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Independent The Taft


December 4-10, 2009 • Volume 4 Issue 23

“Serving the West Kern County Communities of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Maricopa, Fellows, McKittrick, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and the Cuyama Valley”

Taft District Chamber of Commerce

Annual Christmas Parade Saturday December 5th 6 p.m.

City of Taft Honor’s Former Treasurer Art Goodwill Carlton Celebrates 5 years in taft

Community Resource Center Feeds Families on Thanksgiving

TUHS Students Win Science Awards

Taft Lions Club Christmas Parade Float with Floyd “Santa Claus” Adams and fellow club member Felix Bravo.

New Larger Urgent Care Facility Opening This January

Taft Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

Taft Community Gardens Plant’s for the Future

"Christmas Thru the Eyes of a Child"

Saturday, December 5th at 6:00pm on Center Street Awards Ceremony at Westside Recreation District Following Parade



December 4-10, 2009

SHOP TAFT Downtown Open House Center Street

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This Monday night, December 7th, the downtown businesses along Center Street are hosting a Holiday Open House night to promote “Shop Taft.” Many businesses will be in the Christmas spirit and will be offering specials, sales, savings, refreshments, live music, and entertainment. Make sure to head down to Center Street between 5 and 8pm to see what all the local businesses have to offer you! You will be sure to save big on all your Holiday shopping and even have some extra cash to get something for yourself! Be on the look out for Santa Claus, he will be making his way up and down the street. This is a great way for you to check out some of the businesses that maybe you haven’t been in yet. Visit Personal Style Salon and Boutique, Kids Stop, Acme Jewelry, Pizza Factory, Ben’s Books, Westside Furniture, KC Photography, Grill Shot Graphix, Jacks Flower Shop, Ultimate Lady, Miller’s Beauty Supply, Crystal Lee’s, Paul’s Bike Shop, Next Step Cardio, Emy’s Variety Store, Chilled and Grilled and many more!

2nd Annual Chilled and Grilled Toys for Taft Run

“Books Make Great Gifts”

Saturday, December 19th Sign ups at 8am Run heads out at 9am

Large Selection of paperbacks and hardcovers December 7th Evening Only! No Exchange - No Credit All Books

Miller’s Beauty Supply Professional Beauty Supply Boutique

621 Center Street

To apply for toys and food donations visit the Wish Tree inside Chilled and Grilled

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All Pictures 50% Off Hair Products 25% Off

Toys, food, and canned items all being accepted for donation

$.50 each (except sets)

810 Center Street • (661)805-9813

Buy in $40 includes lunch and t-shirt


510 Center Street


CHRISTMAS SALE Jacks STORE WIDE SALES! Join us for a fun evening with refreshments and LIVE MUSIC! Presenting Tommy White on the Keyboard and Christmas Carols performed by Sound Solution!

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617 Center Street


Next Step

Cardio and Fitness Club

Personal Style Boutique and Kids Stop

Join Today!

Now Open 24 Hours!

506 Center Street

(661) 205-5579

FlowerShop Holiday Open House December 5th 3pm-6pm Before the Christmas Parade Flower Shop 20% OFF Cash and Carry

(661) 765-2442

Now Featuring Izzie and Emma's Bowtique Bows• Headbands • Bow Holders

423 and 419 Center Street

430 Center Street

For Nails Crystal Lee's Passion 10% off $20 or

Join us December 7th and check out what we can FREE GIFT WITH EVERY PURCHASE THAT IS $75 OR MORE! offer you and your family! We have something for everyone! HOLIDAY SALES AND SAVINGS!

Start the New Year off right!

UP TO 50% OFF!

$10 Clearance Rack

Join Us Monday, December 7th from 5pm-8pm Shop Taft!

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Tuesday -Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 522 Center Street

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Gift Certificates Available

Nail Services: Sea Shell • Glitter Acrylic Metalic Flakes • Rock Star Dry Flowers • and More

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All Be on

All Wallets $13

Monday to Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm

1014 6th Street • Taft In the Save A Lot Shopping Center


Used to Be Paul’s BIKE SHOP Now Open on Center Street! Redline and Torker Bicycles Road, Racing, BMX, Electrics Stocking Stuffers for under $10!

