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Free $500 drawing at Tuesday night bingo
March promotions at Saturday Night Scarlet Brigade Bingo
3 Friday Late Nite Strip sessions at Pace in March
New cell phone app to find your lost dog
CA. gambling commissioner quits, immediately opens consulting biz
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
PG&E sucking up all your money with continued rate hikes?
Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

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Free $500 drawing at Tuesday night bingo

VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo will kick it up a notch at their session on Tuesday, March 14th. Each player attending that night will receive a free Daub Card game sheet with their paid admission. The extra game will be played during the evening for a prize of $200.

Attached to each of the free Daub Card game sheets will be a special drawing ticket. One winner will be selected from all the tickets and receive a cash prize of $500. Players will receive additional Daub Card game sheets at each Vaca Valley Bingo hall session one week prior to March 14th.

Other fun bingo promotions on Tuesday nights during March will include a Buy On Get One purchase for the Trifecta game cards. Trifecta is played in three parts, each paying out $250 to the lucky winner.

The popular In The Monitor Night will be held on March 21st with players receiving free bingo when their winning number appears in the monitor at the time a valid bingo is verified.

End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on March 28th. Players will win lots of 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 $1,100 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.

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March promotions at Saturday Night Scarlet Brigade Bingo

      VACAVILLE For March, Scarlet Brigade Bingo players will enjoy a free Double Lucky game card for the first 200 players to make their admission purchase on Saturday, March 4th.

      Late Night players on March 4th, will receive a free Bonanza game card with their early buy-in. The prize will be $100 for the free Bonanza game.

      On March 11th, evening players will receive one free Early Bird with their admission purchase and Late Night players will get one extra Quickie with their buy-in.

      In the monitor night will be held on Saturday, March 18th at both the evening and the Late Night sessions. In the Monitor bingos are honored on regular games at each of the sessions. ITM winners will receive a prize of free bingo matching what they are playing.

      End of the month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held at both the evening and Late Night sessions on Saturday, March 25th. Players can win lots of prizes of cash and free bingo coupons.

      Volunteers at the Saturday night Fairfield H.S. Scarlet Brigade Band Bingo will continue higher payouts on their regular paper games at the evening sessions. All nine paper pack games will be guaranteed to pay out $350 to the lucky winners.

      In addition, six special paper games will pay out $500 to the winners and two strip games (not included in buy-in package) will also be added to session play. The first strip game will pay out $500 to the winners and the second strip game will pay $500 and up to $1,199. Admission for the evening session start at $29.

      The Saturday Late Night session admission starts at only $19 for a 12-on paper game pack. The first extra six-on game pack is available for only $5 each with all other extra packs sold for just $1 each. Players can also join in and play the Bonus Ball games for just one dollar. During the session, several admission ticket drawings will be held for spins on the Lucky Wheel. At press time the progressive jackpot amount was at $2,400.

               The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Lane, at the I-80 and Davis Street exit and is a smoke free facility. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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CA. gambling commissioner quits, immediately opens consulting biz

        SAN DIEGO—(as seen in the San Diego Union Tribune). A former state gambling commissioner who retired in December after six years regulating California's gaming industry opened a gaming consulting business four days after her term ended, according to a newspaper report.

            The former commissioner, Tiffany Conklin, said she won’t have contact with her former colleagues at the California Gambling Control Commission, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. State law bans such contact for three years after workers leave the agency.

            Cheryl Schmit of the watchdog group Stand Up California said Conklin's quick jump to the private sector has echoes of a 2014 scandal that roiled the commission. That’s when the ex-enforcement chief Robert Lytle was charged in an administrative accusation by the Attorney General’s Office with getting confidential information about investigations into his consulting clients from another agent still working for the state.

            Lytle had retired from state work at the end of 2007. The accusation revealed he had negotiated a job with a casino before leaving his state job, and one day after he retired he opened his own consulting business advising gambling establishments.

            Last year, he settled the matter by surrendering his state gambling license and paid a fine.

