State Parks Funding

The State Worker: Read Manuel Lopez's account of parks leave cash-out plan, disciplinary documents

Manuel Thomas Lopez, the central figure behind the parks and recreation scandal, spoke with state investigators about the plan before abruptly leaving his post earlier this year.

Below, we've posted links to the department's Notice of Adverse Action against the former parks deputy director, and the termination notice that was prepared but never delivered to Lopez because he retired first.

We've embedded Lopez's April 3 interview below and the subsequent investigation report of Lopez and the leave cash-out program signed by Deputy Attorney General Corrine Lee Murphy.

If you haven't already, read California parks officials were looking to spend while shortchanging parks, documents show, for context and then check out the documents:

Lopez Notice of Adverse ActionLopez Termination Letter

Lopez Investigation

Lopez Investigation

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