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Independent The Taft


January 29-4, 2010 • Volume 4 Issue 31

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

City of Taft Honor’s Former Treasurer Art Performance Art: Shaker Carlton Board Performer Steven Thomas Entertains on 10th and Kern Street Community Resource Center Feeds Families on Thanksgiving

Taft Chamber 100th Birthday Recognized by Board of Supervisors

Everybody Counts The 2010 Census

Center Street Welcomes another new business

by: Jessica Miller

Westside Watcher: Who Owns Taft The Midway Community Sunset Trading Post? Bakersfield Economic Conference Organizer Addresses Chamber Installation Dinner

Oilworkers Monument Site Gets



February 5-11, 2010

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Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher...........4


Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Rotary Youth Pancake Breakfast February 6th

Westsside News..............6

The first Saturday of each month at Veteran’s Hall, located at Cedar and Taylor St. 7am-11am, $5 per person, children under 6 free with paying adult. Hosted by Maricopa Chamber of Commerce to benefit local scholarships.

It’s About Taft.................8

McCarthy Announces Mobile Office Hours February 10th

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

In February, a Field Representative for Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold office hours in Taft. “Mobile office hours are a great opportunity for residents to speak with a representative from my office, receive answers to their questions, and access constituent services,” said McCarthy. “I strongly encourage residents to utilize these office hours to receive the help and assistance we can provide.” Office hours will be held: Wednesday February 10, 2010 at the Taft College Library – 29 Emmons Park Drive, Taft from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Local Contact: Vince Fong, District Director for Congressman McCarthy (661) 327-3611. Congressman McCarthy’s Website: gov. Alpha House Chili Supper February 18th Alpha House is having a chili supper on February 18th from 5pm-7pm at CCF Hall. Chili, cornbread, and coleslaw for $5. Taft ARC Annual Bunco Night Saturday, February 20th Roll in the Good Times! The Taft Arc Annual Bunco Night Saturday, February 20th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Westside Recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place. Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner. Dinner served from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Cash prizes will be awarded. For tickets call 763-1532 ext 11. Deadline for tickets is February 12th. Houchin Blood Bank February 23rd Houchin Blood Bank will be at the Chamber on February 23rd from 1pm-6pm. 400 Kern Street. Stop by and donate Life! Luck of the Irish Dinner at The Fort March 17th The Historic Fort is having their annual St. Patrick’s Dinner on March 17th. Social hour at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. For more information and tickets contact the Fort at 765-7371. The Fort and TAPT Wine Tasting Night April 22nd The Fort will be holding their annual wine tasting evening with TAPT. Wine, hors d’oeuvers and Jazz music start at 5pm. For tickets please contact the Fort at 765-7371

Taft United Methodist Church 100 Year Anniversary April 25th Taft’s First Church, Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1910. Save the date; April 25th. Taft United Methodist Church is celebrating 100 years of ministry. Help us with names and addresses. Come and help us celebrate! 630 North Street. TaftUMC@bak.

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Questions Raised About Ownership of Midway Sunset Trading Post

Councilman Craig Noble Had Sold Building to Retain Council Seat, Buyer Stopped Making Payments in May 2009 by Michael Long

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Westside Horoscopes.....9


The vacant Midway Sunset Trading Post at 201 Supply Row Local real estate investor Laura Geiger has told the Taft Independent that she quit making payments in May 2009 on the Midway Sunset Trading Posts building that she had purchased from Councilman Craig Noble in December 2008. Geiger said that she purchased the building from Noble in December 2008 as an investment, and to help Noble retain his city council seat which was in question because Noble was leasing city land where the building was located, a conflict of interest that could force Noble to resign from the council. In November and December 2008, Councilman Cliff Thompson made the conflict an issue before the city council and publicly told Noble he should resign from the council. Geiger said that Thompson had called her in December to see if she was interested in buying the building. Taft City Councilman Craig Noble has not returned calls to the Independent to answer questions about the real estate deal. "For now, we don't know exactly who owns the building," said Councilman Randy Miller. The city council has held two closed session meetings to discuss the issue, the most recent at Tuesday's city council meeting, but no action on the issue had been reported by the council. A city offical had asserted in a meeting at city hall two weeks ago that the city was now the owner of the building. The Independent has made a Freedom of Information Act request to the Taft City clerk for information and documents pertaining to ownership of the build and any lease agreements. Geiger told the Independent that she had received an email from the city in October 2009 telling her that the land lease where the building is located had been terminated.

