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May 7-13, 2010 • Volume 4 Issue 45

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

Taft United Methodist Church Celebrates 100 Years On The Westside

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Meet Harry Starkey: New General Manager Seeking Secure Water Supply for West Kern Water District

By Kent Miller

The Taft Independent’s Westside Community Yard Sale Saturday and Sunday

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Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher...........4 West Kern Water.............5 Westside News..............6-7 Westside Community Yard Sale Map..............8-9 Methodist Church.........10 Westside Horoscopes....13 Classified Ads................14


Community Events

News Briefs

Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

TUHS Band and Colorguard to Perform the Scariest Concert Ever

Taft Independent 3rd Annual Community Yard Sale May 8th and 9th It’s time to clean out all your old junk! Get your yard sale in the Taft Independent for the weekend of May 8th and 9th, to be a part of the Community Wide Yard Sale. A pull out map will be available on Friday, May 7th of all the yard sales that weekend. Deadline to place Yard Sale Ad is Wednesday, May 5th. For more info contact us at 765-6550. Bunco for Relay for Life Saturday, May 8th The WKWD (West Kern Water District) Relay Team is hosting a Bunco for the Taft Relay for Life on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 6:00 pm at the Taft Petroleum Club - 450 Petroleum Club Rd. Bunco is open to all adults 18 years of age or older. $10 per person to play - all proceeds go to the Taft Relay for Life. Come on out and have fun while supporting a great cause. Mobile Office Hours for Kevin McCarthy Wednesday, May 12th Office hours will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Taft College Library – 29 Emmons Park Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Vince Fong, District Director for Congressman McCarthy (661) 327-3611. Congressman McCarthy’s Website: www. TUHS Staff vs. Seniors Basketball game Wednesday, May 12th

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The Taft Union High School staff will face off against the seniors in a basketball game 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in Mullen gym.The event is free and open to the public.Eric Newton, the organizer and adviser to the Associated Student Body and former Taft High basketball star, will lead the staff team. This will be the sixth year in a row that the game has been played. Staff won the first year, seniors the next, then staff has swept four in a row. Teachers of the Year to be awarded Wednesday, May 12th

Teachers of the Year and retirees will be presented with plaques on Wednesday, May 12th in the Lincoln Annex Cafeteria at 6:30pm. Rotary Presents the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Sunday, May 16th Rotary Club of Taft will be bringing back the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Sunday, May 16th from 4pm - 6pm at the Taft Union High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE! Celebrate The Fabulous Forties at The Forts 70th Anniversary May 20th Thursday, May 20th the Fort will be celebrating the Fabulous Forties. Social hour begins at 5pm, dinner at 6pm. 1940’s music by Vintage Notes. Fort memories and history will be shared and recognition to all Fort babies born at the Fort from 1940-1952. 1940’s meal for $20. RSVP by May 17th at 661-765-7371 Optimal Hospice 1st Annual Walk and Remember Event Saturday, May 22nd Optimal Hospice Foundation presents the 1st Annual WALK AND REMEMBER memorial event. Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 8:00am to 12:00pm Beach Park*Bakersfield, Corner of Oak Street and Highway 178 Walk the self-guided 1-mile. The lives will be honored by a butterfly release at 11:30am. For more information or to obtain registration forms, please contact Ann Smart, Foundation Director, 661-716-8000. Bikers For Christ First Annual Down Biker Run Saturday, May 22nd Bikers for Christ will be holding their first annual Down Biker Run to assist Westside riders who go down and need assistance. The event will be Saturday, MAy 22nd at Veterans Memorial Park on Kern Street and Hwy. 119. Registration begins at 8am KSU 9:30am. There will be a poker run, raffle prizes, BBQ and great music. $20 per rider/$10 for passenger, includes meal, 1 poker hand and 5 raffle tickets. Any question contact Dwayne Johnson (661)577-6872, or Brandon Dillingham (661)330-7198. All donations are tax deductible. Jump for the Red Cross and Blood Drive Saturday, May 22nd Jump for the Red Cross and Houchin Community Blood Bank Blood Drive will be held Saturday, May 22nd at Skydive Taft from 10am to 4pm at 500 Airport Road in Taft. Enjoy Tandem Skydiving, BBQ and Raffle. Proceeds from Skydiving and BBQ support the Red Crosss. Contact Amy Sherrill to sign up to give blood at 765-5867 Taft Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 26 The Taft Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual golf tournamnet fundraiser Saturday, May 15th at Bueana Vista Golf Course. $100 per player or $400 per team. For more information contact the Chamber at 765-2165


Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm in the Boys’ Gym the Taft High Band, Drumline and Colorguard will perform their Scariest Concert Ever! The Drumline will be performing their show called The House will marching zombies. The Colorguard will perform their show to the music of Paint It Black. The Band will perform music from Harry Potter’s Half Blood Prince, Twilight and an original piece called Voodoo. This concert is free and is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Come out and enjoy some scary music!

