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(clapping.) sociogood morning, everyone. good morning. good morning. my name is harlan kelly the director of the public utilities commission i'm excited to welcome you here today, it's a diverse group we're going to talk about the issues we're looking and facing the drought.
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the puc you're in headquarters of the puc it's a if you don't know about the puc we're responsible for water wastewater and power our water system is a vast water system we provide water to 2.6 million yourselves in the bay area not only in the retail but wholesale swill as the a regional issue we talk about the water not only our drinking water see but our wastewater we have a unique opportunity to look for opportunities to expand our water supply and a lot of is it reconstrict we're looking at ways to take advantage of that. this headquarters represents what the puc is about later today, you'll take a hour of the building and so we treat our wastewater on city i site we recircle it through the
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urinalysis and the toilets it's a amazing building and you'll look at all the great features we have today so i wanted to first start off with introducing the mayor of san francisco he's an infrastructure mayor he's been promoting investor in san francisco infrastructure and one the great things we're able to do t is fix a lot of our that is my understanding that bring water here we had a lot of leaking that is my understanding our system is over one hundred years old and with the ability to reinvest in infrastructure that's the 4r5rg9 saving of water are we've experienced at the puc donates my great pleasure to introduce the mayor of san francisco (clapping) >> thank you harlan letting express my appreciation for hosting this beautiful building.
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i also want to say thank you to you all of you. those are important and serious times. in our state and i suggest to you that this is an emergency that we're in that's why we are could i convening xhvnlt with our great governors request we hold those he meetings on the basis of the state of california we've got to manage this impending disaster we're experts in disaster preparedness and management i want to thank the governor mark for hosting this recreational meeting >> thank you all how are stakeholders in this to be working and sharing information with each other as an entire region. san francisco while we will do our best we have to work in
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concert with the north bay arresting and all regions this is not going to go away we've not be lucky like maybe in the world series or something where we can count on someone else's failure to be our success we have to make our own success we're doing our best in san francisco. since 2007 our san francisco government agencies have reduced water by 20 percent but still that's not enough i've called for on ailed 10 percent because if we are going to have some serious conversations with our businesses before i do that before i indicate to them what we need from them and they are the biggest water yourselves in
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our city we have to demonstrate our own commitment per diem and having the puc and our compliment department of working together to reduce an additional 10 percent is important so we have the moral foundation but the practicality to begin those discussions with our businesses. not only is water reduction important i think we're at a cutoff we have to signal behavior real life changes have to happen in order to manage this pending disaster so i'm about making sure our kids grouping just as they've done with education to emphasis the demands for education we want to get all our - our city represent
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the effort to conserve and collect as much ground water and recycled water where a appropriate to keep the freshwater this is what we have to do an aggressive agenda thanks to the governor's office for leading this effort those conversations have to go more than a regional approach we've got to have actions that we'll promise the public we're manage a crisis in the making not only do we lead by example and cut waste and water i imagine has much as possible we have to talk to the public about behavorial changes that's the most difficult thing but as a leader in this great city anita and i
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my wife has talked i talked about how to demonstrate at the home we can say to our kids we're leading by example and be the behavorial change this is a calling of us as government right now those are the challenges of our time this is a very serious thing we're not going to go through a simple agricultural thing that's a strong, strong part of our economy it's going to challenge our hospitality our hotels one of the greatest parts of our city and get challenged by this and so all of this has to be managed by stewart's experts i'm looking forward to the examples we can have for each other i'm very glad to welcome our state officials and someone i can introduce someone that's been working with us in the city
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she's began her career from her job and articulating her managerial skills to the local management that's ann she's done a wonderful, wonderful job. ann take it from here (clapping.) good morning it's wonderful to see so many familiar faces there's a number of people from our approval authority around the region and working so closely together in the bay area. i too want to thank our state officials for hosting this meeting here in san francisco. it's the eight drug - drug drought task force kind of like it the drought task force meeting that's been held. i think the bay area is a very important place to hold such a
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meeting i also want to thank harry less than kelly for hosting this this room is fantastic i'm in awe of what we've being able to do with 24 green building. nancy ward is someone who we worked closely with over the years when she was at fema and mark stole nancy from fema but luckyly she didn't go too far we get to work with her still we're worked with cal we say that john doe i didn't talks to my staff on 0 daily basis if issues ranging from reimbursements to the rim fire occupying we've worked closely with cal o s and
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mark has been in his position since 2012 was appoint by governor jerry brown and serves as the homeland security advisors he comes with us with thirty plus years in the field and responded to so many disasters in california i'm he can't remember but we have this critically close work are, manship here's mark (clapping.) i may have caused some disasters in all those years too anyway mr. mayor and all of you thank you very much for taking advantage to deal with this very, very important topic and ann said drug she meant drought
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she mentioned rim fire california is, you know, truly as the governor said a nation state 38 million i difference people complicated and managing in a crisis like drought this is statewide incorporating all 58 counties and the impacts from that drought to all 18 sectors infrastructure and transportation and education you name it really is a challenge for all of us and san francisco has done some phenomenal work in this area. some best practices we're going to talk about today and really is a model for an urban environmentalist to be able to demonstrate how taking a crisis like the drought and leveraging the best practices and
