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Wildcat’s celebrate 22nd anniversary at every Sunday session in October
Specials to pay $350 at first session in October at Vacaville Tuesday bingo
Specials pay out $350 each on August 14th at Vaca High Music Bingo
Commercial Casinos Post $40 Billion in 2017
Reasons to repeal the California Gasoline Tax
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
First Massachusetts Casino
California tribes blocked from cannabis biz...but then again?

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Wildcat’s celebrate 22nd anniversary at every Sunday session in October

VACAVILLE—Bingo players won't want to miss out on the September 6th session hosted by the volunteers from the Vanden High School Vikings Thursday Night Bingo. If not previously won, the free progressive "T" jackpot game,  was at more than $9,000 must go!

At press time the progressive jackpot half time Vanden Match game has been reset at $400 having been won at a Thursday night session in last month.

The popular Strip Special games to be played at the Vanden Viking session scheduled for Thursday, September 6th, will pay out $500 to the lucky winners. Each player will receive two 3-on Strip Special game cards for each game with their paid buy-in. Extra game cards will be sold for $3 each or two for $5.

The six Match Maker special games will be played on Thursday, September 13th. Payouts for each game will be increased by $100 if the ball in the monitor is the same letter/color as the bingo ball. Multiple winners will split the game prize as well as the $100 Match Maker bonus.

Again, the popular Strip Special games to be played at the Vanden Viking session scheduled for Thursday, September 20th, will pay out $500 to the lucky winners. Each player will receive two 3-on Strip Special game cards for each game with their paid buy-in. Extra game cards will be sold for $3 each or two for $5.

End of the Month drawings will be held on Thursday, September 27th. And besides the regular prizes of cash and free bingo, there will be Super Royal Court and Friends drawings. In addition to the End of the Month drawings all players will receive a free Daub Card game card which will be played during the session for a cash prize of $200.

The Vanden High School Viking Bingo volunteers host their evening session each Thursday evening starting with the Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m. The regular bingo session starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission starts at $14 for a single six-on paper game pack. Players can purchase a 5-pack package for $39 and extra packs may be added to that.

For only one dollar, players can join in and play for the Bonus Ball jackpots. Each Bonus Ball pays out $250 with the exception of the Baby Ball. After a regular game is closed, the caller will draw a ball and signify it as the Bonus Ball. When the Bonus Ball matches one of the current posted numbers, the players who have purchased the $1 Bonus Ball ticket, will receive the cash prize. Multiple winners will divide the Bonus Ball prize equally.

All regular bingo games pay out $250 to the lucky winners. There are lots of unscheduled flashboard games that pay out up to $1,199 to the lucky winners.

Don't forget to ask the volunteers about joining the Vanden Winners Club. Vanden Viking Bingo sessions are played at a bingo hall located at 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the I-80 Davis Street Exit in Vacaville. See us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BingoGamingNews!

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Specials pay out $350 each on August 14th at Vaca High Music Bingo

VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo will heat things up at their August 14th session by guaranteeing $350 payouts on special games.

Other fun bingo promotions on Tuesday nights during August will include all Speed games paying out $250 at the session scheduled for Tuesday, August 7th. On Tuesday, August 21st, the volunteers will pay out $1,000 to lucky winners on the special free Strip game.

End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on August 28th. Players will win many  prizes of cash and free bingo certificates.

Each Tuesday session starts off with three Buck-A-Roo games that pay out $500 each to the winners. Players will enjoy these special sessions as the buy-in is just $25. The special program was introduced in last year and will continue in indefinitely.

Regular session games will pay out $250 to the winners. The three-part Trifecta game pays out $750 and three are three special speed games that pay out $100 to the winners. There are lots of flashboard games that pay out $250 up to $1,199 during the evening session. And the Treasure Hunt special game pays $500.

The Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo volunteers continue the Blind G-Ball free game with the jackpot currently at $2,800 as we went to press.

Players can also join in each night and play the Bonus Ball game. For only $1, players get a chance to win $250 or the Baby Bonus Ball jackpot of a lesser amount.

Players also enjoy several games of Tic Tac and Grand Slam games that are played prior to and during each regular weekly session. Players may also join in and play the many Flashboard and popular $1,000 Grand Slam games at each session.