2nd Annual Taft Relay for Life Taft’s second annual Relay for Life fight against cancer, which will be held May 15-16, is off to a running start. “We are already at $63,000,” beamed event chair LaNell Howell. “This community is so giving. It has really come together for this.” Last year’s inaugural event exceeded goals set by the local organizing committee, and it appears this year’s event will be an even greater success. The goal of 35 teams making the 24-hour walk around the track at Taft Union High School has already been smashed. So far 46 teams with 640 participants have signed up to raise money for the American Cancer Society. “I’m just overwhelmed by the numbers so far,” Howell said. Ten teams have reached the maximum number of 24 and four of those have started a second team. Each team recruits members for the walk-a-thon and conducts other fund-raising activities such as softball tournaments, car washes, and raffles. Robert McClure of David’s Dawgs Pounding Cancer team is the individual leader, having collected $690. Stephanie House of Walk Stars has turned in $500, Mandi Evans of God, Glam and Girlfriends $476, and Stephanie Dodson of E-Lemon-Ate Cancer has brought in $300 to round out the top four. It’s not too late to join a team. You can do it on-line at, pick a team and click on “Join Team.” Howell said people don’t even have to join a team to take part. “They can just come on down to the track and walk,” she said. “Everyone is welcome.” The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday the 15th and finishes up with closing ceremonies beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday the 16th. Teams will camp out on the infield at Patterson/O’Brien Field. There will be entertainment, food and drinks. Water will be provided for all walkers. Names of the other teams entered so far include The Little Red Wagon Pulling 4 a Cure, Aloha Life!, Bootcampers, Celebrate New Life, Cook’s Crusaders, Cranium Cruisers, Crop out Cancer, Cruz’n for a Cure, Cuyama Valley Booster Club, Fastrippers, Friends Fighting Cancer, H.O.T 4 TaTa’s, Kern Street Pharmacy, Kiser’s Kicking Cancer, Ladies over Fifty, Megaswope’s SUPERcrew, Midway Lab Rats, NaNaB’s, Nestle Purina, Phi Theta Kappa-TC, Revelers Car Club, Soroptimists Women Against Kancer (SWAK), Surviving as a Team, Taft College Cougars Stopping Cancer in its Track, Taft College Dental Hygiene Plaque Attackers, Taft Midway Sunset Lions Club, Taft Albertsons 6382, The Key for a Cure, The Naz Crew Crackin’ the Cure, Taft Butterflies, The Thrivers, Walking with Hope and West Kern Water District.

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Westside Watcher

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: For the past week I’ve read with concern, postings on website related to West Kern Water District. First and foremost, I welcome and encourage feedback from the customers of West Kern. To that end, my door is always open to receive feedback directly. Communication is an important tool for developing solutions and furthermore, it is a fundamental right of everyone. As one of my responsibilities as General Manager, I am obligated to look into the types of allegations contained within these postings. While a direct conversation is preferable, I’m left to interpret customer statements on the newspaper’s website due to the anonymous nature of the postings. In summary, the comments reflect a deep seated belief that laws have been violated at West Kern with respect to nepotism (favoritism granted to relatives or friends without regard to merit). I acknowledge that employing people who are related or are married can pose challenges and potential problems within an organization and within the public eye. Recognizing that the district is prohibited by law from denying employment or promotion to a qualified individual on the basis of marital status, the district has taken important steps to ensure that these relationships do not compromise management’s ability to properly operate the District. To that end, the Board of Directors, labor union and staff developed a thorough policy (copy attached and available for public review) that guides management in dealing with these types of situations. In my review, the Board is fully informed on this matter and the district has adhered to the law and these policies. However, I do acknowledge the concerns from a public and remain sensitive to this concern. In closing, I look forward to guiding the District into the future. There are serious water supply challenges ahead for West Kern. The situation

in the Delta is at a critical level and I’m committed to meeting these challenges on behalf of the District. West Kern is here to serve and act as steward in protecting the District’s water supply and infrastructure. I value every employee assisting in this process and remain committed to working with the Board of Directors, citizens and industrial customers to secure a reliable water supply for the future. Sincerely, Harry O. Starkey General Manager

Dear Editor: Was I at the same public meeting as the Taft Midway Driller? According to the article yesterday (see “Ranchers, Others Ask for Grazing to Return to Bitter Creek,” May 3, 2010), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has a plan to burn the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Further, the article states that the Refuge is currently using “proscribed[sic] burning” as a management tool on the Refuge. The fact is, no prescribed burning has ever taken place on the Refuge. Further, the Service is not proposing to conduct prescribed burning on the Refuge. The purpose of the April 28 public meeting hosted by the Service was to gather information from the public for the Comprehensive Conservation Planning (CCP) process. The Service is in the initial “scoping” phase of planning. Therefore, we did not present management options or alternatives, because those won’t be developed until after we’ve heard from the public. It is unfortunate these inaccuracies were published because the article will perpetuate rumors and misconceptions that confuse and mislead the public. The

May 7-13, 2010 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has not conducted prescribed burns on Bitter Creek, and we’ve heard the community’s opposition to prescribed burning loud and clear as we begin drafting the 15-year management plan. For more information about the CCP planning process covering Bitter Creek, Blue Ridge and Hopper Mountain national wildlife refuges, please visit hoppermountain/ or contact me at (805) 644-5185. Sincerely, Michael Woodbridge Public Affairs Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex 2493 Portola Road, Ste. A Ventura, CA 93003 Editor: Response to False Allegations An article in the Midway Driller dated Tuesday, April 27th titled City employee union was told council ordered no raise is full of false allegations. Unlike Chuck Waide, I will not negotiate through the paper but I will correct inaccurate statements. None of the statements made are accurate. I am especially displeased that Chuck Waide and others continue to state that several management employees received significant raises in the past several years. In the case of Mr. Waide, we did not discuss “previous years” management raises because he had to leave the meeting early but we agreed to discuss at the next meeting that he had to cancel. I am looking forward to sharing the truth with Mr. Waide when he is able to meet. For all others, I have already proved that management employees did not receive the significant raises that have been falsely alleged.

Dear Editor: Seniors Beware The other morning about 10am I received a phone call from Vancouver from a young man that soundeed like my grandson. Since this grandson has been on a number of church missions, even to Panama, I didn’t question why he and his friends were in Vancouver. He had been in an accident while driving a rental car and was in jail and needed bail money. All I could think was that my grandson needed help. An “officer” then spoke to me, explaining carefully how much money was needed, the name to send it to and the address. I went to the bank, withdrew the money and took it to Western Union. A nice young clerk helped me fill out the paperwork because I was too upset to deal with it myself. The officer had said that my grandson would call me again in about 1 hour. He did and I told him that the money was on its way. Several more trips to Western Union and another phone call and I was told that there was a block on the money. A very nice supervisor looked over the paperwork and told me he was very sure that it was a fraud because his grandmother and him has been involved in the same thing. He phoned for me to a main office and found that it had been blocked because they were suspicious, checked it out and cancelled the transaction. Whew...All the money was returned to me and they suggested I report it to the Police Department, which i did. They thought it was a very good idea to write this letter. Finally at 3pm I returned home, tires and maybe a little bit smarter. Sincerely, Patricia Marwell

