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Easter Combo session set at Pace Bingo
New program and Anniversary session at Napa Bingo Emporium
$500 extra drawing set at Wildcats Sunday Bingo!
Proposition 13 is the original victim of ‘fake news’
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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Easter Combo session set at Pace Bingo

VACAVILLE—The Easter Bunny will hop into the Vaca Valley Bingo hall on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 16th. Get your daubers ready for a fun day and a Combo Bingo session featuring bingo games paying $250 and up to $500.

Players should note that there will be no Sunday Matinee bingo session on Easter Sunday hosted by the Pace Solano Bingo volunteers. Hall doors for the Easter Special will open at 2:00 p.m. and the session will get underway at 5 p.m.

The fun Combo Bingo sessions are played each Sunday evening at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. A $35 buy-in includes three paper packs and two of each of eight Strip game sheets. Paper games pay $250 and the Strip games pay $500 to the lucky winners.

Players should make a note that the Pace Bingo volunteer will host a special Strip Night session on Monday, April 10th. The Strip Night session, usually played on Friday at the late night time, will be played starting at 6:30 p.m. Strip games pay $1,000 and paper games will pay out $500. $50 will buy you in for two each of ten strip games and four 6-on paper game packs.

There will be two late night Strip Game session in April. The Strip sessions will be held on Friday, April 7th and on Friday, April 28th. The late night strip sessions will be held after the regular evening bingo session is concluded. Buy-in starts at 10:15 p.m. and play starts at 11:00 p.m.

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 Friday, April 7th and on Sunday, April 30th. Spin To Win will be held 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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New program and Anniversary session at Napa Bingo Emporium

      NAPA—The Napa H.S. Band Boosters Bingo have announced that they will introduce a brand new bingo program at their Saturday night session on April 1st. Join the fun and see what’s new at the popular Saturday night bingo session. Doors at the Bingo Emporium open at 4:00 p.m. and play gets underway at 6:15 p.m.

      You’ll want to get ready for the upcoming 9th anniversary session of the popular Friday night Napa United Soccer Bingo at the Town & Country Bingo Emporium at the fairgrounds in Napa. All players will be treated to a free dinner on Friday, April 24th.

      The hall doors will open at 3:00 p.m. each Friday and everyone there will be served their free dinner about 5:00 p.m. The Bingo Anniversary Party will get started at 6:30 p.m.

      There are four evening bingo sessions held each week at the Napa Bingo Emporium. Each Napa Bingo Emporium Bingo charity session offers a Hot Ball jackpot of up to $250 and is won when a player bingos on the evenings designated Hot Ball number. Players can add Hot Ball to their admission purchase for just one dollar.

            The Town and Country Bingo Emporium features an all non smoking hall. Free coffee is always available for bingo players. A full service snack bar is also open at each session with great specials, snacks, drinks and desserts. For more information call (707) 252-5420.

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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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Proposition 13 is the original victim of ‘fake news’

by Jon Coupal

As Proposition 13 approaches its 39th birthday, it is still subject to the same dishonest attacks in the media that were used against it when it was on the ballot in 1978. Proposition 13 was one of the first victims of “fake news.”

“The bigwigs in labor and business went all out to defeat 13,” said its principle author, Howard Jarvis. “They tried to outdo one another in issuing doomsday prophecies about what passage of 13 would mean.” The media slavishly supported the exaggerated and dishonest claims, often endorsing them through editorials and by giving prominent placement to negative stories on the tax revolt.

The politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown, and government agencies from top to bottom weighed in. Here is a typical example: Before the election, Alameda County Transit told the public that passage of Prop. 13 would result in the termination of 80 percent of its 2,000 employees. Two months later, the Fremont-Newark Argus reported on the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 13, “To date, no one in the district has been laid off and officials now believe there will be no massive layoffs.” The paper added that three local fire districts that anticipated losing one-half to three-fourths of its staff, had not lost a single firefighter to Prop. 13.

When the scare tactics were rejected by the public, some media attacked Prop. 13 sponsors Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann with false stories. Two weeks before the election, the Monterey Peninsula Herald editorialized that the public had “been so outrageously deluded by a pair of slick Southern California real estate operators.” The Herald was 0-for-2. Gann was from Sacramento, which Herald editors should know is in Northern California, and neither man owned any California real estate except for their own homes.

