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Legal Gambling Options In California

Legal Gambling Options In California

Legal Gambling Options In California

The office football pool and the friendly weekly game of poker you indulge in might not seem like a big deal to you, but if you’re caught, you could find yourself on the wrong side of California’s legal system.

While gambling is legal in the state, California lawmakers have created some specific rules limiting when and how you can gamble.

Casinos Owned by Native American Tribes are Legal

Like most states, the only casinos that are legally allowed to operate in California are Tribal Casinos that are connected to and managed by a Native American tribe. In most cases, these casinos are modeled after Las Vegas casinos, in addition to offering an assortment of gambling options, they frequently have restaurants, entertainment, and lodging available.

Horse Racing is Okay

One of the preferred forms of legal gambling allowed in California is betting on horses. Whether it is Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, or Quarter Horse races, you can spend as much time placing bets as you would like. The only catch is that the races must be officially sanctioned. You are not legally allowed to bet on the barrel races during county fairs.

Horse racing is the only form of gambling in California where pari-mutuel betting is legal. If you decide to try your hand at pari-mutuel betting while at the races, be aware that both management fees and state taxes are deducted before you’re allowed to collect your winnings.

Card Clubs are Legal

According to the state law, the only type of casinos that can legally operate in California are those run by Native American tribes; however, there is one loophole – Card clubs. These clubs represent California’s oldest form of formal gambling. As of 2016, the state had issued 89 licenses even though only 76 belonged to active card clubs.

The California Gambling Control Act which was introduced and passed in 1998 makes these card clubs legal. To operate a Card Club, the management must:

  • Submit to a highly extensive background check
  • Obey all local ordinances

State law prohibits publicly owned corporations from becoming involved in card clubs.

Card Clubs operate by charging each player a fee before they start playing. Once the game gets started, the players bet against one another. The house doesn’t have a stake in the game.

California Loves the State Lottery

California lawmakers not only permit gambling via state sanctioned lotteries, they encourage it. The couple dollars you spend on lottery ticket is a huge money maker for the state. Both the MegaMillions and SuperLotto Plus are state lotteries.

Gambling for Charity

Charity organizations are allowed to host gambling functions in order to earn money for their cause. The trick is that they have to be a registered non-profit organization. For the longest time, the only game allowed during the events was bingo but in 2007, legislatures voted to increase the types of games charitable organizations were allowed to offer, which is why it’s not common to see poker, raffles, and a few other casino-style games being played at these events.

 

Don’t Make Decisions While Hangry

Don’t Make Decisions While Hangry

Don’t Make Decisions While Hangry

Everyone gets hungry from time to time. When some people get too hungry, they get what is called hangry. This is just a fun word for describing how people get angry when they are hungry. When people are hangry, they don’t always make the best decisions. They snap at people they care about and are otherwise in a foul mood until they get some food in their belly.

What may be a perfect example of someone making a bad decision while hangry, is a recent crime from Fayetteville, Georgia. There, an unknown man stole a 53 foot trailer from local gas station. The trailer was filled with ramen noodles, which were valued at roughly $98,000. That’s a lot of noodles.

The trailer was legally parked at the gas station and was supposedly secured. The Fayette County Sheriffs believe that the person behind the crime is also responsible for other vehicle crimes in the area. These crimes include five car break-ins and a stolen motorcycle, in addition to the stolen noodle trailer.

The culprit of the crime has not yet been found, but he will likely regret the decision to steal the ramen trailer, no matter how hungry he may have been at the time. In Georgia, this can earn him anywhere from 1 to 10 years in prison, plus severe fines.

Here in California, this same crime would likely be considered felony grand theft under Penal Code 487 and would earn a person:

  • A prison stay of 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years
  • A fine no larger than $10,000

There could also be additional charges and fines, thereby increasing the penalties. Basically, making a mistake like this while hangry can be very costly for a person. It is far better to simply go to a store or fast food restaurant.

 

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horseback Riding Laws: Even Horses Have Laws

Horses can be wild creatures. Somehow we’re able to tame them, and teach them to do tricks and how to be ridden. We form bonds with these creatures. Unlike cats and dogs, horses cannot be pushed around so easily. You don’t tell a horse to do anything, you ask it. After all, a thousand pound creature doesn’t need your permission. A horse and rider share a bond that only they can really understand. A horse depends on the rider to take care of it. The rider in return gets to have partner. It’s a fun relationship between a horse and rider. However what about the relationship between the horse, rider, and California state law?

If you plan on riding your horse on highways and roads you need to be prepared. Even though you are on your horse you still need to obey the rules of the road. Meaning you have to stop at stop signs, and you have to go the speed limit. Obeying speed limits is where you realize its best to avoid highways and roads. If the speed limit if 55 miles per hour, you must also be going 55 miles per hour. You also cannot ride in reckless manner that could harm you, your horse, or others.

Drinking while riding your horse can also get you into trouble. It may seem like a good alternative to drinking and driving, but drinking and riding will get you into trouble. You can still get cited with a DUI or public intoxication. This is due to the fact that you can still cause serious injuries to yourself and those around you.

Just like a car, all horses must be licensed. That is, as long as you live in the City of Los Angeles. There is municipal code in Los Angeles that requires all horses to be registered with the city. The fee to register your horse is small, and is used to maintain horse trails in the city area. Different cities in California may have different requirements.

If you think that you’ll be riding horses and enjoying the feeling of the wind through your hair, think again. Just like horse registration, cities may require you to wear a helmet when riding your horse. If a city doesn’t have a law regarding wearing a helmet, the barn that you stay at might. Barns or boarding places for horse generally have a rule in regards to helmets. They typically require all those under the age 18 to wear a helmet.

Riding a horse can be a fun adventure. Together, the horse and rider can see places that you probably wouldn’t have been able to see in a vehicle. Horses can get you closer to nature and the world around you. If you plan on tacking up soon, just be aware of the laws in your area. Most importantly, saddle up and ride this summer.

 

What’s That On The Roofs Of Houses?

What’s That On The Roofs Of Houses?

What’s That On The Roofs Of Houses?

California is leading the nation when it comes to greener and cleaner energy use. It’s like a life style almost in California. With large cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, it is no wonder we want to regulate what emissions we’re putting out in the world. That is why it comes as no surprise that California is becoming one of the first states to require solar panels on newly constructed houses.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) support the passing of a mandate that will require any new single home to have solar panels or solar arrays.

It won’t just be single resident housing, multi-family buildings up to three stories will have to follow the mandate as well. The CEC voted for this proposal in May this year, and the measure was unanimously approved. This is a big step toward a green future for Californians.

If you’re worried about the costs of building a new house in California, try not to stress too much. This mandate will add roughly $9,500 on to the price tag of new houses. However, the CEC believes the benefits outweigh the upfront costs. They estimate that by requiring the solar setup on new houses, homeowners will save up to $19,000 in the long run. The electricity bill will be cut down, and benefit the owners.

Going green is a common sight for Californians driving out toward Bakersfield or through the Mojave Desert where there are plenty of windmills to be seen. Some schools have even opted for solar panels instead of landscapes. Driving through various parts of California, you will sometimes think that you’re seeing water, but it’s actually just a sea of solar panels. This is what helps us California’s generate energy and not use fossil fuels.

This move is not a surprise for Californians. What will be interesting to watch is, which states will follow suite. Northern states like Washington and Oregon are seem likely to follow, but they get way less sunshine than California. It will be interesting to see what the next step for California be. We’re currently working on banning all plastic waste, but what is the next step to making this Earth last a little bit longer.

 

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