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implementing those in a large way i my say congratulations to the team here not only meeting the governors 20 percent but asking for an additional 10 percent it's a heavy lift but something we need to know this is a marathon not a sprint and in many ways the drought is while it's a crisis situation really to a degree is the new no more in california as we look at ourselves moving into the future years increasing in the population requirement we need to think about how we are sustaining this very, very critical resource n and san francisco again is one of the places we lead the way. i'm excited to an opportunity to meet with you and we'll talk about what we're doing at the state the governor's actions and
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the state agency to stay out in in front of this it, it's not a state action ensue a state and local and non-governmental private effort we need to stay out in flown front 0 of this. i thank you very much for hosting today and look forward to talking more as we move forward thank you. brown are we going to do a - introduction around - >> can i start with two topics and then we can move forward yeah. okay. with that, let us begin and, you know, as i mentioned sort of the objective of today is meeting and the challenges of managing
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this stating event as you all know, you know, this is the third year of 3 dry years. we've been hoping working with noah in the national weather serves next week we'll have an el nino pattern there's an interpretation of what that means we need to anticipate another dry year or at least plan for it and be prepared for another dry year. our challenge has been to remain out in front of this evolving event most disasters in california is the disaster occurs we'll respond collectively and we sort of mitigate the crisis and begin the recovery process that's not the case with the drought its at
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viewing every expanding challenge. its something that it's not going to go away we need to think about it in the context of long term sustainable solutions to change the way we in our society our culture in california deals with this problem and the legislation and the governor are looking at the variety of different solutions that we'll talk about today but there's some tough decisions to be made and part of it is occur contaminate of water delivers deliveries and even 345ur7bd restrictions in the state of california. to the desegregate that the drought is its everybody's everybody is combangd other places in the state are worse off our central valley
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agricultural has been hit hard farmers are having problems and we're having a trickle down effect of the economy in an industry that is one of the largest economic murnz in the state of california. so the long term economic impacts in that one sector will have a tremendous impact we're working hard to provide did balance of dealing with those problems while maintaining public health and safety so we incur that people don't go without drinking water for public health and safety standards there's many places in california that individuals are on wells and wells are running dry and their tied into a system
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he have a little bit flexibility but tied into a well your options are limited so we're really leveraging that and looking at ground water boycott to some larger term solutions a lot of this has been been in the governors document that outlines the direction and strategy that the governor in the state is moving forward in. we've had look at of precipitation this year but certainly not enough and one of the greatest threats as a result of drought has been that of wildfire our companies are so dry throughout the state it takes age a spark and with the wind behind it it moves rapidly because of the dryness of the
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fuel those fires get moved out rapidly we say this come to fruition plus the 80 different fires burning at the same time 18 were major we had to the evidence will then show everycy in the state of california to move up into northern california to support of the fire activity. the governor moved forward increasing the number of firefighting to put all the state agencies on notice to be responsive with the strategy that is get to the fires fast and keep them small. this year particularly we can't afford the fires getting too far out in front of us and the locally strikes we've been having a lot of lightning that
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result in, you know, multiple fires happening at the same time. so together fire safety and awareness of the potential for fire is very, very the governor did put in place a emergency proclamation for the state of california and two executive orders one that directs state agencies to, you know, respond with all the assets that the states has to deal with the emergency and establish the drought task force at the governors level and cleared the way through recollection to the state water control board we'll learn about the kind of clearance that were streamlining the red tape and the streamlining of the
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situation to get the water where it needs to go and the paramount priority. we've had an active a geement with our community. much kudos to all the local authorities throughout california working very closely in calculation with the state and conversely with our federal partner early on they came together and the white house has been on this president obama has been out here himself so see the impact of the event and they've been forthcoming with resources they e very rapidly i want to appreciate their effort our our emergency operation centers the state and regions we're holding weekly calls with our operation areas to be able to get that input that feeding that information of what's happening
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on the ground to act very rapidly to and i judge trial those become greater a challenges and particularly the ones running out of water they're a heavy loss. the governor was working with the legislation schematic and moving forward with emergency drought legislation it includes over $21 million in rental and housing assistance through the housing development. much of that is already been looked to individuals and families that have been disbecause of the drought and $15 million of drinking water fund to the control board and $25 million in emergency food avoidance it's been put out to various counties throughout the
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state were water sxheefrm is our number one concern and fire mitigation we're continuing to move forward as the month going on and hoping that this will bring differences. that's an overview i want to i'm going to turn it over to >> we're going to take a quick 2 minute break and i know the mayor and others have to run off to. the restrooms are here if you need a quick .
