Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wednesday's Best Quotes: On Stay-Away Orders, Oakland's Finances, and Apple's Domination

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The best quotes of the day:

1. "While we respect every citizen's right to protest peacefully, we will not tolerate individuals who come to Oakland with an organized strategy to riot, clash with police officers, vandalize property and wreak havoc upon the city," Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said in a statement.

2. "It's unconstitutional," said attorney David Briggs, whose client, Mario Casillas of San Bruno, an Oakland Occupy protester, is charged with two felony counts of assaulting a peace officer and is subject to the stay-away order. "They have a right to freedom of assembly, the right to free speech. The stay-away order has nothing to do with the charges."

Libby Schaaf
  • Libby Schaaf
3. "Tonight is a little bit about celebrating and a little about mourning," said Oakland Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, referring to the council's decision to protect funding for Children's Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo, while slashing 105 city jobs. "We were able to avoid some horrible cuts. ... But in a way this feels like a stay of execution."

4. "I've been on the council a long time, and this one's been a heartbreaker. These people are extended family," said Oakland Councilwoman Desley Brooks, referring to the layoffs. "We tried to do the very best we could to put residents' needs first. But am I happy? Happy is not a word I would use. I'd be happy if we didn't have to let anyone go."

5. "There's very little wiggle room anymore," said Sue Piper, spokeswoman to Mayor Jean Quan. "We've done so much cutting already, there's very little we can still cut."

6. "I've seen a lot of devices come and go over the years. Nothing touches the speed of adoption of the iPad," said Matt Wallach, co-founder of Veeva Systems, a Pleasanton maker of sales software for drug companies.

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