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Napa Band to put on the “Glitz” New Year's Eve Bingo Party
Reserved seats go on sale for Vaca Valley New Year's Eve session
Pace to celebrate 20 years of bingo at Vaca Valley Bingo hall
New cell phone app to find your lost dog
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
Great Idea: Put Price Tag on Ballot Measures
Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

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Napa Band to put on the “Glitz” New Year's Eve Bingo Party

      NAPA—One of the great places to spend New Year’s Eve will be with the Napa Band Boosters Bingo volunteers. They will host a special session of bingo at the Town & Country Bingo Emporium at the fairgrounds in Napa.

      The hall doors will open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st and everyone there will be served a free dinner at about 5:00 p.m. The Bingo Party will get started at 6:15 p.m.

      Players will enjoy toast to old 2016 and new 2017 at midnight. Each player will receive a special New Year’s goodie bag and there will be lots of chances to win bingo games and drawings for some great prizes.

      No reservations are required and there will be no reserved seating. Players will served on a first come, first seated basis.

      In all, 30 games of bingo will be played on the last day of the year. Admission starts at $45 for a paper only buy-in. A full buy-in price has been set at $60 and includes a fully loaded Turbo Bingo machine, up to five 6-on paper game packs, and special game sheets. Additional regular game packs will be sold for $10 each.

      Regular games will pay out $300 each and flashboard games will pay $100 up to $1,000. Extra Specials Packs will be sold for $15.

      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.

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Reserved seats go on sale for Vaca Valley New Year's Eve session

VACAVILLE—Reserved seat tickets will go on sale for the popular Vaca Valley New Year’s Eve Triple session on Sunday, December 4th. Players reserving their seats will receive two bonus incentives. Each reserved buy-in will include a $1,000 free Strip game card and a $5.00 discount.

Seats will go fast, so we recommend that for those planning to play bingo on New Year’s Eve, that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible. New Year’s Eve Bingo is the biggest bingo night of the year and it’s just around the corner.

Players can select their favorite seat on a first come first basis at the hall. The price is $55 and will reserve each seat for the year end 38 game Triple Bingo session. Reservation are non-refundable and for those that wait to purchase their tickets at the door on the night of the event, the cost will be $60.

Each player will receive an Express II for all three sessions. Included with the admission purchase will be a $500 strip game card. Extra single paper six-on session packs may be purchased for $10 each. Included with each buy-in will be a dinner, party favors, a special New Year’s goodie bag and a sparkling cider toast that will be served near midnight.

This year, the volunteers have planned a fun African Safari themed evening for the last session of 2016. Players will enjoy lots of special prize drawings throughout the triple session. More than $85,000 in cash and prizes will go during the year’s biggest evening bingo session.

In all there will be 38 regular games played along with three $1,000 strip games and five special games that will pay out $500 each.

Players will be treated to a dinner with service from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  the first and second sessions and a special dessert during the break between the second and third sessions and at the conclusion a special salute to the end of 2016 with sparkling cider. Players should note that the snack bar will remain open during the evening with complete full service.

Doors at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall will open for the New Year’s Eve session at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the session, players will enjoy lots of fun tab games with the big session starting at 5:00 p.m.

For more advance reservations information, contact hall managers Martha, Karen or Connie or call (707) 449-4646.

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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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Pace to celebrate 20 years of bingo at Vaca Valley Bingo hall

VACAVILLE—Wow! 20 years already! How time flies when you’re having fun playing bingo. And that’s just what the volunteers at the Pace Solano Bingo have been doing since Friday, December 2, 1996. And to commutate the event, the first 450 players to attend the session on Friday, December 20, 2016, will receive a collector’s T-Shirt with their admission purchase.

The Pace Bingo calendar is full of fun promotions during the month of December. At each session during the week of December 5th there will be a special drawing for a cash prize of $1,000.

The Pace Bingo Friday Late Night Strip sessions will continue in December and feature games paying $1,000 and paper games that will pay out $500 each to the lucky winners. Admission for the Strip sessions is set at $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.

Strip sessions in November will have be played Friday, December 9th  and Friday, December 23rd. Strip sessions are played 11:00 p.m. Buy-ins may be purchased starting at 10:30 p.m. or any time during the preceding evening session.

And players won’t want to forget that there will be a special after Christmas session played on Monday, December 26th. The session will feature 30 games of bingo with hall doors opening at 2 p.m. with the session starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission for the 30-game session has been set at $30.

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.

A Pace free $200 Daub Card games will be played on Wednesday evening, December 7th and Friday evening, December 16th. 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.

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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Great Idea: Put Price Tag on Ballot Measures

By Jon Coupal President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Would you commit to buy a car, a house or even a jacket without knowing the price? Unless you are a member of the one percent, chances are, you want to know what it will cost you before you make a purchase.

But what about ballot measures that can cost every citizen hundreds or even thousands of dollars?  At the state level, the Legislative Analyst’s Office has the responsibility to provide a “fiscal impact” analysis – that is, information to voters as to the costs to taxpayers of passing a proposition.

But this isn’t currently required at the local level. And those backing attractive sounding, but costly, measures like it that way. They prefer to keep the public in the dark. If a county measure promises to create new parks in every neighborhood, it may sound great, but taxpayers should know what it will cost them before they cast a vote.

Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do deserves credit for proposing a measure that would require a cost analysis by the county’s Auditor Controller for all county initiatives, and his colleagues deserve praise for agreeing to place it on the June ballot for voter approval.

The big question is why every local tax raising entity is not required to provide a non-partisan cost analysis for their sponsored ballot measures as well as those placed on the ballot through the initiative process.

Skeptics say that requiring a cost analysis might deter voters from approving a worthy measure, for example one relating to public safety. This argument was dismissed by Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who pointed out that voters are much more likely to vote no on an ill-defined ballot measure if they are not told what it will cost.

In our country we are going through a political process where the public is expressing its support for plain speaking. There is resentment toward members of the political class who equivocate and use insider terms that many find confusing.

So let’s be blunt. A significant number of local ballot measures are designed to provide an advantage to those inside government, including politicians, bureaucrats and other employees and/or special interests. Requiring a non-partisan analysis would provide voters, who will be stuck with the bill, another tool to evaluate a ballot measure. They can then do a cost/benefit analysis, the same as they would do before making a major family or business spending commitment.

So while Supervisor Do should be thanked for promoting openness in government, why  are there so few of our local representatives throughout the state taking a similar stand for full disclosure to voters of the full cost of measures they are asked to approve?

Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis  Taxpayers Association — California’s largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers’ rights.

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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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