sfrecpark.org.
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>> let me thank the marine corps division band and the color guard for joining us and making this such a very special occasion. let me welcome each and every one of you on behalf of the war memorial opera house board, last that i come for dissipate, and they extend an invitation to each one of you to for this update because this retired member of the united states marine corps, a veteran and his wonderful wife, george n. charles schulz -- george and charlotte shultz.
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this afternoon, we are doing something that, frankly, should have been done a long time ago. in this city, when the concept of a memorial for veterans what spurs done, they said it would be right here. of course, we have finally, after many, many tries, got this right. in 1936, the construction produced it, and then there was six or seven additional times from the original time, and it does not to work, but finally, about two or three years ago, we got it right. the board of trustees decided in their wisdom to say thank-you to two incredible san franciscans in making the horseshoe circle named in their honor. all of you have come for this
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occasion. the man who presides over this city, for purposes of everything, is, of course, the mayor. directly across the street is where he journeys from on this occasion. ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you, the mayor of the city and county of san francisco, would just celebrated his 60th birthday, mayor ed lee. mayor lee: thank you, and they are brown, and thank you, everybody, for coming. -- thank you, mayor brown, and thank you, everybody, for coming. the years that followed the san francisco earthquake were filled with grandiose plans to rebuild our city. perhaps the best realize is the san francisco memorial -- war
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memorial and performing arts center. the ground was broken to build the war memorial in honor of san franciscans who had served during world war i. in addition to honoring those veterans, the memorial gave a permanent residence to the opera, the symphony, and eventually, the ballet. the war memorial and performing arts center has great historic significance, including housing, the signing ceremony of our united nations charter in 1945. today, we are making history erosity and support of mr. and mrs. stephen bechtel. with a grant of $1.5 million -- [applause] from there foundation and in honoring charlotte and george shultz, we are that much closer to fulfilling the original vision of the war memorial
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complex, which was to include a moral right in his courtyard. as a small token of our city's appreciation, i am pleased to present to you a certificate of honor. i know it is not worth $1.5 million, but maybe the personality of me added with willie brown comes close. if i may present to you, on behalf of the city, our great certificate of honor and a gracious personal thanks for your contribution. [applause] >> it is very kind of you. >> thank you. mayor lee: the bechtels generously gave their contribution, and together with that gift, it is only appropriate that the war
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memorial trustees also decided to recognize charlotte and george by renaming this carriage drive in their honor. charlotte and george, for your dedication to both veterans and the arts, embody the war memorial's founding purpose as a cultural center and a lasting dedication to the men and women of san francisco who served our country. it is my pleasure to join the bechtels and the war memorial today by declaring today, may 10, 2012, charlotte and george shultz day in san francisco. [applause] but you cannot park that carriage freely in our city. [laughter] [applause]
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>> mayor lee, thank you, very, very much. it was just slide of two years ago -- i should say just north of two years ago, from the board on which charlotte served and the great inspiration was from a real veteran, a man who carries the title of general. he announced the arrival of the carriage just earlier, but more importantly, he cobbled together a real idea that the veterans beautiful memorial must be complete and must be done. mayor lee, not only did the bechtels generously give of their own to this effort, but they did what we politicians love to do, and that is scilicet
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it from our friends, additional help. this project received the benefit of that great mailing list. i wish i could get my hands on it because it produced almost as much as they had given, completed the payment, and made the good general very, very happy as well as his board. ladies and gentlemen, words from steven that bill -- bechtel. [applause] thank you. we still call you meier, don't we? >> you can, if he does not mind. -- we still call you mayor. >> thank you, mayor willie brown. it is an honor to be with you on this occasion. it is very appropriate to name a
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facility after george and charlotte. san francisco is home for many important people, but none made as great a contribution to our country as george shultz. charlotte has given great service to our city and our state. i believe all year extend a great thanks to them for their great services to our country, to california, and to san francisco. i would like to complement our city for recognizing at them in this manner -- i would like to compliment our city for recognizing the - manner. thank you very much. [applause] that of mayor -- >> mayor lee,
