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The Year in Quotes

December 31, 1999

-- Paul Rafferty, attorney for Beach Access owner Tom Moore, after a

lawsuit against his client filed by radio personality Dr. Laura

Schlessinger was thrown out of court.

Uphill battles

"Right now we're grappling with how we can possibly pay for it."

-- Mark Schultheis, a member of the school district's budget advisory

committee, on needed improvements at area schools.

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"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.

Inferiority complex

"Linda Dixon and I have said that it's insulting. It's a very emotional

issue."

-- 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

considering annexing.

Rival thoughts

"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

skate park.

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

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