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Independent The Taft


September 24 - 30, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 12

“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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New Cuyama Deli Now Open

City Clerk Reponds to Councilman’s Request and Tell’s Council She Provided Every Document Requested. He Sues The City Anyway and Gets $4,000! What’s Wrong With Councilman Cliff Thompson? Wanted: Dead or Alive! Oildorado Warrants Are Up!

Taft City Clerk Louise Hudgens Shows All The Documents She’s Provided To Irate Councilman Remember to vote for Best of Taft 2010 Ballot On Back Cover Ballots Due Monday, Sepember 27th

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September 24-30, 2010

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September 24-30, 2010

Inside Community Events........3 News Briefs.....................3


Community Events Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

Westside Watcher..........4 Westside News................5 Westside News................6 Westside News................7 City Council.....................8 Westside Horoscopes.....9 Community Voices..........9

Fundraiser for Matthew Fuller Saturday, September 25th Matthew Fuller, 21, of Taft, was paralyzed from below the bread bone down in a dirt bike accident on 9/11/10. A car wash, rummage sale, and BBQ fundraising event will be held Saturday, September 25th beginning at 8 am at Taft Goodyear Store lot. Contributions to rummage sale accepted at Goodyear store, cash donations accepted at Chevron Valley Credit Union To: Matthew Fuller c/o Joe E. Fuller Jr. Taft All Star Band Giant Yard Sale Saturday, September 25th Taft All Star Band Giant Yard Sale Saturday, September 25th 6am-1pm at Lincoln Jr. High.

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8th Annual Old Friends of Bakersfield Car Club’s “Fabulous Fifties Fun Car Show” Saturday, October 2nd

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Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 9:00am - 3:30 pm (free to the public) To register a car call Gil Edmondson @ 661-703-4071, Rhonda Pierce @ 661- 8091500, or pick up forms at Zingo’s restaurant in Bakersfield. Registration: $30 by September 25th, day of car show $35. Includes one lunch ticket. Last year the show had 172 registered cars. Lost of raffle prizes, super raffle prizes, vendors, 50/50, dash plagues, goody bags, and more.....Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit MOVE International.

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Homecoming and Alumni Dance & Social Friday, October 8th

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The TUHS Class of 1990 is hosting the Homecoming and Alumni Dance & Social on Friday, October 8th rom 9:30pm to 12:30am following the TUHS Homecoming Football Game at WSRPD Community Center Auditorium, located at 500 Cascade Place. ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND TUHS ALUMNI (21 & over) are invited to attend. Admission is $5 per person. Live music by DJ Lotus. No-Host Bar. For more information please contact Stephanie House at (661)331-7094 or

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Tickets NOW ON SALE! Get your tickets and concert T-shirts at the Oildorado Store 430 Main Street. Tickets also available now at Taft Chamber of Commerce on Kern Street or The concert is scheduled for Friday, October 15th at Taft Union High School Football Stadium. Gates open at 5:30pm, food available, concert strats at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25, $15, and $10 for children 9 and under.

NAPD’s 16th “Gayle W. Carlson Memorial Golf Tournament Friday, October 22,2010 - Buena Vista Golf Course - Four Person Team Scramble $125 per person - Entry Deadline: October 21, 2010 Lunch & Check in: 11:a.m. TEE OFF: 12:00 p.m. STEAK DINNER FOLLOWING - Dinner Guest(s) $20 pp Prizes for - 1st Place Team, 2nd Place Team, 3rd Place Team, Longest Drive and Closest to the pin. A Porsche is being provided by Family Motors for a hole in one! Bring $$$$ for Drawing Tickets! Prizes may include Play & Stay Packages in Reno, Las Vegas, Laughlin, San Diego, Monterey Chukchansi Resort & Casino, Disneyland and more! Great doorprizes too!!!!! Event sponsored by R.W. Montgomery Insurance Services All Proceeds benefit NAPD (New Advances for People with Disabilities) For more information call - NAPD - (661) 395-1361 See you there!



News Briefs Oildorado Posse, Gang Heading Out Westsiders can expect to hear the pop of six-shooters and the boom of shotguns beginning tonight when the Oildorado posse and Wooden Nickel Gang officially hit the streets in preparation for Oildorado Days. The bullets and shotgun shells are blanks, of course. It’s all part of the fun of Taft’s 100th birthday celebration that runs from Oct. 15-24. “We’ll be roaming the streets beginning Friday to get people accustomed to the sight and sound of the Posse and Wooden Nickel Gang,” said Oildorado Sheriff Billy White. Oildorado officials, accompanied by members of the posse, Wooden Nickel Gang and Maids of Petroleum, made appearances Tuesday at the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Taft City Council meetings to receive proclamations and promote the town’s birthday bash. The Posse and Gang will hit the streets beginning at 5 p.m. every day – except Sunday – beginning tonight. They’ll be on the streets until 8:30 or 9:30. The Posse will be serving “arrest warrants” sworn out by citizens while the Wooden Nickel Gang will be “kidnapping” folks. But if you want to have someone pocketed by the posse or grabbed up by the Gang, it’ll cost you. Warrants and kidnap requests can be purchased at the Oildorado store at Fifth and Main streets for 15 bucks. If you want the “deluxe” treatment, which includes a badge, you’ll have to fork over 25. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The schedule for the Posse: Today and Saturday – 5-9:30 p.m.

