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touchstone for this great california event could be just as easily been 1936 the year the bridge was build. for in 193 of this country was in the midst of the great depression. a signal to renewed civic effort proved that the pioneer spirit still lives. and now, of course, it the 2012 and we're here again. today, we decade this new span worked through the toughest
economic times since the great demonstration. we must make is a symbol a time of growth not just holding on. more californians working in jobs not more unemployment. a time to make real what we only dream of and not just settling for what is easy. a time for the inevitable disagreements over what we do to lead to principle comprised and progress not tired failure. on this labor day thank you to all of the great leaders. mayor brown and mayor quan and mayor lee and all those who pictures are symbolized throughout this hello.
those who worked so hard to make this historic day come to past. now my pleasure to introduce the senator (clapping) >> yes 24 years since is earthquake. it's about time everybody isn't it? it's also while we're doing touch stones 8 years since the bay area delegation came together in a time of financial hardship when there was a question of the bridge maybe just being a ramp to the i'd like. and put together the program
that led to every state owned bridge in california and i was proud as part of the bay area delegation at this time along with our majority leader ellen who's here and along with the senator with assemblyman john and, of course, brian kelly our new head of california trance who was working with the senator. as a delegation we put together a bill that i was proud to be able to carry a b-144 that led to this beautiful bridge today. my thought then and annoy is that this bridge brings to my mind little old labor song about braeld and roses.
it's a youthful bridge 3 will connect our communities and allows our commerce to continue and everybody it's a gorgeous piece of public art. every time we see it whether driving across it, whoa whether looking at it from the shore our spirits will soar as it does for generations our generation and those who come after us. it's my pleasure to introduce assemblywoman nancy skinner (clapping) >> good afternoon distinguished guests officials, elected and others and my constituents. it is a wonderful day and i'll
i'm so thrilled to be here. i want to thank mayor brown and, of course, other senators that - and the other officials who figure out so hard to make that a beautiful world-class structure that rivals the golden gate bridge. as a san franciscan native i can say that. i feel like i've come full circle as my father and grandfather we deserve the whole bay as he does the world-class bridge. now we're standing in my colleagues district who is from district 18 and allow me to
introduce my other colleagues - apologizes assembly members himself mark levine the tenth district and assemblyman from the 22 district and from the 19 and assembly member from the 25th (clapping) >> now mayor brown made a very i think prospective statement when he talked about the bay area wanted a bridge that expresses the daring the human innut and symbols the splendor of oakland and the ante bay.
as the other speakers who stood before you this is what we're inaugurateing today. the other thing i recall that's been mentioned. my first memory was the 57 quake that was centered if san mateo. and, of course, i've lived through every other quake including the 89 and i'll tell you what a huge relieve for me to know that i and everyone else who uses the bridge will no longer have to be in the fear of their lives. now we can drive across that with the assurance we're not risking our lives. we thank everyone who built it today and we're so glad that quake didn't happen yet.
i think we're all proud it is a span that will withstand centuries and will be with us so long as the large place in yosemite and which our firefighters are currently fighting to protect from the rim fire. i also want to take this opportunity to thank the workers for their incredible work on this stand (clapping) a year ago i had the privilege as a guest of california trans to bring many folks from building trade to look and take a tour of the new span and also to go to the very top of the tower and it was breath i
taking. and we're so, so pleased that labor used their blood, sweat and tears and going got good jobs and will continue to get good jobs and they remove the industry. and i'll introduce my colleague from the other side of the span senator mark (clapping) >> thank you essentially woman it's a great pleasure to be here. fellow elected colleagues and distinguished guests i want to over my heartfelt thanks to the contractors and workers and m t c, caltrans, california transportation mission and, of
course, the voters who have done what was necessary to get us to this day. it's been said woven a web the dreams into a web of steel. what a better time to remember the 83 hundred workers. those men who tirelessly told you to make sure that a madman's dream was realized. and that madman was bernard who back in 1872 imagined a bridge connecting oakland to san francisco but that the armies should arrest the folks for failing to make this happen. different from the chain cutting when the bay celebrated on time
and under biscuit engineering marvel we can take pride that not a single human life was lost in the construction of this 21st century san francisco bay bridge (clapping) let's humbly remember the 28 lives lost in 1923 to 26 and, yes in the upcoming public hearings in the senate we'll review and learn from our mistakes so the economic costs will not remedying repeat itself. but public sentiment today would never have tolerated such loss of life no matter how great the
project. safety has and also will be tape priority for the bridge. it now carries 2 hundred and 80 thousand vehicles everyday. compare it to 9 million vehicles the first year the bay bridge was in service. we have been collective blessed in this borrowed time taken us to arrive at this historic day that no other tragedy has resulted. but that concern is now behind us as and enjoy the beauty and the safety of this extraordinary imply bridge. i personally will remember the bridge i saw the first day it was 1967. the occasion was my first of many viewings of the
congratulate r graduate. i was seduced by the magic of san francisco bay and, of course, that spider convertible i was hooked. that took that 16-year-old boy to get here but i've never looked back. i love i san francisco bay area and i love you san francisco bay bridge. as we say in the jewish language should you life to 1 hundred and 20 years it's my honor to introduce the colleague next. prevailing wages and i ask you to help me in welcoming the
