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association, if you guys get a chance to come out and listen to our views, and i do want to be a part of that committee that you are starting 4 rec and park, i am across the street from kimball, and i don't see people from the community at all. we want to see an overview of who your funding in our community and we want to make sure people are doing what they're supposed to be doing. thank you a lot, mayor lee. thanks, ross. hopefully this is not the last time that you come out. i hope you do stick to what you said and get your old job back. hopefully we can work together again once you become sheriff appeared >> thank you. this is going to be the final speaker. then we will wrap up. >> how are you all doing today? i represent more real tv. i want to say, support your up-
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and-coming on some heroes. ross mirkarimi, you have a young man in your district, manny. people talk about safety. maybe we need to support heroes who are doing something to create more safety. boxing is growing in the bay area. take a look at this. i saw kareem and his brother packet out. it is all about the numbers. support that and look into that. support your new up-and-coming heroes. god bless you all. >> thank you. let's give a round of applause to the public and their contributions to tonight's discussion, to all of you. we have just a few more cards we did not get to, but the topics, i will just read them out to you. perhaps of people want to
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continue the discussion afterward, i encourage you to do so, or talked to some representatives of the city family here. there were concerns about the ecology contract. is it good for ratepayers? there were cards about pg&e. what about smart meters and the safety and reliability of pg&e? there was another card that spoke about, we want more urban gardens. there was an example laid out of a park and other work that has been done here in transforming blighted areas into wonderful urban gardens. and a card about homeless, how the homeless seem to be hanging out quite a bit under the walkways that lead to the rec and park areas off steiner and webster, and what police, rec and park, and others can do about that. those were the other themes in the cards. we hit every other card and the
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theme identified. i want to thank mayor lee. the new police chief and the whole rest of the city family, for being here. most of all, i want to thank all of you. we come in our district, have made tremendous gains, no matter what neighborhood you come from. i look at the economics that weekly. i look of the public safety stats. i look to the general health and wellness that. many neighborhoods, particularly the ones in the sector, have overcome a lot of challenges, a lot of problems. it would never happen if it were not for the service and leadership and the activism of so many of you that are here tonight. i want to say thank you. thank you for the collaboration between you and the city. we have got more work to do. at least we got some answers here tonight. everybody have a good night. remember, june 18 and 19, come
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and celebrate. have a good night. >> good morning. i've got my giants cap on because i'm celebrating today. if i was going to be running today, i would probably have this cap on as well. good morning, people. we are here today to kick off what is the 100th anniversary of
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our data breakers. 100 years ago, bought in 1912 ran the first cross country race in san francisco -- bob. he won the race in 44 minutes and 10 seconds, i think it was. 100 years later, we are still celebrating that run. the neat thing about it is we have not only kept the new history of this, but we understand that bob's grandson, bob burnett from houston, texas, in celebration of his grandfather's run 100 years ago, will also be running in this year's beta breakers race for the first time. wherever you are, we will see you at 7:00 on sunday, and hopefully, you have a fantastic race because it will be one that i think will be a very celebrating race with our new sponsors and all of the volunteers we have.
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today, i want to present to you a host of people that will be speaking about not only this race but the excitement we have in hosting this wonderful base to continue making it part of the tradition of san francisco -- the fun part of san francisco. what i also want to let you know is that while we have some new rules to share, we are also instilling a number of exciting things that we want to make sure the people who registered and the 100,000 spectators, the 55,000 registrants already experienced just a wonderful event in the city. at the start at 7:00 in the morning. that is what i call golfers time. but it will start a little earlier, but it will also end up at the speedway medal in the golden gate park. that will be the new and where the party any handouts will be had in the same tradition, so it will not end in the beach.
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it will end at speedway medals in golden gate park. this year, we are emphasizing it will be fun. it will be in true -- in the tradition that the beta breakers always has been, and that is that you can wear any wacky uniform that you want. unfortunately, my wife got rid of my spider-man out a long time ago, so i will not be able to do that, but i will be watching all the fun that all the people have. and, of course, we will have our people in the blue costumes this year, watching out for everybody else and their safety and making sure it is also the safest run we have as well. i wanted to take this opportunity to present to the executives of the beta breakers race this year a proclamation declaring it to be bitter breakers weekend in san francisco. come on up.
