The year in quotes
"It's more of a guess than we would like."
— Dana Tom, Palo Alto school board vice president, regarding recent projections on district enrollment by consulting demographers.
"They're certainly not going to be put in an art museum."
— Larry Klein, Palo Alto City Councilman, of the antennas AT&T is installing throughout Palo Alto.
"It's a blunt instrument but, Dr. Skelly, you've sharpened it."
— Dana Tom, Palo Alto school board vice president, on the district's plan to use state college requirements to motivate lower-achieving students.
"This is a personal crime. This feels quite a bit more frightening."
— Karen White, president of the Duveneck/St. Francis Neighborhood Association, on the armed robbery of a man walking his dog.
"This can really be a transformative move for the city."
— Sid Espinosa, Palo Alto City Councilman, on a proposal to build a theater and high-rise office building at 27 University Ave.
"If we want a healthy community, we need to constantly work on our relationships."
— Penny Ellson, of the Greenmeadow Community Association, on building a sense of community through the Mayor's Challenge.
"The people who do this are ruthless."
— John Hanna, of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on how his beautiful dogwood tree was attacked.
"In the old days people thought a monster was eating the sun."
— Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College astronomy professor, on how people used to regard solar eclipses.
"Technology and testing can wait."
— Ginny Russell, a retiring kindergarten teacher, on the need to let kindergartners play.
"At this point the governance process has broken down."
—Barbara Klausner, Palo Alto school board member, regarding Superintendent Kevin Skelly's failure to communicate the board's direction on counseling to Gunn High School staff.
"This is a ridiculous, undemocratic process."
— Larry Klein, Palo Alto City Councilman, regarding the state high-speed rail funding bill that was released Tuesday night, with a potential vote on Friday.
"If nobody uses them because there is nowhere to go, your project is going to tank."
— Judith Wasserman, chair of the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board, on the proposed bikeshare pilot program focused on downtown Palo Alto and Stanford University.
"Surrounding cities don't allow them, so we'd be the magnet."
— Greg Scharff, Palo Alto vice mayor, on why Palo Altans should vote no on Measure C, which would allow medical pot dispensaries in town.
"That just defies common sense."
— Claude Ezran, chair of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission, on the idea that corporations have the same rights as people.
"Palo Alto is not New York."
— Arthur Keller, Palo Alto planning commissioner, on why he opposes a proposed 161-foot-tall office tower at 27 University Ave.
"He loved the town, and the town loved him."
— Joe Simitian, a close friend and a former Palo Alto mayor, on the passing of Gary Fazzino, who served 18 years on the Palo Alto City Council, including two stints as mayor.
"I think the city needs to get some skin in the game."
— John Barton, an advocate for the homeless, on the need for the City of Palo Alto to host car campers on city property.
"We need more ethics, spine and responsibility to residents."
— Fred Balin, a College Terrace resident, on the process of planning for 27 University Ave. that took place outside of public view.
"We don't want to see them scattered to the winds."
— Winter Dellenbach, a Barron Park resident, on the potential fate of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents.