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September 11, 1996|David Wharton

Road Crew: Gov. Pete Wilson has appointed Valley business leader David Fleming to the California Transportation Commission. Fleming, 62, of Studio City, chairs the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley and is a trustee of the Cal State Northridge Foundation. . . . The Senate must approve the appointment.

First Bass: Charlie Haden, a veteran jazz bassist and faculty member at CalArts in Valencia, has been named Best Acoustic Bass player by Down Beat magazine. It's not much of a surprise--he has won it 14 years in a row. . . . "That's a lot of years," said Haden, who also made the cover of Bass Player magazine last month. "I'm very proud. It means that you are appreciated."

They're Back: By attracting tons of hype and lengthy lines, above, Jurassic Park--The Ride has carried Universal Studios Hollywood to a record-breaking summer. . . . According to Universal officials, 2.5 million customers paid their way into the park between the ride's opening on June 21 and Labor Day. That figure represents a 35% increase over last year and puts Universal on pace to surpass its annual record of 5.1 million guests, set when "Earthquake--The Big One" debuted in 1989.

Crunch Time: It comes with the smell of freshly mowed grass, the crunch of shoulder pads and the trill of the referee's whistle. High school football is upon us once again. The new season brings a new look to Valley Sports, with a new daily feature called "Between the Lines" (C7). . . . Also today: schedules for all the local teams.

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