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The following people didn’t put a sock in it in 2011, although some of them really should have. Here are some of the most memorable comments of the year from our pages and elsewhere.
OUR FAIR CITY
• “My street looks like a Jackson Pollock painting. Does that count?”
— Michael Holland, a commenter on our site responding to a story about the mayor and city art funding.
My street looks like a Van Gogh, but only because the potholes create a nice “Starry Night” effect.
• “We’d like to be a cheerleader for all that’s good about San Diego.”
— Former radio executive John Lynch, the incoming CEO of the Union-Tribune.
Where on earth are we going to put all these cheerleaders?
• “Hokey and unsophisticated.” — CityBeat, describing Lynch’s remarks.
Um, you CityBeat folks are familiar with San Diego, right?
HELPFUL AND NOT-SO-HELPFUL INFORMATION
— A helpful reminder from John Shirey, head of the California Redevelopment Association, on local agencies locking up funding after the governor proposed killing redevelopment.
• “If you’re tired, it’s dangerous to keep working with a chainsaw.”
— Alison Saar, a sculptor-in-residence at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, telling us about how she creates art.
Just to be safe, I’m bringing a case of Red Bull the next time I drop by.
CLASHES OF THE TITANS
• “The state will not have enough balls to take over this district. You tell them I said it!”
— School board member Shelia Jackson, saying the district should ignore additional cuts from the state.
• “The two biggest pigs in local faux journalism in a catfight to the death.”
— A Rancho Santa Fe blog in full mixed-metaphor mode on the dust-up between two community newspaper publishers.
They’re also bullish on their futures but dogged by a tendency to put their heads in the sand.
WAYS WITH WORDS
• “I hear Pluto is nice.”
— My comment in the Morning Report in response to news that disgraced and imprisoned former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham has a hankering to run again, this time outside California.
Why yes, you do get to include your own witty remarks if you write the Quote of the Year roundup.
• “After it was over, I said ‘You know, I’m not throwing my sucker in the dirt and now just decimating things just to show you that I was right.’”
— Mayor Jerry Sanders to the Union-Tribune, complete with earthy analogy, on how he didn’t slash spending on public safety after threatening it may be cut during last year’s election.
So if that’s not a sucker in the dirt, what is … oh dear.
• “Just to clarify, the piece referred specifically to angry lovers of classical music on KPBS as ‘the snoozing, blue-haired, pledge-making La Jolla dragon that guarded the treasure,’ not ‘the La Jolla dragon lady.’”
— A CityBeat note on a letter to the editor regarding KPBS’s decision to abandon on-air classical music.
Way to annoy all those matrons of the arts!
• “That should be rich.”
— U-T columnist Logan Jenkins on a battle-plagued Tri-City Medical Center board member who was ordered to go to a workshop on the Holocaust — and report back — after she accused her colleagues of acting like Nazis.
WE’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM HIS MOM ABOUT THIS
• “I wish Bill was a little bit more of a son of a bitch. Because you can’t run a fairly dysfunctional organization of this size without sometimes being a son of a bitch.”
— San Diego school board member Scott Barnett on Superintendent Bill Kowba.
• “Honestly, I hear La Mesa is part of San Diego. Not many people know La Mesa is [within] San Diego city.”
— A man in La Mesa who was gathering signatures to force a petition reform initiative onto the ballot in the city of San Diego, according to patch.com.
Not many people have heard that because it’s not true.
SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT
• “‘Some guy from Arizona’ is always a good guess for ‘who started the Apocalypse this time?’”
— The wonkette.com blog on reports that a power worker near Yuma set off September’s giant regional blackout.
• “If I try harder, will you let us stay open? Because I will.”
— Luke Cepurac, 9, speaking at a San Diego Unified school board meeting, about his school that could be closed.
• “No other Gumby thefts have been reported in the area.”
• An Associated Press report about an attempted robbery by a suspect dressed as Gumby, paraphrasing a San Diego police detective.
Mr. Bill, however, has knocked over a couple liquor stores and a tattoo parlor.
• A “custom blonde wood cedar interior 20-drawer finish humidifier.”
— The description of a cigar humidor that the downtown redevelopment agency ended up owning and had to sell.
Keep your politician/”custom blonde” jokes to yourself, people. This is a family news website.
Do you have your own favorite quotes from the year? If so, drop a line to Randy Dotinga at firstname.lastname@example.org.