Quote of the Week 364 results
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"An updated code ensures that all of our land development regulations are brought into the 21st century."
– Interim Assistant City Manager Joe Pantalion introducing the final draft of CodeNEXT
"Sometimes a passionate nutjob is what you need."
– Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, congratulating Paul Robbins on his consumer advocacy concerning Texas Gas Service conservation programs
"When you tell someone you're from Austin, they practically want to come over and
sit in your lap."
– City Demographer Ryan Robinson on Austin's reputation as an IT city
"It is the policy of the City Council, to the best of its ability, not to procure services from any company involved in the design, construction, or maintenance of the border wall."
– From a resolution to be discussed by City Council Feb. 1, regarding the Trump administration’s plan for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico
"They [the Legislature] even tried to tell us who may use which bathrooms, even though a woman is about a million times
more likely to get harassed working in the Capitol than using a bathroom at a restaurant in Austin."
– Mayor Steve Adler at his Jan. 14 campaign kickoff
"If we are arguing over individual parcels, we are doomed."
– Planning Commission Chair Stephen Oliver, advising colleagues on their CodeNEXT recommendations to Council
"Everyone thought it was a good deal, including city management, and then to have them come and flush it down the toilet like that – that was really a big surprise."
– APA President Ken Casaday on the failed police contract
1) Quote of the Year: "I was just nominated for best activist in the city – of course, I lost to Austin Pets Alive!, because we care more about pets in this city than we care about people that are affected by issues like [police brutality]."
– Austin Justice Coalition's Chas Moore (Nov. 10)
2) "Our experts include a rocket scientist and a number of Ph.D.s, yet we are having trouble quickly making heads or tails of the new code and map."
– Fred Lewis, upon postponing a Community Not Commodity press conference devoted to analyzing CodeNEXT draft 2.0 (Sept. 22)
3) "That a woman may make the decision to have an abortion before a fetus may survive outside her womb is solely and exclusively the woman's decision. The power to make this decision is her right."
– U.S. Federal Judge Lee Yeakel, in striking down Texas' ban on D&E abortions (Dec. 1)
4) "Jailers and immigration agents do not determine probable cause to detain a person. Only a judge can make that determination. It's called a warrant."
– Travis Co. Judge Sarah Eckhardt, in reply to Gov. Greg Abbott's threat to deny the county grant funding because Sheriff Sally Hernandez wouldn't comply with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer requests (Jan. 27
5) "Most kids just want a haircut,
new clothes, a new name, and a
– Colt Keo-Meier, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston Transgender Health Lab, referring to the needs of trans kids during his invited witness testimony against SB 6 (March 17)
6) "I really don't feel like we need to perpetuate this systemic institutional racism of the past. I think that we can set a better tone."
– Planning Commissioner Trinity White, just before commissioners voted against staff recommendations for a rezoning of the Montopolis Negro School (Sept. 15)
– Dan Keller, when asked his reaction to the news that he and wife Fran had been declared "actually innocent" by Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore of the alleged crimes they were convicted of in 1992, and for which they spent 21 years in prison (June 23)
8) "The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government."
– FBI Director James Comey, before the House Intelligence Committee (March 24)
9) "If I'm relying on the state, I'm relying on a kick in the teeth."
– Ken Zarifis, president of AISD employee union Education Austin, casting gloom on any hopes of meaningful public school finance reform this session (May 26)
10) "I understand it's tradition for
the District 6 member to interrupt
– Jimmy Flannigan at his inauguration ceremony to City Council, jabbing at his D6 predecessor Don Zimmerman's propensity for getting in the way (Jan. 13)
"The earth is not shaking."
– Kathy Mitchell of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition on life after meet-and-confer
"At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect."
– U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones from Alabama, in his victory speech