            Schmit said that Conklin’s move to consulting does not look good, and “this type of activity will continue to foster the culture of corruption that occurred with Robert Lytle.”

            Conklin said she was fully aware of the state law that prohibits her from communicating with commission staff or appearing before the commission for three years, and she will abide by it.

She also said she did not tell anyone of her plans before announcing on Dec. 8 she would not seek reappointment to a new term. That distinguishes her move from Lytle — who was accused of setting up a new job while he was still employed by the state, Conklin said.

            “I have not entered into any contracts. I did not let anyone know of my plans,” she said. Her work will focus on “the legislative side of things,” and not with the commission or the Bureau of Gambling Control, the state enforcement arm for gambling regulations.

            Conklin said she was aware her move could raise eyebrows. “I was definitely aware of the optics on this,” she told the newspaper.

            But she said she had developed an expertise in gaming matters and can be of help to the industry—and abide by the no-contact restrictions.

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New cell phone app to find your lost dog

            SOLANO COUNTY—A new social-media app designed to connect owners with their lost dogs is available through the Solano County Animal Care Division.

Finding Rover is a free service that uses facial recognition technology, and allows owners to look at the site from their phones, tablets, computers and other devices for their lost dogs. It also allows the public to take photos of dogs that appear to be lost and upload information that will help owners locate their dogs.

The dogs can be pre-registered, so if at some point they are lost and found, then the owners are notified by phone or email. It even reminds owners for the need to renew information about their pets to keep the profile current.

The county animal shelter website already has photos of lost pets posted. The new software will automatically link those profiles with Finding Rover. The service can also be used for someone who may be looking to adopt a dog.

The county also offers microchipping services, with which a chip is inserted into the animal, and if found, can be scanned and relocated with the owners.

Right now the Finding Rover technology is only applied to dogs, but it is being worked on for cats as well.

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3 Friday Late Nite Strip sessions at Pace in March

VACAVILLE—Players will want to kiss the blarney stone for extra good luck this month as the Pace Solano Bingo volunteers will host three special Strip Game sessions. The special late night sessions will be played on Friday, March 3rd, Friday, March 17th and on Friday, March 31st.

Strip Session games feature bingo games paying $1,000 and paper games that pay out $500 each to the lucky winners. Admission for the Strip sessions continues to be $50 with players receiving two each for ten games as well as four paper game sheets. Extra strips are sold separately for just two for $5 and additional paper game sheets may also be purchased.

The Friday evening Strip sessions in February will be played starting at 11:00 p.m. Buy-ins may be purchased starting at 10:30 p.m. or any time during the preceding evening session.

The Pace Solano Bingo volunteers host five sessions each week at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall starting on Sunday with an evening session starting at 5:30 p.m. The Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening sessions are back to the regular start time of 6:30 p.m. Pace also hosts a popular Wednesday Matinee session starting with the Warm-Up games at 10:00 a.m. The regular games get underway at the Matinee session at 12 noon.

Free $200 Daub Card games will be played on Monday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 22nd. Spin To Win will be played at each Friday night session and the free $500 Winners game will be played at each Wednesday evening Pace Bingo session.

All Pace sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the Davis Street exit from eastbound I-80. For more information call (707) 449-4646.

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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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PG&E sucking up all your money with continued rate hikes?

            SAN FRANCISCO—Rising PG&E costs are already wreaking havoc in our communities: About 25,000 PG&E household are shut off for nonpayment every month, including many with small children, seniors and disabled people living in them. But PG&E wants $2.7 billion more in rates, increases likely to leave even more vulnerable customers in the dark.

            We CAN stop PG&E from sucking up more of our money! Tell the CPUC to STOP allowing PG&E to raise rates!

If PG&E gets its way, average bills will go up a total of about $12 per month in the next three years just from this one case alone, which means a $142 increase in annual bills for typical homes by 2019.

