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October 26, 1989 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two days of uncertainty, foes of Mission Viejo City Councilman Robert A. Curtis on Wednesday narrowly won their battle to force a recall election. "We're very pleased," Helen Monroe, chairwoman of the Coalition to Recall Councilman Curtis, said after the final tally of signatures on recall petitions. "We started out cold turkey on this, and now we're going to have a vote." But Curtis appeared confident that he will prevail in the recall election.
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April 30, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
He is gone from City Hall, but now, thanks to his former council colleagues, his name will not be forgotten. Controversial former Councilman Robert A. Curtis had a park named after him by the City Council on Monday, a testimony to his role in finalizing a massive land-use agreement with the Mission Viejo Co., which developed this planned community.
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March 1, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Robert A. Curtis' stunning victory in Tuesday's recall election demonstrated the suspicion Orange County voters hold for developers and illustrated the ineptitude of the Mission Viejo Co.'s attack against him during the campaign, political and development observers said Wednesday. Those same observers, however, were divided on whether Curtis' victory--he took almost 70% of the votes cast in the recall battle--reflected widespread endorsement of his slow-growth views.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Councilman Robert A. Curtis' unexpected decision to not run for a second term has given other potential candidates five extra days to file. However, no one has decided to join the candidates who have filed to enter the race. The filing deadline would have been Wednesday had Curtis decided to run for reelection. That leaves a relatively small field of seven people to run for two open council seats in November. The last city elections in 1990 drew 14 candidates for three council seats.
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November 25, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The biggest victor in the recent Mission Viejo City Council elections was not even on the ballot. In fact, only a few months ago, Councilman Robert A. Curtis was battling for his political life when he faced a recall effort backed by nearly $500,000 in contributions from the Mission Viejo Co. and other real estate interests.
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March 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
After beating back a heavily financed campaign to oust him, City Councilman Robert A. Curtis warned his colleagues that he believes he has a mandate from residents to pursue the slow-growth agenda that has frequently sparked political conflict on the council. "I hope that the tremendous support we've received in this election would convince the rest of the council that this community supports growth controls," he said.
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August 13, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Councilman Robert A. Curtis' unexpected decision to not run for a second term has given other potential candidates five extra days to file. However, no one has decided to join the candidates who have filed to enter the race. The filing deadline would have been Wednesday had Curtis decided to run for reelection. That leaves a relatively small field of seven people to run for two open council seats in November. The last city elections in 1990 drew 14 candidates for three council seats.
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January 30, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
Proponents of a recall movement against City Councilman Robert A. Curtis have backed out of a scheduled debate against the councilman. Helen Monroe, leader of the Alliance for Mission Viejo, said Monday the pro-recall group wasn't able to find anyone who could speak against Curtis at the 8 a.m. weekday meeting of the Saddleback Valley Board of Realtors. "We all have jobs," said Monroe. "We can't meet that kind of schedule. It's too bad, but we don't have anyone that's free in the morning."
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January 11, 1991
Mayor Robert A. Curtis left his job Thursday as a Riverside County prosecutor. "Today is his last day," Assistant Dist. Atty. Randall K. Tagami, Curtis' supervisor, said. Curtis tendered a letter of resignation on Nov. 26, the same day his follow council members designated him mayor. Last month, he told The Times that he was resigning in part to find a job closer to home but also "indirectly" because he had made $1,835 in personal phone calls from his office.
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August 7, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a stunning turn of events, Councilman Robert A. Curtis, who survived one of the most expensive recall efforts in recent memory, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection. After serving five years as a councilman and mayor, Curtis said he now plans to devote his energies to his family and his career. "I've had the courage to make a difference in this city, and I have stood out because I have been willing to stand up for my principles," Curtis said.
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March 4, 1992 | ERIC BAILEY and FRANK MESSINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dousing what promised to be one of the hottest Republican primary races in Orange County, Councilman Robert A. Curtis announced Tuesday that he will not challenge Assemblyman Mickey Conroy for the 71st District seat. Curtis, who in recent months had given every indication he would run, said he decided to stick to the sidelines primarily because of family considerations, but also at the behest of state Republican Party leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1991 | LEN HALL
Robert A. Curtis, Mission Viejo's controversial mayor, this week won a new title: deputy city attorney of the neighboring city of San Juan Capistrano. The City Council voted 4 to 1 to allow Curtis, who for the past four weeks has served San Juan Capistrano on a consultant basis, to assist acting City Atty. Thomas P. Clark Jr. of the law firm of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth, through February, 1992.
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March 31, 1991 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mayor Robert A. Curtis has solicited and received contributions from many of the same developers who spent $500,000 to target him last year in one of the most expensive municipal recall campaigns in state history, according to campaign documents and interviews. The paper trail also hints at an extraordinary relationship that has developed between the outspoken slow-growth advocate and the Mission Viejo Co.--in spite of $273,000 that the firm once contributed to promote tossing him out of office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1991
Mayor Robert A. Curtis left his job Thursday as a Riverside County prosecutor. "Today is his last day," Assistant Dist. Atty. Randall K. Tagami, Curtis' supervisor, said. Curtis tendered a letter of resignation on Nov. 26, the same day his follow council members designated him mayor. Last month, he told The Times that he was resigning in part to find a job closer to home but also "indirectly" because he had made $1,835 in personal phone calls from his office.
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January 9, 1991 | FRANK MESSINA
Mayor Robert A. Curtis on Tuesday shelved his plan to push for approving a huge Mission Viejo Co. commercial complex in exchange for the developer's giving the city 7.2 acres to build a new civic center. The proposal was to have been the subject of a public hearing at tonight's City Council meeting, but Curtis said Tuesday that he will table the plan.
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February 22, 1990 | JIM NEWTON
Pointing to the "frenzy" created by the city's upcoming recall election, Mayor Christian W. Keena said Wednesday that he has been the subject of half a dozen death threats and has been forced to change his home phone number to curb the harassment. "It's insane. This is pure insanity," Keena said. "I had one call where the person just said, 'Tonight is the night you die,' and hung up." Keena, who is officially neutral on Councilman Robert A.
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November 27, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
Councilman Robert A. Curtis was elected the fourth mayor of Mission Viejo Monday night, and he pledged to lead the city into a new era of unity. In his inaugural speech, Curtis said the last three years were marred by a "fierce and continuous conflict that shook the very foundation of our fledgling city." Three new council members--Sharon Cody, Robert Breton and Susan Withrow--were sworn in by U.S. Rep. Ron Packard (R-Carlsbad) during a ceremony at the Oso Viejo Community Center.
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December 16, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mission Viejo Mayor Robert A. Curtis said last week that he plans to resign as a Riverside County prosecutor, in part to find a job closer to home but also "indirectly" because of $1,835 in personal telephone calls he made from work. On Nov. 26, the date his fellow council members designated him mayor, Curtis tendered his resignation from the district attorney's office. In a letter, he wrote that his new position in city government would require him to work closer to home.
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November 27, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
Councilman Robert A. Curtis was elected the fourth mayor of Mission Viejo Monday night, and he pledged to lead the city into a new era of unity. In his inaugural speech, Curtis said the last three years were marred by a "fierce and continuous conflict that shook the very foundation of our fledgling city." Three new council members--Sharon Cody, Robert Breton and Susan Withrow--were sworn in by U.S. Rep. Ron Packard (R-Carlsbad) during a ceremony at the Oso Viejo Community Center.
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