Bike Shop Sales and Service 420 1/2 Center Street • Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 763-4571

December 4-10, 2009

Inside Shop Taft..........................2 Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher...........4 Westside News.................5 Westside News.............6-7 Westside Horoscopes.....9 Obituary ..........................9 Classified Ads................10

The Taft Independent 210 6th Street P.O. Box 268 Taft, California 93268 (661) 765-6550 Fax (661) 765-6556 Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,250 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers. Subscriptions. Subscription home or mail delivery of the Taft Independent is available for $8.00 per month or $97.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550. LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR. Send us your letter to Taft Independent at the above address. Limit it to 300 words and include your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: ADVERTISING. Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representative at (661) 765-6550. Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone order are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long Layout & Design Independent Graphics Printing Castle Print and Publication Contributing Writers Justina Washington Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch, Jessica Miller Advertising Sales Jessica Wallis Circulation Manager Jobe Edgar


Community Events

News Briefs

Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

Annual Taft Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Saturday, December 5

Chamber Christmas Parade Saturday, December 5th The annual Chamber Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 5th at 6PM on Center Street. The theme will be “Christmas thru the Eyes of a Child” for registration or information call the Chamber at 765-2165 Downtown Shop Taft Night Monday, December 7th Monday, December 7th, many downtown businesses along Center Street will be staying open later between 5pm-8pm and offer sales, specials, refreshments, entertainment and more. Stop by and get ready for Christmas and Shop Taft. TUHS Band and Choir Christmas Concert December 10th

Nearly 100 TUHS band and choir students will present a Christmas concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the high school auditorium. Concert selections include: a medley of “Sleigh Ride” and “Let It Snow!,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” “Ring Those Christmas Bells” and “Chestnuts Roasting Over an Open Fire.” Saxophone soloist Kasey Stuntebeck will perform “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.” The concert will conclude with a grand finale featuring “Joy to the World,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” from band director, Amanda Posey. The concert is free and open to the public. Soroptimist Holiday Fashion Show and Home Tour December 12th Saturday, December 12th at Westside Believers Church will be the Annual Soroptimist Fashion Show and Home Tour. Home Tour is from 9am-11am and luncheon and fashion show begin at noon. Tickets are $25 and are available at Jacks Flower Shop, KC Photography, Personal Style or from any Soroptimist Member. Night Out with Santa in Maricopa, Saturday, December 19th Maricopa is having their 3rd Night out with Santa at the park on Saturday, December 19th at 4:30pm. There will be free hot dogs, hot chocolate, pop corn, and toys for the kids. And don’t forget a visit with Santa.

2nd Annual Chilled and Grilled Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 19th Chilled and Grilled will be holding their second annual Toys for Taft motorcycle, truck and car run Saturday, December 19th. Sign ups start at 8am at Chilled and Grilled, 621 Center Street, and the run heads out at 9am. Buy in is $40 and includes lunch and a shirt. There will be a raffle, games, food, prizes, and more. They will be accepting toys, canned food and other Holiday items that needy families can use. They will also be accepting cash and check donations to buy food to make baskets for families. To apply for toys and food donation visit the Wish Tree at Chilled and Grilled. Donations will be accepted til the 19th and toys and food will be distributed on the 20th. The Christmas Story Sunday, December 20th An original Christmas play performed by the New Life Community Drama Team on Sunday, December 20th at 10am. New Life Community is located at 1000 6th Street. Call 765-7472 for more information.

The annual Chamber Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 5th at 6PM on Center Street. The theme will be “Christmas thru the Eyes of a Child” for more information please call the Chamber at 765-2165.

Downtown Christmas Night “Shop Taft”

On Monday, December 7th, many local merchants along the Downtown area of Taft on Center Street will be staying open late for an evening filled with sales, specials, refreshments, entertainment and much more. Many local businesses will be opening Monday evening and staying open later than usual, from 5pm-8pm, for a “Shop Taft” night to showcase Christmas spirit in our Downtown District and to get everyone ready for the Holiday Season.

Grand Opening in Maricopa

The city of Maricopa has a new restaurant. Socorro’s Mexican Grill is now open for business. Socorro’s is located on Poso Street across from the Shell gas station, and is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce will be assisting them with their Grand opening on December the 10th at 2pm. Free samples of the food will be served, we invite everyone to come out and help welcome Socorro’s to Maricopa and meet the owners, and check out the menu. Socorro’s will be offering both American and Mexican foods, and biscuits and gravy are now available for breakfast meals. Call Socorro’s today at 745-4924.

Taft Locals Participate in Boxing Exhibition

Future Champions Boxing Exhibition will be held this Saturday, December 5th at the Shafter Youth Center. Taft locals, Jonathan Palazuelos, Jesus Rosales, and Alberto Mota will be participating. The exhibition will consist of 16 bouts at all weights and local professionals will provide half time entertainment. Admission is free, doors open at 12 noon, events begin at 1pm. Ringside seating on first come basis, boxing t-shirts and mini gloves will be for sale. This event is sponsored by the Shafter Police Activities League. Shafter Youth Center is located at 455 E. Euclid Street in Shafter. For more information contact Pastor Pete Baker at 366-6783, or Wendy at Next Step Cardio 205-5579.