The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Road, at the East bound I-80 and Davis Street exit. The Vaca Valley Bingo hall features separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms and the full service snack bar. There is always free coffee for bingo players. A great snack bar is also open at 4:00 p.m. with hot dinner specials, side orders, desserts and soft drinks.

Doors open each Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. and the Early Birds start at 6:30 p.m. No electronic bingo machines are used a the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. For more information, call (707) 449-4646. More information follow us daily on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BingoGamingNews.

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High speed rail is the best reason to repeal the gas and car tax hike

     Would you trust a surgeon who has a history of amputating the wrong limb? Of course not. For the same reason, California taxpayers should not trust our state politicians with more transportation dollars. Let’s get one thing clear from the outset. Any spending on the California high-speed rail project is, by definition, transportation spending. Therefore, any discussion about the wisdom of repealing the gas tax cannot ignore what the state of California has done with its “showcase” transportation project.

     The complete dysfunction of HSR is no longer in dispute.

The latest development is the failure of the HSR authority to issue its revised business plan to the California Legislature as required by law. Its excuse? The authority is in the midst of hiring staff so it can’t issue a timely report. Besides being a complete non sequitur, one would think that the hiring of additional staff would be a reason to issue a report as soon as possible.

Moreover, this latest shortcoming is consistent with the authority’s continued aversion to transparency. Just last month, Republican legislators called for an emergency audit when it became evident that just the Central Valley segment of the project was $1.7 billion over budget. While that request was denied, this week Democratic legislator Jim Beall joined with Republicans seeking a comprehensive audit when it was revealed that the Central Valley segment was actually a stunning $2.8 billion over budget.

     Would you trust a surgeon who has a history of amputating the wrong limb? Of course not. For the same reason, California taxpayers should not trust our state politicians with more transportation dollars. Let’s get one thing clear from the outset. Any spending on the California high-speed rail project is, by definition, transportation spending. Therefore, any discussion about the wisdom of repealing the gas tax cannot ignore what the state of California has done with its “showcase” transportation project.

     The complete dysfunction of HSR is no longer in dispute.

     The latest development is the failure of the HSR authority to issue its revised business plan to the California Legislature as required by law. Its excuse? The authority is in the midst of hiring staff so it can’t issue a timely report. Besides being a complete non sequitur, one would think that the hiring of additional staff would be a reason to issue a report as soon as possible.

     Moreover, this latest shortcoming is consistent with the authority’s continued aversion to transparency. Just last month, Republican legislators called for an emergency audit when it became evident that just the Central Valley segment of the project was $1.7 billion over budget. While that request was denied, this week Democratic legislator Jim Beall joined with Republicans seeking a comprehensive audit when it was revealed that the Central Valley segment was actually a stunning $2.8 billion over budget.

     Many who originally supported the high-speed rail project have had a dramatic change of heart. Quentin Kopp, a former state senator and High Speed Rail Authority chairman, is now vigorously opposed, noting that “this is not what the voters approved.” Likewise, the San Jose Mercury News this week ran an editorial entitled, “Stop the California Bullet Train in its Tracks.”

    The foolishness of the project is especially evident when considering that one of its main purposes was the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, that justification is why the project is currently being funded almost exclusively by “cap-and-trade” funds that are generated by the sale of “carbon credits,” a hidden tax on energy.

    But ironically, even the respected, nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office notes that the project is a net greenhouse gas producer. If the state of California were more serious about GHG emissions, it would direct those funds into more traditional transportation projects including road improvements and lane capacity. Stopped traffic produces more pollution than traffic that moves.

    Despite the higher gas and car taxes that drivers have been paying since November, a new report by the State Auditor says transportation infrastructure remains one of the “high risk” issues facing California. Why? Because of uncertainty about the “effective and efficient use” of the money collected from the tax hikes.

    In short, our current political leadership, which jammed the massive car and gas tax increase down our throats without a vote of the people, has no credibility whatsoever as acceptable stewards of transportation dollars. And as long the high-speed rail project continues, they never will.

