Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday's Best Quotes: On Komen, Using Taxpayer Funds to Lobby, and the Bay Citizen Merger

By Robert Gammon
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Best quotes of the day:

1. “We want to apologize for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” tweeted by Susan G. Komen foundation.

3. "It's a political tool used against people who want to participate in the Occupy Oakland movement," said Ali Saidi, an attorney for an Occupy Oakland protester who is under court order not to go near Oakland City Hall. "It will essentially keep him from going downtown."

4. Lifting the stay-away order against another occupier, Mario Casillas, who like Lubin, is accused of assaulting police, said prosecutor Matthew Beltramo, would "welcome him back into the fray and encourage the very behavior we're trying to deter."

Quentin Kopp
  • Quentin Kopp
2. "That is appalling to me. I've never heard of such a thing," said Quentin Kopp, who helped launch the rail authority and was its longtime chairman before retiring in March. He said he never approved of the use of taxpayer funds to hire a lobbyist to influence state legislators, and that the state should go to court to keep the money. "That's nonsense, absolutely nonsense. It's embarrassing."

5. “Things could gel quickly,” said former Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein of the proposed merger between the Bay Citizen and California Watch, “and they could also fall apart quickly.”


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