A month before the June 6 election, the Los Angeles Times repeated the claims of Prop. 13 opponents in a lengthy editorial in which the lies were treated as facts: “Los Angeles County would eliminate all of the Fire Department’s paramedic units, could close half of the 129 fire stations. It would close half of the county’s 93 libraries. ... More than 30,000 county employees would be laid off. The city of Los Angeles is considering the dismissal of 2,152 police officers and the closing of six stations. More than 1,000 firefighters would be cut, and 56 stations would be shut down. ... The prospect for Los Angeles schools is even darker. More than 18,000 teachers would be laid off.”

The same editorial in the Times included the following statement in italics: “Vote yes on Proposition 13 and send a message to tens of thousands of teachers, librarians, firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers and public-health specialists that you can safely dispense with their services.”

Howard Jarvis commented, “It was tough having 90 percent of the media against us.”

Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Freidman summarized the fake news campaign against Prop. 13 in his column in Newsweek several weeks after the overwhelming passage of the measure: “Despite the use of scare tactics including notices to teachers of automatic dismissal on passage of Jarvis-Gann [Prop. 13], advance local budgets threatening drastic cuts in police and fire protection, and whatever other portents of catastrophe desperate feeders at the public trough could devise, the public refused to be bamboozled this time, as they had so often before while watching taxes mount and government services deteriorate. This time, the scare tactics simply produced a backlash.”

But the beat down of Prop. 13 goes on. Some years ago, a newspaper editorial asked if Prop. 13 was responsible for a measles epidemic saying it may have limited the availability of vaccine. A national publication suggested that O.J. Simpson’s acquittal of murder charges was due to the tax limiting measure because prosecuting attorneys may not have been paid enough.

More recently, a column by a West Coast writer published in the New York Times claimed that one of the reasons that Los Angeles is becoming a “third world” city is reduced funding for education caused by the tax revolt that passed Prop. 13. As is typical, the writer ignores the fact that California now spends 30 percent more per pupil, in inflation adjusted dollars, than the amount spent just prior to the passage of Prop. 13 — a time when both liberals and conservatives agree that California schools were among the best in the nation.

Today, those who want to bring down Prop. 13 are a little more clever with their fake news. We are seeing claims, that the media delights in repeating, that Prop. 13 has caused the housing shortage, that Prop. 13 only helps the wealthy, and, of course, that Prop. 13 is responsible for our poor performing schools, even when our teachers are the third-highest paid in all 50 states.

Taxpayer advocates in California are still dealing with “fake news” as they have for nearly 40 years. It is doubtful that that battle will end anytime soon.

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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$500 extra drawing set at Wildcats Sunday Bingo!

            VACAVILLE—Get your daubers ready for the an extra special $500 cash Daub Card drawing on Sunday, April 23rd. The free Daub Card game will also be played on that date.

            Players will receive a special drawing ticket attached to their free daub car game card. The free Daub Card game cards will be passed out one week prior to the play date.

            For April, players will enjoy a Double Day on Sunday April 2nd. There will be double tickets given out and double table drawings during the session.

            On Sunday, April 9th the volunteers will be the popular In The Monitor session. Players who would have a bingo on the number showing in the monitor at the time a valid bingo verified, will receive a certificate for a free bingo buy-in at a future session.

            Players should make a note that there will be no Wildcats Matinee session on Easter Sunday, April 16th. As has been done in the past, the Pace Bingo volunteers will host a special Combo bingo session on that day with hall doors opening at 2:00 p.m.

            End of the month drawings for cash and free bingo prizes will be held on Sunday, April 30th. Drawing winners will be picket from admission tickets received during the entire month of February. Don’t forget that drawings for the Wildcat Royalty will be held and Good Neighbor games will also be paid out on that day.

            The Wildcats Quickie games have been permanently replaced with the popular $500 strip games at each Sunday matinee session.

            At press time, the free Cat Cash Match progressive jackpot was sitting at $5,200. Players get several chances to match the Cat Cash top prize and win the jackpot. The Wildcat Blind G-Ball progressive jackpot was at $1,900 as we went to press.

            Players can buy in with the Express I setup that includes a one six-on paper game pack and one pack of specials plus a Bonanza game card and Double Action game sheet. The Express II admission is available for $19 and includes two packs, two packs of specials and the Bonanza and Double Action special game sheets for the matinee session.

            All paper games are guaranteed to pay out $250 to the lucky winners at each Wildcat Sunday matinee sessions. There are lots of flashboard games that pay out up to $1,199.

The Wildcats Sunday Matinee session starts each week at 12:30 p.m. The Vaca Valley Bingo hall opens up each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with Warm-up games starting about one half hour prior to the beginning of the regular session. As with all other sessions of bingo at Vaca Valley, there are no electronic bingo machines used at the hall.

            All sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Road, at the I-80 and Davis Street exit and features separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms. 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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