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bay is dumping 20-40 a month in our neighborhood. and the only way that i can catch them is with the surveillance camera and with facial input. the ones they're giving to us are really certifiably sick. and they come every two weeks, or every week, depending on my schedule, i cannot talk about it in public, because we're trying to catch the license plates. within a day or two, something happens to our merchants. [bell ringing] last friday, lucky jeans, boot camp, all were broken into the same night. we have problems. we have a problem with our homeless. one that lived on one of the wealthiest streets in the world and now she's on the street, because of her illness. and we have to protect them, too. and i think that this
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legislation needs to be reworked. [bell ringing] >> supervisor ronen: thank you very much. thank you, we'll recess until 11:30 at which time we'll resume public comment. >> thank you so much for your patience. i'm sorry that we're reconvening late but we have a new fire chief in the city and county of san francisco which is very exciting. i'll reopen public comment on item number 1. please come forth. >> good afternoon. my name is richard song and i'm with the ssfrpd, the recreation park department. my question is a little more specific of the proposed surveillance equipment, there was recently placed into the
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b.a.o., and at the washington mason street. and the recreation center. and i was informed this is new surveillance equipment so i'm not sure how it applies to said location or how it applies throughout sfrpd where there's already existence of surveillance cameras. so what i'm trying to do is to clarify how the procurement or the upgrading of such surveillance equipment at separate locations would be cost related in the audit that's in -- of the listing here and the audit and the use of surveillance technology. is that mainly dealing with the cost to operation at location? so there's another point they wanted to ask about that has to do with when the locations are
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closed, can such surveillance systems be used by the police department to do their on-site patrol through this surveillance? and if that was possible i think that it would be more effective policing work and in general i am in favor of the -- led by supervisor peskin's administrative code acquisition to mainstreaming technology. thank you. i just had a few questions in mind. >> i'm a fellow at the san francisco public county defender. and i wanted to address the comments made earlier this morning with software not being able to be used, you know, in circumstances such as terrorist investigation.
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well, i read a news article earlier today regarding the very sad bombings in sri lanka and how a student at brown university was identified using facial technology as a possible suspect in that investigation. and it was fairly quickly i guess corrected or law enforcement made a statement that, you know, this is a false call but the damage had already been done and her life now is full of, you know, anything from death threats to her family being in hiding, right? that's something that is my concern. that my family, while they're visiting me here from the south bay, go from another community in the bay area that has recognized the dangers as well as the beneficial uses of it technology and balance them to a place here in san francisco where i live where it's my community and where i attended law school. where we can be watched and surveyed without our awareness
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and consent. and that's why this ordinance is so important to me to place -- to place some safeguards so that we can have surveillance in an appropriate manner. thank you. >> hello my name is nathan scheer. i over the blast two committee meetings i have shared a lot with you how important i think that it is that we really take -- take seriously the responsibility to balance public safety and the civil liberties concerns. so i won't go too far into that today. what i will say is that it was really great this morning to watch all of the community members to come out and share their positions, their perspectives, and the way that technologies can affect their lives more positively and negatively. and i think that one of the important things about this
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ordinance is not that it shuts down the conversation but that it creates greater opportunity to continue these conversations and to make sure that it's not just a small group of people and vendors that are having their voices heard. and, rather, that everyone in the community is invited and that we're pushing forward responsible use, and requirements for policies so that we're really not falling into the mistakes that other municipalities have. and where years later they have realized that something they were doing was violating the local or state or federal law. so i really just want us to really to voice my appreciation for how many folks from the community and your patience and the intent that you gave into listening to the people here today. and how excited it makes me about the fact that if this ordinance passes that same opportunity for community insight and input will be provided for every time that we make a decision about the way that it took surveillance technology am impact our
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communities. thank you. >> good afternoon. i'm meredith sera with the stop crime organization and i too have enjoyed hearing all of the different perspectives on this ordinance. and i have a slightly different perspective from the last speaker and i think that -- i wish i could see it as an opportunity for dialogue but to me the ordinance is a costly layer of bureaucracy that really does nothing to improve the safety of our citizens. and my main concern is that it's unreasonable for anyone in a public place to expect to have privacy. i mean, we live in the 21st century and everyone knows that there are cameras everywhere that you go and people's cellphone cameras and surveillance cameras. so to me this ordinance seems like a solution in search of a
