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August 6-12, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 6

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

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Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Maricopa Chmaber of Commerce Pancake and Waffle Breakfast Saturday, August 7th The Maricopa Chamber of Commercewill be hosting their monthly pancake and waffle breakfast on Saturday, August 7th at the Taft Veterans Hall, located on the corner of Cedar and Taylor Street. Breakfast is $6 per person and children 6 years of age and younger eat free with a paying adult. Fight for Wrestling Benefit at CSUB Saturday, August 14th

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Saturday, August 14th marks the second installment of Fight for Wrestling live from the CSUB Icardo Center, doors open at 5pm. All proceeds will go directly to the CSUB Athletic department for the Wrestling program. This event will feature some of California’s best up and coming fighters in an action-packed night of MMA bouts that will leave the fans excited to help the cause. Tickets available at Next Step Cardio, 506 Center Street.

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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 Assistant Managing Editor Advertising Sales Manager Jessica Wallis Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller Jessy McCulloch

Taft 1st Assembly and Taft Community Resource Center will be giving away backpacks filled with school supplies Sunday, August 15th, 10:30 am, 314 Asher Avenue. Teen Challenge Kids Club will be hosting the event. Free hot dogs will be handed out and gently used clothing will be available. Optimal Hospice Care is offering a combination Basic Orientation and Patient Family Support Training Wednesday, August 18th Optimal Hospice Care is offering a combination Basic Orientation and Patient Family Support Training Session for new volunteers on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, from 10am-2pm. If you have always wanted to give back to your community and have not found the perfect fit - give hospice volunteering a try. We are looking for caring individuals who can provide companionship, crafts, hairstyling, pet therapy, karaoke singing, light house keeping, bereavement care, etc. etc. etc. Students are encouraged to fulfill their community service hours requirements by volunteering for hospice. If you have a heart for it - we have a home for you here in our program. We are actively searching for Registered/Certified Pet Therapy Teams in the outlying areas, including Kern Valley. Call the Volunteer Department today to reserve your seat or to inquire about the volunteer program. 661-716-4000 or email ARC Barbeque Saturday, August 21st The ARC will be having a BBQ on Saturday, August 21st from 11am to 2pm at 204 Van Buren St. Tri tip, salad, beans, roll, drink and dessert. Lunch ticket includes a drawing for Harris Ranch Meat Basket. $10 per plate. Raffle tickets for other prizes are available. 6 tickets for $15 or $1 each. A Western BBQ and Fashion Show Thursday, August 26th The Historic Fort presents A Western BBQ and Fashion Show. Thursday evening, August 26th. Social hour begins at 5pm, dinner at 6pm followed by the fashion show. Tickets are $20, advance tickets are recommended. Vahnitas famous Western BBQ will be served for dinner with Titianian Rush as the evenings entertainment. Fashion and accessories will be provided by Personal Style, A Hint of Class, Close Quarters, Shaw’s Western Shop and My Blues. For more information contact The Fort at 765-7371. Vegetarian Luncheon Fundraiser Sunday, September 12th Sunday, September 12th a Vegetarian Luncheon Fundraiser will take place at The Fort from 1pm to 3pm to raise money for The Fort, The Abused Women’s Shelter, and SDA Community Service. Tickets are $10 and available at Dr. Walker’s, 700 Center Street, All in the Sandwich, 700 Kern Street, and J&D Recycling, 1277 Kern Street.

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News Briefs Local Candidate Office Filing Deadline Today at 5 p.m. By Kent Miller With only hours left to turn in completed paperwork, the once cloudy pictures in eight Westside elections in November are becoming clearer. Incumbents and challengers in two city council, and four education, one water and one health care board races had to turn in paperwork by Friday evening to be on the ballot. The only exception was if one or more of the incumbents in a race did not file. Then the deadline for challengers to file in that race is extended until Wednesday evening, Aug. 11. As of Friday morning, the filing status for the eight races was: Taft council Challengers Dee Bankston, Greg Gray and Gypsy Freeman have turned in paperwork for three open seats on the Taft City Council as of Friday morning, according to the Kern County Election Board, which only has information on those who have filed. Incumbents Paul Linder, Randy Miller and Cliff Thompson have taken out paperwork, City Clerk Louise Hudgens said. So too has challenger Orchel Krier. The incumbents each are seeking a third four-year term. Maricopa council In Maricopa, Virgil Bell, Gail Bullard, Diane Emfinger, John Horn and Cynthia Tonkin have turned in paperwork for the two open seats, the Election Board reported. Incumbent Jeff Westenberger has taken out paperwork, as have challengers John Ashcraft, Kristin Blanco, Kasey Henderson and Roy Parker, a city spokesperson said. Incumbent James Owens hadn’t taken out paperwork as of Thursday afternoon. Incumbent city Treasurer Dorine Horn has turned in paperwork, the Election Board reported. Education boards Two incumbents and three challengers have turned in paperwork for the three open seats on the Maricopa Unified School District Board of Education, according to the Elections Board. Incumbents Linda Owens and Alberta Stubblefield are joined by challengers Christine Higgins, Barry Lindmann and Rockey Shafer, the Elections Board reported. Incumbent Ted Destrampe hadn’t turned in paperwork as of Friday morning. Incumbents Les Clark and Michael McCormick have turned in paperwork for Taft City School District’s board, the county office reported. No challengers have turned in paperwork for the two open seats as of Friday morning. Incumbents Stan Barrett, Jeremy Gregory and Carl Twisselman III, and challenger Ken Anderson have turned in paperwork for the three open seats on Taft Union High School District’s board. Incumbents Larry Buttke, Dawn Cole and Carolyn Hosking have turned in paperwork for three open seats on the West Kern Community College District’s board. So too has challenger Michael Long. Water and health Incumbents Tom LeClair and Stephen Steinhoffer have turned in paperwork for the two open seats on West Kern Water District’s Board of Directors. So too have challengers Barry Jameson and Scott Niblett, the Election Board reported Friday morning. Incumbents Eric Cooper and Barbara LaBrut have turned in paperwork for the three open seats on Westside Health Care District’s board as of Friday morning, the Elections Board said. Incumbent Chuck Hagstrom had not turned in paperwork as of Friday morning.

