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New progressive Super Jackpot at Napa Bingo Emporium
Vanden kicks off NFL Football month long celebration with $5 off buy-in
Wildcats progressive G-Ball game jackpot hits $3,900!
Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015
Moratorium on new bingo halls in Antioch
New legislation calls for federal tax system for internet gambling
Cell phones must now have a “kill” switch
California Internet Cafe closures spike gambling online

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New progressive Super Jackpot at Napa Bingo Emporium

      NAPA—The volunteers at the charity bingo games at the Napa Town & Country Bingo Emporium have announced that a new Super Jackpot drawing will be held at each session played at the hall.

      The new Super Jackpot will start at $1,200 and when not won will progress $100 each night up to $10,000 when it will become a must go prize. Players will have a chance to win the Super J progressive at each regular session played at the Bingo Emporium. The Super J will not be available at special holiday sessions.

      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 and on the last Saturday of each month, players are given a $5 discount on the full admission package.

      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. The snack bar is open during the session each week offering a limited menu including hot entrees, sandwiches and desserts. Free coffee is always available for bingo players. For more information call (707) 252-5420.

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Vanden kicks off NFL Football month long celebration with $5 off buy-in

VACAVILLE—Everyone will want to be sure to wear an NFL football shirt or jersey to help the Vanden H.S. Viking Bingo volunteers celebrate the return of NFL Football. Everyone that wears an NFL jersey or shirt will receive $5 off their buy-in on Thursday, September 4th.

The Vanden High School Bingo volunteers will celebrate the return of the NFL Football season at each of their Thursday night bingo sessions during the month of September.

Players attending the popular Thursday night bingo sessions will receive a special drawing ticket for that evenings special prize. Every drawing ticket will be good at each session

The Welcome Back NFL prize to be given away on Thursday, September 4th will be a special picnic package that will be great for tailgating parties.

On Thursday, September 11th, a lucky drawing winner will take home a Welcome Back NFL gas BBQ grill. And on Thursday, September 18th the drawing prize will be a Kindle Fire E-Reader. All tickets given out will be valid for each weeks drawing.

The final drawing to be held on Thursday, September 25 and feature a grand prize 60-inch TV, a special numbered 49er Navorro Bowman autographed football. Also at the session, players will enjoy End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo prizes and a free $200 Daub Card game will be played during the session.

The free Vanden G-Ball game with the progressive jackpot was at $2,600 at press time. The Vanden Plinko jackpot was at $1,000 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.

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Moratorium on new bingo halls in Antioch

      ANTIOCH—As reported in the Contra Costa newspapers in late August, bingo hall operators will have to wait longer to see what kind of gambling regulations the city will adopt.

      Antioch City Council this week unanimously approved the extension of a temporary moratorium on permits or licenses for new or expanded bingo operations while it considers amending its rules to allay concerns about the crime that tends to go hand in hand with some of them.

      The moratorium, which takes effect immediately and could last up to 10½ months, will allow organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars that already hold occasional bingo games to continue, although they can't expand.

The council originally established a 45-day ban in July to reassess its Municipal Code after two groups applied for use permits to operate facilities dedicated to bingo. One applicant wanted to hold games 12 hours a day every day; the other planned to be open 5½ hours a day five days a week.

      The proposals differ significantly from the way other organizations around town hold their bingo games, which occur less frequently because they're an incidental way of raising money instead of the sole focus.

As such, the city decided to take a good look at the possible consequences of allowing new bingo halls or existing ones to expand because it has had problems in the past with crime around card rooms and Internet cafes where patrons can gamble online.

      In addition, officials need more time to update Antioch's bingo ordinance, which hasn't changed since 1980. The rules don't mention "remote caller bingo," a form of the game that enables players at multiple off-site locations to participate via video.

      Representatives from one of the organizations that requested a use permit voiced fears Tuesday that the city would reject their application before they could properly address its concerns.

      But council members reminded them that the meeting was strictly about buying time to think about how best to respond to the possibility of more and bigger bingo operations in Antioch and not the merits of their particular case.

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Wildcats progressive G-Ball game jackpot hits $3,900!