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New West Kern Water District General Manager Concerned About Water Supply Harry Starkey Seeking Secure Westside Water Supplies By Kent Miller A winter and spring with above average rainfall doesn’t mean the end to west Kern County’s water worries. That is a message Harry Starkey, new general manager of West Kern Water District, has for residents and businesses that rely on his agency to supply their water needs. “We need a number of high rainfall years,” said Starkey, who took his post with WKWD in April after nearly 12 years with Berrenda Mesa Water Storage District. “We need several wet years. But more important, we need a fix in the (Sacramento) Delta. “There will be modest growth (in the WKWD’s service area).” But the real problem is less water supply, not an increase in demand Harry Starkey, the West Kern Water Districts new General Manager for water in the district, he stands by a State Water Project map. said. Starkey, a 1985 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor of science degree, is a registered mechanical engineer. He replaced Jerry Pearson, who retired earlier this year as WKWD manager. After college, Starkey was a project engineer for Bolthouse Farms for 20 months, then spent 9½ years with Kern County Water Agency, serving as manager of the Cross Valley Canal for KCWA. From there, he was with Bookman Edmonston Engineering for nearly two years, serving as manager, before joining Berrenda Mesa and becoming general manager of that western Kern County water district. He has served on the Kern County Fan (groundwater recharging area) Monitoring Committee, the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association, and the Kern County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee, and is a member of the Bakersfield Downtown Rotary, where he is incoming president. Well-thought-of Starkey is well-thought-of in the water community and personality. “It was a pleasure working with Harry for the 12 years he was here with the district,” said Joe MacIlvaine, president of the board of Lost Hills-based Berrenda Mesa Water Storage District. “Harry’s a fine guy. He was looking for a new challenge, a bigger field to play in. “I’m confident he will do a great job for you guys out there. He’s a very capable, smart person. We were sorry to see him go.” Longtime friend Ben Stinson, of Stinson Stationers in Bakersfield, brought Starkey into the Bakersfield Downtown Rotary and knows him both professionally and as a friend. “He is very dedicated to his trade,” Stinson said. “We sold office supplies to him at Berrenda Mesa. He was very diligent in managing the district’s money.” WKWD hired a man who knows his business when it comes to water, he said. On a personal note, Stinson described Starkey as “very real” and someone who is fun to be around. “You take a road trip with him and it is very fun,” he said. “Some people, they make a three-hour trip seem like three days. Time flew with Harry.” Starkey is “very athletic and dedicated to his children,” Stinson said. A high school basketball player, Starkey loves to swim, surf, and snow ski, his friend said. “Joe (MacIlvaine) at Berrenda Mesa told me ‘they had tough shoes to fill’” with Starkey’s departure, Stinson said. Delta worries The water WKWD supplies to its customers comes from groundwater replenished by purchases from the State Water Project. The reliance on water from Northern California, rather than from the Kern River which 150 years ago used to regularly flood the Southern San Joaquin Valley, is the reason for Starkey’s concern over the Sacramento Delta and its water worries. The drought that has plagued California for much of this century and growing demand for water

Taft College Writers to Perform at Taft Crude Thursday, May 20th, students of Taft College’s creative writing class will read original poems, short stories, and nonfiction at Taft Crude Coffee House. The two hour event, beginning at noon, is the third public performance of the college writers. Based on the last two readings of the class, the performance promises to be lively, entertaining, funny, and a chance for writers and artists to network. In the midst of exciting recent developments in Taft’s literary and artistic culture, the college’s creative writing course continues to be a venue in which new writers can explore their craft and seasoned writers can experiment in new genres and hone their abilities. The Performance Fourteen students from the class have prepared their best selections from a variety of genres to publicly present at the Taft Crude event. Some of these are excerpts from original stories. The poetry