Next week – Monday through Thursday 5-8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-9 p.m. Week of Oct. 4-9 – Monday through Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m. Week of Oct. 11-17 – Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 2:30-5 and 7-9; Saturday noon-4; Sunday 1-4 Week of Oct. 18-24 – Monday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Oildorado Events Ticket Prices Tickets for Oildorado Days events are on sale at the Oildorado Store, Fifth and Main, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Events and prices: Taft College Ribeye Cookout (Oct. 14) $20 Civic Luncheon (Oct. 15) $30 Grant Langston and the Supermodels Concert (Oct. 15) $5 Christian Kick-Off Concert (Oct. 15) $10, $15 and $25 Roustabout Ball (Oct. 16) $50 Bakersfield Symphony (Oct. 17) $10 Queen Pageant (Oct. 19) $5 Melodrama (Oct. 20, 21, 23, 24) $6 Industry Night (Oct. 20) $12 Eddie Money Street Party (Oct. 21) $5 Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast (Oct. 23) $5 Taft vs. Bakersfield “Best of Times” football game (Oct. 23) $8

Matthew Fuller


Yard Sale • Car Wash • BBQ

Fundraising efforts are underway to help pay the medical costs for Matt Fuller. Fuller, 21, was seriously injured in a dirt bike accident near Wasco. He is now at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield being treated for complications to the injuries suffered in the crash and awaiting surgery. An account in his name has been set up at Chevron Valley Credit Union. In addition, a car wash, yard sale and barbecue will be held on Sept. 25 at the Goodyear Shop on Finley Drive where Matt worked along side his father, Joe Fuller Jr. Donations for the yard sale can be brought to the store. The yard sale and car wash will start at 8 am and the BBQ will follow about noon.

Saturday, September 25

at the Goodyear Shop on Finley Drive in Taft



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

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

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Dinner by Reservation 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319 Taft Crude Coffee House Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 5pm. Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft 763-5156

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

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-9pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft El Jacalito Authentic Mexican Dining We do Catering for any Special Event! Orders to go. Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm 101 B. Street, Taft 763-9890 763-9892 fax

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EDITORIAL Councilman Cliff Thompson recently sued the city and received a court settlement of nearly $4,000 because Editorial the city clerk alledgedly did not supply public documents that he had requested. He got the settlement because the city did not want to go to court and spend what could have amounted to tens of thousands of your tax dollars to defend itself against his questionable charge that the city clerk did not provide all documents that he requested. If you know City Clerk Louise Hudgens, who has dutifully worked for the city for over 20 years, you know that she can be a real stickler for detail. Her ethics are above reproach. We do not believe that she denied Councilman Thompson any documents that he has asked for. In fact, Hudgens, at last Tuesday’s city council meeting, showed the council just how many documents, she had provided to Thompson, with copies of emails from Thompson showing his every request and her response to his every request. If you know Thompson, you know that he can be a master manipulator and a player with the facts. His ethics are questionable. The city council majority has figured Thompson out and has stopped putting up with his never ending game playing that has virtually brought city business to a stand still and cost the city’s taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars already in lawyers fees to defend against grand jury reports and investigate Thompson and his misdeeds at city hall. Thompson, after all, is running for re-election. Voters have no good reason to return Thompson to another 4 years public service. We see his misuse of taxpayers dollars to get his name in the paper and mislead voters into thinking something is wrong at city hall. The real problem at city hall is Thompson and his never ending fight against those he disagrees with. Thompson lost his control of city hall when he lost his majority vote on the council. Ever since. he has made every ones life miserable. To summarize, if Thompson can’t control something. he destroys it. We hope that the voters will remember this when they vote this November.