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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Specials to pay $350 at first session in October at Vacaville Tuesday bingo

VACAVILLE—Yes! You read that right. On Tuesday, October 2nd, the special games played at the Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo, will pay the winners $350, up $100 from the regular payouts of $250.

Then on Tuesday, October the volunteers have added an extra free $500 paper bingo game. Then on Tuesday, October 16th, the total payout on the Trifecta special game will be lifted to $1,000.

A free Strip game card will be given out to all players with a paid admission. The free strip game will pay out $1,000 to the lucky winners. And on the final Tuesday of October, the 30th, will feature the End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo and everyone will receive a free Halloween goodie bag.

Each Tuesday session starts off with three Buck-A-Roo games that pay out $500 each to the winners. Players will enjoy these special sessions as the buy-in is just $25. The special program was introduced in last year and will continue in indefinitely.

Regular session games pay out $250 to the winners. The three-part Trifecta game pays out $750 and three are three special speed games that pay out $100 to the winners. There are lots of flashboard games that pay out $250 up to $1,199 during the evening session. And the Treasure Hunt special game pays $500.

The Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo volunteers continue the Blind G-Ball free game with the jackpot currently at $3,600 as we went to press.

Players can also join in each night and play the Bonus Ball game. For only $1, players get a chance to win $250 or the Baby Bonus Ball jackpot of a lesser amount.

Players also enjoy several games of Tic Tac and Grand Slam games that are played prior to and during each regular weekly session. Players may also join in and play the many Flashboard and popular $1,000 Grand Slam games at each session.

The Vacaville bingo hall features separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms and the full service snack bar. There is always free coffee for bingo players. A great snack bar is also open at 4:00 p.m. with hot dinner specials, side orders, desserts and soft drinks.

Hall doors open each Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. and the Early Birds start at 6:30 p.m. No electronic bingo machines are used at this hall.

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For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license

            Solano County’s 33,500 veterans and the 11,000 veterans in Napa County are now eligible to receive a driver’s license acknowledging their service in the United States Armed Forces, through a new statewide program.

Beginning Nov. 12, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing driver’s licenses with the word “veteran” on them to those who qualify, Napa and Solano County officials said.

Napa veterans can visit the Napa County Veterans Service Office (CVSO), at 650 Imperial Way in downtown Napa, and complete the DMV application.

Veterans will need a certified copy of their discharge papers (DD-214) showing they received anything other than a dishonorable discharge or that they served in a Guard or Reserve component and were mobilized for federal active duty.

            Solano County vets can stop by the Solano County Veterans Service Office for an official application form, which they can take to the DMV starting Nov. 12 to get the new veteran driver’s license. Solano County Director of Veterans Services Ted Puntillo asks that vets bring a copy of their DD-214 paperwork to get the form.

            The new driver’s license means veterans will no longer need to carry their discharge papers to show proof of military service, officials said.

            The CVSO will verify the documents and approve the application, which can then be submitted to the DMV. There is a $5 fee to have the veteran designation placed on a driver’s license, on top of the normal renewal fees, officials said. Veterans who are not due for renewal can obtain a new license for a $35 replacement fee.

The CVSO can order copies of discharge papers. Veterans who visit the office can also discuss their eligibility for federal, state and local benefits. To date, Solano County Vet Services has already helped more than 100 vets obtain the application form, officials said.

            For more Napa information, call 707-253-4558. In Solano, call, (707) 784-6590. Contact Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824.

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Reasons to repeal the California Gasoline Tax

There are two simple reasons why we should repeal the gas and car tax hikes: it costs you a lot more than you think – the tax hike will cost the typical family of four $779.28 more per year in taxes and 2) it won’t fix our roads – this is a blank check tax hike that has already been diverted away from road repairs.

Gas and Car Taxes spike our cost of living. The gas and car tax hikes cost too much and will increase the already-high cost-of-living in California.

Under the gas and car tax hikes, the typical family of four will pay $779.28 more per year in higher taxes.

It gets worse! The car and gas tax hikes are slated to increase every year automatically.

This year Californians will pay nearly $1 more per gallon because of taxes, fees and other government mandates. By 2021, many Californians will be paying close to $2 more a gallon extra because of taxes, fees and other government mandates – that’s $40 extra each time you fill up your car.

