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January 11, 1987
The City of Los Angeles has appealed the decision of a federal district court judge reinstating zoo director Warren D. Thomas. The request to overturn a preliminary injunction handed down last month by U.S. District Judge William J. Rea was filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Deputy City Atty. David Hotchkiss said the decision to appeal was made with the approval of the Department of Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners as well as department head James E. Hadaway.
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October 18, 1990
About 200 Los Angeles Zoo volunteers met for three hours Wednesday with the head of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. to express concern about the association's role in recent inquiries involving departing zoo director Warren D. Thomas. "It was a clear-the-air meeting," said Thomas R. Tellefsen, chairman of GLAZA's executive board. GLAZA is the nonprofit group that helps to operate the zoo, along with employees of the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1990
About 200 Los Angeles Zoo volunteers met for three hours Wednesday with the head of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. to express concern about the association's role in recent inquiries involving departing zoo director Warren D. Thomas. "It was a clear-the-air meeting," said Thomas R. Tellefsen, chairman of GLAZA's executive board. GLAZA is the nonprofit group that helps to operate the zoo, along with employees of the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.
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October 16, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a defiant speech to his superiors Monday, departing Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas lashed out at city officials, federal inspectors, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn., the press and critics, taking no responsibility for problems that prompted him to resign. Thomas told the city's Recreation and Parks Commission, which oversees the Griffith Park facility, that the zoo has been "unjustifiably pilloried and persecuted" over the last month.
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February 11, 1988 | ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writer
The City Council agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $170,000 to Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas to settle a lawsuit in which he contended that he was improperly fired. In a 10-1 vote, the council awarded Thomas $29,000 in back pay and $140,912.38 for attorney's fees.
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October 24, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley, testifying in Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas' legal bid to keep his job, denied Friday that he ever promised Thomas a permanent post with the city. In fact, the mayor said he approved the decision to fire Thomas from his $73,000-a-year job in June, 1986, when James Hadaway, general manager of the Recreation and Parks Department, approached him about it. Hadaway, he said, "came to tell me some of the complaints about Dr. Thomas . . .
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas abruptly resigned Friday, his 16-year tenure ending amid allegations of chronic deficiencies and fiscal improprieties at the Griffith Park facility. Announcement of the resignation came just hours before City Controller Rick Tuttle released an audit that concluded that Thomas had violated several provisions of the City Charter in his operation of a special fund into which he deposited $78,003 in city money without the knowledge of his superiors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas was ordered reinstated to his job Wednesday by a federal judge who concluded that he was improperly fired in 1986. "The evidence before this court . . . indicates that Dr. Thomas' accomplishments as zoo director have been considerable," U.S. District Judge William J. Rea said in a 29-page decision, which also awards Thomas an estimated $36,000 in back pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a defiant speech to his superiors Monday, departing Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas lashed out at city officials, federal inspectors, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn., the press and critics, taking no responsibility for problems that prompted him to resign. Thomas told the city's Recreation and Parks Commission, which oversees the Griffith Park facility, that the zoo has been "unjustifiably pilloried and persecuted" over the last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1987 | From United Press International
The general manager of the city Recreation and Parks Department testified Wednesday that he fired Zoo Director Warren Thomas for poor management and refusal to accept advice. Thomas, fired from his $73,000-a-year job in June, 1986, was temporarily reinstated six months later by U.S. District Judge William Rea and is fighting in Rea's court to retain his post.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas abruptly resigned Friday, his 16-year tenure ending amid allegations of chronic deficiencies and fiscal improprieties at the Griffith Park facility. Announcement of the resignation came just hours before City Controller Rick Tuttle released an audit that concluded that Thomas had violated several provisions of the City Charter in his operation of a special fund into which he deposited $78,003 in city money without the knowledge of his superiors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Auditors are examining a special account set up and controlled by Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren Thomas, apparently without the knowledge of his superiors in the Department of Recreation and Parks, The Times has learned. The account was established in part with miscellaneous fees that film companies and others paid for use of the zoo, according to a source familiar with the inquiry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Greater Los Angeles Area Zoo Assn. board--which includes a number of Hollywood celebrities--said Thursday it was "very disturbed" by reports of substandard conditions at the Los Angeles Zoo and will join in a city investigation of chronic violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. "It came like a shock to all of us," said actress Betty White, a board member. "This came as just a shattering experience."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1988 | ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writer
The City Council agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $170,000 to Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas to settle a lawsuit in which he contended that he was improperly fired. In a 10-1 vote, the council awarded Thomas $29,000 in back pay and $140,912.38 for attorney's fees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas was ordered reinstated to his job Wednesday by a federal judge who concluded that he was improperly fired in 1986. "The evidence before this court . . . indicates that Dr. Thomas' accomplishments as zoo director have been considerable," U.S. District Judge William J. Rea said in a 29-page decision, which also awards Thomas an estimated $36,000 in back pay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1987 | From United Press International
The general manager of the city Recreation and Parks Department testified Wednesday that he fired Zoo Director Warren Thomas for poor management and refusal to accept advice. Thomas, fired from his $73,000-a-year job in June, 1986, was temporarily reinstated six months later by U.S. District Judge William Rea and is fighting in Rea's court to retain his post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Auditors are examining a special account set up and controlled by Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren Thomas, apparently without the knowledge of his superiors in the Department of Recreation and Parks, The Times has learned. The account was established in part with miscellaneous fees that film companies and others paid for use of the zoo, according to a source familiar with the inquiry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Greater Los Angeles Area Zoo Assn. board--which includes a number of Hollywood celebrities--said Thursday it was "very disturbed" by reports of substandard conditions at the Los Angeles Zoo and will join in a city investigation of chronic violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. "It came like a shock to all of us," said actress Betty White, a board member. "This came as just a shattering experience."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley, testifying in Los Angeles Zoo Director Warren D. Thomas' legal bid to keep his job, denied Friday that he ever promised Thomas a permanent post with the city. In fact, the mayor said he approved the decision to fire Thomas from his $73,000-a-year job in June, 1986, when James Hadaway, general manager of the Recreation and Parks Department, approached him about it. Hadaway, he said, "came to tell me some of the complaints about Dr. Thomas . . .
NEWS
January 11, 1987
The City of Los Angeles has appealed the decision of a federal district court judge reinstating zoo director Warren D. Thomas. The request to overturn a preliminary injunction handed down last month by U.S. District Judge William J. Rea was filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Deputy City Atty. David Hotchkiss said the decision to appeal was made with the approval of the Department of Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners as well as department head James E. Hadaway.
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