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Dear Editor, I am writing to you in response to what has been happening in our little town of Maricopa.One day, two weeks ago, I was coming up Poso street heading to the Shell station. I noticed this hispanic man standing on the corner across from the motel, but on the same side of the street as the Shell Station. Much to my surprise, I noticed the Maricopa Police make a u-turn in front of the motel and pulled up right behind this man. There were two policeman in the car. I watched them get out of the car and one of the officers put the hispanic man’s hand behind his back and proceeded to frisk him. At that point, I walked into the Shell Station. When I came out a few minutes later, I saw this man walking up to the station. I asked this other hispanic man if he would ask the one man why he was stopped. The other man said he had no idea why he was stopped, that that was the second time this has happened to him. When does this stop? Who is policing the police? Jackie Williams

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I am writing in response to your article in the Taft Independent July 30 issue. Our last police chief finally left on his own, or was forced to go, a while ago for various offenses. Now we seem to have a carbon copy of that self proclaimed dictator. Merritt and Ayala seem to have teamed up to make life miserable for the citizens of Maricopa most of them poor or elderly - all just trying to live in peace and quiet. I am 73 years old and had no idea of all the tickets being handed out - by mainly police cadets, L hear. The citizens of Maricopa have no idea of how to go about getting some official to investigate the situation. That is why we call t.v. stations and write to newspapers. I attended a council meeting a couple months ago. Like the meeting the Independent reported on, there was no public attendance and I couldn’t even hear the coucil members as they talked amoung themselves. They had mikes, but didn’t have them on - seemingly purpously. They, through their actions discourage attendance. The council preys on the citizens here - our garbage fee is $300 a yr. - the highest of any surrounding cities. I have no idea what course to take to rid ourselves of these paracites. I only know something must be done. This is a dying city, and has been for years. Merritt and the city councils actions will only hasten the death of Maricopa. I pray some person or group will see fit to help us in getting rid of these people and let us resume our lives without being preyed upon by government officials, who as you say make their own rules and don’t just enforse the rules already in place. Thank you.

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By Kent Miller The big news that came out of Tuesday’s Taft City Council meeting wasn’t on the agenda. Longtime City Attorney Katherine Gibson announced during the meeting that she will be leaving her position with the city in December. That month will be the 21st anniversary of her becoming the city’s contract attorney. Gibson receives a retainer of $4,000 a month for supplying legal services as needed by the city, a staff member said. And before the meeting, Councilmember Cliff Thompson told The Independent that he had decided to seek reelection to the five-member city council. Less than a week ago, Thompson had said that he was still undecided on whether he would seek another four-year term. On Thursday evening, the city council met in closed session to discuss at least two lawsuits that Thompson has filed against the city. Thompson has claimed that the city clerk has been slow to respond to his requests for public information, and lost a recent $500,000 claim against the city for defamation of character. Thompson reportedly is suing the city because of the slow response to his records requests, and because several city employees alledged that he that Thompson was harassing them at work. Thomspon was recently censured by the city council for employee harassment. The two other incumbents, Paul Linder and Randy Miller, had previously announced their intentions to run again. All three are seeking their third terms. Gibson’s announcement came as a surprise, two councilmembers said. “We were as surprised as anybody,” Linder said of Gibson’s announcement. “She is moving on to explore some new options ... to other adventures in her life.” Councilmember Miller echoed Linder’s comments. “We wish her well,” the councilmembers said. Councilmember Thompson noted that Katherine Gibson and her husband, John Gibson, have served the community well. The Gibsons operate the legal firm of Gibson & Gibson in Bakersfield. “I was fortunate enough to work with Kathy for almost 10 years,” Thompson said. “She has served the City of Taft very well. “I am sorry to see her go, but I can understand why she is leaving. She served not only the City of Taft but the Taft community. John was born and raised in Taft. They are part of our Taft family.” The city will start soon to obtain a new contract attorney, he said. “We need to get the new city attorney on board by the 1st of December – if not earlier,” Thompson said. “It will take a month to get switched over.” Gibson did not return calls Thursday and Friday seeking information on her plans for the future. I think it is time for the people of Maricopa to stand up and say “ WE HAD ENOUGH “. Cynthia Tonkin

Editor, According to the Maricopa Police Department’s monthly activity log, the police force in Maricopa consists of 2 full time sworn officers, 24 part time sworn officers, 9 citizen patrol officers, and 1 animal control officer. They also have 8 police explorers. At one time we see 2 or 3 cars cruising the streets of Maricopa population 1000, give or take a few. Counting the babies and seniors. The City has been over powered and under served because the police is chasing cars in and outside of the City limits with towing truck following them. I guess they are helping out the California Highway Patrol, the Kern County Sheriff ’s Department, the Taft Police and most importantly bringing much needed revenues to the City. I thought the Police Department was here to protect and serve the Ranch House Restaurant Citizens of Maricopa. I believe they are able to go on “Where Everybody Meets” because the City Manager Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ayala who allows them and encourOpen 7 Days ages them and the Maricopa City Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Council does absolutely nothing. Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. People of Maricopa, please come to Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. the council meetings, 765-6915 call your council members and let 200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca. them hear your complaints.