Building Stones Ministries Serves the Community

Asian Experience Restaurant Will Be Open Again on Tuesday, December 8th 763-1815 215 Center Street

Give A Christmas Gift That Lasts Forever Buy A Brick Buy A Plaque Be a part of the history-making Oilworker Monument

Member California Newspaper Publishers Association Printed in California


Call the Taft Chamber of Commerce to purchase your part of history in the making. (661)765-2165

The complete traditional Thanksgiving meal, with all the trimmings was served to 120 people at Building Stones Ministries for the Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Lunch. Many volunteers, including the Kern County Fire Department served the guests. Building Stones Ministry send special thanks to the Kern County Fire Department, Westside Resource Center, True Value Hardware and all the individuals who by their generous donations of food and time, made this wonderful day possible.



The Taft


Restaurant and Entertainment Guide


Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Asian Experience Tumbleweed Café Asian Food and Pizza and Steakhouse

Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2 pm 4 pm - 9 pm Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm 215 Center Street, Taft 763- 1815

Westside Watcher Stupid Hat Tricks

Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

If you were bankrupt, didn’t have a job, owed a number of local businesses lots of money and had special access to local government that might give you the juice you needed to sue the city (where you serve as a councilman) for $500,000 to fund your IRA, and because you thought you might get away with it, with a smart lawyer in tow, would you do it? Well, guess who is up to no good? You win! Old Cliffy is up to it again. And for those of us who like to write about stupid hat tricks performed by some Taft City Councilmen, Cliff Thompson is that special holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-9pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft

Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156

Hot Stone Pizza Pizza, Subs, Ice Cream Family Arcade Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm Lunch Buffet Monday-Friday 11am-2pm 407 Finley Dr. 765-6424

Westside Entertainment Chilled & Grilled Reyes Creek

Bar and Grill

Every Wednesday Night Bike Night! Drink and Appetizer Specials from 7-9pm. $1 Drafts!!!

at Camp Scheideck

Come in and check out our specials!

765-2000 621 Center Street

4 Miles East ofFood Lockwood Valley Rd. Asian and Pizza

Asian Experience Off Highway Sagebrush Annie’s Lunch33 and 661-766-2521 Dinner Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Live Music Saturday Nights

Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation

The Place

Award Winning Wines

“The Place to Go in Ventucopa” OPEN 7 Days 766-2660 Center Street 763-1815 Taft 215 Crude Coffe House 4414 Highway 33 766-2319 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa

Full Service Coffee House Fresh Sandwiches

Asian Experience Restaurant Asian Food• Live Music Friday Nights

763-5156 1010 6th Street Always Fresh! Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

Mon. - Fri. 10am 2;30pm

We will be back open December 8th!

Taft, CA

763-1815 215 Center Street

The Tumbleweed Cafe and Bar Historic Turn-of-the-Century Restaurant and Bar Located in the Heart of Oil Country

ations Reserv ended Recomm

24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661)768-4655

“Where Good Food and Good People Meet”

Advertise in the Taft Independent. We Get it Ready. We Get it Right. Call 765-6550 Today.

RV Park


Everyone loves the Independent, well, almost everyone.

So get this. At Tuesday’s council meeting, just before the Spifinator planned to defund the Taft District Chamber of Commence for not awarding the Not-The-Daily-MidwayDriller the privilege of printing the Chamber Membership and Business Guide (The Independent got the printing job), Councilman Thompson had a registered letter delivered to Taft City Clerk Louise “the Quilter” Hudgens filing a claim against the city - the first step one takes before suing - demanding $500,000 for defamation of his character - I swear to God this is true - even though I am sure you have to prove that you have one to make your case. You see, Cliffy has been hanging around down at City Hall a lot because he thinks everyone there like him - NOT, and his presence has caused a lot of discomfort and paranoia among the lady employees at city government central. To put it mildly, the Spif Man has been obnoxious, offensive, intimidating and down right demanding - so much so, that many of the good ladies down there have been forced to close their office doors and hide from him because they are never really

sure what kind of mood the Cliff man will be in when he pays them a visit. Well, it has gotten so bad that some the ladies have suggested that the Spifinator has created a hostile work environment - a politically correct way of saying - Big Law Suit Pending by City Employees. You may have seen the term used on such good government shows like “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation”. A hostile work environment designation can strike terror in the heart of even the most hardened city bureaucrats, especially if the victims are women. Anyway, we figure that Cliffy has filed the claim to change the subject (or maybe to repay the city manager, or finish his expensive motorcycle) and get in front of some other bad news that may implicate the councilman in other terrible deeds. So, you might ask, why would Cliff file a silly claim against the city and risk offending all those taxpayers who he says he protect and loves so much? Well, Cliff always tries to be out in front of bad news, especially when its bad news for him. So whenever bad news is coming his way, like maybe the Kern County Grand Jury may not be doing what Cliff wants them to do, the Cliff Man runs out and creates a diversion so people won’t notice how naughty he’s been and get folks to look the other way. For example, Cliff ’s plans went South when the city manager figured out that Cliff was never, ever going to pay him back, so the city manager told the other councilmen about the secret loan forcing the Spif Man to file a required state report - 2 years late. So when people learned that Cliff borrowed\ripped-off the city manager for $200 Large and did not report the transaction to the city clerk (as required by state law) for two years hoping that no one would ever notice, he brought up the employee raise issue. Plus, Cliffy was mad at the city manager anyway for not hiring him to be the new Public Works Director (Cliff really needed a job), and Cliff told the city manager that if he didn’t hire the Cliff man, Cliff was not going to pay him back the $200 Large. So, to raise the stakes and divert attention from his own dirty deeds, Cliffy starting talking about pay raises for city employees that the city manager gave without council approval, changing the subject altogether and getting people to think that the city manager was the problem. Moreover, Cliffy starting giving the city manager F’s on his employee evaluation (he should not have been evaluating the city manager because of the loan) instead of the fabulous A’s he used to give him. So Cliffy started talking about employee raises and how the city manager did not have the authority to give raises without council approval (even though over the past 20 or so years raises and employment contracts were awarded by past city managers,

