Bingo Bonanza 

Charitable bingo is supposed to be a way for nonprofit groups to raise money. So why is all the big money being made by profit-oriented entrepreneurs?

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Casteel's attorney has written Killey that under his interpretation of state law, the city can't legally implement any rent caps at the Foothill parlor. If the city can't find any way around this and parlor operators aren't willing to lower their rental rates, nonprofits running games out of Oakland's two largest parlors may be forced to find somewhere else to host their games. All of these issues and more are sure to come up at the October 28 meeting of the Public Safety Committee.

Brown hopes the city of Vallejo will follow suit. If they don't, she worries that bingo parlor operators like Casteel are going to continue taking advantage of the system. "They found a cash cow," she said. "And they're going to milk it for all they can get."


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