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angela is our new general manager this year. to kick it off, i wanted to make sure she got the proclamation that declares this -- there are a lot of whereases here, and you will not be able to read as you are running in the race and it. angela is here today along with executives. she will be speaking in a minute. we also have our public safety department, our police department. they will be talking about new rules. i also want to make sure that you hear from representatives -- members of our alamo square neighborhood association, and, of course, our red cross is here as well. i think to take off with the rules chief. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor. i have to bring it down a little bit and be the rule back, and
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then we will pick it up a little bit again with happy talk after that. i love the bay to breakers. we have policed the beta breakers for a long time, but to make sure it is here in another 100 years, we have to be safe and considered of everyone along the route. this year, alcohol and flows have been banned. they pose a significant safety hazard and negatively impact the neighborhoods. they contribute largely to that, and we have to be considered to everybody along the route. to keep everybody comfortable, i know when people are running, it is a long ways, but it is only about a quarter of the link the marathon is. if you have to go, you have to go. please it one of the 1200-plus for the parties that will be along the route instead of going in somebody's garden. zero tolerance for public drunkenness or the public consumption of alcohol. we will be exercising with as much discretion as we can strict
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enforcement on anybody that is influencing anybody else's good time or their neighborhood. the news's behavior has got to go away in favor of good, clean fun. so have a blast. beta breakers. [applause] ed lee -- mayor lee: beachy is pretty cool about it. he is not at all heavyhanded. come on up, angela. >> thank you. i just want to thank everyone here today for working with us over the last year to put together what we believe is going to be one of the best, the most fun, and memorable occasion for this race. in honor of this 100th running, we would like to give to mayor ed lee the bid #100 in commemoration. [applause]
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mayor lee: rostov mirkarimi -- ross mirkarimi has been steadfast in his participation on this. robert is here to say a few words on this. >> thank you very much. supervisors at the coastal commission today and was not able to make it, but he asked me to pass on a few words. first of all, thank you very much to the city and race organizers for doing a fantastic job and getting people ready for this race. also, it is a wonderful thing that we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of this race. racers will spend most of their time in district 5, and ross is excited about a happy and fun and safe sunday for everybody involved, including athletes, families, children, and all the attendees.
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just wanted to pass that on. mayor lee: i understand ross is not here because he is practicing his speech so he can make that speech during a race, right? ben ellison, come on up. >> thanks so much for having us. i represent alamo square neighborhood association. we got to get to this year and formed a big group of nine neighborhood associations, and i want to read those to you because i want you to know of the community involvement that was there. the panel labour association, alamo square neighborhood association, hayes valley neighborhood association, lower haight neighborhood association, coal valley improvement association, and a sunset park neighbors. we got together after the race last year, and we formed a big
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group, and that is when we sort of made a lot of changes for the race. we got together -- you know, the mayor's department, supervisor mirkarimi, the police department, the beta breakers organizer, and all the neighborhood groups, so we got together and formed some new rules and all that came out with all the help of the organizers, and we want to thank these guys so much for all your help that you did for us. as the neighborhoods, you know, we were a little bit mad with what was going on the previous years. we just wanted to set a little bit more rules. we want to thank the police officers also came in. captain o'leary, captain max, and our new chief here. anyway, we just want everybody to come out and have a great time with the race.
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we are there. we're going to have ambassadors running around meeting and greeting everybody, so thank you so much, and had a good time. mayor lee: thank you. i know that you have at heart while we have a great event, we also have neighborhoods it is running through, so we want to make sure that this race protect everybody and is sustainable for all the neighborhoods in san francisco that it goes through. i want to thank everyone for being here. it is about fun. we have over 155,000 people -- spectators and writers -- in the race. we expect that this race will continue. this is the first of a five-year commitment from zazzle, and that is a great name for the people sponsoring this race. the red cross will be out there helping our police and army, and our department of public works will be out there cleaning up everything. hopefully they do not have to
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work too hard. let's have a great bay to breakers race. [applause] thank you, everybody. governor welcome to culturewire. on march 18 the san francisco arts commission hosted the 2010 mayor's artwork. the mayor's arts award was established to honor an individual artist with a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the art and civic life. this year's award is to none other than carlos santana. before the award ceremony, the director of cultural affairs had a chance to sit down with carlos to ask him a few questions.
