Google Reviews/Sunstone Vineyards and Winery In addition, lodging and other typical vacation costs in the area are notably more affordable than those in Napa Valley. Hotel rooms in Santa Ynez range from cozy cottages to luxurious resorts, many of which feature their fair share of wine options on site – but average nightly rates are considerably lower than what can be expected in Napa. July 29, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau This Wine Region Was Recently Named America’s Most Budget-Friendly Napa Alternative If you’re a fan of wine-tasting and sprawling vineyards, you’ve likely daydreamed about venturing to California’s Napa Valley for a healthy dose of exploration. While Napa certainly deserves a spot on your bucket list, its popularity makes it a pricey option for those seeking a wine-centric getaway. Luckily, Time Magazine recently released its list of affordable alternatives for budget-conscious travelers, and one underrated wine region in the United States made the cut. For more information about the Santa Ynez region and its endless list of wine offerings, click here. Have you vacationed in this area during previous getaways?We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. If you’re interested in reading about another budget-friendly travel region in the United States, click here to check out our previous article. Flickr/Lunita Lu In short, a journey to Santa Ynez Valley and its many beautiful wine wonderlands (two of our favorites are Sunstone Vineyards and Roblar Winery) will satisfy your Napa daydreams without completely busting your budget. Posted in Travel News Google Maps California’s Santa Ynez Valley might not be on your radar, but it certainly should be. This stunning area in Santa Barbara County, which sits just two hours north of downtown Los Angeles, is home to a vast array of wine-based attractions. In fact, the region houses more than 120 wineries, so you can easily spend your time here sipping delicious beverages under the sun without breaking the bank. Flickr/Harold Litwiler Experts explain that Santa Ynez Valley’s soil grows high-quality grapes at cheaper rates, resulting in lower wine costs across the board without sacrificing flavor. This is fantastic news for both your taste buds and your wallet.
be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/jay-z-invests-promise-app-bail/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/jay-z-invests-promise-app-bail/ Q&A With Jay-Z, Michael Jackson Biographer Zack…Jay-Z Becomes Fifth Black Billionaire in the U.S.Black-Owned Vegan Cookie Company Closes $1 Mill… Every year about 12 million people are crammed into jails across the country while 62% are kept in custody simply because they cannot afford to post bail (the monetary requirement that individuals awaiting trial must pay in order to be released.) As a result, the U.S. jail system has become overpopulated and filled with mostly black, brown, and poor people who’ve committed low level, non-violent offenses.Racial Disparities in the SystemStudies show that black and Latinx people are more likely be detained in jails pretrial without a conviction for the crime that they were accused of committing and are less likely to be able to make bail. Meanwhile, black men are forced to pay bails that are 35% higher compared to white men, while Latino men pay 19% more than white males. These detentions often lead to the loss of employment, housing, and children.In addition to disproportionately affecting people of color, it costs taxpayers $38 million a day to keep people in jail despite the fact that many end up not being charged with or convicted of a crime.A New Promise for Bail ReformTo aid in the effort to reform the system of cash bail and mass incarceration, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s company, RocNation, invested in Promise, an app that is creating “a cost-effective and more humane alternative to incarceration.” Promise provides clients with financial assistance with bail costs along with other services to get people out of jail and keep them from going back. For instance, the app offers those on probation or parole with an “intelligent calendar” that sends reminders of court appearances, drug testing, and other important dates. In turn, this will help prevent people from going to jail for missing payments or forgetting dates. Additionally, the startup will provide individualized referrals and support for job training, housing, and counseling.“People are going to jail because they look at a piece of paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they can’t afford a class because they’re instead paying child support,” Promise co-founder Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins told TechCrunch. “If we’re putting people in jail because they’re poor, brown or black, we’re spending money the wrong way.”In a statement, Jay-Z applauded Promise for using technology and compassion to reduce recidivism and create safer communities. “We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” he said, reports Rolling Stone. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems.” The rap icon also credited the Promise team for “building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”Promise works by charging local and state governments a fee and working for government agencies to monitor and support people who are released from jail or who are under community supervision.Promise, which is part of Y Combinator’s current batch of startups, also received investments from the venture capital groups First Round Capital, 8VC, and Kapor Capital, raising more than $3 million in a first round.This isn’t the first app developed to help people pay for jail bonds. Help Bond Me, launched by an African American entrepreneur, Ben McFarlin, is another app designed to crowdfund bail money.