statewide to supply agriculture, industry, and people, and to preserve fisheries takes its toll on agencies like WKWD. “Where we see the effect of the water crisis in California is declining water levels in our project well field,” Starkey said. “We do groundwater banking. A series of wells recovers the water and pipelines move it into the district and distribute it. “This is the fourth year of maximum recovery from Kern water banks. There are record low groundwater levels. There is a huge economic dependence on the State Water Project. We need a healthy State Water Project.” In January 2004, the average district well was pumping from 193 feet, according to district literature. By June 2009, the depth had dropped to a record of 279 feet – a decline of 86 feet. Since June, the average well depth has improved by 29 feet, to 250, the district states. The deeper the water table the more power it takes to bring the water to the surface, adding to WKWD expenses. Main issue A canal around or through the Delta is the main state water issue, Starkey said. “There are biological issues in operation of Delta water (the salmon fishery and the Delta smelt),” he said. “We are challenging opinions in court.” A peripheral canal would take water bound for the southern part of California around the Delta. “We are well into the design process of the Peripheral Canal,” Starkey said. “(Gov.) Schwartznegger okayed the Delta Habitat Consortium Conveyance Plan. A long-term plan ... needs to ... (consider) farming inside the Delta as well as all the other stresses that need to be addressed in the Delta. High runoff years could cause problems (such as Delta dikes breaking and flooding).” Catastrophic events include huge saltwater intrusion from San Francisco Bay, making Delta water unusable and damaging the ecosystem, Starkey said. “It’s a huge issue,” he said. “(Hurricane) Katrina brought it into the light. It is still a significant problem to be dealt with. The Perepherial Canal would keep water from the Bay from intrusion (into the Sacramento Delta).” The cost and supply benefits of the canal are being studied for best overall results, Starkey said. There are options being studied including a canal swinging around the Delta and a tunnel through the Delta. “Water districts will pay off the bonds for the canal,” said. “The cost will be passed through to water users. “We need a number of high rainfall years. We need several such years. But more important, we need a fix in the Delta (to meet water needs).” Land purchase WKWD is in the process of purchasing 500 acres of farm land in the Rosedale area – not for what lies on the surface, but what lies beneath. “(It is) to develop a water banking project,” Starkey said. “The ground won’t be farmed, no active cultivation. There will be five new wells to go into the existing system. “It (the 500 acres) has 100,000 acre feet of water. It is banked but stranded in that area.” The district is paying $35 million for the first phase of the Rosedale project, with half of that the cost of the land, he said. Escrow is due to close in 30 to 60 days. The first phase is the land, wells and the pipelines to connect into WKWD’s system. The second phase includes developing the land to basins to recharge additional water and about two miles of pipeline to connect to the district’s Station A, at Highway 119 and the aqueduct. Formed in 1959 Starkey sees only modest growth in the number of WKWD customers. “The real burden is the impact on the water supply, not the increased growth (in customers),” he said. “The water supply fell through biological issues in the Delta. Demand growth isn’t the issue. I don’t see a big spike in population growth (in the Westside). It’s a water supply cut.” Another issue facing the district is its “huge infrastructure that is old,” Starkey said. “It must be cared for.” He doesn’t see an increase in WKWD personnel but the outsourcing of the work to upgrade district facilities will mean an increase in jobs in the area. WKWD serves more than 7,500 customers – residential, commercial, industrial, oil companies for enhanced crude recovery techniques, and co-generation facilities – in a 300-square-mile area on the Westside. The district includes Taft, Derby Acres, Dustin Acres, Fellows, Ford City, Maricopa, McKittrick, Tupman, Valley Acres, and the oilfields and power-generating facilities. On average, the district’s thirsty customers consume 23.4 million gallons per day. Formed in 1959, the district has an operating budget of $20 million and 43 employees. Its 960-acre aquifer is in the Kern River Basin, east of Tupman. There are eight production wells, six monitoring wells, 11 pump stations, and 250 miles of pipeline. Twenty-five storage tanks are spread around the district, from McKittrick in the northwest, to Tupman and along Highway 119 at the California Aqueduct in the northeast, to a pair in the south at Maricopa. The tap water that serves Taft travels 17 mile through pipelines to reach customers. Throughout the district, there are 66 sample stations with 838 water samples taken each year to monitor quality. Effective with the June billing, WKWD’s residential customers will pay $16.48 bimonthly for the first 1,000 cubic feet or less of water used. Going over 1,000 cubic feet bimonthly will cost $1.65 per 100 cubic feet up to 3,000 cubic feet. Over 3,000 cubic feet, a residential customer will pay $1.18 per 100 cubic feet. Starting in June, industrial customers will have a minimum charge per meter per month of $65 for 2-inch to 4-inch lines and of $106 per meter per month for 6-inch lines. Industrial users will pay $2.13 for all water up to 3,000 cubic feet and $2.57 per 100 cubic feet for all water over 3,000 cubic feet. of the class ranges from traditional verse forms on confessional topics to avant-garde experiments in the traditions of the L = A = N = G = U = A = G = E movement and the New York School. Joey Stockman, who is currently completing his fourth consecutive semester of creative writing, specializes in a hybrid form of his own design—journalistic vignettes with sonic qualities more often typifying verse than prose. Nonfiction pieces created by students range from their own criticism of contemporary works to endearing—and sometimes hilarious—portraits of local life for citizens of West Kern. The Students Since the class may be repeated or audited, the group varies from semester to semester, always keeping some members of the previous class and welcoming newcomers. While some of the students in the class have chosen it to meet an English degree requirement, others are simply members of the community seeking a forum for their creative voices. Continued on Page 13



May 7-13, 2010

New TV Pilot to be Produced in Taft by Local Television Producer

New TV Pilot to be Produced in Taft by Local Television Producer

A new Television pilot will be produced in Taft beginning late May or early June. The pilot is being created, written and directed by former Taft resident and TUHS Drama Teacher, Regina (Bench) Ainsworth, and in conjunction with Don Gillaspie of Chroma Teleproduction. Ainsworth has developed a one-hour musical dramedy in the vein of programming currently found on the ABC Family channel. Combining the multicultural and socioeconomic diversity and sense of melodramatic fun of “Glee”, the artistic variety of “Fame”, and the small town rooting-for-theunderdog lines of “Friday.

On Thursday, May 13, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., Taft College and the Taft College Foundation will conduct a Ribbon Cutting/Unveiling Ceremony for their Science-Technology-EngineeringMathematics (STEM) Mobile Lab (aka “Victory”).

Night Lights”, the “Untitled Ainsworth Project” will feature local talent and a story that is sure to resonate within the community and hopefully throughout the nation. “Don Gillaspie can be credited for the start up of this production” claims Ainsworth. “He wanted an opportunity to bring together local talent as well as showcasing the hometown feel Taft has to offer.” The timing of the project was perfect, as Regina and her husband Scott Ainsworth are just about to launch their own entertainment company. “We are still in the early phases, developing our business model and coming up with a unique brand, but we’re very excited about returning to Taft to film what will be our first project under our company banner.” The premise of the story centers on a recession ridden town whose local school districts have been forced to eliminate all arts education budgets. The parents and business owners, standing behind their budding artists, create an after hours program to give their youth a chance to flourish. “The Project” combines youth of all ages, from varying backgrounds and forms of artistry and becomes a rally point for the circumstances surrounding an area ransacked by “tough economic times.” Through the journey of “The Project” the town becomes revitalized. It’s the story of getting creative, paying it forward, and that in the giving comes the greatest reward. Auditions will be held all day on Saturday, May 22nd at Chroma Teleproduction’s studio located at 407 ½ Center Street. All ages, types and performers are invited to audition. Please prepare a 30 second monologue, song, or dance that best showcases your ability and has something to say about you as an artist. If your talent is musically related, please be prepared to perform/play the entire song, though initially only a 30 second selection will be viewed. Check back in a couple of weeks for further details. The “Untitled Ainsworth Project” is still open for shooting locations. If you have a home or business that you would like featured in this pilot, please contact Don Gillaspie at 763-4405.