December 4-10, 2009

Westside Urgent Care Opening at New Location in Mid-January

Westside Urgent Care Director Donna Warnock, Glenn Black and Mike Willey stand in front of the new Urgent Care facility at the corner of N. Main and First Streets. The new facility should be open by mid-January. chance at printing the book, and and even the city attorney approved some contracts without since the Chamber got money from the city, the Chamber had council approval) and made this to do an RFP. a BIG issue and even got some So Randy asked the city’s of the other council members attorney (who is also the Driller’s underwear in a bunch. Cliff even got the city attorney attorney) to see if the Chamber (a big friend of Cliff ’s) to say that had to do an RFP. Well, bad news for Watkins, the Chamber the city manager was wrong to was under no obligation to do so. give raises. So changing tactics, Watkins So, the council hired called the Cliff Man and told independent attorney Michael him to get the City Council Jenkins, attorney on all-thingsto defund the Chamber - with city-government, to get a second help from Noble - unless the unbiased opinion on the raises, Chamber went back out and and guess what? Jenkins didn’t redid the directory bid and asked agree with the city attorney for RFP’s. and said that the raises were in Well, at Tuesday night council keeping with both city and state meeting, the council went ahead law, and that Cliff should not be and funded the chamber (after evaluating the city manager. some debate, and back peddling Well, Cliff, and his new bestby Thompson) with talk of friend-on-the-council Craig looking into renegotiating the “the Enabler” Noble (who, funding agreement with the remember?, Cliff tried to force Chamber. off the council last year for This does not sit well with having an illegal contract with some Chamber board members the city) have teamed up and are who don’t think the city council asking the state attorney general should be telling the Chamber to take a look at the raises. Will how to do anything, and they it ever stop? dislike getting caught in a fight Maybe. A lot of people are between the Driller, Thompson starting to say enough is enough. and the Independent. Moreover, Remember back in 2001, the the city provides funding to Cliff Man was Recalled from other groups and organizations office when peope got fed up in town (The Fort, Alpha House) with him then. Well, some are and they don’t require them talking about it again. They say to do RFP’s as a condition of that city hall will never get back council funding. to normal until the Cliff Man is No, this is more of the gone and the council can focus same old power politics, and on its real job of leading the city. interference by the Driller’s Meanwhile, on yet another publisher hoping he can use nasty front, Cliffy, Councilman government to force the local Enabler, and the Publisher of Chamber to make decisions that the Not-The-Daily-Midwaybenefit the Driller. Driller John Watkins have been Some things never change. conspiring to screw the Taft District Chamber of Commerce out of its city funding this Christmas because the Chamber choose the Independent and not Ranch House Restaurant the Driller to print its Business “Where Everybody Meets” and Membership Guide. Watkins cried foul and told Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Chamber Director Randy Open 7 Days Miller that he was gonna sue Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce for Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. giving the Independent the job, Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and for not asking the Driller. 765-6915 Watkins told Randy that he had to get an RFP (Request for 200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca. Proposal) and let others have a


December 4-10, 2009

and Park



West Side Recreation and Park Report Lost your youth brochure? Need more information on programs, facilities or activities? Then don’t forget to visit us online at In addition to program information, you can also download registration forms, sports schedules and more! by Stephanie House

LETTERS TO SANTA Children ages 8 and younger can write letters to Santa Claus in care of his helpers at the Recreation District. We will make sure that he gets your letters and writes back. Please write to Santa before December 15. (Groups and schools – please be sure that Santa gets your letters no later than December 4.) Don’t forget to include your address! Send letters to: Santa Claus c/o WSRPD P.O. Box 1406 Taft, CA 93268 HOLIDAY ORNAMENT & CRAFT WORKSHOP Wednesday, December 9 3:00-4:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 4 and up $2 per person Don’t miss the chance to make a very special ornament for your Christmas tree, cards, and other fun items. Younger kids will need an older helper. KIDS NIGHT OUT Friday, December 11 6:30-10:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $8 per person ** pre-registration required by December 10 Join us for a fun evening of games, movies, crafts, pizza, snacks and more! The more the merrier, so be sure to sign-up with a friend. This is the perfect time for parents to get some time to themselves during the busy holiday season. Preregistration is required. LITTLE ELF’S BAKERY Tuesday, December 15 3:30-4:45 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 4 and up $3 per person In this cookie workshop, we will make jumbo sugar cookies and then decorate them. While the cookies are baking, we will watch holiday cartoons and drink hot chocolate. Little elves will need a helper. MID-WEEK MADESS Wednesday, December 16 1:30-3:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-8 FREE! Come by the Community Center for some crafts, board games, Wii, or even just the chance to hang out with your friends or get help with your homework.