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INSTRUCTIONAL SOCCER Who: Ages 3-5 When: Practices on Mondays, Games on Saturdays Session: September 13 - October 9 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $25 per child Registration deadline: September 2 Kids will learn basic soccer skills with emphasis on fun and socialization with others their age.

by Stephanie House OPEN SWIM Monday-Friday (last day: August 13) 1:30-5:00 p.m. Natatorium Swimming Pool, 821 4th Street, Taft Admission: $2 per person The William M. Thomas Aquatic Center at the Walter Glenn Natatorium is open for summer! All ages are welcome to stop by to enjoy the slides, brand new spray park and other amenities that have been added to the updated and renovated facility. Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during Open Swim sessions SATURDAY SWIM Saturdays (through August 28) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission: $2 per person Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during Open Swim sessions NIGHT SWIM Monday and Thursday Evenings (last night: August 12) 7:30-8:45 p.m. Admission: $1 per person Don’t get a chance to swim during the day? Monday and Thursday nights are just for adults and families! Ages 17 and younger must attend with an adult family member. PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY The West Side Recreation & Park District’s Preschool program is now enrolling students for the upcoming 2010/2011 school year. Preschool Director is Nancy Buzzell and teachers are Rene Adamo and Stefany Ginn. Classes begin the week of August 23. The program is for children ages 3-5. Fees vary per class. As of now, there are still a few spaces available in each class. For more information, please phone 763-4246 or send an email to Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class (4-5 year olds): 9:00-11:15 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday Classes (3-5 year olds): 9:00-10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2010 The District’s 32nd Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held at the Community Center this December. Vendor registration will begin Tuesday, August 31 in the District Office, 500 Cascade Place in Taft. The fee is $40 per space. For more information, please contact Stephanie at 763-4246 or GYMNASTICS Who: Grades K and older When: Monday Evenings, beginning September 16 Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Where: Community Center Auditorium Fee: $30 per month ($20 for each additional family member) Instructor: Suzanne Hale NFL YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Who: Ages 6-10 When: Practices on Tuesdays, Games on Saturdays Semester: September 7 – October 16 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $35 per person Registration deadline: August 26 This league teaches the basic fundamentals of football. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork.

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PUNT, PASS, KICK & CATCH Who: Ages 3-5 When: Saturday Mornings Time: 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. Session: October 23 – November 20 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $25 per person Registration deadline: October 14 This instructional program is designed for boys and girls ages 3-5. Your kids will discover the joys of football without the contact. This program teaches the basics of the game, teamwork and fun. WOOD SHOP CLASS Who: Ages 18 and up When: Tuesday and Thursday Evenings Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Session: August 17 – December 9 Where: TUHS Wood Shop Fee: $240 per person (fee does NOT cover wood for projects) Registration deadline: August 13 Working in conjunction with Taft Union High School and their instructors, the District is now offering a Wood Shop class. Students will have access to the machinery and expertise of TUHS. Students will build or learn to build items such as a clock, wall shelf, tables, chairs and other wood projects. Register in the District Office at 500 Cascade Place in Taft. LATE FEE POLICY When registering/paying for a program, a $5 late fee will be assessed for: * Classes not paid by the 10th of each month * Any registrations, including scholarship applications, received after the program registration deadline. A more detailed copy of the Late Fee Policy is available on our website at S.T.O.P. Strive to Optimize Participation Working with schools, churches and other organizations on the Westside, we want to target disadvantaged and disabled youth who may need a financial scholarship to participate in District programs. The S.T.O.P. Program enables youth who normally cannot participate in programs, a chance. A chance to be involved and take part in outstanding recreational opportunities. The West Side Recreation & Park District thrives on education, fosters human development and increases self-esteem. And with financial assistance from local companies such as Chevron and Synagro, is helping children become productive members of society and leaders of tomorrow, no matter what their circumstances. If you are the parent/ guardian of a child who would benefit from a S.T.O.P. scholarship, or if you know of other potential children, please contact the District Office. The application process is simple – just complete a Youth Scholarship Application prior to program/activity registration deadlines. S.T.O.P. Scholarships may be used to pay for classes, sports programs, swim lessons and other youth activities that require pre-registration.


