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Children's Theatre's Richard Curtis may get job back

Original post made on Aug 26, 2008

Richard Curtis, who was fired from the Palo Alto Children's Theatre in June, may return to work as soon as this week, former union leader Phil Plymale disclosed Monday. Curtis, a longtime program assistant at the theater, is in the final stages of negotiations with City Attorney Gary Baum, Plymale said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 7:17 AM

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Posted by carol
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:00 am

This is great news! Thank goodness some good sense prevailed.



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Posted by Bye Bye Briggs
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:09 am

That is too bad. Looks like the PACT faction on the city council is still working behind the scenes to ensure that no one is penalized for the years of malfeasance at the PACT.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:17 am

We are no longer a nation of laws .. but a nation of lawyers.

This is terrible news. It demonstrates that fraud and corruption has become a way of life in Palo Alto.


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Posted by Nickie
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:27 am

Sounds like we are back to being a town of human beings.
This is great news! It demonstrates that our community is willing to
right a terrible wrong.
Maybe good people will want to serve our city again.


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Posted by Nickie
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2008 at 8:30 am

Sounds like we are back to being a town of human beings.
This is great news! It demonstrates that our community is willing to
right a terrible wrong.
Maybe good people will want to serve our city again.


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Posted by Milton
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:23 am

> Maybe good people will want to serve our city again.

Right! People will be more than willing to serve, knowing that no matter how illegal their behavior is -- that they will be able to "get away with it" in Palo Alto.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:30 am

Unfortunately, there are two opinions on this depending which side of the fence you sit on. This is what Palo Altans expect, news is good to those who like it and bad to those who don't.

What is really clear is that the power of the Unions is strong. I think that what Curtis did was wrong by disobeying explicit instructions from the police and his employers (two wrongs don't make a right) and the Union should stay out of it.

Unions are ruling situations they have no right to interfere with.



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Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:13 am

The Unions are dictating to the City what should be done with Curtis regardless of the fact he disobeyed an instructions not to use his computer.

Unfortunately, so many senior staff have left Palo Alto, and so many City Council members want to support the PACT that Curtis gets his job back. Only in a limp bureaucracy like PA would he get his job back, in the real world of business he'd be fired.


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Posted by Paul W
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:31 am

He made a couple of mistakes with what was cloudy advice at best, something everyone has done at their jobs once in a while. Unless there was some kind of security compromise, breach, or damage caused, I don't think termination is warranted. He sounds like he was doing his honest best to comply with the investigation, even if he didn't go about it the right way. But being pulled in different directions will do that to a person. He absolutely was not trying to cover up anything, because there was no way he could possibly even know WHAT to cover up, nor could he if he wanted to, with his limited security access. As a box office assistant, he never had anything to do with the accounting stuff to begin with. Maybe, at most, a fine is appropriate here for his understandable mistake, but not termination. I for one would be quite happy to see him return.


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Posted by Paid Vacation
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Aug 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

How can I get a "job" not working for Palo Alto? The city's leadership is an embarrassment. "They can fire me if they want to". What an arrogant employee - who put his fellow workers in a very uncomfortable situation. How about a public apology, Dick Curtis?


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Posted by empirical facts ONLY please
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

In the real world of business, none of this would have started in the
first place. The city's leadership is an embarrassment, Director, Frank
Benest (City Manager), Russ Carlsen (Human Resources Director), the
police chief Lynne Johnson, and Emily Harrison (assistant City Manager),
should all personally apologize to Richard Curtis for their vindictive,
malicious, capricious and unjust behavior.



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Posted by Ferdinand II
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Empirical facts only,

You forgot Gary Baum, City Attorney who was behind the failed internal investigation, and architect of the settlements with Briggs and Curtis that preclude lawsuits, and thus the truth from ever emerging.



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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

How theatrical. Like much of our civic endeavors, Shakspar would define it as Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing.


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Posted by Jackson
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I started out impartial; feeling separate from both the strong pro-Curtis faction and the strong anti-Curtis faction, both groups of which would probably make for rather poor jury box members being
that they all jumped to conclusions, some of which were emotional.

As time went on, it came to pass that I saw Curtis more and more as a victim of a hunt for scapegoats who happened to not possess an ounce of political savvy.

The less political you are, seemingly the longer it will take you
to get your job back.

This country of ours was, in fact, based upon a group of patriots acting insubordinate and the moral inferiority of the British crown more than justified it.

Seemingly, the fact that Curtis was insubordinate to a hairtrigger investigation that was later found to be worthy of another investigation into its practices should at least
warrant Curtis some brownie points.

As for those who thought he got away with something scot free, try to imagine living through what he had to go through over the past eight months before throwing those stones from your glass houses.

How cavalierly the good name of some people can be destroyed based solely on circumstance and vitriol.



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Posted by Perks without paying
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 28, 2008 at 7:18 am

Have you noticed that most of those supporting Richard Curtiss return to the PACT come from "Another Community, Stanford, Mountain View". Earlier in this mess I read three letters in the PA Weekly all supporting the PACT, two were from Menlo Park and one from Portola Valley. Then, the following week there was one from Woodside.

These people are milking the taxpayers of Palo Alto who are supporting the PACT to the tune of $1.3 Million a year and our City Council allows this to happen!!!


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