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Westside Watcher Bricklaying and Who Really Owns the Midway Sunset Antique Building? Well, ol Cliffy is mad as hell now.....seems he's off the Oil Workers Monument Committee bcause he never attended any meetings..... and talk about being petty... Cliff, got so mad when he found out he was off the committee, that he wants back his oilworker brick display box that the he built and donated to the committee 2 years ago and gave to the all volunteer group to display and sell commemorative bricks. Cliff donated the display box which was used as a model to have TCI prisioners build several others like it. So there are a few more out there and Cliff wants three hide the other ones guys. When he heard the bad news, Cliff reportedly said, ”How can you kick me off the committee after all I have done for the monument?" Right! He was suppose to sell and market bricks as a committee member.....but nothing ever happened and Cliff just stopped going to the meetings....and there’s the issue about where the committeee wanted to put the mounment and where Cliffy wanted it. Oh well....maybe he was busy at the city council working on the "Save the Midway Sunset Trading Post" building committee trying to figure out how Councilman Craig Noble can keep the building (and his council seat) he bought several years ago and then sold for $1 in December 2008 to a local realtor who wanted to see a restautrant there - so he could keep his city council seat (he could not own the building on city owned land and have a lease with the city at the same time that he was sitting on the council) - but then Craig had to take the building back from the realtor after the realtor stopped making payments on the lease in May 09 (and this was never disclosed to anyone, not even the WSW - surprising since it was such a big deal last year when - you guessed it Councilman Cliff Thompson worked REALLY worked hard to get Councilman Noble kicked off the Council - ((Cliffy was mad at Craig then - but they are best friends now)) - for Craig's conflict of interest). Seems that the realtor got disgusted with Craig and the city council and quit making

payments to Noble - and also the lease payments (and not to mention thousands in insurance money) to the city - not payments on the price of $1 that is the only record of the sale on paper according to the realtor - but on the undisclosed agreement between Craig and the buyer for $160,000 - can you say IRS? The realtor tells the WSW that she bought the building to save Craig from being removed from the council. But now, you see, because the realtor could not get the city to sell her the land (the city owns the land that the building sits on - what use is an old building that does not own the land it sits on - especially if your trying to get a bank to give you a loan to fix it up and the bank says "YOU DON'T OWN THE LAND? NO WAY! The realtor says that Councilman Noble assured her that since the rail rail (who once owned the land but since sold it to the city) once offered to sell him the land, that the city council would surely sell her the land to her....NOT! Well, seems like a conflict of interest is out there somewhere.. But since the city ain't talking and Craig won't call back the Taft Indy to tell us what is happening with the building, and the city won't discuss it - since it is a closed session item - what's a body to do? You will never find this item on the city council agenda, well not the public agenda that we can all see, but the Closed City Council Agenda, which none of use ever get to see or hear about because what they talk about in closed session stays in closed session. ONE WONDERS REALLY WHAT THE CITY ATTORNEY THINKS ABOUT ALL OF THIS STUFF, SINCE IT IS HER DUTY TO ADVISE THE CITY COUNCIL ON LEGAL ISSUES....does Craig own the building now, or does the city own the building, as one city official contended recently....did you hear about that Craig? And when does the public get to know what’s going on with city owned property - Is it city owned, and if not, and if Craig owns it, how does it qualify for closed session hearings - who is hiding what?


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Taft High School Orientation Night February 22 Taft Union High School will host Orientation Night for eighth graders at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Mullen gymnasium. The event will showcase the activities at the school from sports and clubs to electives and academies, explained Assistant Principal Rona Angelo. “We want to show all the opportunities available, all the good things going on,” she said. The incoming freshmen and their parents will get an overview of the high school and will be able to schedule counselor appointments so they will have priority to sign up for popular classes and summer school classes. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. The new students will receive free Class of 2014 T-shirts, popcorn and prizes. “We are excited to welcome our new class to the ‘Cat family,” Superintendent/Principal Mark Richardson said.