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problem. the 2017 city survey from the office of the comptroller found that residents' feelings of safety had dropped city-wide but that people in the southeast part of the city reported feeling the least safe. and i believe that residents across the city would welcome more and not less surveillance. and in closing i'd like to ask you to please hear more concerns from the groups that maybe have not been heard so far, so like different neighborhood groups. i was grad to see so many people from chinatown here today but i think that there's a lot more groups out there that may be
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unaware that this ordinance is even in the works. so, please, don't be in a rush to pass it. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is seresa dugie, for the empowerment center. i'm also the advisory board for the police station, so i work a lot with the community. and also i thin thank our distrt supervisor here, we have been working tremendous with the -- with the community and letting everyone know. and this legislation is with a careful study of the impact of the law enforcement agency in maintaining proper safety in our city. and it is moving too fast. and we need to work with more with our community. and since we are working we have not been addressing this to the
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community at all. we didn't have the community involvement. so i would like to be dropped back and really have more community, you know, involvement. and we just heard from the mayor, linda breed, to talk about how we would like to invest the best for our community. you know, this is an investment. so i would really appreciate but for the safety of our community. >> any member of the public who wishes to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. did you want to make any remarks supervisor peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you. so i do want to reiterate what
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some of the speakers have said which is i think that there is a misunderstanding about what this legislation does. and i'd like to associate myself with the comments made by one of the speakers who testified since we reconvened, that just this kind of dialogue is precisely what this legislation is aimed at. and as i said in an earlier hearing, good policing does not mean living in a police state. and living in a safe and secure committee does not mean living in a surveillance state. that's what is at the core this legislation is about. i actually wanted to talk a little bit about not so distant past history as these technologies evolve very quickly. in 2009, a woman -- and this is public information -- i'm reading from an "examiner" article from 2015 -- who was
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working as a muni driver and was pulled over by police who suspected that she was driving a stolen car and was surrounded by a number of police with guns drawn. we settled that lawsuit for $495,000 in 2015, and it turned out that the license plate reader misidentified her license plate. and that could have ended much more tragically. in today's "san jose mercury news" there's an article actually speaking about this legislation that concludes that by saying that the partnership on a.i., whose members include facebook, google, amazon, apple, microsoft, i.b.m., as well as academic researchers last week said that law enforcement should not use artificial algorithms to make decisions about jailing and arresting people. so we're talking about how to use tech correctly. and given the history of abuse,
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i think that this is an important public conversation to have. i would commend the amendments to you and i again want to thank my co-sponsors and the city departments, particularly the city administrator, who came up with i think a very good idea of running all of this through the committee on technology, and that is housed by the subject matter experts from various departments. and with that i will submit it to the committee. >> thank you. supervisor watton. >> commissioner watton: i want to thank the supervisor peskin for bringing this ordinance forward. there's a lot of miscommunication and misconceptions about what this ordinance actually does and does not do. all of us here take public safety very seriously. we take public safety very seriously. in fact, i have worked closely with communities in my district to make sure that we have resources for cameras, to make sure that we have resources for
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things like lighting, things that keep our communities safe and protect it. and this legislation does not have an impact on any of that. this legislation simply says that we want to make sure that if you're a city department that there's a certain technology that you want to use for surveillance that it gets approved, we know what you're going to use it for, because we have to protect the rights of everyone here in san francisco. and it does not stop you from putting cameras up on your homes and it does not stop you from putting homes up on your businesses. these are things that we actually support and work to make sure that happens within the community. but it will say that the city departments will not be able to arbitrary pick and choose the technology they want to use to do things that will be harmful and erase the things that we have worked on for centuries in terms of the protecting of people's rights. and we don't want to ever put anyone in a position or to put the city in a position to where we're being sued because
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something that we thought that was a technological advantage actually was used wrong and put somebody in a predicament. that could be life-and-death. and i don't think that a lot of people understand what an interaction with law enforcement could equal for anybody, but definitely for a person of color. also our role is to make sure that we reduce negative interactions with law enforcement. and so this also works to curtail that because when you're a person of color or anyone who comes across law enforcement and it could be from being pulled over, it can be at a time of arrest, that there's always a window of opportunity for things to go negatively. so we want to try to reduce those interactions as much as possible. but i am 100% about making sure that our communities are safe and that we do use technology in
