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Ridership steady for Orange Line

Despite the end of the regular school year last month, daily ridership on the Orange Line remained steady at the 21,000-level -- a sign of the strong popularity of the San Fernando Valley busway, officials said Thursday.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said ridership numbers for June were 20,844, even though thousands of public school students were not taking the bus and summer sessions at Pierce and Valley colleges didn't start until midmonth.

In May, there were 21,878 daily boardings on the 14-mile route between North Hollywood and Warner Center.

-- Daily News

Mayors' chat cut short by attack

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered support to the mayor of an Israeli city after a telephone conversation between the two was cut off by a bombing attack.

``I admire the strength and fortitude you must summon daily,'' Villaraigosa wrote to Eli Moyal, mayor of Sderot. ``While our conversation was short, I want you to know that the people of Los Angeles stand with you.''

Villaraigosa said he was on a conference call regarding a student exchange program with Moyal, Councilman Jack Weiss, Israeli Consul General Ehud Danojh, Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and John Fishel of the Jewish Federation Council when it was disconnected because of a bombing.

A follow-up conversation with officials showed no Israeli officials were injured.

Villaraigosa said he is trying to arrange an exchange program of art by children of Sderot and Los Angeles.

-- City News Service

Concert to aid musicians' fund

WOODLAND HILLS -- A concert benefitting the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund is scheduled for Sunday at Warner Park.

The event, featuring the Preservation Hall Band, is free to the public and runs from 6-8 p.m.

Donations will go directly to the fund, which has helped 800 musicians so far, connecting them with instruments, extending financial assistance and subsidizing performances.

-- Daily News

Glendale hotel, labor board settle

The Glendale Hilton and the National Labor Relations Board settled a complaint alleging hotel managers threatened employees during a union membership drive, labor leaders said Thursday.

In May, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against the hotel, alleging hotel managers interfered with a campaign by Unite HERE Local 11 to unionize immigrant workers.

Hotel managers and the National Labor Relations Board reached a settlement late last week, avoiding a scheduled Monday hearing.

-- City News Service
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