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Clip the $5.00 coupon for buy-in savings at Thursday Vanden Viking Bingo
5 Speed games pay out $250 each at Tuesday Vacaville High Music Bingo
Crazy 8’s Sunday highlights Wildcats Matinee Bingo session
Vote YES on Proposition 6 in California (Stop The Gas Tax Initiative)
Reasons to repeal the California Gasoline Tax
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
$1.537 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner in So. Carolina
California tribes blocked from cannabis biz...but then again?

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Clip the $5.00 coupon for buy-in savings at Thursday Vanden Viking Bingo

            VACAVILLE—There's a $5.00 off buy-in coupon just waiting for you to print it out, clip it and take it with you to the November 8th Thursday night Vanden High School Viking Bingo in Vacaville. Remember, the coupon will be good only on Thursday, November 8th.

            Starting the month off on Thursday, November 1st, the always popular Strip Special games will pay out $500 to the winners. All players will receive two 3-on Strip Special game cards for each game with their paid buy-in. Extra game cards are sold on the floor for $3 each or two for $5. A second Strip Specials date for November will be on Thursday, November 15th.

            On Thursday, November 8th and in addition to the $5.00 off buy-in coupon, players will enjoy Poker Run Bingo and a chance to win $200 for the best poker hand.

            Players should make a note that as in years past, the volunteers will take Thanksgiving off to spend time with their families and friends. There will be no evening bingo on Thursday, November 22nd.

            On Thursday, November 29th, end of the month drawings will be held for cash and free bingo prizes. And there will be drawings for the Royal Court and Friends.

            At press time the progressive jackpot half time Vanden Match game has been reset at $600 and growing at each Thursday night session when it is not won. The Free Progressive G-Ball jackpot was up to $1,100 as we published the November edition of Bingo & Gaming News On-Line.

            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.

            Remember to ask the volunteers about joining the Vanden Winners Club. Vanden Viking Bingo sessions are played at the bingo hall located at 190 Bella Vista Road,  Vacaville.

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Crazy 8’s Sunday highlights Wildcats Matinee Bingo session

            VACAVILLE—Wildcats Bingo players won't have to wait until the Crazy 8's Day comes around on Sunday, November 18th for some great bingo fun and prizes this month.

            The fun and popular In the Monitor Day, will be played on Sunday, November 4th. If your bingo number appears in the monitor when a valid regular bingo game is approved, you will win a certificate for free bingo, matching what you are playing that will be good at a future Wildcats Sunday session.

            Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour as daylight savings time will end at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday night, November 3rd.

            The popular Win Again game will be played at the Wildcat's session scheduled for Sunday, November 11th. $500 is the announced prize that will be awarded to the winners.

            As mentioned above, Sunday, November 18th will be Crazy 8's Day with special emphasis on I-18. If you bingo on I-18, the winners will receive a bonus of $250 to be divided among all the winners. For players who bingo on any number ending in 8, a bonus of $100 cash will be paid out, again divided equally among the winner on that regular game.

            End of the Month drawings will follow on Sunday, November 25th. Prizes of cash and free bingo will go to players who's tickets are drawing in the drawings. Good Neighbor games will also be featured on that day as well as the Wildcat Royalty drawings.

    At press time, the free Cat Cash Match progressive jackpot was sitting at $1,300. Players get several chances during each Sunday matinee session to match the Cat Cash top prize and win the jackpot. The Wildcat Blind G-Ball progressive jackpot was at $8,500 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 Quickie games have been permanently replaced with the popular $500 strip games at all Sunday matinee session.

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

The bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Road. And features a smoke free facility. For more information, go to Twitter at https://twitter.com/BingoGamingNews.

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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5 Speed games pay out $250 each at Tuesday Vacaville High Music Bingo

VACAVILLE—Kicking off the month of November, the volunteers will boost the payouts of their five Speed games to pay out $250 each at the session scheduled to be played on Tuesday, November 6th.

On Tuesday, November 13th, everyone will receive a free game card for the $200 Daub Card game. Players can collect more game cards by attending other bingo sessions at the hall for one week prior to November 6th.

In addition to the above free game paying out $200 to the winners, a free drawing will be held with the winner to receive $500 cash. Each player attending the session will receive one free drawing ticket.

To help players get through the shopping madness on Black Friday, the volunteers will hold drawings for $200 spending cash at their session scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th.

On the final Tuesday of November, the 27th, there will be the popular  End of the Month drawings with prizes of cash and free bingo going to the lucky winners.

Every 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. 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 $4,000 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. 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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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. Vote Yes on Prop. 6

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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Vote YES on Proposition 6 in California (Stop The Gas Tax Initiative)

            Read the proposition for yourself, then decide:

SECTION 1. STATEMENT OF FINDINGS AND PURPOSES

            (a) California’s taxes on gasoline and car ownership are among the highest in the nation.

            (b) These taxes have been raised without the consent (or vote) of the people.

            (c) Therefore, the people hereby amend the Constitution to require voter approval of the recent increase in the gas and car tax enacted by Chapter 5 of the Statutes of 2017 and any future increases in the gas and car tax. 

 

SECTION 2. VOTER APPROVAL FOR INCREASES IN GAS AND CAR TAX

            Section 3 .5 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution is added to read: 

            (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Legislature shall not impose, increase or extend any tax, as defined in section 3, on the sale, storage, use or consumption of motor vehicle gasoline or diesel fuel, or on the privilege of a resident of California to operate on the public highways a vehicle, or trailer coach, unless and until that proposed tax is submitted to the electorate and approved by a majority vote.

            (b) This section does not apply to taxes on motor vehicle gasoline or diesel fuel, or on the privilege of operating a vehicle or trailer coach at the rates that were in effect on January 1, 2017. Any increase in the rate of such taxes imposed after January 1, 2017 shall cease to be imposed unless and until approved by the electorate as required by this section.

 

$1.537 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner in So. Carolina

                SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (as seen in The Daily News)—The number of billionaires in South Carolina may have doubled overnight — at least before taxes — after a lottery ticket sold in the state won the $1.537 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

            The ticket, sold at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night, ignoring the 1 in 302.5 million odds for winning the near-record prize.

            The winner would only become an actual billionaire by taking the prize in annual installments over three decades and hanging on to the bulk of the money. The lucky person can also take an $877.8 million lump-sum cash payment, which most winners choose to receive.

            South Carolina Lottery officials know when and where the winning ticket was bought, but until someone turns the ticket in, they won't know who bought it. The public may never find out. South Carolina allows lottery winners to remain anonymous after conducting a thorough investigation to confirm their identity, lottery Chief Operating Officer Tony Cooper said.

            The name of South Carolina’s last big winner—a $399 million Powerball jackpot in September 2013 which at the time was the fourth biggest lottery prize in U.S. history—has never been made public.

            “Our message to the $1.5 BILLION Mega Millions jackpot winner: Sign the back of the ticket, place the ticket in a safe location, speak with a trusted advisor and CALL THE LOTTERY at 1-866-736-9819. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!” the South Carolina Lottery tweeted.

The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.

            The prize is extraordinary by any measure, but particularly so for South Carolina. With more than $1.5 billion, an exceedingly generous winner could shower roughly $307 on each of the state's five million people. It's about as much as 20 percent of the state's $8 billion annual budget.

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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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