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TRUSTEE VACANCY The West Kern Community College District/Taft College invites interested community members to submit letters of interest to fill a recently vacated trustee position. The term of this interim appointment will expire December 2010. Eligibility requirements: 18 years of age, residency in the District, registered voter and otherwise not disqualified by the Constitution or the state from holding a civil office (Education Code 72103). Letters of interest may be mailed to: Mr. William Duncan Superintendent/President WKCCD/Taft College 29 Emmons Park Dr. Taft CA 93268 The deadline for letters of interest is February 19, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Qualified applicants will be interviewed. Questions may be directed to: Mr. William Duncan (661) 763-7710 or


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Photo Contest Winners On Display At TC Library, Library Hosts Open House On Tuesday by Herb Spencer Winning photograph prints from Taft Camera Club’s recent Wonderful World of Photography photo contest are now on display at the Taft College Library and will be available for public viewing throughout the remainder of the month. An Open House honoring all of the winners will be hosted by the Friends of the Library in the Cougar Room of the Library Tuesday afternoon. February 9th. from 4:00 to 7:00. The public is invited to attend. The library is located at 29 Emmons Park Drive. Open to all residents of West Kern County, the contest welcomed entries in five categories: People and Critters, Doing Things, Going Places, Other Stuff, and Oil Patch. The Taft Camera Club wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. Samuel G. Shaw, past-president of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council and nationally and internationally recognized judge of photographs for judging all of the contest entries.. Winning photographs on display include the Best of Show – Prayers at Snow Mountain by Christina Karlen. Category winners included People and Critters: 1st – Jessica Frey, A Beautiful Package, 2nd – Hilda Bravo, Zebra Kiss, 3rd – Mimi Collins, Elephant Seals, 4th – Jessica Frey, Kids in the Bunkhouse, Honorable Mention – Christina Karlen, Snake Wine, and H.M – Joy Bello, Adrian At The Park. In the Doing Things category: 1st – Mimi Collins, Return To Oxford, 2nd – Hilda Bravo, Celebration, 3rd – Hilda Bravo, Today I Marry My Best Friend, 4th – Christina Karlen, Tour Guides, H.M. – Mimi Collins, Inspection, and H.M Christina Karlen, Hill People of Fuchaum. Additional category winners included Going Places: 1st – Jessica Frey, A Striking Presidential Pose, 2nd – Greg Anderson, Blue Mosque – Istanbul, 3rd – Mimi Collins , Monterey, 4th – Hilda Bravo, Bridlewood Winery, H.M – Christina Karlen, To The Lake, and Mimi Collins, Amador Causeway. Also – Other Stuff: 1st – Christina Karlen, Prayers at Snow Mountain, 2nd – Christina Karlen, American Native, 3rd – Mimi Collins, Stonehenge, 4th – Joy Bello, Grapes, H.M. – Hilda Bravo, Motherhood, H.H. – Hilda Bravo, Sisters. In the Oil Patch category: 1st – Hilda Bravo, Maricopa Sunset and 2nd –Jessica Frey, Oil Patch Evening. The Taft Camera Club would also like to extend its thanks and appreciation to the following for helping to make this contest a success: K. C. Photography, Lee’s Printing Center, Taft College Library, and the Friends of the Library.

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February 5-11, 2010

The 2010 Census, Every Vote Counts

by Jessica G. Miller

Wednesday morning, Faith in Action hosted a media briefing on the 2010 Census with a variety of speakers including Senator Dean Florez and Taft Chevrolet’s Devinder Bains. Devinder Bains The Census sets out every ten years to count every person in the United States to collect population information, help allocate funds for education, road repair and law enforcement, and to determine the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives, among other things. Faith of Taft Chevrolet in Action’s event was designed to educate the media on the importance of the Census, from assuring the confidentiality of the questionnaire to combating the fear some have in filling it out. All of the speakers stressed the importance of the Census and being counted. “It’s all about Addresses a Media counting,” Bains said. “And realizing you need to be counted.” Florez added that it is crucial that everyone be counted, including non-citizens of the United States because of the wide range the Census data reaches. With the data tied to the distribution of funds in each state, an accurate collection is Briefing Meeting on essential so that cities and counties statewide can receive federal funds for community organizations such as school lunch programs, senior citizen centers, hospitals and more. the Census this week The speakers also expressed their concerns on the fear of the Census some have, a fear that is being exacerbated by anti-Census activist groups. For some it’s a fear of an invasion of privacy and others, it’s a fear of being in Bakersfield deported from the country. Bains encouraged people to overcome the fear of the unknown and others continued to emphasize the confidentiality of the entire & Saloon process While the Census is a Please join us for dinner government run operation, they Valentine’s Day only want to get a precise population count for the United States. The ten question form does not ask for any financial information such as credit card or banks Sunday, February 14th numbers, nor do they ask for a driver’s license or social security number. Florez guaranteed that the Census is completely confidential and 4:00pm - 9:00pm others explained that they do not share the information attained from the questionnaire with anyone and that no personal questions are asked. By mid-March, everyone should receive the Census questionnaire in the mail and some may even be visited by a Census taker at Top Sirloin and Charbroiled home. Venues where the Be Counted form can be picked up in person have yet to be established in Bakersfield. However, as soon Shrimp for $16.95 as the locations are announced, The Independent will be the first to notify you. For more information on the Census, including job opportunities, visit