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the appropriate manner. but we should not be giving anyone carte blanche to put anything in place without it being vetted, without us having a conversation about how it's going to be used to make sure that everyone's rights are protected while we keep communities safe. but i do want to thank everybody for the conversation that we've had over the last couple months around the legislation. i will say that supervisor peskin and his office has been very responsive to some of the issues and concerns from city departments, from folks in the community, and that's why there are several amendments that have also been added to the ordinance. i think that his office has done a great job of addressing some of those concerns. so i'm 100% in support of this. that's why i'm also a co-sponsor. and, again, i just want to thank you all of you for coming out. but i do think that we really need to read and understand what is actually in the ordinance. this is not stopping people from
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using cameras. this is being responsible with technology. >> supervisor ronen: supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: i want to thank those who have shared their opinions for this legislation in addition to the three hearings here in the rules committee where there's been a lot of public comment. we have -- all of my colleagues and i have received hundreds of emails about this legislation. so both in support of and also expressing concerns about the legislation. and particularly around the potential unintended negative impact that this legislation might have on some key issues. and, you know, i do want to state that i'm very much in support of the intent of the legislation. you know, i do think that it's very important that we update our, you know, our city laws and codes to -- to reflect the growing use of surveillance
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technology in our city, and to ensure that we're protecting privacy and the civil rights of our residents and the communities here in san francisco. but also, you know, as somebody actually -- along with my colleagues who are very committed to ensuring public safety in our districts and in our city, you know, i really, you know, take the comments that we have heard from a lot of resident committee members throughout the hearing and through email that we need to ensure that we also balance safety concerns with the legislation. and in particular i think that there's two areas that -- that are sort of concern about the legislation that really resonated with me. and the first one is around ensuring that we can continue to use -- or that the police department, you know, and other city agencies can continue to use video surveillance footage that's provided by residents and
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businesses in investigation and even prosecution of crimes. and that's something that is very important to me, especially in the sunset district where we have seen an increase in home robberies and home burglaries and impacts on our neighborhoods. and even expanding these video cameras in homes and businesses is an important strategy. so that's why i really appreciate the amendments that were made to -- and to really reflecting the specific recommendations that we have heard that say that not only should the ordinance state that the police department and the district attorney's office may receive the video footage, but also it says that they can use it. so i think that was a very important amendment. and the other concern that was raised that also resonated with me is ensuring that this ordinance doesn't put undue burden on our departments to implement it. and, you know, i think that is a very real concern. and we have heard from the
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departments about that as well. so, again, that's why i appreciate the amendments that were also presented today by supervisor peskin, reflecting those concerns and addressing them. and saying that departments can submit one surveillance technology policy that covers multiple surveillance technologies. and then also the amendment that really uses the committee on information technology as really the body that's going to do the work to kind of develop the policies so that it will remove undue burden on the departments to comply. so i feel that we've gone through a very good public process on this. of course there can always be more, more outreach done, you know, on any important piece of legislation that we're working on here. but, again, this is the third hearing that we've had it here in the rules come the. and supervisor peskin introduced this months ago. there's been press coverage. and, obviously, there's been a
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lot of public knowledge of it, just given the high volume of communications that we have received about this legislation. so i'm in support of the amendments that were brought forward today and they address a lot of concerns that i have heard in the community in support of moving this legislation forward. >> supervisor ronen: thank you and i just wanted to add my thanks to both the public and to supervisor peskin and his staff for this piece of legislation. and i think that it's, you know, i associate myself with all of my colleagues' comments, but i also just wanted to emphasize that technology is moving at such a rapid rate that we have no idea what's coming. i mean, some of the things that exist today have changed our lives in such dramatic ways from just a decade ago. and we don't even -- i don't know that we can even comprehend what is going to happen over the next decade. and having a policy within the city and county of san francisco
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to have an open, transparent discussion about that so that we know how our government is surveilling us and how our government is using this technology in order to address crime and all of the -- all of the matters that are so important to all of us is to me a no-brainer. we absolutely should have that conversation and we should have it as openly and transparently as possible. so i just wanted to echo my colleagues and thank you again, supervisor peskin, for this legislation. and i'm very proud to be a co-sponsor. and with that i will go ahead and make the motion to accept the amendment. without objection, that motion passes and then do one of my colleagues want to do the honor. >> i move this item forward with a positive recommendation from the rules committee. >> supervisor ronen: without objection that motion passes. >> thank you, colleagues.
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>> supervisor ronen: mr. clerk, any other items on the agenda? >> clerk: (indiscernible) that completes the agenda and that was recommended as amended. >> supervisor ronen: thank you. that's right. and with that the meeting is adjourned.
