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Record $1.6 billion Powerball nets California winners

Several California players woke up this morning as  major Powerball winners. The biggest winner is the holder of a ticket sold at the 7-Eleven, 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, in Chino Hills, which hit the jackpot with all of the correct numbers in yesterday’s draw. Those rich digits: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the red Powerball 10. Two other tickets, one in Florida and the another in Tennessee, matched all of those numbers as well. They’ll share the record-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot. California had a... Read More →

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Powerball leaps the one billion dollar mark

Millions of dreamers threw down tons of money for Powerball tickets, but none came up with the winning numbers in yesterday’s draw. Those multi-million dollar digits: 16, 19, 32, 34, 57, and the red Powerball 13. Saturday’s jackpot, nearly 950 million, rolled over and leaped the jaw-dropping one billion mark. Right now, the jackpot stands at $1.3 billion and yes, it will most likely go higher as the ticket buying frenzy gets underway for the next draw. The jackpot is still up for grabs, but some California players... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol: Governor Jerry Brown signs California Fair Pay Act Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond October 6, 2015

Governor Brown signs into law the California Fair Pay Act

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act yesterday, one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. Brown was surrounded by females, young and old, at the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, for the signing ceremony. In a news release, the governor said the law is long overdue: “Sixty-six years after passage of the California Equal Pay Act, many women still earn less money than men doing the same or similar work said Governor Brown. “This bill is another step toward closing the... Read More →

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Restaurants see spike in customers and jobs

Have you noticed the lines getting longer at your favorite restaurants? It’s definitely the case in Burbank. The Tallyrand at 1700 West Olive Avenue has been popular with the locals for years, but lately the crowds of people waiting in the lobby or outside have grown. Tables are the hardest to come by on the weekends for breakfast, lunch or brunch. It’s not unusual for the wait to be longer than an hour at trendy eateries like Another Broken Egg Cafe ,250 East Olive Avenue and Bea Bea’s at... Read More →

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Mega millions jackpot balloons to $233 million

No one hit the jackpot in last Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw, but one California player came pretty close. Charles Messenger, a computer administration employee in Salinas, matched all the winning numbers, except the Mega Ball. That lucky ticket is worth $2.7 million. Messenger bought 20 $1 quick picks at Star Market 1275 South Main Street in Salinas last Sunday and one of them made him a millionaire, according to a California lottery news release. Tuesday’s winning numbers are 1, 39, 52, 69, 72, and the Mega Ball 12. The... Read More →

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Gasoline selling for less than $3 a gallon in Burbank

Gasoline prices just keep on dropping. The Arco station at Hollywood Way and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank  is selling self-serve regular for $2.99 a gallon! Three weeks ago the same station, known to have some of the cheapest prices in B-town,  had regular priced at $3.29 a gallon. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen gas prices dip below $3 a gallon in Burbank. Today the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.917, according to Triple-A.  The agency is reporting the average in... Read More →

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$326 million jackpot won in New York — CA ticket scores $597,933

Someone who bought a ticket in New York is the latest Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner. The winning ticket was a quick pick. It had all of the lucky numbers in the election night  draw: 9, 15, 24, 39, 41, and the Mega Ball 1. The jackpot was a hefty $321 million, but lottery fever pushed it up to $326 million. It’s one of the largest jackpots ever in that game. The game was not a total bust for California. A ticket bought in... Read More →

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Today is Election Day — go vote

Today is Election Day all across the country. The November 4 General Election in California includes votes for governor and a number of propositions. Several  county measures and local offices are on our Southland ballot as well. Voters can find their polling place by texting the word “VOTE” to 69520. Also, you can find your polling location and answers to some basic election questions by going to . Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Let your voice be heard. Vote. It’s your right.... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $321 million– two CA tickets win $604, 409

Money, money, money!  The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is stuffed with, you guessed it, millions of dollars! No one ticket had all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw. Those very hot digits: 11, 29, 36, 58, 67, and the Mega Ball 15. The jackpot rolled over to $321 million — the 8th largest Mega Millions jackpot ever! It wasn’t all bad news in the Halloween draw. There were several tickets with five of the winning numbers — two  sold in the Golden State. One... Read More →

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Mega millions jackpot balloons to $200 million

Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to $200 million after no ticket had all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. This is the first time since last February, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached that money milestone. The last time the jackpot was hit happened back August, when it stood at $180 million. A Riverside man won that motherload. The lucky Friday digits: 21, 31, 43, 56, 60 and the Mega 12. One California ticket has all of those numbers except the... Read More →

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Governor Brown signs plastic bag ban — but battle not over yet

California has become the first in the nation to have a statewide ban against single-use plastic bags. However, the battle over the issue is not over yet. Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial law  last Tuesday.  It prohibits grocery stores and pharmacies from distributing single-use plastic bags after July 2015 and expands to include convenience stores and liquor stores the next year. Under the new law, If you arrive at the retailer bag-less, you can buy a reusable bag or pay at least 10 cents for a paper... Read More →

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Governor Brown signs into law paid sick leave for millions of workers

