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Tracy Bloom


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Tracy:

California Lottery introduces Scratchers game with $20 million prize

The California Lottery this week unveiled a new Scratchers game with a top prize of $20 million, the largest ever for such a game in state history. The “Set for Life Millionaire Edition” game won’t necessarily make the winner an instant millionaire, though, as the grand prize will be paid out over 25 years in […] → Read More

California’s budget surplus may be up to $23 billion more than previous projection

A California budget surplus that is already expected to be massive could end up being billions of dollars more than initial estimates. When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his 2022-2023 budget proposal back in January, his administration forecast a $45.7 billion surplus. But in a February update, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office said there’s a very […] → Read More

Google marks 2/22/22 with ‘Twosday’ surprise

This week will be filled with palindrome dates, but Tuesday is a particularly special one: 2/22/22. Fittingly, Google is celebrating the occasion with a surprise for those who look for the date in its numerical form. Type in 2/22/22 into Google’s search bar and your computer screen will be showered with a graphic of confetti […] → Read More

Full ‘Snow Moon’ to light up night sky as it peaks Wednesday

A day after a wild winter storm brought rare hail and thundersnow to Southern California Tuesday evening, Mother Nature will put on another — albeit much calmer — show with the rise of the second full moon of the year. Though the moon technically peaked just before 9 a.m. PST Wednesday, it will still appear […] → Read More

La Niña forecast: NOAA gives update amid dry California winter

La Niña is expected to stick around for at least a little while longer, with the transition back to neutral conditions most likely not taking place until at least later in spring. That’s according to the latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center forecast, which was released late last week. […] → Read More

Disneyland announces changes to mask requirement

With California set to imminently lift its indoor mask mandate for those vaccinated against COVID-19, the Disneyland Resort on Tuesday announced it will follow suit and change its requirement. Currently, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park require all visitors ages 2 and up to wear facial coverings while indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. They […] → Read More

California paid COVID sick leave returns after Newsom signs bill

Many California workers will be eligible for COVID-19 supplemental sick leave under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom that extends the paid time off through the beginning of this fall. “Businesses cannot thrive in a world that’s failing, and that’s why sick leave is foundational. Keeping people healthy, keeping patrons safe is so […] → Read More

Super Bowl tickets: Some parking prices are now more expensive than the cheapest seats

If you’re still planning to purchase Super Bowl tickets to see the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals, be prepared to shell out hundreds — and possibly thousands — of dollars more for parking near the venue. Tickets to this Sunday’s big event at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood are still well above $4,000 […] → Read More

41 catalytic converters, $10,000 recovered by sheriff’s ‘Cat Crusaders’ in Antelope Valley; arrest made

Dozens of catalytic converters were seized in the Antelope Valley during an operation by a task force aiming to crack down on thefts of the automobile exhaust emission control device, authorities announced Friday. In addition to 41 catalytic converters, the task force known as the “Antelope Valley Cat Crusaders” also recovered $10,000 in cash, nine […] → Read More

L.A. minimum wage to rise on July 1, Mayor Garcetti says

The city of Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage beginning July 1, from $15 to $16.04, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday. Once the increase formally takes effect, L.A. will once again have a higher minimum wage than the state’s and one of the most for any city in the U.S. City officials noted the […] → Read More

$421 million Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs in Friday’s draw

The last Mega Millions drawing of the month will take place Friday night, and the 13th-biggest prize in the game’s history will be on the line. Hours before the 8 p.m. draw, the jackpot was worth an estimated $421 million, with a cash value of $290.9 million. The current jackpot is the highest since it […] → Read More

2nd egg of 2022 arrives for Big Bear bald eagles Jackie and Shadow

The second egg of the year has arrived for Jackie and Shadow, Big Bear’s famous nesting pair of bald eagles. Jackie laid the egg about 3.43 p.m. Tuesday, exactly 72 hours to the minute of her first, according to the San Bernardino National Forest. The event was captured on the 24/7 live camera feed of […] → Read More

More Santa Ana winds forecast in SoCal after weekend event causes damage, power outages

Gusty Santa Ana winds will return to the Southland Tuesday, just days after an event felled trees and power lines across the region, and caused widespread power outages. This one isn’t expected to be as powerful as the previous round, which brought fierce gusts as high as 89 mph to parts of Southern California. Winds […] → Read More

Big Bear bald eagle Jackie lays 1st egg of 2022

Big Bear’s famed bald eagle pair Jackie and Shadow welcomed their first egg of the year this weekend. Just before 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jackie laid the egg live on the widely viewed bald eagle camera, according to Friends of Big Bear Valley, which manages the live feed of the couple’s nest. The video was then […] → Read More

Strong Santa Ana winds returning to SoCal; gusts of up to 80 mph forecast: NWS

Powerful winds are expected to whip up in Southern California this weekend as a Santa Ana event descends on the region, according to forecasters. Strong winds will begin developing Friday night and linger through the weekend, gradually tapering off between Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service said. Gusts of 50 to 70 mph — […] → Read More

O.C. eatery ranks 3rd on Yelp’s top 100 restaurants list, highest in SoCal

In a region filled with Michelin-starred dining spots, what’s the best restaurant in Southern California? According to Yelp’s 2022 list of top eateries in the U.S., the answer is a restaurant and health food market in Costa Mesa. Fermentation Farm was the highest-ranked eatery in California, taking the third spot on Yelp’s ninth annual list, […] → Read More

California ‘College Corps’ program to give $10,000 to select students for volunteer work

Gov. Gavin Newson on Tuesday announced a new program that will help students at 45 colleges and universities in the state pay for their education in exchange for performing hundreds of hours of volunteer work. The “Californians for All” College Corps aims to “help create debt-free college pathways for low-income students who commit to serve,” […] → Read More

1 killed in fiery pileup on 105 Freeway in Paramount

One person was killed in a fiery, multi-vehicle crash on the 105 Freeway in Paramount on Monday morning. The collision happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. on the eastbound side of the freeway near Garfield Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol incident log. Up to seven vehicles may have been involved in the pileup, among […] → Read More

YMCA offers free COVID-19 tests in L.A. area; where to get one

A dozen YMCA branches in the greater Los Angeles area will be offering COVID-19 tests as high demand overwhelms many local testing sites. This gives residents another option to get a COVID test at a time when recent shortages have led to long lines — sometimes resulting in wait times of multiple hours — outside […] → Read More

Powerball ticket worth $1.3 million sold in South Pasadena

It might not have been one of the two big winners of the $632 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night, but a ticket sold at a South Pasadena gas station hit five numbers to earn someone a million-dollar prize. The lucky ticket, worth an estimated $1.3 million, was purchased at the Chevron located at 1400 […] → Read More