This unit was designed in conjunction with members from the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the Lewis Center for Education Research (LCER), and supported by the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) program. “Victory” is designed to service local K-12 institutions in stimulating interest in STEM career fields. Students will control and operate a 110-foot, 500-ton deep space radio telescope to study a variety of radio sources in space. They will be able to collect and analyze data that is transferred into a database used by professional scientists worldwide. Students at the LCER have access to GAVRT at their school in Apple Valley and have contributed to an actual NASA space mission by helping supplement spacecraft telemetry data received by the LCROSS mission operation team. The mobile unit will allow students in West Kern County to access the same information at their schools and work with various NASA missions. This project is Taft College’s commitment to fulfill the President’s challenge to increase degrees and career opportunities in STEM fields. Taft College plans to use “Victory” to help promote educational opportunities for career paths for employment in areas that are of major economic impact to Kern County, including agriculture, engineering, geology and oil. The first priority for applicable use will be all schools in West Kern County. A Federal Grant provided initial funding for the project, in addition to matching grant funds provided by major corporate sponsors. The STEM Corporate Circle partnership includes Chevron, Sempra Energy Foundation, and Synagro. Each of these corporations has committed to major funding to enable “Victory” to provide services, at no cost, to local schools in the target communities. The Ribbon Cutting/Unveiling Ceremony will recognize the three corporate sponsors, as well as provide tours demonstrating some of the capabilities of “Victory.” The public is cordially invited to come at 2:00 Taft College and participate in this ground breaking event that will impact local industries for many years to come. For more information, please contact Sheri Horn-Bunk, Director Foundation & Development, at 661.763.7936 or


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Westside News Business Briefs City Council Picks New The Taft Independent Have Moved to New Planning Commissioner Downtown Location, 508 Center Street

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Greg Grey of Taft was selected by the Taft City Council to fill a vacancy on the Taft Planning Commission at Tuesday’s council meeting. Grey said was pleased to be picked to serve on the council and looked to moving the city forwad on planning issues. Grey is also president of the Citizens for the Betterment of Taft.

Needing room to expand, thanks to our readers and advertisers, the Taft Independent has moved from its location at 210 6th Street to our new location in downtown at 508 Center Street. The larger storefront and office space is located between Next Step Cardio Fitness Club and Miller’s Beauty Supply, near the Fox Theater. Our mascots and official greeters Charlie (front) and Frankie (inside door) are seen here at our new storefront. Needless to say, we are proud to be Taft’s other source of news and information, and want to thank all our readers and advertisers for making our newspaper a popular read from the Cuyama Valley to the Westside of Kern County.

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4. 123 North 10th Street. Mobile Home Park space #116. First street on your left when you enter park. 8am-? Coffee table and end tables, Queen size head board and misc. 5. 303 1/2 Tyler Street. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 6. 207 E. Woodrow. 7am-? Alley entrance. 7. 514 Rainier. Saturday 7am-? Pre-Moving Sale. Furniture, appliances, C.B. Radio with antenna, baby items, and a lot more stuff! 8. 201 B. Street. Saturday 7am-? 9. 515 Buena Vista Street. Sat-Sun 8-3. Everything From A-Z Corner of Buena Vista & Naylor 10. 301 Tyler Street. Saturday 7am-? Furniture, appliance, house wares, parts and old stuff. 11. 200 Supply Row at 2nd Street. Saturday 8am-? and Sunday 11am? Antiques, collectables, refridgerator, misc. 12. 503 Tyler Street. Saturday 7am-? Girlie Garage Sale. Girls, juniors, baby clothing and items. NO TOOLS! 13. 436 Phillippine Street. Patio Set, new stuffed animals, BBQ, dvd player, DVDs, Karaoke machine, videos, small furniture. 14. 313 Taylor Street Saturday and Sunday 7am-2pm 15. 605 Fillmore Street 6:30AM-? Tons of clothes for junior girls and boys, houseware, garden decor, books and lots of neat stuff 16. 615 Woodrow Street Saturday 7am to Noon. Baby items, clothing for kids and adults, washer. 17. 410 Lucard Street. Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am -? Alley entrance. Antiques, rocking horses, odds and ends, misc. 18. 616 Westover Avenue Saturday 7am-12:30pm 19. 730 Phillippine Street Saturday 9:30am-? 20. 611 South Street. Saturday 8am-? 21. 318 Lierly Saturday 7am-? 22. 312 Sunset Lane. Saturday 8am-? Getting rid of all PARTYLITE inventory, children’s and adult clothing, toys, gadgets, small appliances and lots of everything else. Absolutely NO early birds! 23. 12 Cypress Lane Saturday and Sunday 6:30am - Noon. 24. 119 Madison Street Saturday and Sunday 8am- Noon. Furniture, air compressor with hose, air conditioner, misc. will negotiate. 25. 418 Sierra Street Saturday 6:30am-? 26. 415 Center Street. Ribbonz ‘N Curlz Bowtique. 27. 426 Center Street. Acme Jewelry. 28. 810 Center Street. Ben’s Books. Books, records, appliances, household items. 29. 510 Center Street. Miller’s Beauty Supply 10am-2pm. Hair care and supplies. Accessories, pictures, portraits, prints, and posters. 30. 423 Center Street. Personal Style Salon and Boutique. Saturday Sale. Mother’s Day sale and savings! 31. 419 Center Street Kids Stop. Saturday Sale. 32. 617 Center Street Westside Furniture. Memorial Day Sale 9am5pm. 33. 430 Center Street Jacks Flower Shop. Pick up one of our in store plants just in time for Mother’s Day. 34. 408 Center Street Emy’s Variety Store 35. 1301 Kern Street. 9 a.m. Tools, Clothing, Furniture, multi-family.