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The Census is still recruiting on the Westside and is looking for about 200 qualified applicants to make sure that Taft and the Westside get counted this year. In the previous Census the Westside did not receive an accurate count due to lack of participation. The accurate count from the Census determines grants for the city, how roads get built and repaired in our area, how many teachers can be hired for our schools, how many police officers and firefighters are needed for the area, as well as government representatives. “The Census is extremely important to our community, people don’t realize how close we are to getting extra grants for the community and getting the resources we need,” said Bud Rice, GIS & Development Services Manager for the City of Taft, “We are just completely uncounted in our population and housing, we need to get the credit for everyone that is here.” If you are interested in working for the Census or looking for work in your community you can apply for the Census at Career Services Center, a short test will be given to you and is offered about 3 times a week for your convenience. If you are nervous about passing the test, Kathy Lehman and Maria Gonzales, recruiting assistants, can help you study to ensure you of passing the test. The Census will employee you for about an 8 week period with flexible hours in which you will receive $15.50 per hour as well as $.50 per mile. To qualify for employment for the Census you must be 18 years of age or older and provide documents showing that you can legally work in the United States. Upon passing the test a background check is performed that takes about 4 weeks and then you can begin working. “We know people are looking for work in Taft, and we urge them to apply for the Census, we have such a large area to cover, Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Taft Heights, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, and Valley Acres, we need all the help we can get but people are just not applying, we are to the point of begging people and knocking on doors to recruit,” said Kathy Lehman, “We also want to stress that working for the Census does not jeopardize your current means of income, meaning if you are on welfare or unemployment you can still work for the Census.” It is also important to inform the community that every single person residing here needs to be counted, and the Census is not looking to deport or report illegal immigrants that may be working or residing here, they just want to get an accurate count for the Westside. If you would like to test for the Census please contact Career Services Center at 763-0202 or stop by, Career Services Center is located at 119 N. 10th Street. If you would like to participate in the “Complete Count” Rose Petal Foot Bath committee a meeting is being held at Half Hour Massage* City Hall on February 17th, call 763Raspberry Foot Scrub With this coupon 1222 for more information. Hand & Foot Reflexology * First time clients only

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Taft District Chamber of Commerce Honored by Kern County Board Of Supervisors on 100th Birthday Fred Schell of the Taft Chamber of Commerce (left) receives an award on behalf of the Taft Chamber of Commerce from Supervisor Ray Watson on Tuesday honoring the Chamber’s 100th Birthday. The Chamber was incorporated in January 1910. The Chamber later that year organized a campaign to get the City Taft incorporated which was passed in November 1910 by a vote of 212- to 18, or 92% in the affirmative.

