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Kobe To Be Presented The Global Ambassador Award

The Asia Society Southern California will honor Kobe Bryant, the four time NBA Finals Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and 2009 NBA Finals MVP, at the their annual gala dinner on Tuesday, June 30th 2009 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Recognized for his athletic achievements and global philanthropic work, Kobe will be presented with the Global Ambassador Award. Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG with the Global Corporate Leadership Award. Minister Liu Peng of China’s General Administration of Sports and President of its Olympic Committee will be guest of honor. The event will feature a sit-down dinner, silent auction filled with sports memorabilia, musical performance by the students of the Urban Entertainment Institute and other special acts. 

USC Generates Big Bucks For the Economy

A new independent economic study on the University of Southern California (USC) released today shows that the City of Los Angeles’ largest private sector employer is also one of California’s major economic engines, helping to keep Southern California’s economy thriving.
The new report, “Economic Impact Analysis of the University of Southern California Annual Operations,” shows that USC is responsible for $4.9 billion, annually, in economic activity in the L.A. region and beyond.
The study, commissioned by the university, reviewed the impact of USC’s operational expenditures during the 2008 Fiscal Year. During that period, USC produced about $2.1 billion dollars in total direct spending: wage and payroll expenditures of $1 billion, capital projects spending of $130 million, and various purchasing expenditures of $430 million. Students spent another $503 million for goods and services, while visitors to USC spent about $12 million in the region. For every dollar spent by USC in LA County, an additional 63 cents of output was created elsewhere in the regional economy.
The University of Southern California is globally recognized as one of the America’s top research universities with highly sought after programs in business, medicine, law, cinematic arts, engineering, and communication, among others.
During fiscal 2008, USC directly employed 26,990 persons, and stimulated another 19,100 jobs with its expenditures. The average salary for USC’s non-student employees was $61,000.
Added Jack Kyser, founding economist at the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), “USC is better positioned than ever to significantly impact not only the region’s economy but the world’s as well. The university is a growing economic asset to the city and the region as a whole,” he said.

Flag Football Leagues

Register now for 5-man all-passing flag football leagues in South Pasadena, Van Nuys/ Balboa Park as well as Santa Fe Springs. Evening and weekend leagues begin this month. Inter-league playoffs with neighboring counties. For more information, call (877) 846-3178 or visit www.TopGunFlagFootball.com. (Must be 18 years or older to play. Referees needed.)

Metro To Implement Bus Service Changes Below is a listing of service changes and enhancements set to go into effect on Sunday, June 28, 2009.

Line 14 Downtown LA-Beverly Hills via Beverly Bl
Line 30-31 Pico/Rimpau-Monterey Park via Pico Bl & East 1st St
51 Hollywood-Compton-Artesia Transit Center via Avalon Bl
53 Central Ave.-Los Angeles
68 Montebello via Cesar Chavez Av
94 Downtown LA-Sun Valley via San Fernando Rd 
105 West Hollywood-Vernon via Vernon Av-La Cienega Bl 
124 El Segundo-Rosa Parks Metro Rail Station via El Segundo Bl
125 El Segundo-Norwalk Metro Rail Station via Rosecrans Bl
126 Manhattan Beach-Hawthorne Metro Rail Station via El Camino College
128 Compton-La Mirada via Alondra Bl
177 La Cañada-Sierra Madre Villa via I-210, California Bl & Walnut St
201 Glendale-Koreatown via Silver Lake
220 West Hollywood-Culver City via Robertson Bl
224 Olive View Medical Center-Universal City Metro Rail Station via San Fernando Rd,
Lankershim Bl
254 Boyle Heights-Watts via Maie Av, Boyle Av & Lorena St
287 Montebello Town Center-Sierra Madre Villa Station
487 Sierra Madre Villa Station-Downtown LA via San Gabriel Bl & El Monte Busway
620 Boyle Heights via Cesar Chavez Av & State St
704 Downtown LA-Santa Monica via Santa Monica Bl Metro Rapid
711 Inglewood Transit Center-Bell Gardens via Florence Metro Rapid
714 Downtown LA-Beverly Hills via Beverly Bl Metro Rapid
724 Sylmar Station-North Hollywood Metro Rail Station via San Fernando Rd, Lankershim Bl
730 Downtown LA-Pico/Rimpau via Pico Bl Metro Rapid
794 Downtown LA-Sylmar Station via San Fernando Rd Metro Rapid
920 Santa Monica-Wilshire/Vermont Metro Rapid Express

For information on the line changes, visit www.metro.net.

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