“California simply lacks the fiscal capacity to guarantee public-pension payments, particularly given the wave of state employees set to retire in future years.”
-Perry Wong and I-Ling Shen, authors of a report called “Addressing California’s Pension Shortfalls: The Role of Demographics in Designing Solutions

“My priorities are to elect a Democratic Congress. In order to do that, it is essential for me — time is money for me — to move around this country, to amass the resources, put my candidates on TV. Whether I get a bigger majority in my district or not is not the point. The point for me is to get a bigger majority in the Congress of the United States, and that’s how I choose to use my time. Whether I get a bigger majority in my district is not the point.”
-Nancy Pelosi, when asked at a press conference in Washington state if she would consider a debate with her Republican opponent in San Francisco

“It seems to be a rather safe substance with very low potential for addiction and withdrawal. There are 8 million people in the United States that are relatively chronic marijuana users and many of them are highly functioning people that hold full-time jobs and are creative members of society.”
-Dr. Donald Abrams, professor of medicine at UC San Francisco and chief of hematology and oncology at SF General Hospital, on the health effects of marijuana

“If you start using it way too much, it starts affecting your life just like alcohol or any other drug does. Your relationships suffer. Financially, you suffer. Employment and school-wise, you suffer. All the things that go along with dependence on any drug, I see that as the most chronic problem with marijuana. People abuse it.”
-Alan Budney, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

“I was worried about the police. Call it a father’s intuition.”
Jack Bryson, whose sons were with Oscar Grant the night he was shot to death by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle

“I, myself, do not engage with this person. … It’s the last gasp of an old power base that can’t really address these issues, so they resort to this.”
-Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond Mayor, on former firefighters’ union head and city power broker Darrell Reese, who some speculate was behind recent personal attacks on McLaughlin. Reese denies the allegations.

“I don’t need this controversy.”
-James freeman, co-owner of coffee roaster Blue Bottle, on why he was ending his attempt to sell the company’s coffee in trailers in Dolores Park. The proposal was met with stiff neighborhood opposition.

Today’s Quotes: Nancy Pelosi on Debating Her Opponent, Health Effects of Pot 20 October,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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