            PG&E tries to minimize each of these increases, but you and I know they add up, and there’s never an end to them.  In fact, PG&E is already requesting additional increases for pipeline safety.  PG&E wants a $840 million increase for gas transmission pipelines by 2017.  This increase would be on top of the $2.7 billion requested in this rate case.

            Let the CPUC know how this impacts on your family!

            Speak out today at a CPUC public hearing. Everyone is welcome to tell the CPUC what they think of PG&E and the upcoming rate hikes.  The CPUC needs to hear from you!

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Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

appeared in the Wall Street Journal

Marijuana is now legal in 25 states for medicinal purposes and in four for recreational use. Voters in another five have a chance on Nov. 8 to legalize the retail consumption of pot, but the evidence rolling in from these real-time experiments should give voters pause to consider the consequences.

In 2012 Colorado and Washington voters legalized recreational pot, followed by Alaska and Oregon two years later. Initiatives this year in California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts would allow businesses to sell and market pot to adults age 21 and older.

Adults could possess up to one ounce (more in Maine) and grow six marijuana plants. Public consumption would remain prohibited, as would driving under the influence. Marijuana would be taxed at rates from 3.75% in Massachusetts to 15% in the western states, which would license and regulate retailers.

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits states from regulating possession, use, distribution and sale of narcotics. However, the Justice Department in 2013 announced it wouldn’t enforce the law in states that legalize pot. Justice also promised to monitor and document the outcomes, which it hasn’t done. But someone should, because evidence from Colorado and Washington compiled by the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana suggests that legalization isn’t achieving what supporters promised.

One problem is that legalization and celebrity glamorization have removed any social stigma from pot and it is now ubiquitous. Minors can get pot as easily a six pack. Since 2011 marijuana consumption among youth rose by 9.5% in Colorado and 3.2% in Washington even as it dropped 2.2% nationwide. The Denver Post reports that a “disproportionate share” of marijuana businesses are in low-income and minority communities. Many resemble candy stores with lollipops, gummy bears and brownies loaded with marijuana’s active ingredient known as THC.

The science of how THC affects young minds is still evolving. However, studies have shown that pot use during adolescence can shave off several IQ points and increase the risk for schizophrenic breaks. One in six kids who try the drug will become addicted, a higher rate than for alcohol. Pot today is six times more potent than 30 years ago, so it’s easier to get hooked and high.

Employers have also reported having a harder time finding workers who pass drug tests. Positive workplace drug tests for marijuana have increased 178% nationwide since 2012. The construction company GE Johnson says it is recruiting construction workers from other states because it can’t find enough in Colorado to pass a drug test.

Honest legalizers admitted that these social costs might increase but said they’d be offset by fewer arrests and lower law enforcement costs. Yet arrests of black and Hispanic youth in Colorado for pot-related offenses have soared 58% and 29%, respectively, while falling 8% for whites.

The share of pot-related traffic deaths has roughly doubled in Washington and increased by a third in Colorado since legalization, and in the Centennial State pot is now involved in more than one of five traffic fatalities. Calls to poison control for overdoses have jumped 108% in Colorado and 68% in Washington since 2012.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has said that “criminals are still selling on the black market,” in part because state taxes make legal marijuana pricier than on the street. Drug cartels have moved to grow marijuana in the states or have switched to trafficking in more profitable drugs like heroin.

One irony is that a Big Pot industry is developing even as tobacco smokers are increasingly ostracized. The Arcview Group projects that the pot market could triple over four years to $22 billion. Pot retailers aren’t supposed to market specifically to kids, though they can still advertise on the radio or TV during, say, a college football game. Tobacco companies have been prohibited from advertising on TV since 1971.

The legalization movement is backed by the likes of George Soros and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and this year they are vastly outspending opponents. No wonder U.S. support for legalizing marijuana has increased to 57% from 32% a decade ago, according to the Pew Research Center.

We realize it’s déclassé to resist this cultural imperative, and maybe voters think the right to get high when you want is worth the social and health costs of millions of more stoners. Then again, since four states have volunteered to be guinea pigs, maybe other states should wait and see if these negative trends continue.

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