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City of Maricopa Seeks Alternative Sources of Funding by Looking at Impounding Unregistered Automobiles, Unlicensed Motorists By Kent Miller Normally, if a community of about 1,100 people has a cadre of more than 30 full-time and part-time sworn police and citizen patrol officers, the residents can feel secure. But that is far from the sentiments expressed recently by some of the residents of Maricopa. And they are joined in their feelings by many motorists traveling through or near the 1.5-square-mile Maricopa city limits who have fallen victim to what City Manager Daniel Ayala calls “a more aggressive form of traffic policing.” The Maricopa Police Department has entered into a Private/ Public Partnership, pilot project, with local business Randy’s Towing, Ayala said. City residents aren’t familiar with the new police practices of issuing more citations and impounding more vehicles, Ayala said. “(That) can at times create unfound criticism,” the city manager said. “It is a definite revenue source. It is a legal revenue source. It reduces drunk driving. It reduces fatal accidents.” Concerns Maricopa residents who contacted The Taft Independent have described seeing what they considered harassment or too enthusiastic enforcement of traffic laws. But they declined to have their names revealed. The Independent and other Kern County media have been contacted by some of those who have been ticketed by Maricopa police and then had their vehicles impounded because they did not have a valid driver’s license, or their vehicle did not have current registration, or they lacked vehicle insurance. Some of those who have fallen prey to citations and impounding have taken their complaints to a series of meetings with an attorney from the Los Angeles office of the American Civil Liberties Union. Since most of the impounded vehicles belong to Hispanics, there have been claims of racial profiling by officers. It is a charge



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Over 50 impounded vehicles are parked behind the fence at Maricopa’s new impound lot. that Maricopa Police Chief Derek W. Merritt denies. Since the Maricopa Police Department stepped up its traffic enforcement in June, more than 300 citations have been issued and about 90 vehicles impounded, an MPD report issued late last month showed. A majority of the citations were issued to Caucasians, the MPD figures show. But most of the vehicles impounded belong to Hispanics, Ayala said. If a vehicle is found to not be registered, it must be impounded, he said. The city is liable if a non-registered vehicle is not impounded and is later involved in a traffic accident, Ayala said. Unanimously, drivers stopped for a traffic violation who have then had their vehicles impounded, admit the license, registration or insurance offense but deny any traffic violation that would justify being stopped by police. And without the traffic stop, police would not know if the driver is licensed or has insurance, they point out.

‘My experience’ On June 30, Bernardo Matgana of Taft was driving from work on Highway 166 west toward Maricopa. A van was following him at the same speed, which Matgana claims was 58 mph. While Matgana was stopped by Maricopa police, the van was not, he said through a translator. The officer who stopped him said Matgana was going 80 mph and knew it was 80 “because of my experience,” Matgana said the officer told him. “The next thing I knew the tow truck was there ... (and) melons in the car were taken by the policemen and tow truck driver,” Matgana said. Matgana paid $1,750 to reclaim his vehicle. A judge dismissed the speeding charge but fined him $700 for driving without a license. On July 15, Jose and Elvira Barrera of Taft were traveling west on Copus Road when they were stopped at Basic School Road. He has a valid state of Washington driver’s license but was tired from work and let his unlicensed wife drive. The vehicle was stopped for failure to signal, but she did signal, the Barreras said. Police also said she didn’t stop before the turn, but the intersection does not have a stop sign, they said. Mrs. Barrera was cited for failure to signal and not having a driver’s license ($735). He was cited for allowing his wife to drive without a license ($250). Cost to reclaim there vehicle will be similar to what Matgana had to pay. While they were stopped, a gray car approached the scene and was stopped by officers from the two cars that stopped the Barreras, the husband and wife said. The officers checked the two Caucasian women in the gray car for licenses and registration and then let them go without issuing a citation, Jose Barrera said. The Barreras were told to call friends for a ride but later were offered a ride home, they said. However, friends soon showed up to give them a ride. On July 22, Isidro Guzcia was driving on Highway 33 near the prison, from Maricopa toward his home in Taft. A car in front of him being driven by a Caucasian was driving faster than the 60 mph he was going, Guzcia said. He was stopped and cited for speeding; 65 mph the officer said. The other vehicle was not stopped, he said. Guzcia did not have a license and his car was impounded. Matgana, the Barreras and Guzcia were all outside of the city limits when stopped. Other Hispanics at a meeting with The Independent and at a meeting with the ACLU official told of being cited for “going 80 mph” when they were traveling at a legal speed, they said.