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Hi Everyone, Hasn’t it been nice the last couple of weeks ?? Rain !! What a concept. It certainly is welcomed and needed but I don’t have to tell you that. It is nice to see the hills so green this early on; snow in the mountains, how great is that; cleaner air too. By Jove, I think it must be winter time in Taft, the best of places to live. I’m still an old school kind of guy. I still cruise Center Street after all these years. In the 50’s and 60’s it was called “Dragging Center”. Our parents hated it, but then, they always knew where we were. There used to be Devine’s Drive-In where the Gas War convenience store is now located at 10th and Center. We’d circle around there, head east down Center Street bumper to bumper, turn right on 4th Street, then left on Main Street, turn left at the old ‘Rec’, down to Center, then left backup Center to complete the circuit. It would take twenty minutes to make that 7-8 block lap but no one cared. It was to see to be seen. Sometimes we’d cruise on down to the A & W Drive-In ( Little Caesar’s now) and roll thru their parking lot, then back up 2nd Street to Center or we’d flip a “U” on Center at 2nd Street. The City folks later put a ‘No U-turn’ sign at that intersection to try an stem the cruising. Friday and Saturday nights were packed with kids and cars. When I was in the Navy in the mid 60’s, I’d leave San Diego on Friday by bus and wind up in Bakersfield (B-town). I’d call Devine’s Drive In and ask the car hop if there was anyone in the parking lot I knew. Sure enough, one of my friends would be in there having a 10 cent coke and 25 cent fry. They’d immediately come over to the bus station and pick me up even when some of them were on a date. Now where else but in a small town could that that kind of thing happen ?? Sometimes when I am out driving around I am stunned by what I see when I really look at what I’m looking at. Have you ever noticed how tall those two trees are in the Ford City Park ?? Would it be fair to say that they are probably the tallest, fullest trees in Taft ?? Now I have started to notice the other trees in our community. Probably some palm trees around somewhere may be taller, but these two trees just look huge to me. The County must have their hands full taking care of them. Sometimes you just have to look up. When you are out and about and driving by on Center Street, do you take notice of the Fox Theater ?? Do you think it’s always going to be there because it has always been there ?? Ginny and I, on the night we went to see Avatar, a first run movie mind you, there were only about ten people in the theater with us. How long do you think that they will continue to operate with that few patrons in attendance ?? If we don’t go to the movies here in Taft instead of B-town (I won’t preach to you about the convenience, the cheaper ticket prices, the gas savings, etc) but I will tell you, “use it or lose it”. Remember the hospital we didn’t use ?? See you at the movies ?? Well, the City finally has a budget, probably the last City in California to have one. Yikes !! Not a record we should be proud of. We all have to remember it is a fluid document that can be changed and modified as needed. Hopefully this year the Council can approve one by July 1, like we are supposed to. Even the State had a budget in place. Here’s a thought to ponder; “Say what you mean and mean what you say, but just don’t be mean when you say it”. Know anyone like that ?? Stay in touch. Randy

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Westside Horoscopes by Jessy McCulloch

Aries (March 21-April 19): You’ve made your bed and now you must lie in it, though lying is what got you in this predicament in the first place. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Make sure that you’re pulling your own weight around the house, because if you’re not careful some resentment could be building up towards you. Gemini (May 21-June 20): This argument has degenerated into the ridiculous. While you have some good points, the way you’re making them is less than mature. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): When your body is telling you something, it’s very important to listen to it. If your body’s shouting at you, then you’ve probably waited longer than you should. Leo ( July 23-August 22): The mistake you’ve made is irreversible, but you can stop yourself from making it over and over again. If you don’t, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Virgo (August 23-September 22): There are always three sides to every story: what one side says, what the other side says, and then the truth. Listen to both to try to figure out the third.

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Libra (September 23-October 22): Try to be there for a friend, even if in your mind they’re being a bit overdramatic. It won’t be easy, but it will be very much appreciated.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 22): In some cases, blood isn’t always thicker than water, or at least it shouldn’t be. You don’t have to defend a family member when they’re this far out of line.


Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): Stand up for yourself, yes. But don’t be afraid to admit that you could potentially be wrong too. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): This is definitely a situation where it’s good to take a chance. Just close your eyes, hold your breath, and dive right in. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Clinging to this grudge is like refusing to let go of the weights that are pulling you underwater; in other words, it’s certainly not doing you any good. Pisces (February 20-March 20: No matter how insane things get at work, you need to try to keep yourself relatively calm this week. You’ve plenty to look forward to so it shouldn’t be too hard. If your birthday is this week: It would behoove you to try to lighten up a bit. When a joke is served to you on a silver platter and you take the opportunity to deliver a lecture, don’t be surprised to find people less than eager to spend time with you. It’s good to have your opinions but it’s also okay to not beat a dead horse with them.

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Fax: 765-6556 765-6556 Fax: Email: Payment can byby cash, check, or credit card. card. Payment canbebemade made cash, check, or credit Taft Independent 6th6th St.,St., Taft, CA 93268. Taft Independent210 210 Taft, CA 93268, 765-6550. YARD SALES Advertise your FREE yard sale ad. Up to 3 lines free. Fax your ad to 765-6556 or call and leave message at 765-6550 by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Yard Sale. Sat., Feb. 6. 8am-12pm. Chevron Pl. (behind the Fort) Gazeebo, electric tools, exercise equip., misc. Back patio sale. 315 Calvin St. Sat., Feb. 6. 7am-12pm. Klein mountain bike, furniture, clothing, misc. 615 Taylor St. Saturday, Feb 13th. 7am-? Mens stuff and tools. Garage Sale! 230 Phillippine St. Saturday, February 13th 7amnoon. Clean baby items, Men & Women’s clothes, and Misc. household goods.