WEST SIDE RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT 500 Cascade Place, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 763-4246

NOON YEAR’S EVE Wednesday, December 31 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $5 per person ** pre-registration required by December 23 Celebrate the start of 2010 at the strike of 12… noon! Share the magic of New Year’s Eve with your friends much earlier in the day. Join us for crafts, games, munchies and more. The excitement will also include a Noon Year’s countdown with party favors and a sparkling cider toast. Pre-registration is required. COMMUNITY THEATRE AUDITIONS Next Production: Annie! Auditions: Wednesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Singers and actors of all ages are welcome to audition for our winter musical, Annie! You only need to show up for one night of auditions. If you are interested, but unable to attend, please contact Stephanie at or 763-4246. Rehearsals will begin in mid-January and show dates are scheduled for March 19-21, 2010. Wii BOWLING TOURNAMENT Saturday, January 23 6:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium 500 Cascade Place, Taft All Ages. $10 per person (includes play, pizza and drinks) Don’t miss out on the fun of another Wii Bowling Tournament! We will start with pool play and move into a single-elimination tournament format. Each player will be guaranteed at least 3 games. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Register by January 145 and you can order an event shirt for $5. FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE Saturday, February 6 7:00-9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium 500 Cascade Place, Taft Girls ages 4-13. $30 per couple ($10 each additional daughter) Join us for our 2nd Annual Father/Daughter Dance – this event is sure to be a memorable evening. Girls ages 4-13 may be accompanied by their father, guardian or adult relative. The special evening includes DJ music, photographs, a dessert buffet and more fun surprises. Tickets are limited and may be purchased December 1 through February 4. No tickets will be available the night of the event, so buy yours now – don’t miss out! S.T.O.P. PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246. PONYTAIL SOFTBALL – EARLY REGISTRATION $40: November 2 – December 22 $45: December 23 – February 12 $50: after February 12 (dependent on program availability) NO SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AFTER FEBRUARY 12. Sign-up early for Ponytail Softball and save 10%! The softball program is for girls ages 5-15. Practices begin the week of February 22, 2010 and the season begins April 12, 2010.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Eagle Mtn. Casino Bus Trip Monday, January 4, 2010 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus leaves from the Community Center Ages 21 and older. $3 per person Call 763-4246 to reserve your spot!

Jr. High Dance Saturday, January 9, 2010 7:30-10:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium Grades 6-8 $3 per person. Music by Nick’s Mobile DJ



December 4-10, 2009

News and Business Briefs Santa Claus Comes to Town

Matt, Hayley, Hunter, Elijah, Ruby and Rider Vaughan visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at Kids Stop Boutique on Center Street on Tuesday night. If you missed Santa on Tuesday night, don’t worry, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be back on Monday, December 7th during the Downtown Open House “Shop Taft” evening. They will be out and about on Center Street so make sure to come out and get your picture taken with them. Bring your camera!



& Saloon Specializing in Steak & Seafood 205 N. 10th St. (661)763-1819 Lunch Dinner

Tuesday - Friday Tuesday - Thursday 4p.m. - 9p.m. 11a.m. - 2p.m. Friday & Saturday 4p.m. - 10p.m.


OT Cookhouse Daily Specials Tues. 12-08-09 Lunch Tues. 12-08-09 Dinner Wed. 12-09-09 Lunch Wed. 12-09-09 Dinner Thurs. 12-10-09 Lunch Thurs. 12-10-09 Dinner Fri. 12-11-09 Lunch Fri. 12-11-09 Dinner Sat. 12-12-09 Dinner Sun. 12-13-09 CLOSED Mon. 12-14-09 CLOSED

(For the week of 12-08-09 thru 12-14-09) Braised Beef Brisket with $8.95 Mashed Potatoes and Veggies

BBQ Beef Ribs


Beef Kabobs


Corned Beef with Cabbage $10.95

California Club Sandwich $8.95 with Fresh Cut Fries Combo BBQ Dinner $16.95 Pork Ribs, Chicken & Shrimp

Traditional Style English $8.95 Fish & Chips Prime Rib $14.95 $14.95 Small Cut / $17.95 Large Cut

