“Every program has a constituency, and everyone will feel the effect of the reductions.”

— City Manager Jim Starbird, on the proposed 5% across-the-board cut in city services to close a projected $9.9-million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.


“I am just shocked, and I never thought this day would come.”

— Councilman Ara Najarian, after several homeowners associations representatives publicly supported Glendale fire critic Bruce Philpott's proposal to reduce fire engine staffing in order to save the city money.


“The playing field is not level, and I don't know how you're going to get it down to level.”

— Councilman Dave Weaver, on how campaigns are funded and operated in Glendale.


“I don't agree that we're in such bad shape financially that we have to look at the manning of fire engines in this city. I completely and utterly disagree.”

— Councilman Frank Quintero, who joined two other colleagues in publicly opposing Bruce Philpott's money-saving proposal to reduce fire engine staffing.


“You have to have the right amount of people on the scene to do the job right.”

— Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, on why staffing four firefighters per truck and engine is preferable to three.


“She embodies Pat more than anyone who could have won.”

— Glendale High School student Natasha Aftandilians, on classmate Henrietta Movsessian's qualifications for winning the Pat Navolanic Memorial Award.


“I feel terrible, and I ask for forgiveness. I never meant to hurt anyone.”

— Juan Manuel Alvarez, during his first day of testimony about his role in the Jan. 26, 2005, train derailment that left 11 dead and 184 injured.

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