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Dear Editor: I am writing this letter in response to all the critical letters addressing the City of Maricopa’s Police Department. I had to get some statistics together for a meeting with Cal Trans on Thursday September 16th. While I was going through the information, I decided to look a little further to see if what the people were saying was correct. Well they were correct and incorrect at the same time. They were correct in saying our police had been stepping up enforcement, but not as they had perceived it. They thought the police were doing it to get vehicles for impounds only. They thought people were being left on the side of the road, as their cars were being towed. The people went off what they were seeing, but by not asking questions, and assuming these things, there was a lot of misinformation spread throughout the town. In 2010 our vehicle stops, and tickets had gone up from 2009, but we are about the same as 2008, and way below 2007. There is a reason for this. In 2007 we had a Chief, and 4 or 5 officers on our police department, (this is the Chief that the department was brought back to life under), all full time. Somewhere at the end of 2007 or beginning of 2008 we lost that Chief, and did not get another one until approximately 4/2008, that Chief lasted until 6/2009, when we hired another Chief, and he lasted until January 2010, and at that time our present Chief was appointed into an interim Chiefs position. With the first Chief, they all worked 10 hour shifts, leaving the city unmanned for four hours a day, (they were available per call out), and yet in 2007 they had over 1790 citations issued for that year, when that Chief left, and due to some other problems we lost most of the department, and ended up with the Chief and 3 officers, 1 of which was working animal control, and code enforcement most of the time, so in 2008 tickets went down to over 730, the Chief at the time worked the day shift, and according Ranch House to our records, he did not write one ticket in the Restaurant approximately 14 months “Where Everybody Meets” he was here. By the time he left and the new Chief Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner took over, within a month Open 7 Days we were at the Chief, and 2 officers. This Chief was Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. day shift also, and he only Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. wrote about 20 tickets in Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 months, and the ticket 765-6915 count was down to a little over 357. When the new


September 24-30, 2010

Taft City Council Candidate Forum Tuesday, September 28th at Historic Fort The Independent will host a forum for candidates for Taft City Council on Tuesday, September 28th at 6 p.m. at the Historic Fort. All 8 council candidates have been invited to participate in a question and answer forum led by Taft College Professor Dr. David Lane. Each candidate will open their presentation with 3 minutes each to present their campaign for council, followed by prepared questions from Dr. Lane, and closed with 3 minutes of closing statements. Taft Councilmen Randy Miller, Paul Linder and Cliff Thompson are up for reelection. Challengers Ron Waldrop, Gypsy Freeman, Dee Bankston, and Orchel Krier are challenging the 3 incumbents. Absentee voters, which make up half of all registered voters in the City of Taft, will begin receiving their ballots in the mail by October 8th. Chief took over, he knew we were getting complaints from the citizens, that they wanted more coverage, and yet he also knew the city couldn?t afford more officers. So he started the reserve program that has become a blessing to our city, with these officers our total ticket count from 1/12010 to 9/16/2010 is 623. We now have 24 hour coverage at all times, but we only have 2 paid officers. We really never could afford more than 2 officers, but the other Chiefs kept pushing for more, and would not look at reserves. As a member of the City Council, I wanted the coverage, but didn?t want to bring the city to a financial ruin, so I and the other members of the council had to look at this, to see if it would work, and to see what the strain on the citiesbudget was going to be. I cannot speak for the other council members, but I have been happy with what I have seen. It doesn’t mean everything as gone according to plan, or it was all done without having to learn a thing or two, but we have made it. The citizens also complained about our officers patrolling out of town, some of these complaints were justified, as no one knew the officers were where they were spotted, but for the most part, they were where they were asked to be, as we are looking to maybe do some annexing, and we needed to know what it would cost the city for coverage, whether we could do it with what we had, or would we need to expand. It is a long process to annex anything, and we wanted to get an idea of the maintenance costs first, to see if it would be feasible, before we started spending any money, as what little we have, we have to be cautious with it. As far as the impounds, we are not looking to impound anybody’s vehicle, but if the paperwork isn’t right, and they are driving without insurance or a drivers license, if we let them go, and they have an accident, then everyone will be asking why did you let them go. The reputation Maricopa has gotten lately isn’t from the officers over enforcing or anything to do with them, it is from people perceiving one thing, and instead of getting the facts, they spread it all over, and then others believe it, and pass it on. The funniest part of all this, is one of the biggest adversaries of the police dept, was the mayor of this city the year they had over 1790 tickets. I would like to know why that was acceptable, yet 623 is over policing? Respectfully, John N. Crump Jr. City of Maricopa Councilman


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September 24-30, 2010



Westside News and Business Briefs New Cuyama Deli Now Open

Nick and Lily Barakat in front of the New Cuyama Deli With New Cuyama’s population only being roughly around 562, local business owners Nick and Lily Barakat took a chance on the valley. Nick and Lily had plans on opening a hometown burger joint for the Cuyama residents. With already owning the building where C&H market is located, they decided to add onto the store and open the Deli. “So far so good for a new place” Nick said. With the Deli located in the middle of Bakersfield and Santa Maria on Hwy 166 it is a great spot for travelers to stop and have a good meal. “Everyday we have a new customer” Nick said “We have good food, a clean place, and a friendly atmosphere.” The Deli has a fantastic view of the mountains and patio seating. It’s a place to relax or to get some work done. There is free high speed internet, pool table, air hockey table, flat screen television and games for the kids to play. “It has been the town hang out spot” Nick said. With plans in the future for New Cuyama, Nick and Lily are happy about how the Deli is bringing business in for them. “When you have good food and good service people come back” says Nick. Many Cuyama residents are happy the Deli has come to town. “I like I can go play games and hang out with my friends” cuyama resident Ian Fordyce says. The Deli is a great place for the town people to come together.