The chief responds He and his officers have the authority to issue citations and have vehicles impounded outside of the city limits, Merritt said. “I have the authority as a police officer anywhere in the state of California,” he told KGET-TV, Channel 17. “I can issue a citation in San Francisco if I see a violation.” If a citation is issued for a violation outside of the city, the money from the fine doesn’t go to Maricopa, Merritt said. But the vehicle is impounded in Maricopa. “I have not received any complaints about the stop being invalid ... except one complaint that she was stopped for a broken taillight,” the police chief said. “If I stop a driver for a minor violation and he has no license or no insurance that is a misdemeanor crime. My rule is if we stop an unlicensed or unregistered vehicle that is a misdemeanor crime. “I have an issue with the no insurance thing. If I become involved in an accident, who pays for the injuries? “I have no tolerance on no license, no insurance.” He has not received any complaints about the increased number of citations and impounds, Merritt said. “I have not received any complaints,” he said. “The kind (of comments) I have heard are those that they don’t like all the enforcement that is going on. “I have talked to a few people here in the city who have said that their stop was unjust. Some complain because in the past the Maricopa Police Department didn’t cite local citizens. “In the old days they (those drinking) were not cited. They say we should just drive the people home. “(Today) if you commit a (vehicle) violation, you will be cited.” Previously, the police department was undermanned, he said. There are more officers now, Merritt said. “There wasn’t diligent law enforcement in the past,” he said. “The chief was in the office most of the time. No one was on duty during the grave yard shift. “There is more enforcement of existing laws compared to previous years.” He has been told by residents that his officers shouldn’t enforce what they want, rather only do what they are told by the people to do, Merrick said. “We are told by the people what to enforce,” he said, pointing to laws passed by the legislature. “If I decide to pull you over for it, (it is because) you are in violation for it,” Merritt said. “I don’t believe my officers are faulty in pulling people over. The officers at Rio Hondo (College) Police Academy are radar certified. We use radar and LIDAR (light detection and ranging).” All of his 26 officers are sworn, he said. Out of a recent graduating class of more than 60 cadets at Rio Hondo Police Academy, where he is an instructor, only about 20 percent found jobs. The academy-trained reserves in his department gain experience which can help them in obtaining a job. While instructing at the academy, he has built a rapport with cadets that has lead to some of them coming to his department as unpaid reservists, Merritt said. Costly Having a vehicle impounded for the required 30 days is expensive. Maricopa and Taft Police departments and the California Highway Patrol have set fees for vehicles impounded under their authority of $45 a day, or $1,350 for the 30 days. Kern County Sheriff ’s Department and Bakersfield Police Department have set impound fees of $25 a day, or $750 for the 30 days. However, while the tow truck operator/impound lot operator keeps the fees for vehicles impound under Taft and Bakersfield police, CHP and KCSD authority, Maricopa splits the fees with the operator. Initial call-towing fees go to the tow truck operator and vary from $59 with BPD and $148 with KCSD to $170 for the CHP, $175 for MPD and $200 for TPD. A release fee, which goes to the agency under whose authority the vehicle was cited, ranges from zero with the CHP to $30 with TPD, $100 with KCSD, $125 with BPD to $150 with MPD. If a vehicle is not reclaimed after the end of the impound period, the lot operator can sell the vehicle. No Maricopa-impounded vehicles have been sold as of Friday, Ayala said. There is a fee to prepare paperwork for the sale of unclaimed vehicles that runs around $70. Proceeds from the sale of an unclaimed Maricopa-impounded vehicle are divided 75 percent to the lot operator and 25 percent to the city, he said.

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Westside News and Business Briefs New Taft College Art Instructor Begins Classes This Fall by Jessica G. Miller Dacey Vander Wal is a new and unique addition to the Taft College teaching staff. Coming all the way from a farm in Wisconsin, this instructor will be bringing the art of art to the students of TC this fall. Hailing from a small town outside of Rosendale and Brandon, Wisconsin, Vander Wal said she knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was in Kindergarten. “I remember dressing up in a plaid dress and vest for ‘What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up Day,” in Kindergarten,” she said. However, teaching was not the only passion she discovered as a child. “While growing up, I would draw and paint a lot,” she explained. “I would copy my older sister since she was a great artist…which made me a “pretty good” artist.” While the self proclaimed “CheeseHead” knew she wanted to be a teacher at a young age, it wasn’t until high school that she realized she wanted to teach art after being inspired by her art teacher. “I loved being in his class because of the way he conducted the class and the assignments which, in turn, made me want to be like him,” she explained. “I feel very fortunate to do something that I truly love. I believe that art can help people and society…creative people have the insight to make life better and easier for us all.” After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and spending a year looking for a teaching job with no luck, Vander Wal began looking nationwide. “Eventually a close friend of mine decided that California would be a great place to live and work,” she said. “I moved with her. I had no job…but I had a place to live and $200 in my pocket.” The pair moved to Bakersfield where Vander Wal found a job working at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. During the summer of 1999, she began teaching art at the high school level. Vander Wal is currently finishing her final semester to attain her MFA from the Academy of Art University. “It hasn’t left me with much time to do the things I love,” she said. “However, it allowed me to do what I love and that is to ‘make anything with my hands’.” In the fall, she will be teaching several art classes at TC including Drawing and Composition, Watercolor and Painting. “I have heard many positive things about Taft College,” she said. “I really like the idea of a small community college so that I can give more individual help and attention to the students. Bottom line, I hope my classes are informative and enjoyable. I want to get the best out of each student who takes my class.” Although she lives in Bakersfield, Vander Wal likes Taft. “The feeling I get from people in Taft is that [it] is a community composed of hardworking individuals that love being part of their township,” she said. “Honestly, I haven’t met someone from Taft I didn’t like.”

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Vandals destroyed one of the light pole stands west of 4th Street on the Rails to Trails on Thursday evening, July 29th. According to Taft Police Chief Ken McMinn, the suspects knocked down the light pole by rocking the pole back and fourth on its foundation until it broke off. McMinn said that a $1000 reward wil be given to anyone who helps identify those responsible that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. If you have information, please call the City of Taft Secret Witness program at 763-3414.

The Taft Petroleum Club Hosted their Industrials Night On Wednesday, August 4th. The Industrials Night Social and Tri Tip Dinner brought together around 50 people who work in local businesses. They have an Industrials Night Social every first Wednesday of the month, It is open to the public. The Taft Petroleum Club has been around scence 1912, two years after our first Taft Oildorado. The club is available for all events, such as wedding, reunions and parties. Special thanks to the five board members; Sam Easley, Dan Lee, Gene Jones, Craig Jones, and Chris Krejci, who donated the hall for the Taft High class of 1985 reunion.