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>> let me begin by thanking you all for coming out today to celebrate the opening of this amazing fire station in the western edition neighborhood. i am your public works director, and today is an exciting day, i think not only for the fire department, for the entire city. everyone -- every time we open a new building, we are providing a safer san francisco that will be prepared for when disaster strikes. this new fire station, which was built from the ground up replaced when that failed to meet the building codes today, and first responders needs. the new fire station needs --
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meets national accreditation and seismic resiliency standards that serve the needs of the 21 st century san francisco. how about a big hand for this new fire station? i would like to thank the staff and public works, many of our engineers and architects who designed and managed this project and a specials shout out to magdalena, charles a garris and our city architect edgar lopez for leading the way. this project was almost 80% plus done in place by the city team. let's give them a big hand, too. also a big shout out to all ten construction, the general contractor who built this, this project was on budget but we had a little delay on time, but budget wise, we did meet our budget commitments.
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let's give it to them. most of all, to our voters who made all of this possible when we passed the 2010 earthquake safety and emergency response bonds. the bond which was funded, which funded the seismic upgrade is a voter backed initiative aimed at strengthening neighborhood fire stations, police stations, ambulance facilities and emergency firefighting systems, we take work great pride in overseeing crucial capital improvement projects. with the support of the san francisco voters, we continue our work delivering world-class facilities to too many of our diverse neighborhoods, and now, i have the pleasure to introduce our mayor, london breed, who has been a champion for making sure san francisco is kept safe. let's welcome our mayor, london
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breed. [applause] >> thank you. it really is so amazing to be here at this time, opening up this new firehouse right here in the community that i was born and raised in. i actually grew up two blocks from here, entering the holiday season, we would line up at that door on turk street to get our toys from the firefighters here at station five, but there was also a really incredible connection that this station in particular. my answer, michel, we'd spent a lot of hours here. michele was born with a mental disability, and sometimes required a lot of patients, but this fire station not only showed her a lot of patients, they showed her a lot of love, and so it time and time again, she would show up, complement a lot of the guys on how handsome they are, deputy chief chief mar
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gonzales spoke at her funeral a couple of years ago when she passed away, and so many of the men and women who are standing behind me showed up for her like they show up for so many people in this community, time and time again. and they clearly deserve a state-of-the-art facility where they feel safe, where they can spend time, because they spend countless hours in this station, and where they will continue to connect with this amazing community. thank you to the men and women who serve the department, not only here in station five, but the folks all over the city and this department. i know that the president of local 798, the union for the firefighters and paramedics are here, shawn buford is joining us today, and i want to acknowledge him and tom o'connor.
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thank you both for your hard work and helping to fight for the funding that we need to make sure we are really building our public safety places all over san francisco. in the past, to our earthquake safety and emergency response bond, we developed a plan where we brought to the voters a 2010 bond, and a 2014 bond, and i am proposing that we bring forward a 2020 bond, because we know that protecting these facilities is so critical to making sure that when disaster strikes in our city, that the people who are housed in these facilities don't have to worry about saving themselves. their responsibility is to make sure that we're doing everything we can to save the public. just recently in january, we cut the ribbon on station at 16, we
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cut the ribbon on a new medical examiner facility, we cut the ribbon a while ago on a new public safety building down at the new chase center chase center area, and we have done this with not only the support of the voters, but without increasing property taxes on small property owners, and i'm really proud of how responsible we have been in developing long-term plans in order to make sure that we are protecting these very important facilities. we know that there is a lot of work to be done in san francisco to keep san franciscans safe, and it is not a matter of if disaster strikes, it is a matter of when, and when we will be prepared. our public safety officials will be prepared to meet those challenges, and they will have these incredible facilities that are in a state of good repair thanks to the voters of san
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francisco, and the hard work of the people from the department of public works, the architects, and all the people who invested into building this incredible facility. with that, i want to introduce someone who has been a champion for public safety. not only is your district five supervisor, but for all of the issues around san francisco that we face. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome supervisor vallie brown. [applause] >> thank you. i want to thank mayor breed and naomi kelly, chief hayes -white, the fire department, all of the men and women standing behind me these men and women, they always come out when we need them. not only if there is a fire, but in this community, they come out and they are part of the community. they come out when there is a
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community event at alley hill hatch, or the african-american health and culture complex. they bring out and stay barbecue with us all. this is actually a community station and all the other things they do for this community, i could go down the list, but i definitely, when i'm looking at this station, because i was part of the legislative aide when this first went on the bonds and they were first talking about it , and now looking at this station, i'm like, wow. it is absolutely beautiful. i would like a desk right over there, please. much easier to work than city hall sometimes, but i just found this out that our city architects actually designed this. to me, that is amazing because some of you know, i was an artist when he first moved to