Family and Friends of Bob Brown, We would like to take this time to tell you how wonderful it is to have such special family, friends, and support during our time of sorrow. Thank you for your prayers, support, flowers, love, smiles, and coming by to share your stories and memoies with our family. We would like to give a special thanks to Optimal (Hospice) for being there and helping us through this tough time.

Sincerely, The Brown Family

Band On The Run

Best of Taft Ballots Due Monday, September 27th

It started as a Taft High School class project three years ago and has blossomed into a collaboration they hope will lead to Nashville. That destination, they admit, is a long way off so they’ll be content to see where each step ttakes them. Two of those steps for the up-and-coming Taft band “Good Question” are occurring now. One is an album the five-member band is recording at American Sound in Bakersfield. The second are three appearances at next month’s Taft Oildorado Days celebration, including an appearance as the cover band for the Eddie Money downtown street concert. “Good Question” also will make two feature appearances in the Oildorado Pavilion. Band members are Ryan Coulter (lead vocals), Taylor Unruh (lead and rhythm guitar), Ethan Morris (drums), Shawn Wynn (bass) and Alec Olivieri (lead and rhythm guitar and vocals). All but Olivieri are 2007 graduates of Taft High where the four got together for a class project on how recordings are made. That evolved into the band. “Things didn’t truly start until after our senior year,” Coulter said. “We started as a garage band and still are pretty much a garage band, but we are trying to break out of that.” The band has done gigs in San Miguel and at Buck Owens’ Remember to turn in your Best of Taft Ballots by Monday, Cyrstal Palace in Bakersfield. September 27th to The Taft Independent office, located at That’s where Olivieri, a graduate of Stockdale High, heard them 508 Center Street. Winners will be announced Friday, and, after a post-performance chat, joined up. October 1st. The band’s music is rooted in country, but with an edge. “It tip-toes along the lines between rock and country,” Coulter said. “I can’t listen to 90 percent of country because I don’t like where country music is going.” He said the band believes country music can move in different directions. “We think country can be new age and still have the country twang. I guess you’d call what we do progressive country.” There are traces of blues and jazz in the way the band treats country. Garret Tuckness, the band’s manager, said the album that is in the works should be finished by the end of the year. “It takes time,” he said. “We’ve laid down the rhythm tracks. We’re trying to get a demo out. We don’t want to rush it. We want to do it right.” (excludes tickets, warrants & belt buckles) Finishing the album is a big step. “After the CD comes out, we hope to expand more,” said drummer Morris. The band’s next appearance will be Oct. 3 at the 100th anniversary of famous Bakersfield eatery Luigi’s. At last Sunday’s rehearsal (the band can get Free Popcorn & Oildorado together only on weekends for now), they were learning how to perform “That’s Amore.” Private Label Water for The road to Nashville will be long and shoppers bumpy, the members of “Good Question” admit. But they all have one prize in sight. “We definitely want to go big,” Unruh said.

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Historic Pioneer Merchantile Building



September 24-30, 2010

Westside News and Business Briefs Taft City Council Lauds Oildorado Committee, Argues About Public Record Requests Council and staff By Kent Miller

Taft City Clerk Louise Hudgens, presents records requested by Councilman Cliff Thomspon, saying that she delivered every document requested by him. Thompson sued the city and received a settlement of nearly $4,000 claiming he did not receive all the records he requested. The city did not fight the suit saying it would be to costly to fight Thomspon’s claim it court. Dozens of Oildorado activists – some dressed as Old West dance hall girls and some as Western outlaws or deputies toting pistols and shotguns – livened the start of Tuesday night’s Taft City Council meeting. Councilmembers and some city staff were “arrested” by the deputies and locked-up in the Oildorado jail for a few minutes while media cameras recorded the scene and gunfire echoed from the City Hall parking lot.