  Today California became only the second state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the landmark Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or SB 1522. Currently, 6.5 million California workers or 40 percent of the workforce cannot take a paid day off when they are ill or to care for a sick family member. “Whether you’re a dishwasher in San Diego or a store clerk in Oakland, this bill frees you of having to choose between... Read More →

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$180 million lottery jackpot won in CA still unclaimed

The winner of that $180 million Mega Millions jackpot has yet to step forward. The jackpot is from last Friday’s, August 22, draw. The lucky ticket was bought at a 7-11, 301 County Line Road in Calimesa in Riverside County. The retailer is due $900,000, one half-of-one percent of the jackpot amount, for selling the winning ticket. So why has the winner or winners not shown up at a local lottery office to collect their prize? California Lottery‘ Mike Bond told me today this... Read More →

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Lucky Mega Millions ticket sold in California wins $180 million jackpot!

   Someone who bought  a Mega Millions ticket in California for last Friday’s draw is very rich today. That ticket is worth $180 million or $107.1 million if the winner opted for the cash option. The ticket was purchased  at a 7-Eleven store in Calimesa in Riverside County. Those winning numbers: 5, 31, 34, 41, 74 and the Mega Ball 3. This is the second time this year a ticket purchased in the Golden State has won the Mega Millions big money pot. Back on April 4, Leopoldo Choi  bought... Read More →

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High speed rail meeting draws big crowd in Burbank

A big turnout for the high speed rail meeting at the Buena Vista Library last Wednesday. Several times staffers had to bring out extra chairs and still there were people standing along the sides and back wall of the library meeting room, according to freelance photographer, Greg Reyna, who was there. It’s called a “scoping meeting.” The California High Speed Rail Authority is conducting scoping meeting throughout the month of August. Rachel Kesting, public information officer for the authority, explained it this way: ” Scoping is a process under environmental review... Read More →

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UPDATED: Vintage license plates available now in California

The California DMV is offering something special for the drivers of vintage vehicles and they’re going fast. This week, the Department of Motor Vehicles began accepting applications for the California Legacy License Plate Program. Under the program, motorists who drive classic vehicles, from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, now will get a chance to purchase replicas of license plates issued during those time periods. Each plate cost $50. The DMV is taking pre-orders up to 7, 500 for each category. You have until January 1, 2015 get your... Read More →

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Ticket bought in Burbank shares top lottery prize

   Someone who bought a Fantasy 5 lottery ticket in Burbank  for last night’s draw is going to share the top prize. The lucky numbers from that draw: 5, 10, 19, 30, and 37. One of two winning tickets was purchased at Daniel Market 7119 Seville Avenue #E2 in Huntington Park. A second ticket was bought right here in  Burbank at WBSF Newsstand 4000 Warner Boulevard #224. Each lucky ticket is worth $26, 436. The winners will not become millionaires, but that lottery prize can help beef up the rainy day... Read More →

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California DMV investigating possible credit card data breach

The California DMV has one of th worst reputations for long lines and poor customer service. Now a possible credit card data hack may add to the image problems for that department, which handles transactions for more than 23 million drivers and registrations for at least 32 million vehicles. Now, the DMV has launched an investigation into security breach, which could involve millions of transactions. Over the weekend, the DMV posted a statement on its website stating it had been  alerted by law enforcement to a... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot explodes to $270 million!

There were some lucky ticket holders in last night’s Mega Millions lottery draw, but, none had all of the six winning numbers. Here are those digits: 10, 29, 31, 35, 45 and the Mega Ball 10. Three tickets bought in California matched the first five numbers,but missed the Mega. Each ticket is worth $421, 804. Two were purchased in Northern California, while the third was picked up at the Town House 7941 Eastern Avenue, in Bell Gardens. The jackpot rolled over to $270 million. It has been growing since January 3.... Read More →

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NASA, California drought, and stormy weather

As the Southland gets ready for that second, much more powerful storm, there is still a lot of concern about the California drought. So now NASA is lending a helping hand. The space agency  partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) “… to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and water supplies, plan for drought response and mitigation, and measure drought impacts.” “Over the past two decades, NASA has developed capabilities to measure and provide useful... Read More →

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New website lists salaries and pensions of CA public employees

The new website Transparent California is a real eye opener for taxpayers. The salaries and pensions of many of the city, county, and state employees in the Golden State for 2011 and 2012 are listed.  Some are not on the site for various reasons. Glendale, Newport Beach, Inglewood, and City of Industry are “refusing to produce” the required data, according to the site. Los Angeles, Commerce, and Claremont are among the cities alleged to be  “stalling” in answering the request for this type of data. Burbank... Read More →

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Winning Mega Millions tickets sold in California!

Yeah, they say you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery jackpot. Well, lightning struck at least twice in yesterday’s huge $648 million Mega Millions game. One winning ticket was sold in Georgia — the other in California. Finally we get some of that lottery moolah. The lucky Cali ticket was bought at Jenny’s Gift Shop 1818 Tully Road in San Jose. That ticket is worth around $318 million. The winner has not step forward, but the owner of Thuy Nguyen met... Read More →

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