            VACAVILLE—Some serious money is waiting to be won at the Will C. Wood H.S. Wildcats Sunday matinee bingo session. At press time, the progressive Blind G-Ball jackpot game jackpot had hit $3,900. The Blind G-Ball is a free game that all players receive with a paid admission purchase. The progressive jackpot increases $200 each time not won and there is a consolation prize of $200.

            The Wildcat Bingo volunteers have announced they will feature a Lucky 7’s day on Sunday, September 7th. Players who bingo on a number ending in a 7 on any regular game, will receive a bonus of $100. When a bingo on B-7 occurs, a bonus of $250 will be paid. All multiple winners will split the Lucky 7 bonus prize.

            Players attending the Wildcats session on Sunday, September 14th  will receive an extra Double Action game card with their paid admission. And on Sunday, September 21st, the fun Double Day will be featured. Each player will receive double drawing tickets and there will be double the Table Drawings held during the session.

            The Wildcats progressive Cat Cash Match drawing prize is once again climbing. As we went to press, the top cash prize was sitting at $1,700!

            End of the month drawings for cash, free bingo and prizes will be held on Sunday, September 28th. In addition to the prizes of cash and free bingo, the End of the Month session, features  Good Neighbor games and drawings for a Prince and Princess who will also receive $5 each time their favorite number is called.

            Players can buy in each Sunday 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 Matinee 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 Wood 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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New legislation calls for federal tax system for internet gambling

      WASHINGTON D.C. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) recently introduced companion legislation to the introductory legislation that was proposed by Reps. Pete King (R-NY) and Michael Capuano (D-MA) earlier this year. The proposed legislation would allow internet gambling under a federal umbrella, and protect consumers in a regulated environment.       The companion legislation adds that any federal regulations would ensure that taxes are collected within a regulated system.

      The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative applauded Rep. McDermott’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2013, which offers an innovative and, in their opinion, necessary, new model for collecting revenue for the federal government.

      Michael Waxman, the spokesperson for Safe and Secure, said, With all of the fighting in DC over “funding issues, you’d hope this opportunity to generate billions in economic activity and new government revenues will get serious consideration, not to mention the many new jobs that would be created.”

      McDermott’s new act would create a twelve percent deposit tax that licensed operators would need to pay; the players, for now, would remain untaxed. 4& of the tax would go to the federal government, and the remaining 8% would go to states that qualify under the federal regime. A similar system of state qualification is used in the United Kingdom.

      According to Morgan Stanley, internet gambling will bring in at least $9.3 billion in profit by the year 2020, which is the same amount that Las Vegas and Atlantic City bring in today.

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Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

      BAKERSFIELD, CA. (Business Wire Press Release)—In July, members of the Fed Up at the Pump coalition in Kern County are lead an effort to educate and inform consumers, farmers and small business owners about a state-agency mandated gas and diesel price hike that will negatively impact the local economy, especially the agriculture industry and hardworking families in the Central Valley.

      Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Californians will pay 16 to 76 cents more per gallon of gas as a result of a gas tax that was created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Brown Administration without public knowledge or legislative approval.

      “The ag industry in Kern County is getting hit on all sides – a serious lack of water for crops, the lingering recession and now this,” said Beatris Sanders, Executive Director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, who spoke at the Fed Up at the Pump recent event. “This gas tax is another burden that is making it harder for the agricultural industry to remain sustainable and viable in Kern County.”

      The goal of the Fed Up at the Pump campaign is to delay this hidden, unfair gas tax – created by CARB as part of its “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations (AB 32) – before it goes into effect because it will disproportionately affect lower-income Californians who are unaware this price hike is on its way.

According to GasBuddy, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Bakersfield is $4.10. California average is $4.12 and national average is $3.68. During the summer months the price of gas usually increases because of normal market fluctuations. GasBuddy also reports that gas prices for the July Fourth weekend will be the highest since 2008. But this new gas tax mandated by CARB will be a permanent increase, and not due to any market fluctuations.

