Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday’s Best Quotes: On No Snow, SmartMeters, and HoJo

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Best quotes of the day:

1. "It's time to be concerned," said Maury Roos, the state's chief hydrologist on the fact that this year's snowpack is only 37 percent of normal.

2. "We're not going to stop. We're not going away," said Josh Hart, a Santa Cruz County resident and organizer of a grassroots group called Stop Smart Meters. "People are going to refuse to pay these fees. You're going to see personal injury lawsuits and class-action lawsuits."

3. "If one house on a block opts for an analog meter, the question is, should all the homes on the block share the cost for sending a meter reader to that one house?" said PG&E Chief Customer Officer Helen Burt. "We don't think so."

4. "I have very high expectations for his leadership," Mayor Jean Quan said of new Police Chief Howard Jordan. "He's coming in at a very tough time."

5. "Some people will be surprised to know I actually shed a tear of joy," Jordan said, referring to when Quan told him a week ago that he had the job. "It's been a very long road."

6. "Even the people who suffered the most traumatizing experiences are back out here," said Caitlin Manning, an Occupy Oakland member, referring to alleged abuses by Oakland police and at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. "Santa Rita spawns rebels. People who go through that don't come out broken; they come out strengthened."

7. "We take allegations of abuse seriously," said Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan. "Obviously, this is a very volatile situation that needs to be addressed immediately. We are not shying away from these allegations."

Jackie Speier
  • Jackie Speier
8. "I have been a big booster of the Susan G. Komen organization. But not anymore," Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier said on the House floor, concerning the Komen decision to defund Planned Parenthood.

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