That’s a crushing blow to most family budgets at a time when the cost-of-living in California is already skyrocketing higher! We cannot afford to let these tax increases happen – we must repeal them.

Politicians Won’t Fix the Roads – The Gas Tax Fraud

Politicians are not interested in fixing or expanding our roads – and the gas tax increase contains zero accountability on where the funds will be spent. In fact, the gas tax measure is specifically written to allow politicians to continue to divert all the funds away from road projects.

State Senator John Moorlach released an independent analysis of CalTrans the budget showing that only 20% of the gas tax funds were spent any where near roads.

Where do the politicians divert the gas tax money to? The funding has been diverted to cover budget deficits so politicians can continue to spend in other areas. Most of the funds spent on infrastructure get diverted from roads to transit buses, light rail projects, bike lanes (to replace roads), and even park land acquisition.

An independent audit proves very little money actually gets spent on construction. Most of the funding covers the high salaries and pensions for government workers in bloated bureaucracies who spend the day on administrative paperwork but don’t build a single road, let alone fill a single pothole. In fact the state auditor revealed that over 3500 employees at CalTrans had no project to work on – wasting a half-a-billion in taxpayer funds a year.

California is so wasteful with our infrastructure funds that we get far less for our funds than other states. The Reason Foundation report shows for every $1 spent in the other 49 states to maintain one mile of highway California state government spends $4.7 for the same mile – that’s a 470% cost inefficiency factor.

There’s a better way—The Road Repair Accountability Initiative

Californians are right to demand that our roads be repaired and expanded. That’s why our coalition has proposed the Road Repair Accountability Initiative. This measure is written not by the politicians, but taxpayer watchdogs and infrastructure experts. It imposes three strict and real requirements:

·        100% Lock Box on Existing Gas Tax: The measure would dedicate 100% of the existing gas tax (i.e. the rate we paid before this latest hike) to road maintenance and improvement contracts (no staffing costs, it has to be actual concrete and asphalt!) Roads must be the only use for gas tax funds.

·        Car Sales Tax: The measure would dedicate 100% of the existing sales tax on the purchase of cars to regional infrastructure maintenance and expansion.

·        Efficiency Reforms: The measure would enact competitive bidding and other efficiency reforms to ensure that infrastructure funds are properly spent.

This alternative solution generates MORE funds for road repairs and road expansion than the gas and car tax hikes – and proves we can rebuild our state without tax increases. Proving they aren’t really interested in fixing roads, the Sacramento politicians are opposed to this measure.

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First Massachusetts Casino

    SPRINGFIELD—Massachusetts first resort casino, MGM Springfield, has opened. It offers 2,550 slots, 120 tables and 23 poker tables, along with a 250-room hotel, bowling alley and movie theater. The casino opens seven years after a bill permitting legalized gaming in the state passed in 2011. One racino at Plainridge Park opened several years ago, and Encore Boston Harbor, a project by Wynn Resorts, is slated to open next year.

    The $960 million MGM Springfield opened in the Bay State’s third largest city on August 24. It was the first true casino to open since the legislature passed the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011.

    It has 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables and 23 poker tables. The gaming floor sits amidst restaurants, bars, retail shopping, a ten-lane bowling alley, eight screen movie theater, event center and 250-room hotel, all on a 14.5 acre footprint.

    The final acts before opening played out, with Commissioner Bruce Stebbins, of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reviewing the site before granting a certificate of operations.

    The day before the opening MGM held a press conference attended by various VIPs who commented on the opening.

    MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren declared that his company was “investing in the revival of a great American city. We didn’t just build a beautiful building,” he said. “For you in labor, you were cementing the spirit of Springfield … you’re building the future of Springfield.”

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal attended the presser after touring the casino.

    Baker called the opening “a big statement about the people of Springfield and the folks who never quit.”

    The governor said he had “no doubt there will be many big days associated with the impact this enterprise and this project is going to have on the community and this region,” and added, “This is a big day.”