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>> good afternoon, everyone. this is a pretty thrilling day that for us it's another milestone in the progress of connecting the great city of san francisco from one end to another about economics development and about clean environment, pittsburgh that's about building consensus i'm sure the mayor will agree he served as the che administration officer it to took years to get this to a third street rail of central subway thousands even if hours of volunteers coming together to make their point of
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view known. we've been here 5 wants on the total of this project but making progress again and every step of the way all along i'll say whoever we were appealing to our hopes are riding on the third street rail and our hopes on the street subway for all to be a model to the country of economic development while we improve the quality of life and sflrs customers and create good paying jobs that's today is a sad day because of the loss of robin williams i was oncoming over mayor we were together in 2012 with another phase we are that altogether with ray la hood the secretary of transportation and while we were listening to each
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other's speeches we were on our i preponderance watching the last of the games to dorm who would be in the playoffs and while we were celebrating the; correct construction we were cheering the victory of the giants that day to go on to the world series and robin williams was a great giant fan my daughter christine right-minded me in after 2001 that was by and large the first time god bless america took place some may have done is but a tradition across our country and robin williams was a great giants fan but in 2004 he sank god bless america urging the 7th ending stretch we've lost a genius and san
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francisco has lost a great friend we made contributions to life. two weeks ago on the steps of the k358 the democrats launched the jump start to create good paying jobs in our country a rock the entrepreneurship begins in the classroom to make college affordable and early child onsite hood evaluation affordable and in some ways when with yes, ma'am succeeds america succeeds a version of growing the economy by this each week this week is make that on america where we say we want american made companies invest in good paying jobs here in
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america by removing tax credits to send jobs overseas what is what the law is now, it's ridiculous we want to over turn that with the savings we want to invest in building america and building the infrastructure and that means roads and brigades and cr=certainly mass transit and water supply and broad band the infrastructure of the future so this the the job the parlor we're sthifls all over the country what better place to start where the innovation has begun it's begun with the consensus over time with the community involvement i've said to the city i want to give you every option but if we allocate the sources we need the dirt to
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underlie this consensus building over time has been very, very central to our success and, of course, the recovery act that president obama took the lead on made a difference in getting hundreds and hundreds of million dollars nearly a billion dollars for the completion of the project while it started local it was local and state funding under the leadership of the leaders today, i'm honored to be here with the mayor how important this jump start for the class is and how important building infrastructure is to the jump start. roadway there's a installing felt be middle-class because of the stalling of those kinds of initiatives h initiates we want it to be non-barn we know the american people overwhelmingly
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support an nishlt that improves the quality of life and to get the products to and from work and employees to and from home and again to clean and protect the virnlt as we create jobs we have have to build consensus i salute the people in san francisco for the rolls they've played over the years really decades to make many of the projects that are emerging now projects so that's consecutively the quail valley and hunters point and the transbay terminal with the enter connections with the parkway and the longtime in the planning and consensus building many of them possible because of president obama recognition this buildings infrastructure of america is essential to growing our economy with that, i'm pleased to give
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this podium oh, by the way, did i introduce thomas and paling their construction is they're game they know about machinery i don't know about their teaching me and wanted to see how it's going my grandchildren from new york. they've ridden on the subway they wanted to see how one is built in california had a they're my special vip pits i've said his role as mayor and the chevy administration officer knows how to get the job done an operational manager it's not mystery i continued the great work of the previous mayors but he was effective working w


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