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>> once a year, mayor gavin newsom gets to select one distinguished individual to receive the mayor's arts award. in 2010,á(át that distinguished individual was none other than the legendary musician carlos santana. carlos, it is so great for the city to be able to recognize you. given all of your accomplishments already, from the awards, all of the other distinctions you have received, what does it mean for you to get the mayor's part award? >> i am very grateful, moved. i always want to be in the company of illuminaries like
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cesar chavez. people making a difference, but to people's hearts. giving people a sense of tangible hope. one thing is to be famous, it is quite another for people to like you. i am grateful for this award. it is another blessing. i do not take it for granted. this is an incredible city. everywhere i go, i tell everyone that this is the atlantis of today. there is no other city in the world -- i have been everywhere. there is nothing like san francisco. in fact, to me, it is not even the united states. you can see how fox network always attacks us. we do not have an inferiority
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complex. we just do not follow blindly. we question authority. as i said before, a person for person, there are more artists and con artists in the bay area. >> you are someone who has identified so strongly with the bay area. a lot of it reflects the values that you also identify with. i know that you have been promoting an idea for a work of public art that could be pretty transformative. could you talk about that? >> peace brother is something that i saw, i think in the 1980's there was this lady. she started back there and converted -- she went to the
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neighborhood and was collecting the guns from some of the gang members. she had it melted and turned into angels. we want to do the same thing and take it to the next level we want to build a boom box by his feet, he will be 7 feet tall. this will be made up of military guns. the boom box will be playing some great songs. marvin gaye. john legenlennon. bob marley. sam cooke. >> songs that really touch people deeply. >> i have come to a place where i call it the sound of maternity. bob dylan calls it eternal young. i think there are certain songs that help you live without fear. when you are living in fear, you
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invest in violence. fear is expensive, just ask president bush. inn love. and what marvin gaye says is true, war is not the answer, only love can conquer hate. these things are not cliches, they are truisms. if we implement them, you will see a transformation in the bay area, richmond, oakland, the mission. all places where we need to dismantle the violence, the fear, the unnecessary pain that goes on. >> you are a person that has
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lived a pretty miraculous life. pretty extraordinary what you have accomplished, the range of people you have been able to touch with your music. you chose a beautiful word in spanish for your foundation -- miracle. could you talk about what the foundation has been able to do? >> we are able to empower and give young people a way for them to develop their own decisions. i started with my own vision. there are people like andre agassi who helped finance. desmond tutu. in essence, in the bay area, like on larkin street, i want to see people invest more in people. i love the giants stadium, but i want to see cumins investing in a humans, instead of expensive.
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expensive buildings. i love to see the mayor and governor invest more in education than in incarcerations. so i am committed with the music and the platform that i have, if i have to, to give a little spanking to those who need to break up. we spend way too much on weapons. all the money that we spend on tv advertising, gears of war, that is stupidity. in new zealand, they passed a law that said that you could not sell it. all those games about killing people. they do not want it. to me, i'd equate that with columbine, with war.
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once you desensitize a human being, you cannot tell the difference between shooting someone in a video game and a real person. some people can be gentle and kind. i can be ghetto when i want to be. i grew up with the black panthers doing peace and freedom benefits for them. so on the one hand i like the softness of spirituel the day, but i also like the energy that you need to be a warrior where you need to be. i love martin luther king, but also malcolm x, sometimes you have to really hold your ground. compassion, kindness, education. rather than more killing. >> when you graduated in 1965,
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it was the height of the civil- rights movement. you just alluded to the environment that you were growing up in. as a young musician, what was it like for you in san francisco at the time? >> it was heaven on earth. we would go down to the fillmore and see these great band, the doors, and jimi hendrix, cream, and then go down to the grove to see other music. you could go to the mission district to hear mexican. everywhere i went there was this multi dimensional color and i felt like it was on necessary for me to do just one. like baskin-robbins, i want all the flavors.
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you cannot just be a mexican play music. there is a lot of beauty in that, but it was not for me. i was born without arms around my heart that wants to embrace everything. palestine's, israelis. japanese, apaches. i am more concentrated with life and love than flags, nationality, religion. that stuff gets in the way. one gets in the way is me, myself, my story. for me, that is why music is liberating. when you hear "imagine" anywhere in the world, people sang the lyrics. as soon as you hear the melody --
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same thing with a bob marley song. i grew up taking everything from bob dylan, curtis mayfield, the beatles, smokey robinson. mike alma mater was the streets of san francisco. i would dare to go to school. where i really hung out was at the fillmore. that was my university, checking out be the king, and james brown, a cream. finding out how they were able to penetrate people's hearts. with their music. once you do that, something happens to their eyes. they become brighter. they start crying, they do not know why. they start dancing. it is like when a woman gives birth. =mmfirst, she cries and then she
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laughs. later on, she dances. and that, to me, is the beauty of what san francisco is about. >> one final question, and we are going to link it to your music today. such a rich legacy that you are giving us. you mentioned to me that you are working on a new album. could you share what is coming up? >> i love to dream when i am awake. kand so i had this dream of working with india arie and yo- yo ma to do the george harrison saw; and "-- song. this is the definitive way to do
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this. we are all in it together, we do not leave anybody out. t conviction, i am one of the few people that you can recognize by one note. god gave me that universal tone, and that is what we want to implement in all the songs. thank you. >> carlos santana, thank you for accepting the 2010 mayor's part award. >> to watch the ceremony, visit the home page of the arts commission website, sfarts commission
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