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December 29, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Jim Thomas is one of Southern California's most influential developers and civic leaders, helping to build some of the region's most recognizable skyscrapers and co-leading the launch of the ambitious Grand Avenue project in downtown Los Angeles. Yet he has remained largely unknown. Now, Los Angeles County's latest large-scale real estate project, a proposed $3-billion addition to Universal City, has thrust Thomas into the spotlight.
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December 29, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Jim Thomas is one of Southern California's most influential developers and civic leaders, helping to build some of the region's most recognizable skyscrapers and co-leading the launch of the ambitious Grand Avenue project in downtown Los Angeles. Yet he has remained largely unknown. Now, Los Angeles County's latest large-scale real estate project, a proposed $3-billion addition to Universal City, has thrust Thomas into the spotlight.
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NEWS
December 4, 2000 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A historic ruling in one of California's most destructive man-made disasters will not yet close the book on Santa Barbara's Painted Cave fire. In an action celebrated by Santa Barbara County, Judge Denise de Bellefeuille last week ordered Leonard Ross to pay $2.75 million in damages for starting the fire on June 27, 1990.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2011 | Abby Sewell
The marble walkway leading into the California Club echoes with the ghostly footsteps of land barons, railroad tycoons and political kingmakers. So does the ostentatious front lobby of the Jonathan Club nearby. Private business clubs once were centers of power in downtown Los Angeles. You might have found rail magnate Henry E. Huntington playing dominoes and plotting his next expansion beneath the high, oak-paneled walls. Or William May Garland, the real estate developer, scheming to bring the 1932 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles.
NEWS
May 15, 2005 | Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press Writer
MT. ST. HELENS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Wash. -- The four bodies were found inside the family's car, their lungs filled with ash. When rescue workers finally reached them, also found were a cassette tape, recorded by Ron and Barbara Seibold's children on their way to the volcano. "They were goofing around -- asking whether or not they would see lava coming out of the mountain," said Jim Thomas, who was a top state emergency management official in 1980.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1989
Thank God for Jim Hill! THOMAS J. IRONS Los Angeles
NEWS
November 7, 2000 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were two of the most destructive hours in California history. Between 6 and 8 p.m. on a blistering day--June 27, 1990--a wind-whipped inferno roared out of the rugged hills above town, destroying 427 homes and 11 public buildings, including the Honor Farm jail. Miraculously, but still tragically, only one person died, a 37-year-old woman who vainly sought shelter from the flames in a creek behind her house. The $250-million Painted Cave arson fire went unsolved for a decade.
SPORTS
August 14, 1990
Adam Peterson of Orange defeated Jim Thomas of Canton, Ohio, 6-4, 6-1, Monday to win the National Boys 16 Singles tennis championship at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Ivan Baron of Plantation, Fla., won the boys' 18 title by defeating Will Bull of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1-6, 6-4, 6-7 (10-8), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
SPORTS
February 18, 1997
Atlantic Richfield Co. and Sacramento King owner Jim Thomas appeared to be resolving their differences over Arco's $8 million offer to keep its name on the NBA team's home court, an Arco spokesman said. "They are making progress and they are continuing to talk," Arco spokesman Scott Loll said. The Arco-Kings talks represent the final piece of the Kings' negotiations with city officials to keep the team in Sacramento.
SPORTS
March 20, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Owners of the Sacramento Kings say they have tentatively agreed to sell a controlling interest in the NBA team and its arena to Southern California developers. Fred Anderson, one of the team's principal owners, confirmed that a deal to sell 53% of the team and the arena had been struck at a meeting last Sunday. However, in a prepared statement, Southern California commercial developer Jim Thomas denied that the deal was done.
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