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A U.S. Passport Won't Get You a Beer at the Fresno Fair



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As a newcomer to the area, I had heard that The Big Fresno Fair is the one event all year that can’t be missed! People from all over the Valley travel to Fresno to be a part of the festivities.
I walked up to the entrance and saw the bright lights, kids laughing, music playing, and my favorite roasted turkey leg sitting on a grill.
But after I entered through security, I noticed the ID Stand for alcohol consumption about 100 feet away. My friend and I walked over and pulled out our IDs.
Now my ID happened to be a U.S. Passport, so I didn’t give it a second thought because to my knowledge a U.S. passport is the gold standard for identification.
The attendant looked at me and shook his head “no.” Then he pointed to a sign in the back of the booth: “Not accepted: Passports.”
Who in America doesn’t accept a U.S. Passport!!??
I’ve been all over the world to countries like France, Italy, Monaco, and Mexico, and I have never had anyone deny my U.S. Passport as identification.
It doesn’t matter where, why, and how I use it, it is the one universally accepted form of identification all over the world  except apparently at the Fresno Fair.
It’s laughable, really. The beer may have been overpriced, but I still wanted one.
Now, on to my second rant.
Have you ever wondered why things are so expensive in California?
I started to research buying a house, but then I concluded that owning a house in California is a waste of money because they are so overpriced.
Why are houses overpriced? The housing market can’t meet the demand.
What is Sacramento doing about it?
Gov. Jerry Brown is signing bills intended to ease the “housing crisis.”
But are these bills which require paying “prevailing wage” helping or adding to the problem? Let’s dive in and find out.

Jamie Ouverson is a Creative Producer for GV Wire. She joined GV Wire in September 2017 with over a decade of experience in high-end television production. Jamie specializes in fully produced content for both web and TV. She has a wide range of skills with extensive experience in production management, producing, post-production editing, filming, directing, and writing. She has worked for FOX, DISNEY, and ESL Gaming Network as a camera operator for nationally syndicated shows, including exclusive on-site access to film the Oscars and Primetime Emmys for multiple years. Jamie is a dog lover and athlete who enjoys softball, cycling and golf year-round and spends the winter months in the mountains snowboarding the Sierras. Send an Email to contact Jamie.