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Hi Everyone, Despicable !! The first time I ever heard that word used to describe someone’s action was from Dr. Charles Walker when we were serving on the Westside Health Care Board together years ago. It fully described the situation and the person and it really seemed as harsh a statement that someone could make about another person. He was right on at the time as my preference for words would not be printable in this newspaper. Repulsive is another word that I recently heard used at the Council meeting the other night from a fellow Vietnam Veteran. What’s my point with all this ?? The repulsive and despicable act of vandalism that was perpetrated on the brass plaques at the Veterans Memorial Park by persons unknown. They thought that defacing those plagues with Nazi Swastika’s was fun way to defame the memory of those veteran’s who gave their lives so that we and these despicable and repulsive human beings can enjoy the freedoms we have of living in the USA. Fortunately, we have an excellent maintenance staff who works for the City with one member spending 6-7 hours cleaning those plaques up and fixing them so you can hardly tell the difference. But the damage has been done; the community has been wounded and outraged; the perpetrators are still out there among us living in shame; and the memory of this act will linger in our minds for a long time. The City is working to replace the plaques since there are some misspellings and hopefully we have not left off any name of a Westside Veteran who was killed in action while serving in the military. If you have any information that needs to be brought to the attention of the City, please ask for Craig Jones, Director of Public Works who will see that it is corrected. If any of you, like the Veteran who spoke at the City Council meeting, would like to donate to the $3,500 to replace the plaques, your donation will be gratefully appreciated. The City does not currently have the money in their budget to fund this project. The City manager reported to the Council at the Council meeting that another light pole on the Rails to Trails was pulled over by vandals. We have lost count but they have attacked about every pole on the trail. They can be repaired but not replaced as they are not made anymore. Also there has been thousands of dollars spent to repair and replace sprinkler heads and valves. They must be very lonely and in utter despair to think that all they have to do is go around and destroy what the rest of us enjoy. However, the City has a plan. This involves you and your phone. When you see suspicious characters hanging around or witness any destruction of City property, make the phone call to 911 or the Secret Witness phone number. The Police Department will dispatch an officer to check it out. The City has a reward of $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of these vandals. In addition, the City will with the help of our local court will go after them and or their parents if they are underage for any and all damage cause by them. We can only assume that if they knocked over one light pole or broke one sprinkler head they broke all of them. The only way we can stop this wanton destruction is to hit these vandals in their pocketbook, hard. Please do your part to help the City to protect your property. With the coming Oil Workers Monument, we need to get the word out that the City is serious and that the citizens of this community are watching and they will report you. It is sad that I have to bring this up as I’d like to report on happier items, but it is a fact of life that we have some out of control individuals that have no sense of pride in the community. You and I work our tails off to volunteer to provide recreation activities and facilities for all to enjoy; we work even harder in our jobs to have a home and pay our taxes; we live here because it is a safe and clean community with excellent schools and we have a great sense of pride as shown by the upcoming celebration of Oildorado, our 100th anniversary as a town. But there is this small band of thugs who are too lazy and inept to do anything positive and so they are trying to bring us down to their level by destroying what we have worked hard to build. Don’t let them say they do this because there is nothing to do in Taft; that is such a bunch of crap. Let’s not let them do it. Make the call. The Oildorado Store will be having a grand opening on Saturday Aug 21st at 10:00 am. Come on down and pick up a souvenir or two. If you through your work, friends, non-profit organization, or church would like to put a float or an entry in the parade, show up at the store. There is no cost to you and you might even win a trophy and 100 year bragging rights for your entry. We have about eight bands lined up and we are looking for industrial entries from the oilfields. It is Oildorado, you know. We are celebrating the history of oil and Taft and how each over the years has supported each other. Live here, don’t reside here. See you around town. Randy

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Planning for Taft’s 100th birthday party is moving along. More than 50 events will be held over an 11-day period from Oct. 14-24 during the Diamond Jubilee edition of Taft Oildorado Days. Members of the Taft Oildorado Inc. planning organization met last week at a Jo’s Restaurant dinner meeting to check signals for what is shaping up to be the biggest event in Taft’s history. “I’m very pleased with the way things are coming together,” said Oildorado President Eric Cooper. “We have a lot of dedicated people who are putting in a great deal of time and energy to make this celebration memorable.” A number of events are being added to the traditional Oildorado agenda – things like the unveiling of a nearly $1 million bronze monument to oil workers, hot air balloons, a Christian music concert, car show, Taft vs. Bakersfield alumni football game, downtown street party featuring rocker Eddie Money, Bakersfield Symphony/Riders of the Purple Sage concert, a luncheon for former Maids of Petroleum, and an attempt to set a world record for pizzas made in a 24-hour period. Another first will be the centralization of many Oildorado events and activities along the Rails to Trails – the bike/walking path that cuts through the center of town. Oildorado will be class reunion central with nine classes marking anniversaries during the event. The Class of 1960 will be holding its 50th reunion and the classes of 1970, ’72, ’74, ’75 and ’76 are all gathering for reunions along with the classes of 1980, and 2000. Of course, the menu for this birthday feast will include traditional events like the civic luncheon, grand parade, melodrama, whiskerino and ponytail/hairbun contests, vintage aircraft flyovers, motorcycle racing, fun run, oil field skills competition, queen pageant, carnival, art and craft shows, casino night, barbecues and dances. The West Kern Oil Museum – Taft’s No. 1 tourist attraction – will be registering old-timers, holding its Pioneer Days celebration and showcasing its collection of Indian and petroleum industry artifacts. The 106-foot derrick will in operation. Oildorado Sheriff Billy White is organizing his posse and the rival Wooden Nickel Gang is beginning its plot to foil the frivolity. The first big public event will be the Aug. 21 grand opening of the Oildorado Store and Headquarters located in the historic Pioneer Mercantile building at the corner of Fifth and Main streets. “We will have the store fully stocked with a variety of unique merchandise we think the community can get excited about,” Cooper said. The posse and Maids of Petroleum will be on hand, he said.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Association Of Kern County is offering Respite Care here in Taft. Call-Cathy Perkins at 760-3790848 for RESPITE CARE info. Respite Care is available every Thursday At the First Baptist Church located at 220 North St. from 9:00am—3:00pm. For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous. 765-4016 or 763-3856.