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were soon released to return to their meeting duties. But even more shots were fired after the Maid of Petroleum candidates and the gunfighters left City Hall. These shots – of the verbal variety – were the latest in a longrunning dispute that often sees Mayor Dave Noerr and Councilmembers Paul Linder and Randy Miller Taft City Manager Bob Gorson is “arrested” by the Oildorado Sheriff ’s Posse. voting one way and Councilmembers Craig Noble and Cliff Thompson voting the other way. Soon after the meeting resumed, Noble left his seat to address his fellow councilmembers, city staff and the audience in a monologue from the podium. Noble assailed City Manager Bob Gorson, Mayor Noerr and Councilmembers Linder and Miller. Two weeks earlier, it was Gorson who was at the podium at a City Council meeting delivering a biting monologue assailing the actions of Councilmembers Noble and Thompson while the two had served as the city’s Personnel Committee and didn’t approve hires Gorson felt were vital. Noble’s claims Tuesday night, Noble read a more-than six-page statement covering a number of areas. Among the items he covered, Noble claimed that Gorson: * “Knowingly went against council direction giving management raises, and raises were excessively higher than normal pay raises; * “Brought false allegations against Councilmember Thompson and myself, Councilman Craig Noble reads a stating there were three statement to the council. female employees claiming the same allegations when there were none. It was only the city manager; * “Withheld from the council information concerning the SOI (the city’s Sphere of Influence project, which could lead to expansion of city boundaries), such as letters of concern with the EIR (environmental impact report) and water issues that would prevent the SOI from occurring, wasting thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars;” * Brought false allegations against City Attorney Kathy Gibson; * Entered into contracts in violation of the Government Code


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and the Taft Municipal Code that resulted in “thousands of dollars in fees at public expense;” * “Concealed from the council failure to pay” $11,400 in rent from November 2008 to June 2009 on a city-owned residence he occupied; * “For a second time concealed from the council failure to pay rent again, this time for a period of five months.” Noble stated that: Mayor Noerr and Councilmembers Linder and Miller “have been covering up, and you could even say, assisting the city manager. They have not pursued with any disciplinary actions concerning the city manager. “In fact, the three councilmembers, with the assistance of the city manager, have instead diverted people’s attention to Councilmember Thompson and myself, falsely accusing us of several acts of misconduct.” In response Miller was the first to respond to Noble’s comments. “It’s sad after we had a happy start to this meeting,” he said. “They hammer away at Councilman Paul Linder listens as Councilman old allegations. It is just awful. We Noble reads his statement. keep beating ourselves up. “You said you have been embarrassed. What you have done tonight is certainly embarrassing. “Now you don’t have that third vote (Noble and Thompson were once two members of a three-to-two majority on the council). If you don’t like it, get that third person (on the council). That’s just the way it is, quit whining.” Linder, Miller and Thompson are each up for re-election to a third four-year term in November. There are also five challengers for the three council seats. As he stated following Gorson’s monologue two weeks ago, Miller said he felt blind-sided by Noble’s comments. “It would have been nice to have (a copy of the comments) ... beforehand,” he said. The mayor called Noble’s monologue “one side of a two-sided issue. “I too am quite weary of hearing this.” Linder and Gorson didn’t respond to Noble’s comments. Hudgens comments But soon after Noble spoke, Municipal Records Administrator (city clerk) Louise Hudgens took to the podium with a box of data in defense of claims that she didn’t fully supply public records requested by Councilmember Thompson. Thompson filed a lawsuit against the city charging that some of the public records he sought were not supplied. He was awarded attorney fees of nearly $3,500. “Accusations and innuendos have been made that I didn’t fulfill my job duties, that I had not provided the copies that were requested (by Thompson),” Hudgens said. “I understand that Councilmember Thompson told someone again just a couple of weeks ago that he had never received any documents that he had requested.” Hudgens cited e-mails to-and-from Thompson with requests for certain copies. “On Aug. 17, 2009, his e-mail to me read ‘if I can get any of this online, just lead me to where I can find it,’” she said. “‘Hard copies not necessary if they are scanned.’ He received his request by return e-mail.”

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BootLeg Brew Root beer will be opening a speekeasy (for all ages) at the Oildorado company store starting Friday October 15th. Come join us and be transported back to the time when real men made root beer and their wives were not afraid to drink it. Our Old fashioned root beer represents the roaring 20’s - a fun loving time with root beer, guns and girls. Come and enjoy a bottle or two. Cheep refills!! Caution!! In case of a police raid Bootleg Brew will not be responsible for any fines or jail time incurred by holding, drinking, or hiding a bottle of Bootleg Brew Root Beer. In fact we will testify that you brought that bottle in with you. For shame you have kids... what would your wife say..Oh that is your wife well take them away officer we don’t need riff raff in our upstanding joint...I mean establishment. Coming to Taft during this 2 week period will be like coming home to the time that our product represents. Bootleg Brew is an old fashioned rootbeer made from scratch each day and bottled on site. We will be in the Taft Oildorado store and information center selling bottles of old fashioned root beer each weekend. Come on by and pick up a souvenir bottle of our home style root beer with its commemorative label showing Tafts Oildorado days. We will be doing demonstrations showing how to make this special Root beer at home. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to make Root Beer. We will be selling the extract and recipe to those tough enough to drink it. (The root beer not the extract and recipe.) Root Beer making demonstrations : Friday, October 15th at 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM Saturday, October 16th at 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM We look forward to seeing you there!