Pork Chops



205 N. 10th Street . (661)763-1819

Goodwill Celebrates 5 Years on The Westside

Taft Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House at King’s Nursery

Stacey Duncan, Delaine Presson, Karen Curtis, Rachael Pack, Danielle Lovett, Serafin Avila, Wilma Owens, Chy-Ann Mead, and Leonard Eller of Goodwill Industries in Taft celebrate 5 years of business on the Westside. Due to the economy, Goodwill has noticed an increase in need for all items. Not only can you donate your items to Goodwill, but you can take a look at what you can pick up for yourself at inexpensive prices. New holiday items arrive daily. Your donations and purchases provide jobs to local Taft residents. “We want to thank the community of Taft for all the support for the past 5 years,” said Stacey Duncan, Goodwill Store Manager, “We appreciate all of our customers for their business and everyone in the community for all the generous donations.” Goodwill is located at 411 Finley Drive, in the Save- A- Lot Shopping Center. For more information call 661-763-5031.

Taft Post Office Offers Reward of up to $50,000 for Taft Robbery Suspect The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for robbing the driver of a U.S. Postal Service truck at the intersection of Taft Highway (119) and East Kern Street in Taft, CA on October 16, 2009. On Friday evening, October 16, at approximately 5:25 p.m. a lone male carjacked a Postal Service truck when it was stopped at the intersection of Taft Highway while travelling eastbound on East Kern Street. The suspect directed the driver to turn right from the left-turn lane and head south to an abandoned hospital at the 100 block of E. North Street. The Postal Service truck is a white 5-ton box vehicle with the words "U.S. Mail Transporter" appearing on the side doors and two Postal Service logos on the rear door. The subject is described as a male Hispanic, late teens to early twenties, approximately 5' 11" and weighing approximately 165 to 175 pounds. He was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt with writing on the back, dark-colored khakis, and white and black tennis shoes. The suspect was described as having short black hair with a short goatee and a thin mustache. The suspect's weapon is believed to be a semiautomatic handgun; it has a silver-chrome snub-nose with a dark grip. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. A second suspect arrived in a vehicle at the abandoned hospital, but there is no further information about the second suspect. The two suspects fled the area in an unknown direction shortly before 5:46 p.m. An armed robbery of a Postal Service employee is a federal crime, and first-time offenders may be imprisoned for up to 25 years. The suspect faces additional state charges for false imprisonment or kidnapping. This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the City of Taft Police Department. Anyone having information about the suspect(s) or this crime is urged to contact U.S. Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455, option 2. Callers may remain anonymous.

On Thursday evening, the Taft District Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday Open House at King’s Nursery. The evening featured refreshments and Christmas musical entertainment by singers Chelle Koerner, Larry Sharp and Jody Sharp.

Inmate Escapes from TCI Facility Special agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Office of Correctional Safety are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Taft Community Correctional Facility in Taft. Inmate Rogelio Pedraza Sosa was found missing during the 9:15 p.m. count on December 2 from the Kern County facility. Sosa, 37, is a male Hispanic, 6 feet tall, black hair and brown eyes, and weighs 170 pounds. He has a medium build, a dark complexion and a tattoo on the back of his neck that reads "Y-QUE." Sosa began serving a four-year, eight-month sentence from Kern County on August 7, 2009 for transporting and importing controlled substances for sale. He was scheduled to be released to parole in November 2011. Sosa had a prior conviction for drug offenses from Orange County in 1993 under the name Martin Campos Rivas. He was paroled to federal immigration authorities in 1995 and 1996. Sosa has used several aliases in the past and is Spanish-speaking. CDCR agents are working with the Taft Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff 's Department to apprehend Sosa. Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts should call 9-1-1 immediately. The Taft Community Correctional Facility is operated by the City of Taft, which contracts with the CDCR to house lowcustody inmates. Advertise in the Taft Independent. We Get it Ready. We Get it Right. Call 765-6550 Today.

December 4-10, 2009

TUHS Students Win Science Awards


Councilman Thompson Files $500,000 Claim Against City, Claims Defamation of Character by City Staff Councilman Files Claim Following Staff Reports of Hostile Work Environment Against Councilman by Michael Long

Photo by Jim Carnal. Advancing to the to Kern County Science Fair are: Jennifer Chamale, Mikaela Davis, Nicholas Hagstrom and Andrew Jackson. Behind them are Mikaela’s project board on lip balm and Nicholas’s board on a solar air heater.