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Taft United Methodist Church Celebrates 100 Years


• From the completion of this first church services were held in it until October 1912. Then, under the direction of Reverend F.P. Morgan the building was moved to a fine location on the corner of Pico and Asher streets in South Taft. Mr. Jamieson allowed the church to use the lots gratis. • On Sunday, August 13, 1922 the church burned. Under the leadership of Reverend O.M. Butterfield, resident pastor at that time, a large serviceable Sunday School plant was erected. This building was dedicated by Reverend George Warmer of Bakersfield, March 30th, 1924. The total cost was $16,000.00, paid by local subscription. The final payment was made in August 1927.

Taft United Methodist Church photo from 1910. The Taft United Methodist Church Celebrated their 100 year anniversary on Sunday, April 25th. The following are some facts and events about the beginnings of the church as recorded by Bro. A.W. Perry of Montpelier, Indiana. • Brother A. W. Perry of Montpelier, Indiana moved to the new oil town of Taft, California in October 1909. He was at once impressed with the lack of and need for religious instruction in a locality where Satan seemed to hold undisputed sway. Assisted by his wife, Brother and Sister J.N. Ripple, Sisters Anna and C.D. Mattison and others, he at once organized a Sabbath School, which met each Sunday afternoon at the Taft Pavilion, and also a branch school, which met Sunday morning, under the management of Mrs Perry at the Mascot Lease, to accommodate the little children who were unable to come to afternoon service. • Brother Perry communicated with Dr. H.W. Peck, D.S. of this District, setting out conditions at Taft, and requesting that a man be sent to look after the spiritual needs of the community. In January 1910, in response to this request, Evangelist Arthur C. Buckner, came to Taft, to look over the field with a view to organizing a church. He held a number of services in the Taft Pavilion, visited the people and reported to Dr. Peck that the need was great and recommended the appointment of a man at once, to take charge of the work and build a church. Acting upon the report of Evangelist Buckner, Dr. Peck appointed J.E. Jayne as pastor of the church. The said pastor arrived upon the battlefield on the 10th day of Feb. 1910 and found a typical western boom shanty town in the midst of the desert, and no accommodations, there being several men for every bed in town. • The first preaching service was held by the pastor on Feb. 13th in the Taft Pavilion at 3:30 p.m. and from that time until April 10th Sunday School and preaching services were held in said building, at which time the management refused the use of the building for the reason that the evil dance and saloon curse had been attacked in the services and the said management was interested in both the dance and the saloon, a weekly dance was being conducted in the pavilion, and a saloon conducted by one of the proprietors.

• When the new church was completed it was used for school. The town had grown so much that the old Conley School could not accommodate all the youngsters and the church and all available buildings in town were commandeered for classrooms until Taft Primary School was finished to ease the load on Conley School. • As the membership increased and the need for expansion was felt more definitely, the congregation began to plan for a new church in a new location. • In January 1936 a purchase of five lots from the Petroleum Club was negotiated. These lots are located on the corner of Seventh and North Streets in the city of Taft.

May 7-13, 2010

West Side Regional Occupational Program West Side Regional Occupational Program students from Taft and Maricopa participated in the 13th Annual Skills Olympics on Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Kern High School District Regional Occupational Center in Bakersfield along with more than 400 students from around Kern County. West Side Regional Occupational Program (WSROP) Students competed in three (3) of the 20 different categories and were judged by local business professionals. Rich House’s Construction Trades student team won first place. The team included: Jacob Harris, Hayden Smith, David Dominguez, David Garcia, and alternate Eyvon Frausto. In the Automotive Technology competition, Don Thornsberry’s participants took all awards in the individual competition! Woody Trout placed first, with Ethan Robinson and Sam Mead, second and third, respectively. Occupational fields for competition included ag/diesel mechanics, auto body repair, auto technology, banking and finance, bookkeeping/accounting, business enterprises, carpentry/ construction, computer technology, cosmetology, fashion merchandising, graphic arts, law enforcement, math, medical assistant, nursing assistant, office secretary, retail/professional sales, teacher assistant, welding and wildland fire fighting.

• Work was started on the building on December 9, 1936. The structure was completed May 15, 1937. The first service was held in the new church on Mother’s Day, May 9, 1937. The following Sunday, May 16, 1937, the building was dedicated to God. • Through the years after the present church was built our Sunday school continued to grow. It soon became evident that something had to be done to enlarge our Sunday school plant. Also, the house next door which had been purchased for a parsonage had deteriorated so badly that it was not worth while trying to repair. The house was torn down and the lot converted to church parking lot. • A professional fundraiser was called in to direct us in raising the money for our building project. The money was raised in a comparatively short time and the education wing on the East Side of the church was begun in 1957. It was finished and ready for our youngsters in 1958. • The remaining large stained glass windows and the small ones overhead were installed. Sunday morning May 25, 1969 the parking lot was dedicated during the Sunday School hour.

Rich House’s Construction Trades Students: Jacob Harris, Hayden Smith, David Dominguez, David Garcia, and alternate Eyvon Frausto.

• At the two o’clock worship service the windows were formally dedicated with the donors and members of their families taking part in the ceremony. • Had it not been for having to re-incorporate our church now that we are “The First United Methodist Church of Taft” our sixtieth birthday would have passed unnoticed.

Don Thornsberry’s Automotive Technology Students: Woody Trout, Ethan Robinson and Sam Mead. • We now have a good-sized youth group, many of whom take part in church services and many other activities. Our young married group has grown, and there is continued interest among our older member. For the full original story of the beginnings of Methodism in Taft by Bro. A.W. Perry of Motpelier, Indiana please see it on our facebook page. The Taft Independent Newspaper.

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May 7-13, 2010

203 K Rehabilitation Loan Program by Karri Christensen The Taft area has affordable housing for sale; however, many of the properties are in need of repairs in order qualify the house for first time home buyer loan programs, which many people are using to purchase homes. How do you get around this? Very simply, by using what is referred to as a 203k loan program.


