"By not addressing this, by being silent, it will just signify our tacit
consent. I just want to raise the debate so that we truly examine the
changes the bill would make and why it's unnecessary."
-- Wendy Leece, school board member, arguing against a California
Assembly bill that would add students' sexual orientation to the list of
protected civil rights.
"Linda Dixon and I have said that it's insulting. It's a very emotional
-- Libby Cowan, Costa Mesa city councilwoman, on Santa Ana Heights
residents who want to be annexed by Newport Beach and not Costa Mesa.
"Moses told the Pharaoh, 'Let my people go.' I don't think he said,
'Please fill out this paperwork."'
-- James D. Daily, a resident of unincorporated land that Costa Mesa is
"We just play more aggressively when we play them."
-- Sean Johnson, Newport Harbor High student, on the school's rivalry
with Corona del Mar High.
But is it a crime?
"I know it's a big issue. But our children deserve a place to go ... and
they shouldn't be destroying our schools."
-- Martha Fluor, school board member, proposing the district consider
opening a skateboard park.
"I don't think the Charle Street location was that well thought out.
Skaters are isolated. It's not as safe [as other options], not as open,
and there's not much else there."
-- Gary Monahan, Costa Mesa mayor, on the location of the city's first
Cat lover or criminal?
"I couldn't just walk away and leave animals to be abandoned. I know a
lot of things can happen to cats."
-- Patricia Hotz, who faced fines for violating Costa Mesa animal control
laws for having 51 cats in her house.
The name is bond, school bond
"We're getting a message from the voters that's loud and clear. Education
is the No. 1 issue."
-- John Moorlach, Orange County's treasurer, on why 1999 looked like a
good time to try to pass a bond for money to repair schools.
"It really means that it is something we need to look at. How can we make
sure the public understands what we're trying to do?"
-- Serene Stokes, president of the Newport-Mesa school board, on the