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Crazy 8’s Day at Wildcats Sunday Matinee bingo
Free $500 Daub Card drawing at Tuesday Vacaville H.S. Music Bingo
Napa Bingo Emporium progressive hits $6,400
Betting on the Olympic Games OK’d
Government Waste Cost California Billions in 2014
Gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors linked
Falling gasoline prices mask hidden tax
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Crazy 8’s Day at Wildcats Sunday Matinee bingo

            VACAVILLE—Sunday, March 8th will be a crazy day at the popular Will C. Wood H.S. Wildcats Matinee Bingo session. It will be Crazy 8’s Day. Anyone who has a valid bingo on any number ending in an 8, will receive a $100 bonus. For those who bingo on B-8, there will be a $250 bonus waiting for them when the bingo is verified.

            Starting the month off on Sunday, March 1st, the volunteers will celebrate the Girl Scouts youth organization with Girl Scout cookie giveaways.

            On Sunday, March 15th, the popular In The Monitor session will be played with anyone having a bingo in the monitor at the time a regular bingo is verified, will receive a certificate for free bingo matching what they play.

            The fun Pull Tab Special will be held on Sunday, March 22nd. Each players buying a $5 pack of $1 pull tabs, will receive a ticket for a free drawing to win $250 at the end of the matinee session.

            End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on Sunday, March 31st. Players will take home prizes of free bingo and cash. That day is also Good Neighbor Day when the Good Neighbors will receive $5 when there is a single winner on regular games. And there will be drawings for the Wildcat Royalty.

            At press time, the free Cat Cash Match progressive jackpot was sitting at $1,200. Players get several chances to match the Cat Cash top prize and win the jackpot at each Sunday afternoon session. The Wildcat Blind G-Ball progressive jackpot was at $5,100 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 regular 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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Free $500 Daub Card drawing at Tuesday Vacaville H.S. Music Bingo

VACAVILLE—The free Daub Card game will be played on Tuesday, March 10th at the Tuesday night Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo. The winners will split up the $200 prize. Each free Daub Card that will be given out to every player with a paid admission will have a special drawing ticket attached to it. A drawing will be held and the lucky ticket holder will receive the $500 cash prize!

Free Daub Cards are given out at each session played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall one week prior to the play date of the game. The Daub Card game pays out $200 to the lucky winners.

March will feature lots of bingo fun and prizes throughout the month at each Tuesday night session. On March 3rd, players will have the opportunity to get a free Trifecta game card with their purchase of one. The Trifecta game is a three part game with each part paying out $250 to the winners.

On Tuesday, March 17th, a fun Luck ‘O The Irish celebration will take place at the popular Tuesday night bingo session. Everyone will get a St. Patty’s Day gift and for anyone that bingos on I-17, a $100 bonus will be paid out.

50¢ Flash Night will follow on Tuesday, March 25th. Fifty cent flashboard games will be sold all night long. And on the final evening of the month, the popular End of the Month drawings will be held with lots of drawings for cash and free bingo prizes.

Each week, the Bonanza special game is guaranteed to pay out $500 to the lucky winners. The Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo volunteers continue the Blind G-Ball free game with the jackpot currently was at $7,300 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, Buck-A-Roo 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. The 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 a the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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Napa Bingo Emporium progressive hits $6,400

      NAPA—If you haven’t heard, the Napa Bingo Emporium Super Jackpot has grown to $6,400 as of February 13th. Players have a chance to win the jackpot when the free drawing is held at each session. The jackpot is increased by $100 at each session when it is not won and goes up until it tops out at $10,000!

      The regular schedule of bingo includes four sessions played at the Napa Town & Country Bingo Emporium. Starting off each week on Sunday, The Vintage H.S. Music Boosters host an early evening session starting at 5:15 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. All regular games pay out $250 to the lucky winners.

      On Friday evenings the evening session is hosted by the Napa Valley Soccer Club and they kick things off at 6:45 p.m. with the early games. The $40 admission buy-in includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, specials and a fully loaded electronic bingo machine.

      Each week, players participate in a Come Back drawing for a minimum of $100. If not won the prize is rolled over to the following Sunday session. Admission tickets from the previous week’s session are used to select the winner. The regular full admission is $40 and includes all you can play up to five 6-on paper game packs with a fully loaded electronic bingo machine and special game paper. Players enjoy lots of flashboard games that pay out $200 up to $1,199.