There are two possible choices for the FHA Rehabilitation Loan Programs (203)k –the Regular Rehabilitation 203k, and the Streamline Rehabilitation Loan. Both allow for repairs to the property to be financed. The repair costs are funded at the time the loan closes, which then said funds are distributed through escrow upon completion of the repairs. This means that the escrow closes (house is paid for from the purchase loan), and then the repairs are completed and paid for- then you move in! After qualifying for the FHA loan program, the buyer ,using either 203k loan programs, must

contribute the minimum down payment of 3 ½ % of the total cost of the home and repairs. For example the house is purchased for $80,000 and the repairs are $20,000 so that the total amount of the loan is $100,000. The buyer would then need a minimum down payment of $3,500. Because of the high rate of REO’s on the market and with so many persons qualifying for the first time home buyer loan programs, this makes for a great tool towards homeownership. However, not all of the features offered in the regular rehab are available with the streamline.

11 In the Streamline Rehab program there is no minimum required repair threshold and the maximum limit on repairs is $35,000. No general contractor’s detailed drawings or architectural drawings are required; a licensed and bonded contractor must perform the work. Payment to the contractor is set up in no more than two payments. There are no special inspections requirements if the cost of repairs remains under $15,000. A money reserve in the repair loan or contingency is not required although your lender may require one anyways. Eligible repairs for the streamline include: replacement or repairs of roofs, gutters, downspouts, heating/cooling and a/c systems, plumbing and electrical systems, flooring, windows, doors, exterior siding, well, and septic systems. Minor repairs include remodeling (not structural), painting interior and/or exterior, free standing appliances such as range, refrigerator, washer/dryer, etc. (NOTE: this list is not allinclusive). Ineligible for the streamline program are major rehabs such as moving weight baring walls, room additions, and new construction. This would also include any work that requires detailed drawings or architectural exhibits, or repairs of structural damage. Landscaping is not included with either program. All work must be completed within 60 days of the start period. With the Regular Rehab there is threshold of a minimum of $5,000. There is no maximum limit of repairs, however, general contractor and normal architectural drawings are required. There is an allotment of up to five payments to the contractor who must be licensed and bonded. An FHA Inspector is required for all repairs no matter what the loan amounts are. Unlike the Streamline Rehab loan a 10% contingency reserve is required although the lender may require more. All work must be completed within 6 months of closing escrow. In addition to the items that are allowed to be repaired in the Streamline Rehab, the Regular Rehab allows for structural changes, room additions, and additional living units (as allowed by the city). And up to 6 months of mortgage payments can be financed into the loan. If any of the funds designated to repairs in either program are not used, the borrower does not receive the difference in cash. The money is not lost however; it is applied to the principle loan amount of the borrower. In the end there will be only one loan on the property. Home ownership is made easier with the 203K loan programs. Many times for the cost of rent and sometimes even less, a person can purchase a home and start investing in their future. You may contact Karri Christensen at 661-332-6597 or stop by at 325 Kern Street in Taft for more information.


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By Dr. Harold Pease As the federal government grows and becomes ever more intrusive on our liberties, more people then ever before are looking to the Constitution to save us. Of particular interest is the list of the things the federal government is entitled to do, identified in Section 8. During this time in history, the colonies had just rejected Parliament’s attempt to gain more power over them; in fact the cause of the American Revolution was excessive government. As a result, the states knew they needed to handcuff the federal government so that unrestrained government could never happen again. In the Constitutional Convention they decided to only forfeit specific powers to the federal government, and those powers were things that the states agreed that they could not reasonably do themselves. All areas not mentioned were to remain with the states. There are many less well-known facts to keep in mind as you review Section 8. Convention delegates curiously placed every power in one sentence with 18 paragraphs. This strange construction was to make it even more difficult for future power grabbers to isolate and enhance a power. Everything had to be considered in the context of the one sentence. The Founders gave the federal government only four areas of power: taxes, paying the debts, providing for the general welfare (that’s not the same as providing the general welfare), and providing for the common defense. That is it. All four powers are identified before the first semi colon. Everything that follows are simply qualifiers of these four. The Founders did not dare to leave the phrase “general welfare” for future power grabbers, as there is no telling what they could do with this vague concept if left undefined. They understood that it is the nature of all governments to grow. As a result, clauses 2-9 list 14 powers that comprise “general welfare.” Five deal with borrowing money, regulating its value, and dealing with counterfeiting. The other nine powers include naturalization, bankruptcies, establishing post offices, protecting inventors and authors, establishing “tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court” and “regulating commerce with foreign nations and among the several states.” National health care is not anywhere near the 14 powers detailing general welfare. For this reason national health care is unconstitutional. If national healthcare can be prostituted from this list anything can, thus ending any pretense of a government with limited powers. We might as well have a sentence that Congress can make any rules they like. This section is hated by big government advocates who do everything they can to explain it away. They are betting on the likelihood that you and I won’t read and understand this section nor hold them accountable to it. They cleverly disguise their policies to try and force them to fit into these categories, and whether they actually do or not is irrelevant to them. For this reason your liberty is under fire. Read Article I Section 8 and keep it marked for frequent reference. Send this column to your friends and neighbors. Hold your leaders accountable at the polls. Be on the side of freedom in this fight against tyranny. Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his articles, please visit