council of california mr. robby hunter (clapping) >> >> the state building construction trade represents 4 hundred and 80 thousand workers. i myself am a member of the structural and workers and spent almost thirty years building skyscrapers and bridges thought california. as we stand here today in the shadow of two of the most historic bridges built over 80 years ago on this labor day i decade those words to all the workers even the ones that are
gone. construction of thousands of bridges those historic spans - those - of historic bridges spanning the great national divides this will allow our nation to grow. part of the new deal to lift us up from the great depression the construction of this bridge one of the greatest employment for our nation. the jobs this bridge provided during this time helped many families to get through the did
the times. a bridge of this type of is one of the most dangerous of the construction folks. over 1 hundred million hours were worked with no loss of life. i would like to thank american bridge for for caring about our workers. caltrans for insuring that every procedure that would be deployed was put in during the process but most of all i'd like to thank the workers from all the trades that worked hard, utilizing their you training and sack fixing time from their family. on this labor day we can find no
finer contribute than to be standing here in the presence of this bridge with pride and dignity >> thank you. >> i'll read off some of the list the iron workers local 377 and 78 the operating engineering and the local 34 are the carpenter local 22. the labors 2 61 the cement masonry and i b w locals. all right. brothers. with that i'd like to introduce want and ceo of american bridge joint venture and mike i do thank you for taking care of of
our workers (clapping) >> this is a tiff act to fellow thank god i'm not last. good afternoon it's a pleasure to be here. the bridge is kind of like my little girl. before i started on this job i moved here from the east coast and it's changed my lifelike many of you. the bridge itself build a lot of partnerships. the bridge facilitator the unique marriage of partners not only with reporter to those partnership certainly the design with t y listen and on the owner
side with the partnership that involved the ct c and, of course, caltrans. the early days of the job the sas project we had a meeting here in oakland and the department oversight committee delivered the message to get the last key piece done as opposed to. and roar the san francisco bay bridge to seismic safety before the economy could be devastated. the message became a singular focus for all the stakeholder that went on to forge a lot of
no relationships. and through the strength of that common goal we have seen things insewer mountable. the finish line is in sight. in a matter of hours we'll win the race and open the new bridge. i'd like to thank the department for all it's support and partnership. the tall oversight committee for its leadership and vision of this stunning new bridge. and believe me it's stunning. but no matter how great that vision and how complete that plan it still has to be executed by people, skilled craftsman and
designers from all over the world literally many millions of man-hours to bring together the plans of the designers. to our key supplies who have traveled here from china, from south korea, from japan the japan steelworks and from the uk we welcome you to oakland. it's a privilege to share this moment and we're grateful for our many contributions >> let us be mindful of several other contractors who are responsible for the skyway, the function foundation and such.
flatiron west and manson construction and cc myers and california engineers and contractors, silver construction and west by a builders and granite construction and many, many more subcontractors who played a key role. i want to be a little bit selfish and thank you. the men and women for their spiert and their pride of performance in executing this structure. you have set a new standard in bridge building and without question and i can say this with 40 years experience your the best team i've ever had the privilege to lead and i miss you
all greatly. so as long last we can cross this bridge and marvel at the beauty. please remember the dedicated workers to whom the spotlight along these to honor the contributions of all. thank you (clapping) >> thank you both mike and robby. i'd like to a nouns the arrival of the lieutenant governor you're welcome to join us in here and swelterer. he's a smart guy who will stand
in the doorway. another sobering aspect is the time it took to complete it. babies born in 1989 are annoy adult. in the nearly 24 years since the shaking stopped we've lost people who worked on our bridge. at this time i'd like to acknowledge some of the people who helped with the design and the construction of this bridge who we've lost. ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ . the last name you saw on the screen was the single fatality that day in loma. i'm honored to introduce you to someone who helped rescue that young man's brother from that vehicle. he's retired since. doug can you stand and be recognized? right there (clapping) . i now have the pleasure to introduce my chairperson so prepare for another truly set of remarks. amy become chair a little bit over a year ago and this was prebolts and i'm sure figured there might be more of a
straight line but she's held up like a trooper and been a great leader through a difficult time in this project. loophole join me in welcoming my chair amy worth (clapping) >> thank you, very much. steve i'm honored to be here to welcome i all and to say what a great a day and congratulations to everyone. it really is a glorious day. being around the eastern span one of the things you may have noticed it that construction is not an old boy's club anymore. it's something that video news man mark john noticed when he was documenting the bridge. so he's done more than 20 oral
histories. and he comprised a short video precisely some of the women who have transcribed to the ante span. please join me >> i work in san francisco my mother worked on the new bridge and my brother. my mom worked on the first and second phase with me for another one of the contractors that were out here. and my grandfather worked on the original span but it's been fun. >> it's one of those projects that's come in a lifetime. >> it's seeing it take a look take shape. when i finish our work you see something >> i work for the suri