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City Seeking Overdue CCF Money From State By Kent Miller

The City of Taft – along with Delano and Shafter – took the fight to force the state to catch-up on multi-million-dollar arrearages owed to the three municipalities for operation of Community Correctional Facilities to the capital Wednesday. In return, the cities received word that partial payment would be coming in early October. \Taft City manager Bob Gorson and Police Chief Ken McMinn were joined by the city managers of Delano and Shafter in visiting the Sacramento office of Matthew Cate, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Gorson and McMinn were seeking payment toward the nearly $2.3 million owed to the city for operation of the Taft CCF. The city is owed for May, June, July and August, Gorson told City Councilmembers at their meeting Tuesday evening. Councilmembers expressed anger at the state for failing to make CCF payments since April. “Take them (the prisoners) back or pay us,” said Councilmember Cliff Thompson. “Tell them we will act to close CCF if we are not paid.” Mayor Dave Noerr warned that “if we are not paid, CCF will break the city.” Councilmember Paul Linder volunteered to drive one of the buses to take the prisoners back to the capital. “If you can’t pay for them, come and get your prisoners,” Councilmember Randy Miller said. “If we didn’t pay the state for a service, they would be all over us.” But he cautioned that there are 67 employees at Taft’s CCF who would lose their jobs if it was closed. Sending a message The total arrearage for the four months for the monthly flat rate is just over $2 million, with the total arrearage for the monthly inmate per diem at more than $274,000, the council was told. “What we were doing is sending them a message about the perilous position they were putting us into,” Noerr said. “Earlier, they were indifferent to our plight. “We are drawing a line in the sand to get their attention addressing the arrears.” The city told Cate that if no payments are received by Dec. 1, the Department of Corrections better be prepared to take back its nearly 600 prisoners housed in the facility at Taft Police Department, the mayor said. “By that date, if we have not been paid-up, it jeopardizes the city,” he said. “If they start paying what is owed, we will change the deadline. “What we ended up doing ... we made a date ... we in the council refused to let the state’s failure to pay bankrupt the City of Taft. We couldn’t tolerate no payments.” Payment promised The city will be getting payments, Gorson said. “I thought it was a very productive meeting,” he said. The city will receive its May payment of about $600,000 within two weeks, Gorson said. Then two or three weeks later the cities will conference with the Department of Corrections to find out when they will receive all or part of the June payment, the city manager said. The May and June payments are part of the 2009-10 fiscal year budget approved a year ago, while July and August payments will have to wait until the state approves a budget for fiscal 2010-11. “(The Department of Correction’s) Cate said there may be a budget sooner than we had anticipated,” Gorson said. “Rumors at the Department of Corrections are that there could be a budget deal in the works.” There have been only five times in the last three decades that state legislators have met the June 15 deadline in passing a budget. This year they are already more than three months late.

Continued on Page 11 City Council Continued From Page 6 In his claim to the city on Dec. 1, 2009, Thompson said that none of his requests were provided on paper, only electronically, Hudgens said. This despite saying “hard copies not necessary” in the Aug. 17 e-mail, she said. “In October 2009, I was told that Mr. Thompson had said that I was not responding to his requests for documents,” Hudgens said. “Prior to the meeting of Oct. 20, I asked him what documents were missing and he said “Oh, just boat loads.’ “I asked him to let me know what they were and I would get them for him. Again, no response from him, but I heard that I was not providing him the documents he had requested.” She supplied Thompson with electronic copies of compensation plans via e-mail in August and paper copies hand-delivered by a police officer on May 7, 2010, she said. Still, in his lawsuit filed May 18, Thompson requested “another copy of the compensation plans,” Hudgens said. As a result of Thompson’s lawsuit, “it has become necessary to enforce Public Records policy more closely,” she said. Other actions In other actions, the council approved: * New employment agreements with Police Chief Ken McMinn, Hudgens, Finance Director Teresa Binkley and Redevelopment Manager Paul Gorte. * Submission of an application for $100,000 from the Green Trees For The Golden State grant program; * The 25 percent allocation of transit occupancy tax to the Taft Chamber of Commerce for the April-June quarter of 2010; * A resolution on The Historical Taft Art Series Program for downtown display of old oilfield equipment; * A request-for-proposal seeking applicants to fill the city attorney position after City Attorney Gibson and the firm of Gibson & Gibson leave the position as of Dec. 31, 2010.


