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lunch. we have had fabulous speakers all day. this panel is going to be a panel on government executives and the regional will of cooperation. i have to tell you, in july of 2003, i was actually working for mayor willie brown. haley barber talked about leadership and decision making. this was a mayor that really provided leadership and made strong decisions and helped out in running the city with of those attributes. in 2003, under mayor brown, i got involved in something crazy called the table top exercise. at that time, again, former secretary of state george schulz had come back from new york and asked about getting the military
together with san francisco civilian forces to talk about disaster response. the general was on the telecommunications division at the time, heading up the telecommunications information services. we decided we would put the table top information together. i want to say one thing, off topic from this panel. 2003, i met a gentleman named randy smith. he was with the planning division. randy was the first person who gave me an education on tabletop exercises. from 2003 onward, he has been involved in every program i have put together on disaster response and a variety of other things. randy, are you here? thank you for following us for all of these years and having the marine corps take care of us.
willie brown, it was a table top exercise and a wonderful program. also in 2003 we work together and created the mayor is a summit, where we invited mayors from around the country to come from around the toussaint francisco and talk about technology solutions for homeland security and, essentially, disaster response programs. he is the longest serving speaker of the california assembly and to term mayor of san francisco. thank you, willie brown, if you could come here and give us some remarks. [applause] >> good afternoon to each and every one of you. i am delighted to be able to introduce the panel of individuals who collectively
will assume, on any given day and any given set of circumstances, the responsibility to orchestrate the process by which we remain as safe, secure, and free of harm as is humanly possible to do, in case of either a natural disaster or a man-made disaster. in my capacity as the speaker of the california legislature, in 1989 i was invited by the then mayor to join, wellcome, and extend the arm of friendship to the then president, george bush, who came to tour the area as a result of the '89 earthquake. it was, for me, an incredible
awakening. the president of the united states in total command of this nation. the most powerful individual in the world, observing in close detail what the mayor of oakland was doing with reference to the tragedy. what the persons who operated under his leadership in the coast guard were doing. what the people at the state level, who had the responsibility for emergency relief, were doing. what the mayor of san francisco was doing by way of feeding the people who had been disrupted in terms of their lives as a result of the quake and its devastating attack on the marina district of san francisco. then, of course, we moved outside of san francisco, with a stout heart, moving outside this
peninsula. results were equally as incredible. his comments and conversations with each individual, evidence of a very collected and qualified group of people who were willing to be in appropriate form, working together to produce quality results. then, of course, 2001 occurred. now, the capacity of the mayor, in it i was awakened by martha:, a woman who was activating this activity. she tells me that i may not be going to new york, because something has happened to one of the world trade center towers that you should look at. looks like a small plane hit the towers. i clicked on the television, as
all of you did. was just in time to see the second flight. dan at that point i knew what the mayor, the coast guard, and all of the other people who had been a part of the 89 experience had attempted to put together a had to go and play. you are going to hear about the perfection of each and every one of those. it will begin to suggest to you that there is a level in america people who are dealing with the issues that might be before them, in case of any kind of emergency. is not just dealing with the physical issues. is not just dealing with how you do what ever you need to do to keep the traffic flowing in to keep the movement and repair the structure that needs to be
repaired instantly. it is how you include how you deal with the incredible challenges that human beings themselves, psychological and otherwise, will be facing. this fleet week is clearly different from any previous fleet week we have had. but the planners have done, with mike, george, and all of the other people, in recruiting people like the governor of mississippi, who has lived at the challenge that had to be executed quickly in terms of responding, in sharing all of that while at the same time celebrating the 100th anniversary of the u.s. navy and all of its flight acrobatics sector. this has got to be an incredible location. i am looking forward to going out there and listening to, very
closely, but each one of these leaders will say so clearly as i arrived at the facility and the place where the emergency services were coordinated and how each one of the units, whether it was the fire, or people like our own chief, or whenever it was, dealing with the people that came to see me from the coast guard, or the people that called me from other regions. speaking of coast guard, police officers, whatever, i saw your chief of police and he had less hair than i had. mr. mayor, i saw your chief of police and he had less hair than i had.
i trust there is a level of stress that costs you your hair. you should do something about giving us the kind of guidance that will allow other responses and give us the assurance of all can be well as we go about meeting the potential that may be hours, in case of any form of an emergency. i welcome each and every one of you and am looking forward to a fabulous 13,000 sailor visit, 13 ships visit, and all of the other activities the golan. more importantly, the information that will be forthcoming from this panel. thank you, and welcome to fleet week. [applause] >> never had a loss for words. we like that about mr. brown.
first of all, let's thank the u.s. navy for bringing this beautiful ship to san francisco and once again participating in fleet week. a tradition that i can remember, having been born and raised in san francisco, having the opportunity to be around the navy and the personnel that make this work, also allowing this intimate setting for this particular group. let me introduce, very briefly, our panel. we have a long day. first of all, on my far left, we have a young woman who was recently on television with me. the vice president of the san mateo board of supervisors. baez to have you here, adrian. thank you very much.
next, capt. cynthia stone is here. she is captain of the port. i would say that that is a vitally important part of our community. no question about it. next, mayor quam, of oakland. congratulations to you, mayor, for your current operation. also, oakland has been involved in a number of different activities. the oakland hills fire was a local disaster that i am sure we remember with regret. myself, i walked on the freeway when the embarcadero went down. i was on channel 7 at the time. it is a strange feeling to walk on a freeway that has just collapsed, let me tell you. the mayor of san francisco is
here to contribute his portion to what san francisco will be doing if an event happens this significant and dangerous. the question that i think most of us would like to know, what is the most significant project that this city, and the cities around us, can do, and participate in, in case of another disaster, natural or otherwise. >> thank you for having me here today. i would like to say congratulations and thank you to all those in uniform for your service. i think the one project that i think is a vitally critical that we are all working on together here is the hetch hetchy water system. we are improving that so we can make sure that that is
protecting us in the case of an earthquake. right now, we're very vulnerable with our water system. but we have collaborated with all of the bay area to make sure that we can run those pipes through our different counties and make sure that we strengthen that. so in the event of a major earthquake, we will still have a water system in place. maybe the second one would be the microwave link to make sure we have operability between all of our communities and the bay area so we can talk to one another in the case of a disaster. we are continuing to work on that. we're very close. that is something we have work very well together on as a region. i think my regional partners for that. >> ok. mayor lee. >> i wanted to emphasize that we're working on our bay area web-enhanced wireless communications. that is probably the most
important one -- well, it is as important as the water delivery. but the communications is obviously something that we depend upon immediately. many of us have been working on our own systems for so many years and failing to connect up with each other. we learned a great lessons from what happened in oakland. unfortunately, lives were lost because of that. so we have to learn better. i think the operability for the bay area, all 10 counties, all three major cities have been involved, and not only have we talked about it, we have actually agreed and formed a joint powers authority to make sure this project moves forward. we have done that with a stimulus money is, and we're on our way to a full agreement in implementing interoperable communications that will benefit us, and we will use the latest technology. we are already a green -- in agreement that it will be a 4g
communications. that is to survive through the worst level of earthquake disaster. the biggest successes we have seven counties and three major cities already involved in that. i think that it's a great tribute to the level of concern, and also learned from past mistakes from all over the country and right in the region. >> let me ask the two of you, since we're on the subject -- what has been the most typical problem in terms of communication between the various agencies? is it a problem where one agency claims that they have responsibility or they do not have responsibility and passing it back and forth? i think this is a problem agencies that had in every type of natural disaster, when they say it is your term -- your turn -- no, it is my term. your turn, might turn. what