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Extra $500 Daub Card drawing at Wildcats
$500 Special games at Vanden Bingo
February Late Night Strip games at Pace Bingo
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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$500 Special games at Vanden Bingo

VACAVILLE—Kicking February off in grand style, the volunteers at the Vanden H.S. Viking Boosters Bingo will replace four special game with the popular Strip game sheets at their session on Thursday, February 2nd. Players will get two Strip cards with each buy-in purchase and extra Strip sheets will be sold for two game sheets for $3 each or two for $5 on the floor. Strip game special payouts will be $500 to the winners on special games 10, 13, 14 and 17.

Players will enjoy the Crazy 8’s Early Bird games on Thursday, February 9th. A player bingoing on a number ending in an 8 will receive a $100 Bonus. If the bingo occurs on B-8, the bonus will be increased to $150!

End of the Month drawings will be held on Thursday, February 23rd. And besides the regular prizes of cash and free bingo, there will be a Super Royal Court drawings.

The free progressive jackpot was at $1,500. The Vanden Magic Treasure Chest jackpot was at $200 as we went to press.

The Vanden H.S. Viking Bingo volunteers host their evening session each week starting with the Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m. and the regular bingo session starting 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 just 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.

Vanden Viking Bingo sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the I-80 Davis Street Exit in Vacaville. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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Extra $500 Daub Card drawing at Wildcats

            VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the popular Wood H.S. Wildcats Sunday Matinee Bingo, have announced they will hold a special $500 Daub Card drawing on Sunday, February 19th.

            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. The free Daub Card game will pay out $200 to the lucky winner and a drawing for the $500 cash prize will be held following the game.

            Players will receive a free extra Double Action Special game card with their paid admission on Sunday, February 5th. On Sunday, February 12th 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.

            End of the month drawings for cash and free bingo prizes will be held on Sunday, February 26th. Drawing winners will be picket from admission tickets received during the entire month of February. And don’t forget that drawings for the Wildcat Royalty will be held and Good Neighbor games will also be paid out on that day.

            And don’t forget that the Quickie games have been permanently replaced with the popular $500 strip games.

            At press time, the free Cat Cash Match progressive jackpot was sitting at $4,300. 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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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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February Late Night Strip games at Pace Bingo

VACAVILLE—For the month of February, the very popular Strip Game sessions at Pace Solano Bingo will continue. The special late night sessions will be played on Friday, February 3rd and on Friday, February 17th. Players should make a note that a Strip Game Session will also be held on the President’s Day holiday, Monday, February 20th.

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.

For the President’s Day Holiday Strip session, doors at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall will open at 2:00 p.m. with the session starting at 5:00 p.m. As with the late night sessions, the buy-in and game payouts will be the same.

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, February 3rd and again on Sunday evening on February 26th. The Free Daub Cards are given out to every player each night at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall with the play date stamped on the card.

Players will also check out the new Spin to Win at evening sessions scheduled for Friday, February Wednesday evening, February 8th , Friday, February 10th; Friday, February 17th and on Friday evening, February 24th.

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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