NOTABLE QUOTABLES

“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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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