NOTABLE QUOTABLES

“I'm not willing to sit here and tell everyone up in La Crescenta we are going to turn your highway into a giant parking lot for trucks.”

— Councilwoman Laura Friedman on voting to formally oppose the proposed 710 Freeway extension.

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“This is a huge take away from redevelopment agencies. We've never seen anything like this before.”

— City Manager Jim Starbird on a $1.7 billion take away of redevelopment funding from cities across the state as a part of the state's budget plan adopted Tuesday.

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“The city's job is to respond to its people, and when you have a large segment of the population that are minorities, it's important that you be able to represent them and be able to respond to their needs.”

— Civil Service Commissioner John Gantus on the city workforce's increasing ethnic diversity.

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“These guys put their lives on the line for us, for me, for you, and I am not going to do that. I am not willing to do that.”

— Resident Dikran Iskenderian on the possibility of police layoffs.

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“I wanted to start practicing what I preach.”

— Resident Joseph Martin of his efforts to quit smoking. He is a substance abuse counselor, who gives advice to drug users.

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“We need to do something to just survive. If it's a salary reduction, it's a salary reduction.”

— Saodat Aziskhanova, president of Glendale Community College's chapter of the California School Employees Assn., explaining that her union will likely have to make concessions during negotiations in order to create the savings that will allow trustees to avoid cutting jobs.

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“We anticipate a growing demand for green. This is where we need to be.”

— Glendale Community College President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay, on the college's developing curriculum for online courses in green technology education.

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“We've got our fingers crossed.”

— Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, who hoped that a new tax incentive program meant to keep film productions from locating in other states would help to add jobs to the region.

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“What I fear the most is not just losing the physical infrastructure, but also losing our human infrastructure.”

— Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, on the value of his tax incentive program to prevent film productions from shooting in other states or countries and drawing entertainment industry professionals away from California.


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