Twenty-one Taft Union High School science students earned plaques and four advanced to the Kern County Science Fair next year at the Rabobank Convention Center. Their 15 projects were selected from among several hundred completed by students. The top two in each division from Kern County will proceed to the California State Science Fair. The Taft High student winners advancing to the Kern County Science Fair and their projects are: Jennifer Chamale, photosynthesis; Mikaela Davis, Lip balm; Nicholas Hagstrom, Solar air heater; and, Andrew Jackson, Hertz vs. decibels. Plaque winners and their projects were: Kollin Rushing: Bacteria. Haley Walrath and Rochelle Rahe: Peripheral Vision. Austin Walker: CO2 rockets. Pauline Roxas and Kristopher Swope: Eggs. Lee Ann Shinn and Leilani Ponce: Temperature and elasticity. Caleb Lopez and Laura Martin: Effects of fat on milk temperature. Casey Brockett and Nathaniel Bryan: Electromagnets. Marina Johnson and Matthew Maxcy: Corrosiveness of soda. Laura Saltiban: Effects of age and gender on vital capacity. Cameron London: Catapults. Joe Mohlke: Speed of sound.

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Taft City Councilman Cliff Thompson has filed a $500,000 claim against the City of Taft claiming defamation of character and failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request. Thompson has directed his complaint against City Manager Bob Gorson, Taft City Clerk Louise Hudgens and Human Resource Manager Denise Hoffman saying the staff had caused him damages.

7 Thompson, who has been accused by staff of creating a hostile work environment at City Hall mailed the complaint by registered mail. The registered letter was received by Hudgens who told the Independent that she, Gorson and Hoffman were named in the complaint. Hoffman said that the claim will be forwarded to the city’s risk management agency, and that the agency would make a recommendation Taft City Councilman Cliff to the city council on what Thompson actions the city should take to resolve the claim. Thompson was contacted and asked about the complaint, but decline to make a comment.



December 4-10, 2009

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Westside Believers Church Raffles for Christmas Baskets!

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Sunday 10 a.m. Bible Study Thursday Nights 7 p.m. 395 California Street, Pastor Maricopa, CA 93252 Bill LeBarron (661) 619-5372

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A Taft Midway Sunset Lions Club Fundraiser Taft’s Newest Service Club 90% of net proceeds for charities & scholarships 10% for administrative

Sunday Service 10 AM Pastors Mark and Kathy Fitzsimmons For More Information on Service Times Go To WWW.TAFTLIGHTHOUSE.ORG

Immaculate Conception Parish Mass Saturday 7pm Sunday 9am Everyone Welcome Deacon Ricardo Barragan Weddings - Baptisms Quinceañeras 4595 Highway 166 - New Cuyama (661) 766-2741


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Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages Wednesday 7 p.m.

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Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM Praise Team meets on Thursday at 6:00 PM

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Westside Horoscopes by Jessy McCulloch

Aries (March 21-April 19): There aren’t really any actions you can take right now; there are only reactions you can make, so try your best to make them appropriate. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Your ability to see the good in everyone will make you very popular, at work and home. Don’t let it go to your head though or you’ll lose it faster than you gained it. Gemini (May 21-June 20): Don’t be too quick to give anything away this week, as you will need it very near in the future. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): It is going to be extremely difficult not to overindulge for the next few weeks, but you may surprise yourself with your ability to stand strong. Leo ( July 23-August 22): Everything you do, say, think (you get the idea), should be directed toward your tomorrows. Start getting ready for the future; it’ll be here before you know it. Virgo (August 23-September 22): Just because you took a chance and it backfired on you doesn’t mean you should start playing it safe. On the contrary, you can afford to take even more chances. Libra (September 23-October 22): You will naturally be the leader everyone is looking to follow this week. Be very careful with the choices you make in this current position of power. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): It’s frustrating when your friends or significant other don’t want to do the things that you want to do. Just try to be patient in making your case. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): You are messing with a family member’s scheduled routine; so be sure that you’re understanding when they act a little irked at the situation and you. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Stop trying to please everyone and everything around you. It’s not going to happen, no matter how hard you try. The best you can do is the best you can do. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): It’s past time that you start paying some attention to yourself. What do you want to do? Where do you want to eat? Go ahead and answer yourself. Pisces (February 20-March 20: Things will be rather slow at work for the next week or two, but don’t give in to the temptation to slack off. Rather, this is the perfect time to catch up on things. If your birthday is this week: You might be feeling inexplicably crabby this week, at least you are at the start of it. Try not to give in to that overwhelming urge to yell at everyone around you. It won’t be easy, but you’ll be very glad you didn’t later when this stormy mood passes. Friends will be understanding, but only to a point and only if they see you making an effort too.

WILMA JEAN MOORE Memorial services will be held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. for Taft resident, Wilma Jean Moore, 69. The Rev. Thomas Ray Upton will conduct the service. Mrs. Moore was born in Bakersfield on February 18, 1940 and passed away November 26, 2009 in Port Said, Egypt while on a cruise. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1958 graduating class of Taft Union High School. She retired from Pacific Bell Telephone Company as a specialist in the Operations Department after 25 years of service. Mrs. Moore was also an Avon representative and received many awards and was inducted into the Avon President’s Club. She was a world traveler and loved traveling, especially cruising. Mrs. Moore was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard T. Mayfield, her second husband, David Moore and by her parents, John and Gladys Reinhardt. Mrs. Moore is survived by her children and their spouses, Virginia and Matthew Embree of Sunland and Michael and Courtney Mayfield of Taft; her grandchildren, Amber J. Tuitele and her husband, Joey, Dylan S. Mayfield, Michael T. Mayfield and Connor A. Mayfield; her great grandchildren, Joseph Tuitele and Julianna Tuitele and her sister, Ruth A. Gray of Taft. There are no visitation hours scheduled. For further information regarding flowers kindly contact Erickson & Brown Funeral Home at 765-4111.

