"There's a lot of chest-thumping about what a world-class ad center Los Angeles is. But I find that laughable. There simply isn't the resources and professionalism in Los Angeles to the extent that there is in New York."
president of the soon to be closed West Coast office of Scali, McCabe, Sloves, a New York advertising firm.
"We've taken off our shoes and we're learning to make tea."
--a female official at Union Bank in Los Angeles, alluding to concern about what working conditions for women will be like once the bank's Japanese buyers take over.