ANNOUNCEMENTS TUHS Class of 1985. Seeking Alumni for 2010 Reunion. Sherry 332-2229. TUHS1985@ TUHS Class of 1990. Seeking alumni contact information for 20-Year Reunion (October 8-10, 2010). Contact Stephanie at 331-7094 or stephaniegail@bak. Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 1:30p.m. to 3:00 p.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. For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics

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A.A. Womens Meeting. Tuesdays 6:30-7:30. 703 5th Street. 8898011.


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CITY OF TAFT Program Instructor Starting Salary $3,453/ mo.

The City of Taft is recruiting for two (2) Program Instructors.

Under general supervision teaches inmate curriculum based on pre-release requirements, which may include remedial instruction, Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, ESL or special instruction. Min. Qualifications – Basic accredited teaching credential, authorizing service in the CA public school system, or be qualified as a substitute in the CA public school system. Desired teaching experience in, A.B.E., G.E.D. and E.S.L. Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation. Application and job description may be obtained at City Hall, 209 East Kern Street, Taft. Final Filing Date: February 4, 2010. Complete City of Taft application must be in the Personnel Office by the filing deadline. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of application. Postmarked applications will not be accepted. EOE.

Earn $300 weekly working from home as a Secrete/Mystery shopper, This is a flexible job offer, does not disturb your present Job if you have one. Here’s your chance to get paid for shopping and dining out.Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide Variety of shops, Stores, restaurant and services in your area. Mystery shoppers are Needed. You’ll be paid to shop and dine out-plus,you can also get free meals, Free merchandise,Free services, free Entertainment, Free travel and more. Great Pay. Fun Work. Flexible Schedules. No experience required. If you can shopyou are qualified! If interested kindly:kaygeorge2004@

Custom Cabinets for Sale. 15 ft. uppers and lowers with all the latest hardware. Retail $10,500. Sale price $4,000 - You move. FREE GRANITE COUNTER

free to a good home scottish fold cats located at 214 adams st in taft if interested you can call 6616230977

Beautiful Sales Counter or Snack Bar. Retail $7.900. Sales price $2,800 - you move. Used in showroom only. (661) 340-4354.

Doberman pincher puppies. 2 red, 3 blk, docked, declawed, wormed, 1st shots, ready Jan 15th. Parent on site. $300. 745-4090.

puppies. March 29thChihuahau and 30th Pure bred. Small toys. 1st shots, papers. $150 Saturday and Sunday Sunsay to $250. Will deliver. 903-0724. 10 a.m. to 3FOUND p.m.PETS

Moving sale. Sofa and love seat 1 y. old $300. Dining Rm set and Buffet $400. Queen bedrm set. $1200. 661.623-4879.

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From Team Apt. Manager needed for medium size building in Taft. Rent and utilities covered. (661)846-6403. Equal Housing Opporotunity. Too Busy To Get Your House Just Right? Call Nikki! I do everything from floors, dishes, windows, you name it ! All for a low price of $10 per room! Call today and be worry free! Nikki 661-331-4345 week as of 1-29-10


CARPET/HARD FLOORING REPAIR No job too small. Reasonable prices. Call Jeff 623-5421 or 7654676.

REWARD!!!Lost male yorkie. Wasn’t wearing his collar 763-3730 or 293-0582 301 Pierce St. We miss him terribly! Lost snowshoe siamese cat. He has blue eyes, a medium length, beigecolored coat, a distinct mask on his face, four white paws, and a very fluffy tail. Please call 623-1278 to return him to his loving home. Lost dog. 7 yrs old black lab. answers to name Shadow. Lost near 925 2nd St. Call 706-7749.


Black lab mix found on the 600 block of Taylor st on Friday the 29th. Please contact Ashley at 342-7939 to describe. Found small black male dog on Gardnerfield Road on 1/31. He needs to go home. call (805)239-3144 Found in downtown Taft, blonde male cocker spaniel. Call 330-5040.

AUTOMOBILES 1999 Buick Le Sabre Limited All Power $3,500 765-4200 1988 Ford F-150 Auto., smogged and tagged. 765-2574. $2,100.


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OPEN HOUSE New 3 bedroom and 2 bath homes HOUSE FOR SALE English Bull Dog (Front Street between 6th and 5th Streets) puppies. AKC reg.