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Lost around the 100 block of E. San Emidio St on Nov. 21, a small, light brown chiuahua. His name is Chuy and he’s approx. 4 months old. If you have any info on his whereabouts, please call 765-7967 or 623-3098.


511 First Street, Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5 and 6. Plenty of everything. 407 Alpine. In the alley. Sat. 7am - Noon. 2 Family Yard Sale. Sat. Dec. 5. 8am-? In the mobile home park, space #88. Furniture, crafts, Christmas items. 132 Franklin Ave. Just in time for Christmas. Exercise bike, fish tank, clothes, furniture, home decorations, much much more. Most things are $5.00 and under. Saturday 12th , Sunday 13th 6am until sold. 308 E. Woodrow. Sat. Dec. 5th. 8am-? Mens items, tools, couch, fridge, odds and ends. Huge Yard Sale. Fri. Sat. Sun. Dec. 4, 5, 6. 7am-? 28167 Cosworth. Dustin Acres. Lots of misc! Yard Sale. 312 E. Lucard. Sat. Dec. 5. Furniture, antiques pie cabinets, winter clothes, xmas items and more.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ANNOUNCEMENT Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 10:00a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. And 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at First Baptist Church. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 220 N. First St. Free and open to the public. Info call 716-4000.

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FARM EQUIPMENT 1989 Chase 580 Super E Extenda Hoe Clam Bucket. Full cab. Walker Basin $10,800. (805) 937-0687


CHICHUAHUA PUPPIES. So Cute! Pure Bred. 9 weeks. Male and Female $200 each. 1 3 mo. old male $75. Paper and first shots. 661.903-0724. Good dog for a good home. $25. I am moving and can not take the dog. Pit bull. fixed. Good with kids. 623-3040. 6 Red nosed Pit Bull puppies. 2 males and 4 females. All white with blue eyes. Parents on premises. $80 each. 6 weeks old. For info call 623-7044 or 623-1432 and leave a message.


2 horse trailer good tires floor electric, $1000 766-2343

1997 Toyota Camry. $4000 obo. (559) 2898517.

16 year old Arabian gelding $1500. Need exp. rider. 2 Broodmares, 1 qtr. horse, 1 paint, $1000 each. Blue eyed Creamello qtr. horse 3 yrs. old. halter broke. $4,000. Good blood lines. Thelma and JR Glass (661) 745-3054.

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WANTED Taft’s STORKCLUB. Opening soon on Center Street. Gently Used Childrens Clothing, furniture and Acc. Accepting consignments. 3325402 or 765-4016. Junk Cars! Cash Paid (661) 805-0552

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West Valley Real Estate FOR RENT: 10 Houses available for rent. Come by or call for details. FOR SALE: First time home buyer tax credit extended. Houses available from $13,000 to $370,000. Gorgeous 3/2 granite, pool, $217,000. Completely remodeled 3/2 with studio in back. $139,900. Residential commercial bank owned HUD and Investment. (661) 763-1500. www. 2bd 1 ba. Fenced Yard, covered parking. Newer paint and carpet. Eastern and Buena Vista $750 mo. Avail Dec. 10. Call PJ 818.445-3516. 3bdrm 1 bath home. 350 Olive Street in Maricopa. $850. mo. $500 dep. Wash.\Dry. hook-ups. Large front and back yard. 1 car garage. Hablo Espanol 805-746-5410. Avail 12/6. 4bd 1 ba. 2 car garage. Lg yard. 109 Harrison St. New renovated. No Sec. 8, no pets. Credit check, job verification. ref. req. $850 mo. + $900 dep. By appt. only. 765-9145 or 549-2065. 2 bd. 1 ba. Very nice newer. Private garden apartment in duplex. Fenced private front yard in quiet neighborhood with sm. fenced back patio. Central a\c. Incl wash and dryer, stove, refrig. dishwasher, carport. Must have good ref. xlnxt credit. $675 Plus Dep. Renter pays all util. Good for Prof. Michael 765-6550 or 623-4296. 3 bd 2 ba., very clean, dishwasher, indoor laundry. $800 mo. + $850 dep. (661) 7631086. 2 bd 1 ba, $625 mo. + dep. 1bd 1 ba, $525 mo + dep. Both apt. located at 424 Woodrow. Car port, laundry, dish washer, pool. call 3001616 or 765-4299



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