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Aries (March 21-April 19): If you don’t want to lie in the bed you’ve made then you’ll need to make some changes. Only you can correct what’s gone wrong. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You’ll have the chance to travel and see a very close friend this week. I wouldn’t pass up on it if I were you. Gemini (May 21-June 20): It’s no wonder that you’re exhausted with the impossible schedule you’ve been keeping. Do what it takes to squeeze in some relaxation before you burn out. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): Don’t feel guilty for acting like yourself and showing your true personality. It would have come out sooner or later whether you liked it or not. Leo ( July 23-August 22): Every mistake, no matter how large, can be corrected in one way or another. If you’re worried that you’ve made a huge one, start looking into how you can fix it. Virgo (August 23-September 22): It’s funny how even if you don’t know that what you’re doing is wrong, your stomach sure does. If you’re feeling guilty then it’s probably for good reason. Libra (September 23-October 22): As annoying as a sore loser is, a sore winner tends to be even more obnoxious. Try to avoid being either this week. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): You may need to handle some extra domestic responsibilities this week, but don’t worry. Your help with not go unappreciated or unnoticed. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): Even if a loved one doesn’t love the gift you’ve given them, they will treasure it because it’s from you. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Don’t bother letting your temper get the best of you in this case, as it won’t do you a single bit of good. Rather, it will only make things worse. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Your motivation may be low this week, but unfortunately work and life in general won’t be content with anything less than your all. Pisces (February 20-March 20): You have a real chance to show off your strengths at work this week. Do what it takes to make the impression you’re capable of. If your birthday is this week: In thinking of the future, it’s difficult not to get a bit overwhelmed and even apprehensive. But you have so much going for you that even if things don’t happen exactly as you’re imagining and hoping, that doesn’t mean you won’t still be wildly successful. It’s all in how you define success.

Constitution Day: What’s to Celebrate? By Dr. Harold Pease I did not celebrate Constitution Day September 17, primarily because I did not know how to do so. The Federal Government requires the college where I work to do something on that day to qualify for it’s Title IV grant for which, if people really read the document, they would find no authority. I was asked to give suggestions. The assigned administrator and I pondered several options, none of which seemed fitting or particularly meaningful. Still, we should do something; ignorance on this document is appalling and patriotism from those under 25 seems virtually dead. Even the president was filmed recently with his hands to his side during the playing of the national anthem, expressing total ignorance, total disrespect, or both (see the video on Nearly no one reads this document anymore. Republicans only give lip service to it, and Democrats don’t even pretend to do that much. So how shall we celebrate Constitution Day? Should we celebrate the total disregard of the list in Article I, Section 8 from which the government is limited in making laws? The Founders created the list so that government could not rule wherever it pleased as in other countries. Perhaps we could talk about the 10th Amendment, which strengthens the argument that all powers not specifically mentioned remain with the states and with the people. This is flagrantly violated almost daily by a renegade, inept, or ignorant congress. Perhaps we should celebrate the separation of powers created by the Founders where one branch made the law, another enforced the law, and yet a third adjudicated the law—a separation that we used to honor. However, we would also have to acknowledge how the government has corrupted that separation. For the last three generations an unelected bureaucracy made most federal laws because Congress got lazy. They skirt around it by calling them “rules and regulations” instead of laws, but they still exact a punishment if a business or individual is out of harmony. Presidents make law by executive orders, many with no legislative authorization. “Signing Statements”, popularized by the Bush Administration, distort laws passed by Congress by removing portions he disagreed with. The Obama Administration created a new level of administrators he called “Czars” (purposely skirting Senate confirmation) to manage areas where no Constitutional authority exists—last count was 34. To all of this Congress remains silent to the abduction of

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FOR SALE Camper shell off a brown short bed 2005 Ford F250. $700.00. Great condition. 3046639 Two old Victor and Diebold floor Safes. 3 1/3 foot fall and 4 foot tall - heavy safes. Combinaton type. 7656550.

FOUND PETS Found small male brown chihuahua by high school followed me home very lovable no collar call 577-2818

PETS Chihuahua puppies, beautiful teacups and toys. Must See! Short and long hair,2nd shots, can deliver. $150-$350 661-903-0724


September 24-30, 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

Lost female chihuahua. Light brown partially long haired. Lost near Warren and 2nd St. Please call 765-1927 or 600-4270.

Home for sale by owner. Negotiable. 2 bd/1ba garage and large yard, etc. at 103 Polk St. Contact 661-903-1594 or 661-763-3075


2 ac. horse facility. 1600+ sq. ft. 3b/2b. Completely remodeled. 3 car garage, hay storage, carport. All landscaped & on auto sprinklers. Great location near park, BEST schools. $180,000 obo 623-5648

94 Honda Shadow 1100. Saddlebags, windshield, uns great. $2,200. 747-1953. 2006 YZ-85, asv levers, pro circuit Platinum pipe, after market parts, race ready. $1,700 obo. 2006 CRF 230 F, stock. $1500 obo. 763-4723. MOTORCYCLE FOR SALE, 1991 HONDA NIGHTHAWK, NEW TIRES, BATTERY,& RECENT TUNE UP, 6041 MILES. VERY CLEAN & RUNS GREAT! $2300 OBO. IF INTERESTED 661763-3221

AUTOMOBILES 01 Toyota Highlander needs engine work. $2,200 (559)901-3660.