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pointer puppies. From good family and hunting stock. All shots completed,tails docked, and dew claws removed. $400. Contact: Eleanor @ 760 793 1592

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For Sale Pottery Wheel. $125. 769-8785

February 5-11, 2010

Brand New Homes in Taft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, granite counters, Fully Landscaped, Covered Patios. Call (661)7633517


In Maricopa, For Sale by Owner. Priced reduced to $155,000 “completely renovated” 4 bedrm, 2 ba., 2 story exterior loft, garage, gazebo, 9 station auto spklr, vynal fencing, fruit trees, fire plc, cen. air\ heat, great kitche. (626) 485-7852. Possible owner financing with 1/3 down. House for Sale. 505 D. St. 3 bed, 2 bath. + Studio. $60,000. Call


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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. 2 bd. 1 ba. Very nice modern and 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. $650 Plus Dep. Renter pays all util. Michael 765-6550 or 623-4296. 1st Month Free! $100 move in. 108 Center Street. 1 bd., 1 ba. apt. (661)846-6403. Equal Housing Opportunity. 2 BD, 1 BA, very clean, cute and spacious, builtins in kitchen, lg fenced yard. $750/mo + $750 dep. 661-301-1291 3bd, 1ba,Newly redone. fresh paint, new carpet. 324 Eastern Ave. $800/ mo + $1000 dep. 7654333.

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Advertise in the Taft Independent. We Get it Ready. We Get it Right. Call 765-6550 Today. Earn $300 weekly working from home as a Secrete/Mystery shopper. This is a flexible job offer, does not disturb your present Job if you have one. Here’s your chance to get paid for shopping and dining out. Your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide Variety of shops, Stores, restaurant and services in your area. Mystery shoppers are Needed. You’ll be paid to shop and dine out-plus,you can also get free meals, Free merchandise, Free services, Free Entertainment, Free travel and more. Great Pay. Fun Work. Flexible Schedules. No experience required. If you can shop you are qualified! If interested kindly:

For rent. 3 bd, 1 ba. Lndry rm, dining rm, large fenced yard, garage, covered patio. $800 mo. plus dep. (661) 623-5188. 2bd. 1 1/2 ba. newly remdl. $550. + dep. (661) 577-7756. Large 2 bd, 2ba. Fam room, indoor W&D. $850 mo + dep. 661769-8176. 2 bd 1 ba, $650 mo. + $600 dep. Apt. located at 424 Woodrow. Car port, laundry, dish 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.

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February 5-11, 2010

Center Street Welcomes Another New Business

Edward J. Herrera Insurance Agency is the newest business to open on Center Street, at 420 Center Street. Join Edward at his grand opening on Wednesday, February 10th from 12pm to 3pm. Edward is looking forward to being a business partner with Taft and Edward J. Herrera Insurance Agency believes in giving back to the communities they work in. Edward’s business has only been open for a few weeks but he has been connected with Taft for many years. Edward’s wife, Cathie Ong-Herrera is a graduate of Taft College and also a graduate of Taft’s excellent Dental Hygiene Program. The Edward J. Herrera Insurance Agency is an Independent Agency that was established in 1974 that offers their clients the best selection of insurance from some of the most pre-eminent insurance companies in California. Edward has another location in Bakersfield and currently serves on several boards in Kern County. For more information contact Edward J. Herrera Insurance Agency at 745-4920.



City Holds Tree Meeting, Presentation from Kern Tree Foundation

Melissa Iger of the Kern Tree Foundation gave a presentation to the City of Taft Tree Committee on Thursday. The city plans to plant nearly 3,000 trees. Iger recently joined the Taft Community Board of Directors.

Steven Thomas Spins for Little Ceasars

Steven Thomas loves his job as a “Shaker Board” performer for Taft’s Little Caesar’s pizza. “I love it,” said Thomas. “It’s the greatest job in the world. I get to entertain and perform for people, especially the kids.” Everyday around noon, Thomas heads out for the intersection of 10th and Kern Streets in Taft and dances while he flips, throws, drops and catches the sign to attract drivers as they head for lunch. His job is to get drivers attention with his remarkable sign tossing and twirling and suggest they go to Taft’s Little Caesars pizza shop for lunch. Thomas has been tossing the sign since October of this years and truly love the job, as you can see in this video of him doing his best work for the public. “There’s no other job like it,” Thomas said.


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February 5-11, 2010

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