      On Monday evenings the volunteers at the Napa Youth Sports Bingo organization staff the evening bingo session starting at 6:45 with the Warm-Up game. Players have a chance to win a big cash prize if their admission ticket is drawing for the Baseball Progressive. Players also enjoy the must go Soccer Ball Drawing with a top prize of $300.

      Admission is $40 for a complete buy-in that includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, a fully loaded electronic bingo machine and specials. Players can join in and play the Hot Ball game for just $1. The Hot Ball jackpot of up to $250 is won when a player bingos on the evenings designated Hot Ball number.

      On Saturdays, the Napa H.S. Band Boosters take over the Bingo Emporium opening the doors at 4:00 p.m. The Warm-up game is played starting at 6:15 p.m. All games with the exception of the Quickies, pay out $250 to the winners and there is lots of flashboard games played each Saturday evening.

      Regular admission is $40, but on the last Saturday of each month, players are allowed a $5 discount on the full admission package purchase.

      The Town and Country Bingo Emporium features separate glass-enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms. Hot Ball games are played at all sessions and each session features a $100 Come Back drawing weekly. Free coffee is always available for bingo players. For more information call (707) 252-5420.

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Betting on the Olympic Games OK’d

            CARSON CITY, NV.From repots in the Gaming Wire and Nevada State Gaming Commission. Nevada sports books will be able to accept wagers on the Olympics under a regulation recommended for approval by the Nevada State Gaming Control Board.

            The proposal, being reviewed by the Nevada State Gaming Commission late in February, would let bookmakers place betting lines on Olympic sporting or athletic events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. However, the control board chairman would have the authority to remove an event or contest from betting activity.

            The next Olympics will be held in the summer of 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5th through the 21st.

            Gaming regulators unanimously signed off on the regulation Thursday in Carson City. The Gaming Commission will take it up on in Las Vegas on February 26th.

            South Point Hotel Casino and Spa attorney Barry Lieberman said the regulation change was the sole option from a list of three approaches the Control Board could have considered. South Point spearheaded the move, which was also backed by William Hill U.S., CG Technology and other sports book operators.

Lieberman has called the bets “an enhancement of wagering in Nevada and increase the menu” of events that can be offered.

Last year, the Gaming Control Board announced an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to share information on Olympic betting to guard against illegal activity. The move lead to Nevada considering Olympics betting.

Olympic betting has been discouraged in the past because the games involved amateur athletes, but now professional athletes can also compete. The Gaming Commission also can alter the regulation to reduce cheating, including prohibiting wagers on events such as figure skating that are scored by judges.

However, Lieberman notes that bets are already accepted on boxing and Ultimate Fighting Championship events, where judges often determine the winner.

Sports book operators asked regulators to let them choose the events for betting lines.

Sports wagering has been growing in Nevada. The amount bet on sports by Nevada casino customers has increased annually in each of the five previous years. In 2014, gamblers wagered $3.9 billion on sports, an increase of 7.7 percent over 2013.

Casinos collected gaming revenue of $227 million in 2014, an increase of 11.8 percent over 2013 and an all-time record.

Analysts credit technology, such as mobile sports wagering applications for smart phones and tablet computers, and in-game wagering, which allows customers to bet on games in progress.

In December, gamblers placed $427.3 million in wagers on sports, which was a record for that particular month. In November, gamblers wagered a single-month record $535 million on sports.

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Government Waste Cost California Billions in 2014

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation has released a new report titled, “Follow the Money,” detailing government waste, fraud and abuse uncovered in 2014.

The report offers examples of irresponsible spending including $194 million in uncollected bills at the state toxics agency, $848 million in overpayments by the CalWORKs program and $80 million in illegal money transfers.

The Foundation even found California State University administrators spent hundreds of thousands in donated money on parties and alcohol.

“Even though California taxpayers already pay some of the nation’s highest taxes, Sacramento is considering even more, including new taxes on services and higher gas taxes,” said Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation Chairman Jon Coupal.

“When you read the report, you’ll see billions of taxpayer dollars are going down the drain because of waste, fraud and abuse. The report is a clear message for politicians to do more with what they already receive, instead of raising taxes.”

While the amount of waste exposed in the report is massive, the Foundation emphasizes only waste publicly exposed and documented in 2014 is included.

“Californians can’t help but wonder how much more waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars remains hidden,” said Coupal. “It’s time to demand greater accountability from elected officials.”

For more information on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation and to read, "Follow the Money," visit HJTA.org. A copy of the report can be downloaded on the homepage under “Hot Topics.”