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 RENT 230 center street business office space for rent 4000 sq. foot. retail or restaurant 661343-0507 

HOMES FOR SALE Real Estate eBroker Inc. 325 Kern Street Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase Single Wide Mobile Home. 1981 Skyline 12’ x 64’. $12,000 obo. 763-4977 or 765-5541.

HOMES FOR RENT West Valley Real Estate (661) 763-1500. Lic # 01525550 www. FOR RENT 315 7th St. 1/1 603 Fillmore St. 2/1 504 Lucard St. 3/1 704 Phillippine St. 2/1 127 Franklin St. 3/1 Other Rental Properties Available! FOR SALE Why rent when you can buy for almost half the cost?! 218 Suzanne 4/1.75 completely remodeled! 400 Buchanan 3/1.75 well cared for! Contact us for details and a complete list of homes for Sale! 115 Kern Street. 3/1. New interior and exterior paint. New window covering, hugh yard, washer\dryer hookups. Avail now. $650 mo.pls dep. water incld. 509 4th St. 2/1. New inter.\ext. paint. New biinds, huge yard. Water incl. $625 mo pls dep. Avail. now. 405 San Emidio. 1/1. New blinds, wash/dryer hookups. Hugh yard. Avail now. Water Incl. $525 mo pls. Dep. Call Mark. (805) 689-4122. 3 Bd. 1 ba. Taft Hts. 522 F St. $775 mo. $800 dep. 765-4016. 325 Lierly 800/mo plus desposit, 2+1 + den,

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2 BD/2BA for Rent-903 Hazelton St. Maricopa. Fresh paint/new carpet. Water/Garbage paid. NO PETS. $600/$600 dep. Call Nadine @623-1157 for application and appointmen

123 E. San Emidio St. 3bd. 2 ba. Wash/Dryer incl. $1350 mo. plus dep. (818) 355-8633. 210 Naylor St. 3 bd. 1 ba. Remodeled house. $700 mo. plus dep. 909-239-8337.or 661717-9056. $100 move in. 108 Center Street. 1 bd., 1 ba. apt. (661) 8466403. Equal Housing Opportunity. $1,300 + $1,000 dep, like-new, 4+2 1700+ sq ft, 2 car garage + lg shop, pest pd, 301 Buchnan 765-6636 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 2/1+ office Taft Hgt, clean, no smoking, fully applianced, $1000mo + $1000sec. dep. Avail. now, 706-2509 3bd/ 2ba 1 acre, horse property. Dustin Acres

Clean 1 bedroom unfurnished apt., all utilities paid, pest control service, laundry furnished, NO PETS. $450/month, $250 deposit. Call 661.765.4786 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

APART. FOR RENT Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr. Small 2 bd 1.5 ba. Clean, newly carpeted. $650 mo. Rent includes all utilities, shared washer/dryer. Call 765-2468. 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.

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September 24-30, 2010

The Taft Independent Best of Taft 2010

What’s your favorite Restaurant? Who makes the best pizza? The best Burger? Or, what is your favorite business? The Independent is seeking your vote for the Best of Taft 2010. Submit your nomination and vote today for the following categories or make up one of your own.

Vote your choice for The Best of Taft 2010 Best Pizza_____________________________________________________ Best Mexican Restaurant ________________________________________ Best Salsa_____________________________________________________ Best Burger____________________________________________________ Best Coffee ____________________________________________________ Best Breakfast _________________________________________________ Best Restaurant, Period __________________________________________ Best Meal for your Money_________________________________________ Best New Business/Company ______________________________________ Best Salon ____________________________________________________ Best Stylist ____________________________________________________ Best Mechanic or Auto Body Shop _________________________________ Best Health Club/ Gym __________________________________________ Best Teacher/Professor ___________________________________________ Best Sales Clerk ________________________________________________ Best Waitress __________________________________________________ Best Weekend Getaway (Within 50 miles of Taft) _____________________ Best Tourist Destination (What brings people to Taft)__________________ Best Facebook Page (Taft Person or Organization)_____________________ Best Property Management Firm/Real Estate Agent ____________________ Best Bank/Credit Union _________________________________________ Best Local Band ________________________________________________ Best Convenience Store __________________________________________ Best Place to Pamper you Pets/Groomer/Grooming_____________________ Best Customer Service/Friendliest Staff______________________________ Best Person/Place for Home Improvements ___________________________ Best Place to People Watch _______________________________________ Best Non Profit Organization______________________________________ Best Community Event ___________________________________________ Best Elected Figure ______________________________________________ Best Community Volunteer_________________________________________ Best Law Enforcement Professional__________________________________ Create Your Own Category. Best____________________________________ Best of Taft Rules: Submit your nominations to the Taft Independent on this official form. Mail this form to our office located at 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 or drop in our door mail slot, or fax the form to 765-6556. Nominations will only be accepted on this form. DEADLINE to file your form is Friday, October 1st, 2010 WINNERS will be announced on Friday, October 8th, 2010 in our Special Oildorado Issue.

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