Yard Sale 306 Asher Ave., Saturday and Sunday 8am - noon in alley. 101 Feister St./Hwy 166 in Maricopa. 7am-1pm. Baby stuff and Kids stuff. Cleaning out the Shed. Priced to sell! Yard Sale 109 Lee St. Sat. 7-? Lots of Men’s Items. Yard Sale 7am-noon. 102 E. Warren St. Saturday only. Furniture, clothes and misc. Inside Yard Sale 105 Polk. Saturday and Sunday. 9am-? Computer games, video games, clothes, furniture. Yard Sale. Saturday 8am-10am. 611 South Street. Lots of misc. 313 S. 10th Street. Sat. 8am to ? Nice wms cloths, home decor.


Acer PC computer and moniter for sale. 1 year old. $225 obo 765-6550 Two old Victor and Diebold floor Safes. 3 1/3 foot fall and 4 foot tall - heavy safes. Combinaton type. 7656550.

LOST PETS Lost in South Taft. Cream and white female dog, gray ears. Poodle clip. Reward. 623-3948 0r 765-5165 Lost smal desert tortoise. Lost near 300 block of F. St. Please please call, 331-3478

PETS We fix computers, laptops, PDAs and cell phones. 623-5188.

Boxer Puppies for sale $200. Available now, 3 females great markings cute and playful. 6236041


Poodle/Chihuahua 8 weeks male pup, shots, dewormed. Chihuahua head, poodle body, adorable! $75. 293-0671


Toy Chiweenie pups, 1st shots, $125 ea, 2F/1M. 293-0262 or 302-0425.

For a complete job description and application forms you can access the college’s website at www.taftcollege. edu. DEADLINE FOR FILING: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

Chihuahua pups, pure bred, beautiful, tiny toys, shots $100-$200. And 1 2yr old male and 1 year old female chihuahua free to good home. 661903-0724.


ANNOUNCEMENTS 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.


EOE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Taft Woodworks Cabinet Shop for sale Training available Owner retiring Turn key business Call Doug 340-4354 week as of 1-29-10 CARPET AND


CARPET/HARD FLOORING REPAIR No job too small. Call Jeff 623-5421 or 765-4676.

WANTED Junk Cars! Cash Paid (661) 805-0552

PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES SENIOR PORTRAIT MODELS NEEDED no exp. nec. FREE SITTING/1 FREE IMAGE FOR YB,etc. included. Pics available for purchase@great rates by award winning, Master Photog., Kristi Wolverton of Picture This. Tell your friends-don’t miss out! 661 861 9545.

AUTOMOBILES 1983 Toyota Landcruiser Runs well, needs body work $2000 obo - 3337929 2008 CANAM Spyder. Prem. ed. 1,100 miles. $12,600. 765-5566 or

PERSONALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Taft Property Management 1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms now available in good areas. CRIME FREE HOUSING Brokers Licence 04417057 661-577-7136

PROPERTY FOR SALE OPEN HOUSE HOUSE FOR SALE 2 small homes, 1 small price! 1/1, walk in closet & 1/1 rental/storage $17K. 661-343-7267.

HOMES FOR SALE Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase

HOMES FOR RENT West Valley Real Estate (661) 763-1500. Lic # 01525550 www. FOR RENT 1/1 Furnished $650! 2/1 Newly Remodeled $800! 3/1 $900! Call or come by for details & other available rental properties! FOR SALE 3/1 Hardwood floors, dual-pane windows, paint and more $85,000 3/2 Move in Ready, Pool, A/C, new roof, windows, hardwood floors and more $197,000. Come in the office for a complete list of homes for sale or visit our website. -------------------------------115 Kern Street $690/Month. Convenient Downtown Location 2/1 + Small Office. Large Living Room, Indoor Laundry Hook-Ups New Interior Paint. Huge Yard (Double Lot) Available Now. Mark King (805)689-4122