“The poor and low-income people we help are barely able to purchase food and clothing, let alone pay more for gas,” Chaplain Loron Hodge, executive director of the Hope Center, a non-profit organization assisting low-income families in Kern County, said at the event. “We’ve already seen problems with people who don’t have enough money to buy the gas they need to drive here and pick up food and clothing we are giving away for free. An increase in gas prices causes the most problems for people who have no money to begin with.”

The July event at the Fastrip Gas Station and Convenience Store in Bakersfield was the second in a series of Fed Up at the Pump press events planned across the Central Valley. The goal of this event is to educate Kern County residents about the coming gas hike and encourage them to send a letter to Governor Brown through the Fed Up at the Pump website to urge the Governor to stop this hidden gas tax before it hurts those already struggling to get by.

“The decision to add this hidden tax to the already high cost of fuel in California will hurt our most vulnerable families,” said Senator Jean Fuller, who also spoke at the event. “Higher fuel prices will lead to higher food prices. And, given the historic drought, Central Valley farmers will find it even more difficult to stay in business.”

Fed Up at the Pump is a grassroots coalition of businesses, consumers and advocates who are concerned about the negative impacts that a hidden, unfair gas tax will have on California.

The coalition’s goal is to halt a state-mandated gas tax – created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations – before it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. This gas tax will disproportionately affect lower-income Californians and there is no guarantee money generated will go to programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The coalition is spearheaded by members of the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA), a group of independent fuel conveyers in California.

CIOMA members provide a strong backbone to the state’s economy but are often blamed for oil industry gas price hikes. The coalition aims to educate consumers about the source of the gas price increase they will experience in January, 2015, a campaign CIOMA believes that CARB should be conducting so Californians can plan for the upcoming gas tax, especially low income workers in the Central Valley.

More information can be found at www.fedupatthepump.org

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Cell phones must now have a “kill” switch

    SACRAMENTO, CA.—Thanks to TURN (The Utility Reform Network) member support, Senator Mark Leno’s “kill switch” bill, SB 962, is now law in California!

      Hundreds of TURN members sent letters to their representatives urging passage of this bill.  It takes aim at cell phone theft by requiring phone companies to automatically install a “kill switch” on every phone they sell, killing the motivation for theft by allowing customers to disable stolen phones remotely, rendering them unusable.

      It makes sense to hold the phone companies accountable for deterring theft because the industry profits an estimated $30 billion annually from replacing lost or stolen devices, and billions more through selling phone insurance to consumers.  The industry initially opposed the bill, but was forced to back down in the face of widespread public support.

      Governor Brown signed the bill into law on September 26th.  Now, phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in California will have to have anti-theft features that will render stolen devices inoperable.

      United, we can defeat the big telecom companies and stand up for consumer rights!  Thanks for your help.

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California Internet Cafe closures spike gambling online

      BAKERSFIELD—All internet cafes in Kern County, California have now been shut down. However, many people have found a solution to these closures in the form of online internet cafes. Phillip Walker, who is an Internet Café Association of California member says it is very easy to participate in online gambling this way.

      One Craigslist ad in Bakersfield, California provides online internet cafe gambling to players from their homes. They can collect their winnings using Western Union. Walker says that all you need to do is visit these websites, get an ID, log into the account and then you can have access to online gaming.        However, the FBI has warned players that they should think again before they visit these online gambling websites. The FBI website states that cyber companies and casinos that allow wagering or transferring of money for the purposes of gambling is strictly against the law.

      On the other hand, the rules for online Indian gaming websites and online fantasy sports leagues are not as clear.

Walker says that the laws of online gaming are hazy because there are many different types of online gambling activities – some are chance-based games while others are skill-based games.  

      The city council decided that it would shut down all land-based internet cafes because they were becoming a problem for the community in 2013. Councilman Russell Johnson said that these internet cafes were havens for crime, including loitering, illegal drug sales and even prostitution.

      Councilman Johnson said they had to do something while they were coming up with a more long-term solution.  

      The appellate court of California has already ruled that these online gambling internet cafes are illegal. However, that decision will now be reviewed by the Supreme Court of California. No matter what the Supreme Court’s decision is, it will probably not affect local laws.

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