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the city, and to look and have this beautiful building that our city architects designed, look, and none of those other architects have anything on san francisco architects at the creativity of this building. [applause] >> amazing. and the fact that they left these lights here is just so cool. i can't even tell you. but bernadette fung's classwork, and i think if you have gone by this in the daytime, it is absolutely beautiful, and what it really represents, it represents going back in time in the past in this community, whether it is the japanese community that was pushed out into internment camps in world war ii, whether it was the african-american community that was pushed out during redevelopment, this beautiful piece of art on an actual fire
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station, a fire station that is so well-designed, but the people inside at the heart of this community also, i just think it's an absolutely amazing piece of art and a fire station, and i want to thank everybody that was involved in it. the community, i remember at this coming out to the community and the community putting their input in, and they actually listen to them, and i'm stunned, and i think i will stay here for a little while just to enjoy it. thank you, everyone for coming. there's all these great things, it is seismic safe, it will be faster getting people out of here to get to a fire or a barbecue, but i also want to thank everyone for coming here today and showing your strength and your support, because we
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have to support each other as we move forward in the city and this station shows that we do. thank you. [applause] >> sin -- thank you supervisor brown. i also want to acknowledge that our fire chief will be retiring on sunday, and this will be her last ribbon-cutting ceremony as chief. thank you so much, chief, for your leadership over the past 15 years in this department. [applause] >> thank you to all the fire commissioners who are joining us here today. i also want to introduce your new fire chief, janine nicholson he was behind me here. [applause] incredible leadership in this department that i am very proud of. with that, speaking of leadership, the person -- department that really
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spearheaded this project, which consisted of so many city employees in different departments that make this project definitely -- i don't mind a delay in a project, but i definitely want to make sure a project is within its budget, and she made sure that that took place. ladies and gentlemen, the city administrator, naomi kelly. [applause] >> good morning. thank you mayor breed. thank you to everyone here. this happened here today because of the great collaborative work we have working with each other. we understand the importance that there is a 72% chance of a six-point seven earthquake in the next 30 years that will happen here in san francisco. so our first responders need to be in a seismically safe,
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functional building, because the faster they can respond to emergencies, the faster that we can reduce death, injuries, and property loss. we need these buildings safe. so i want to thank -- this is -- i want to thank the voters of san francisco who have adopted the easter 2010, easter 2014, as you heard the mayor announced, you we will go to devote again in 2020. these fire stations, police stations, our emergency firefighting water system, are all important to the recovery and the vibrancy of san francisco. having said that, i know that is doom and gloom, but it is the reality of how we live here in san francisco. i just want to say, thank you to joanne hayes wait and her team. since easter 2020, she has been instrumental to working with us to make sure that these are priorities. while she was chief, we opened
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four new fire stations. this one station five, station 16 that the mayor talked about, station four, and i believe station 48 -- 49, okay. and station one. it was not done on an easter bond, but it happens. in addition, we also talked about -- in addition to not just opening new police stations, we also touched almost all -- to keep saying police stations, fire stations. we also touched all of the fire stations to remediate any deficiencies that we could with the other excess funding. i just want to reiterate what the mayor said about the bonds, as we are doing this in a fiscally responsible way, and as we issue new debt, we paid down old debt so we are not increasing the property taxes of the voters. we do this in a transparent way, and again, i want to thank everyone. with that, i would like to bring out our fire chief who is
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retiring this sunday. joanne hayes-white. [applause] >> thank you to our city administrator. good morning, everyone. welcome mayor breach. i know this particular project is near and dear to your heart, as she acknowledged, this was her backyard, and she grew up here and felt safe here and always felt welcome. for those of you who are here from the community, i hope you also feel the same way as you always have. if you have lived here for a while, or if you are a newcomer, we want to welcome you to our fire station. you're always welcome, it is a safe place, young and old. supervisor brown, thank you also for being here. not only does she represent this district very capably, but she is involved in all city aspects. thank you for being here. lots of think use. this is surreal as a lookout, i wanted to acknowledge that there are a number of retired guys, because that's what it was in the day, that are here that
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worked here, put in long hours, real courageous guys in the back please raise your hand if you were tara to to active station five. thank you very much. [applause] >> it is very special that you are here. and then i look to you, the old guard, in a lookout here in a c.a.c. of people who are hoping to be firefighters, paramedics, and e.m.t.s. raise your hand if you're hoping to get into the department. thank you for coming out. >> it is bittersweet. mostly sweet right now, i have to admit, but there are some aspects that i am very nostalgic about this week. as the mayor mentioned, and supervisor brown, and city administrator kelly, this is my last official fire department public event, and i wanted to really say thank you to public works, the entire team. i will not name all of you, but i will name their director.