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the time has come. join me and proceed to do the dedication of horseshoe drive, which has been dedicated by the opera house board in honor of george and charlotte schulz. mayor lee: it is my pleasure joining all of you to announce this dedication on behalf of our city, on behalf of the war memorial, dedicating this carriageway to be charlotte and george shultz way of san francisco. [applause] horseshoe drive. [applause] ♪ ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, secretary george shultz and chief of protocol, charlotte schulz, the honorees. [applause] >> thank you, distinguished guests, my fellow board members. nancy and i would call this a wow day, and it is a wonderful day. i was sitting here thinking that from my home town, mineola, texas, for willie, and board of texas, for me, i do not know whether they would have named a street for us there or not, but there would have been a problem
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because in both of those towns, there is only one street, and it has already been named main street. it is breathtaking to think that a street here is named for george and myself. coming in on the carriage, i rather like that. the surprise is i guess that they are giving us the carriage and horses? i cannot wait to arrive at the opera. mayor, do you think we should get some permits for the horse and carriage on russian hill? i don't know. seriously, everybody knows that has ever talk to me more than a few minutes that i am passionate about these buildings. i have had the opportunity of being involved with the bond issues for the symphony hall, the restoration of the opera house, and, of course, the city hall, may gift -- helping mayer
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brown with that a bit -- helping mayor brown. it was said that the only thing that was not done when these buildings were built is the memorial for veterans because we ran out of money. have you all heard about that before? what happened is that writing in not on a carriage but on a charger was mike and wilkes little group because they came in leading the charge to raise the money for this memorial, so they are certainly to be commended. and then to go out and get their army of people for money and, most particularly [no audio] and by the way, happy birthday, steve. it is his birthday today. [applause]
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it is a great honor to know that that memorial that will be here and this horseshoe drive will put its arms around a wonderful memorial for veterans who i know that we respect so much and admire so much, and this is a long-awaited, and we are so happy to be part of it. so, may i present my veterans, my marine, my secretary, george shultz. [applause] >> i want to second of all of the banks that charlotte has talked about. -- the thanks that charlotte has talked about. most importantly, my great friend, steve. we have been pals for a long, long time, and i cannot tell you anybody i respect more and look to as a genuine friend. . [applause]
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i'm wearing a tie that ronald reagan gave me back in the primary days in 1979-1980, and it has a nonpartisan cinnamon on it. it says, "democracy is not a spectator sport." -- it has a non partisan sentiment on it. so get in. i have always felt that public service is a great privilege and a great opportunity, but no one serves more than the veterans served in the armed forces. particularly veterans who served in combat. so i think it is so necessary and so inappropriate to finally have this special memorial here in this place. in northern california area, there are more veterans than in
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48 of the 50 states. so this is hallowed ground for veterans, right around here, and i think that adds to the appropriateness of this place. but look at the setting. city hall. symbolizes the idea of government by free people. government representing, giving us governance on the basis of that representation. that is the idea we go out and fight for. and the veterans building there. and then in this setting where if you listen closely, you can hear the wonderful, soaring music of the symphony. you can hear the arias and the opera and the grace and beauty of our ballet.
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in this wonderful performing arts, it gives us the soul of the treaty to the veterans, and it says that we respect you. we love you, and we thank you, so as a veteran myself, particularly if you have been in combat, you know how close you are, i want to say on my own behalf, thank you. [applause] >> there are two or three people that we need to identify, george and charlotte, because they are here as part of the honor group, but they hold title. sheriff hennesey, just appointed
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by the mayor to run the department, she is here, first female sheriff of our city. greg sur, the police chief. as supervisor eric mar, who comes from the second super of the soil district -- no, first supervisial --supervisorial district. i want to thank each and every one of you on behalf of the board of trustees of the war memorial opera house board, and, of course, on behalf of the mayor of the city. all of you taking part in the ceremony, it is really important to say job well done to two very important people. now, we invite you to join
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charlotte and george in the lobby of the opera house. we will continue the drinking that started at 4:30 this afternoon. [laughter] the reception is inside. please join us in the opera house for a reception honoring and celebrating this momentous occasion. thank you very much for coming. [applause]
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