509 4th Street $690/ Mo. 2 Bedroom House, Indoor Laundry Hookups, Water Incl, Huge, Fully fenced Yard Avail. Aug. 1st. Mark King (805)689-4122 VERY nice 2/1 on a big Ford City lot. Huge living room, covered front porch, maintained lawns front and back, fully fenced, pets ok. W&D hook ups in covered back porch. Avail. now. $875 mo. + dep. Mark King (805)689-4122 210 Naylor St. 3 bd. 1 ba. Remodeled house. $700 mo. plus dep. 909-239-8337.or 661717-9056. Very clean. 1 bd. house. $475 mo. 319 1/2 North Street. 661-623-5188 $100 move in. 108 Center Street. 1 bd., 1 ba. apt. (661) 8466403. Equal Housing Opportunity. FOR LEASE 2 bedroom 1 bath house in Taft heights washer and gas dryer hook ups $700 a month contact Rick at either (661)765-2328 or (661)342-5877 section 8 ok available now. 2bd, 1ba, condo 533 Front St. W&D hookups + yard. $850 mo + dep. 661-577-7020 2 BD, 1 BA Taft Hgt, clean, no smoking, fully applianced, $1000mo + $1000sec. dep. Avail. soon, 706-2509

APART. FOR RENT Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr. Courtyard Terrace Apts. 1 and 2 bdrm’sPool,lndry rm.,1210 4th St. Apt. 1. Sec. 8 OK. (661) 7631333. Imperial Gardens. 2 and 1 bd. rm. avail. Comes w/stove, dishwasker and refrig. Pool and manager on site. Water, sewer and trash incl. 661.300-1616.

MOBILE HOME FOR RENT 2BD/2BA mobile home for rent in Maricopa. Fresh paint, new carpet. $600 rent/$600 deposit.

August 6-12, 2010

Business Services Cleaning Services My Fair Ladies Cleaning Services Comm. and Residential Serving the Westside 661.477.3455 Lic. No. 007657 Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191

Taft Construction, Air Conditioning and Heating We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists

Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507

30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

NO PETS. Located at 903 Hazelton Street. Call Nadine at 623-1157 for application.


Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street

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“Petitioner, Edwin Marcott, petitioned for dissolution of marriage. In the Matter of the Marriage of Edwin Marcott and Debbie Cataldo Petitioner, Edwin Marcott, seeks a Judgement of Dissolution dividing the parties’ personal property and vehicles and terminating the marriage. Notice to Debbie Cataldo: If you do not appear within 30 days of the last date of this publication a default Judgement may be taken against you dividing all personal property, including the respective vehicles of the parties. You should respond in writing to the Marion County Circuit Court at PO Box 12869, Salem, Oregon. 97309 and to the law offices of: James J. Susee at PO Box 2690, Salem, Oregon. 97308. Phone: 503-399-1678. “

Gardeners Wanted Taft Community Garden Raised Garden Beds for Rent. Partial Scholarships available. Call Kathy Johnson 770-7202

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Award Winning Photos From Prestigious Competition To Be Shown Award winning photos from the prestigious 2009 Fotoclave competition will be shown as a part of the Taft Camera Club’s regular meeting on Tuesday, August 10th. Fotoclave is an organization of 16 northern and central California camera clubs of which the Taft club is a member. Next Tuesday’s meeting will also include a tutorial discussion on the preparation of prints and digital images for the 2010 Fotoclave in October as well as entering prints in this

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fall’s Kern County Fair photographic competition. The local club has had past winners in both competitions and hopes to have a good showing again this year. The Taft club, which meets at 6:30om at the Chevron Valley Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., will also feature a S how-and-Tell of “Lone Tree” images where the maker will comment on and invite member comments on their work. Additionally, there will be a showing of recent

Obituary Ronald Lee Easley 68 Years Old

11/16/1941 - 7/25/2010 Ronald was born in Tulare, CA and graduated

high school in Avenal, CA class if 1960. He has lived in Taft since 1964 and worked for Shell Oil Company for over 29 years, retiring in 1999. Ron enlisted in the Army in 1961 and spent the next 3 years in Germany driving a tank. Ron loved his family, friends, hunting, fishing, camping, softball, Monday Night Football with the guys, reading cowboy novels, history, his three dogs, and Fox News. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren as they pursued their many interests and helped them “learn a lot of stuff,” as his grandson, Lane, puts it.

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Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Catherine Easley, his first wife, Charlene Easley, four brothers; Don, Dale, Jack and Dennis and two sisters; Dorothy and Daisy and his father-in-law, Oscar L. Ezell.

member photographs taken at the Taft College Library and one of the local churches. The Taft Camera Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month and cordially invites the public to attend any of its meetings.

His survivors include his wife of twenty-four years, Bei Easley, his children; Rhonda Chapman (Troy), Tom Easley (Cindy), John Easley, Jennifer Banker(Ryan), Elizabeth Barba, Chas Barba, Sarah Barnes (Scott Burleson). His grandchildren; Crystal Easley, Mia Easley, Kristopher Wallace, Trevor Easley, Zane Easley, Christian Easley, Bryson Martin, Hannah Redmaan, and Lane Barba. A sister, Bonnie. His mother-inlaw, Marjorie Ezell. Sisters-in-law; Lula, Mona, Nadine, Dotty, and Jackie. Brothers-in-law; Ted and Jack, and many nieces and nephews. A Wake is being planned in Ronald’s honor in the very near future. Please make a donation to The American Cancer Society or your local church in Ron’s memory.

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