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he has been a great colleague. mayor breed expects nothing less than partnerships and teamwork and efficiency, and public works is that. we really appreciate that relationship, and i certainly appreciate that it is may first, and i'm retiring may 5th, and he said to the director, we have to get it done before i retire. thank you so much. [applause] >> certainly our fire commission have been great partners in support of the easter bonds. this is part of easter 2010. the earthquake safety and emergency response bonds. we've also benefited from easter 2014, and s. mayor breed said, there will be a very vital easter 2020. and our citizens have always been supportive as has ever mayor to prioritize public safety in the city. thank you to our fire commission he is travelling and couldn't be here, he is in japan in senses greetings. i would like to introduce a vice president and acknowledge all of
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them. francine covington. [applause] >> commissioner vernoses -- veronese, cleaeland -- we are joined by both of our captains. and all of the members. thank you. [applause]
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>> they were very patient during the time this is under construction, in this area did not lose any of the members. we just redistributed and we are able to keep up with the response time. everyone is really glad that they are back here. this is our largest station. it houses an engine, which is an officer and three members, and a truck which is an officer in four members. it has room for growth. it also has our division house, and the city itself, and the fire department is divided into two divisions. this is division two, and the other division is 19th and folsom. during the workweek, or 24/7, the city is bifurcated in those division chiefs. we have michael in division today. [applause] >> they oversee the strategy, tactics, and operations for the city under the direction of the deputy chief of operations. it's 21,000 plus square feet. i still haven't visited it
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entirely since it has been completed. our members just moved in on monday. they are getting adjusted, but we are very grateful for the quality and craftsmanship, and i believe alton construction should also be acknowledged for their great work in partnership with public works. [applause] >> a couple more things. i'm cherishing this last moment, so bear with me. the other person i want to acknowledge it couldn't be with us today, it is a small tribute to him, i, i am retiring on his birthday. that is mayor edwin lee, who we all worked with and worked for. he was a true champion just like mayor breed for prioritizing public safety, recognizing the importance of having facilities from first responders because they need to be able to get out the door, and we did have facilities that were deficient. this is the perfect prime illustration of that commitment, and sotomayor breach, once again , thank you. and also, i would like to take a moment to acknowledge my command
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staff. they have been a great team. they are here behind me. in particular, i want to thank mar gonzales where tier for a number of years. we have been working together down in the office for seven years. i will be moving on, mar will be moving on isabel and as well and i know this means a lot to me, i am glad we are able to do it together. thank you for your great work. [applause] >> the person in support services who oversaw this project, he has done a great job he also may be moving on, we are not quite sure. he has done a great job. is a native san franciscan. thank you very much. [applause]. >> tony and his team are probably still here screwing in lightbulbs. they're not behind me but they are somewhere here.
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lieutenant tommy murphy who is walking away because he doesn't want the credit. thank you, tommy and steve. and the rest of my command staff i obviously want to really appreciate mayor breed once again for selecting our successors. i think it is healthy. it is healthy for me and healthy for the department to have this transition time. they made an excellent choice as my successor. i'm very proud of her. i selected her as my deputy last year, and i would like to acknowledge deputy chief, seemed to be chief janine nicholson. [applause] >> and also two very capable individuals who will be joining her team, beginning monday, and that is victor worse. and deputy chief of administration, i only had two,
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but one of my finest ones, deputy chief josé valette will be deputy chief of administration. with that, welcome. we will officially cut the ribbon, and please stick around and have some refreshments and take a tour of the station. most importantly, i would like to acknowledge all of our members, active, retired, hopefuls, and really today, it is all about the members of station five. thank you for your service, good luck to you in this station, and i will be passing through every once in a while. thank you. [♪] [applause]. >> thank you. we will go behind the camera and we will have a ribbon-cutting, and the fire station is open. we will have people to give you tours of the facility.
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>> five, four, three, two, one. [cheers and applause]
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