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Gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors linked

            Problem gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors share genetic as well as behavioral links, according to a study by researchers at Yale, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. These findings may help guide not only treatment development efforts but also identify biological measures underlying the conditions.

            Physiological and behavioral similarities between problem gambling and substance abuse have long been noted, but gambling’s ties to obsessive-compulsive disorder are less well established.

            A new study of twins, published February 11th in JAMA Psychiatry, sheds new light on the relationship between problem gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. The study finds that individuals with severe obsessive-compulsive behaviors — or those who demonstrate specific forms of the behavior, such as fear of germs or desire for order in the environment — are also more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder.

            “This overlap between problem gambling and obsessive-compulsive behaviors appears to be genetic in nature,” said Dr. Marc Potenza, professor of psychiatry, child study, and neurobiology, and senior author of the study. “This common biological basis of the disorders could help inform treatment development efforts for individuals with co-occurring gambling problems and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.”

            Potenza notes that the field of psychiatry has struggled with how best to classify gambling disorders. In the older diagnostic guidelines for doctors, pathological gambling was classified as an impulse control disorder, but in current guidelines, gambling disorder is classified as an addiction.

            “I think the current evidence in conjunction with previously published data suggests that gambling disorder shares similarities with both addictions and obsessive-compulsive behaviors,” Potenza said.

            The study was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service, the National Institute of Mental Health, and a Yale Center of Excellence in Gambling Research grant from the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

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Falling gasoline prices mask hidden tax

By George Runner

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices?

Due to high taxes and costly regulations, our state’s gas prices are higher than other states. It’s been that way for years.

But what’s new is that the gap between California’s and other states’ gas prices has grown.

To get a sense of the change, compare California gas prices with those of the nation as a whole. According to GasBuddy.com, even while overall prices have fallen, the gap has grown from about 32 cents per gallon just a month ago to as much as 47 cents this January.

That’s a 15 cent increase in just one month!

The likely culprit is a new “hidden gas tax” that took effect January 1. The new regulation expands the state’s cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels. The expansion is the latest in a series of sweeping and costly regulations developed by the California Air Resources Board as it implements the California Global Warming Solutions Act.

Luckily for the Governor and his Air Board appointees, gas prices barely budged when the new rule kicked in; in fact, prices have continued to fall, masking the rule’s true impact and ironically causing the new “hidden gas tax” to be even more hidden.

Just a few years ago gas prices were soaring dangerously near $5 per gallon. Imagine public outcry if the government had caused gas prices to soar then!

When government imposes higher costs on fuel providers, California consumers inevitably pay the price in lost jobs, income and opportunity.

As economist Severin Borenstein notes: “Every analysis of cap-and-trade — or of a gas tax or, for that matter, of movements in the price of crude oil — finds that a change in the cost of selling gasoline, up or down, is quickly and fully passed through to consumers.”

We’d likely all be paying 10 to 15 cents less per gallon if not for the new regulation. Depending on the auction price of emission credits, some fear the cost could grow far higher in future years.

Concern about the economic impact of high gas prices led to a bipartisan effort last year to postpone the planned cap-and-trade expansion. Unfortunately, Assemblyman Henry Perea’s legislation (AB 69) died when Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg refused to authorize a hearing.

Republicans have already announced a repeal effort this year in the form of SB 5 and AB 23, but it’s hard to imagine their bills will fare better.

Of course, with hidden taxes, exactly how much more we’re paying is anyone’s guess. That’s just one of many reasons hidden taxes are such a bad idea. Taxes should be transparent, straightforward and easy to understand. You shouldn’t need to hire an economist to know how much money you’re sending to Sacramento—or Washington, D.C.—each year or how it’s being used.

We do know that 25% of the billions in new revenue the State of California collects from its cap-and-trade system is being used to fund the state’s costly and controversial high speed rail project. Yet even with this funding source, the project—which recently broke ground in Fresno—still lacks the necessary funding to finish the job.

So next time you fill up at the pump, remember you’re helping pay for a train you won’t be able to ride until the year 2029—assuming it ever gets built. (Even then you’ll still have to pay to ride the train.)

Maybe that’s why politicians try so hard to keep taxes like these hidden.

George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization.

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EDITORIAL

Best Quote Yet!

The WSJ has done it again. The best quote yet was on Friday, Jan. 30th…last line of the “Middle Class Economics” editorial: “No modern President has been worse for the average American incomes than Mr. Obama’s, and his new tax proposals are more of the same.” I’m getting more and more convinced that Liberalism IS a Mental Disorder!

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