    Baker said of the casino: “It’s creative, it’s incredibly Springfield-centric,” he said. “There are so many elements of this place that are subtle but speak loudly about the commitment that everybody made to honor the history and all that makes this part of Massachusetts special.”

    Then on Friday morning came a grand parade of thousands of employees, state and city VIPs all led by the Budweiser Clydesdales.

    MGM expects to attract up to six million visitors a year, many of which will be repeat visitors.

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California tribes blocked from cannabis biz...but then again?

    In January, California started allowing recreational marijuana to be sold in a state regulated system. However, many Native American tribes in the state feel that the system has not worked with what they would like to do. Plans are being made that would allow the tribes to develop a cannabis industry that they regulate themselves. Not the state.

    It is possible that California's tribes may grow cannabis on farms and build stores on their reservations.

    The problem that the tribes have with the state licensing requirements is that if the tribes agree to abide by them, the state would be able to take away their right to be self governed on their own land.

    Last year when the new state regulations were issued, all licensing and control of cannabis would be governed by California. If any California tribe decided to apply for the license, the state would then be able to enforce rules and regulations. Not the tribal government. There would not be tribal sovereignty.

    The California Native American Cannabis Association was formed to advocate for tribes wishing to develop their own cannabis industry on their land. The association warned the state that tribes might use their own sovereign rights and may developed their own commercial cannabis businesses.

    There are over 100 Native American tribes in California that have federal recognition. A portion of these tribes are located in rural areas that would be interested in the cannabis industry as a way to raise revenues to improve schools and infrastructure.

    In California there are over 100 Native American tribes that are recognized by the federal government. Many of them are interested in partaking in the newly legalized marijuana industry.

    In 2016 Prop 64 was approved by state voters.

    Under this law, anyone that farms or manufactures cannabis for public sell must be licensed by the state. Anyone that holds these licenses they are subject to pay the state large taxes and are also heavily regulated.

    However, many tribes feel that this interferes with their sovereignty if they are also required to obtain the licenses. They have their own governments and they believe that their governments should be able to decide what regulations should be implemented on their own land.

    Instead of determining their own sets of laws for cannabis, they would have to abide by the state laws. They would have to submit to the enforcement of California's laws.

    A letter was sent California Native American Cannabis Association last December. In that letter they stated that the tribes would look into ways of developing commercial cannabis industries through their own sovereign nations.

    An agreement between the tribes was attempted before January on how the tribes would conduct their regulations. However, it was not successful.

    The issue becomes if the tribes grow and process marijuana on their lands, then under the California law the tribes would not be able to sell their products off of their land. Under the current California law the tribes would need a license.

    Now tribes are actively working towards forming compacts with the state that would allow them to sell their products in state legal markets.

    They would also have their authority recognized that they can regulate their own businesses that are conducted on their own lands.

    In Washington a compact was agreed upon between seven of the tribes and state that was similar. Currently there are even more tribes in negotiations with the state of Washington.

    A similar compact is being negotiated by California. However, it is possible that it may not be until the end of this year before an agreement is made.

    Recreational marijuana has be legalized in California. Businesses are obtaining resale licenses, however, the state is making it challenging for American Indian tribes to get the same licenses.

    Permits awarded to local businesses are determined by individual counties and cities. These permits are then submitted to the state for the state approved license. However, tribal businesses must agree to work with only California recognized legal cannabis companies and give the state licensing power. Many tribes are opposed to this since they feel it violates their sovereignty rights.

    A legislative bill is being drafted that would allow for local cannabis businesses to be licensed by the tribes. This will form the California Native American Cannabis Association. The bill is a combined effort between the cannabis regulatory commissioner for Santa Ysabel and Dave Vialpando. He was previously in law enforcement.

    The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, after a failed Indian casino venture, evaluated the cannabis industry to determine if it had commercial potential. The tribe is located east of San Diego. The financial failure of their casino cost the tribe nearly $50 million of debt. They needed to find a new way to generate income, and the cannabis industry looked promising.

    The Iipay Nation is not the only tribe looking into developing a marijuana related business. It is a lucrative business for investors since Native American tribes do not pay the income taxes. The businesses would not fall under the same federal tax bill as other states.

    19 tribes in California are in support of the proposed legislation.

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