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Westside Horoscopes

Redevelopment: A Closer Look

by Jessy McCulloch

Aries (March 21-April 19): This may be a tough pill to swallow, but you’re going to have to apologize to someone you don’t have a lot of respect for. There’s really no other option here. Taurus (April 20-May 20): What you’re going through right now will change your life forever. Whether it’s for the better or for the worse, well only you can really decide and control that. Gemini (May 21-June 20): It’s always good to go with your gut, but sometimes you’ve got to let your head into the equation. Here’s a hint: This is one of those times. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): Things are going to be more than a little stressful around your place for the next few weeks, but in the end this will be completely worth it. Leo ( July 23-August 22): Use your time in new surroundings to explore and try something new and different. Just because it’s not what you’re used to doesn’t mean you won’t love it. Virgo (August 23-September 22): Let yourself feel a little jealous if it will help motivate you to change your own situation. There’s no reason you can’t have what you want most. Libra (September 23-October 22): This is going to be a very tough week for someone you love very much. They’re going to need you every step of the way, so be ready to just be there. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): It takes two to make a relationship, but it really only takes one to destroy it. Let yourself be angry, but then let go. Anyone who could do this is not worth it. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): While it’s impossible to forget after forgiving something like this, it can and should at least move to the back of your mind and out of the front. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Giving someone the benefit of the doubt can certainly backfire, but in this case you really don’t have any better options. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): A co-worker is taking a big step by inviting you to this outing, so don’t do anything to make them regret it. Pisces (February 20-March 20: You’re going to need more drive and focus at work in the coming weeks than you’ve needed all year. But believe me when I say it will not go unnoticed. If your birthday is this week: You made a mistake and so you’re going to have to suck it up and take whatever lumps come at you as a result. But when and if you start to feel like a punching bag, it’s time to stand up and say “Enough!” You can’t change what happened, you can only make amends and you’re making more than enough of those.

by Robert Gorson The first article described how redevelopment started and what redevelopment funds may be used for generally and the 2nd article described how redevelopment benefits communities and improves the lives of its community stakeholders. This article takes a closer look at the economic impact of redevelopment activities. California has 397 active redevelopment agencies in communities throughout the state. Redevelopment’s economic contribution to California’s economy was $40.79 Billon in FY 2006-2007 and 303,946 jobs were created. During that single fiscal year, more than $2 Billion in new State and local taxes were generated due to redevelopment activities. Similarly, 78,750 units of affordable housing was built or rehabilitated since 1995 and 18,522 units of low and moderate income housing is expected to built or refurbished over the next two years by redevelopment agencies. After the federal government, redevelopment agencies are the 2nd largest funder of affordable housing in California! While redevelopment agencies are probably the least understood local government entity, redevelopment agencies breathe new life into areas in need of revitalization and create new opportunities in the areas of local communities that most need it. The primary purpose of redevelopment agencies is to build better communities. Redevelopment agencies invest local dollars to support and create jobs, eliminate blight, and strengthen local economies by building safe, healthy, affordable and sustainable communities throughout California. The California Redevelopment Association (CRA) advocates for the interests of city and county redevelopment agencies before the California Legislature and Administration, preserves, protects and promotes the tools of redevelopment, conducts professional development seminars and conferences, and provides public information and education on redevelopment issues and activities. The next and future articles will describe a new Strategic Plan for Redevelopment and interesting related topics. If you are interested in learning more about how redevelopment activities benefit communities, please visit the CRA website at HYPERLINK "" , visit the City of Taft website at HYPERLINK "" or contact Taft City Manager Bob Gorson at (661) 763-1222, ext. 12.

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Taft College Students: Continued from Page 5 This is a group of students whose very makeup challenges many of the less than flattering stereotypes of Taft and our community. Stereotype #1: Taft is a “cultural wasteland.” The existence of this group and their creative output dispels, or at least mitigates, this stereotype. Stereotype #2: It’s impossible to ever get published. The class studies the art of submitting creative work for publication. Last semester Jeremy Benson, a repeating student, published a piece of fiction in Nights and Weekends as the result of a class assignment. Krystal Aldis publishes fan fiction prolifically in a variety of online publications. Every member of the class self-publishes a brief collection in chapbook form as their final. Stereotype #3: Community college students never transfer. Those students in the class who are leaving Taft College this semester have big plans and have already been accepted to excellent transfer institutions. Jeremy Benson will begin a Bachelor’s program in Linguistics at CSU Northridge, Roia Liljeroos will pursue English at CSUB; Joe Mitchell has been accepted to Southern Oregon University and California Institute of the Arts as an acting major; Katie Meyers is going to FIDM to work toward a career in the fashion industry; and Ryan Vaughn has been named the recipient of a prestigious grant that will allow him to spend some of his academic career studying in Europe. The Cultural Context To some students, the creative writing class may seem like a cultural oasis in city that is plagued by stereotypes like those I mentioned above. In light of recent events in Taft though, many stemming from the activity of the college itself, this simile is shown to be misleading. Last month, Dr David Layne, Professor of Business and previous member of the creative writing class, successfully launched a multimedia extravaganza at the H20 club. The event, “An Evening with The Arts” featured visual art by Dr Mimi Collins, Renae Ginther, and crafts by Ray and Lodema Hatch, as well a dance performance, a Shakespearian soliloquy, readings from local writers, and a dramatic interpretation of works of Langston Hughes by Dr Layne himself and Professor Jessica Grimes. Daniel Ayora closed the evening with sidesplitting standup. Additionally, Professor Grimes began the Taft College Book Club in fall of 2008, and it has continued to thrive since then. Sonja Swenson’s art students visit the Getty Museum as part of their curriculum, and recently original works of past students’ have been showcased in the Taft College Library. Friends of the Taft College Library continue to host events and take community initiative to boost literacy here in Taft. During the current semester, members of Taft College’s creative writing class have formed a campus club dedicated to the publication of an annual literary journal edited by Taft College students. The magazine will accept submissions from anyone wishing to see work in print, but will only select a limited number for their issues. If you are interested in seeing your work in print, look for a call for submissions late in May at Taft Crude or in the pages of the Taft Independent. What You Can Do If you’re interested in exploring your creative side, don’t be a victim of the stereotypes! Taft College’s open enrollment begins May 17. Courses in music appreciation, art, design, computer imaging, literature—and of course creative writing—are being offered. The Taft College Book Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at Ben’s Books, and they would be more than happy to see fresh faces there. To hear original works of local authors and see their handmade books, attend the performance of Taft College’s creative writing class at Taft Crude, Thursday, May 20th, at 12:00p.m.


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