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Independent The Taft


October 29-4, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 18

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

EL RINCONCITO Mexican Food & Seafood

Now Open In Cuyama Valley Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Taco Special $1 Each Al Pastor Tacos Saturday & Sunday Menudo Every Saturday & Sunday

Three for Taft Our Endorsements for Taft City Council

Clip & Bring This Coupon

Cit y Empl o y ees Meet w ith Co un c il Ca n di d a tes

Buy 1 Meal and get the 2nd Meal Half Off Must present this coupon Orders To Go Open 7 Days a Week 8am-8pm 2725 Highway 166

(661)766-2752 Over 20 Years Experience

Taft City Councilman Cliff Thompson Accused of Harassment Again

Celebrate Halloween with 5 Large Pepperoni Pizzas!


+ Tax Valid through 11-1-10

201 Kern Street • 763-9999

Businessman Orchel Krier, Randy Miller and Paul Linder

Black Gold

NOW Coffee House and Deli OPEN Monday, November 1st Join us for Monday Night Football

On 2 Big Screens!

Houston at Indianapolis

All you can eat Spaghetti (Spaghetti & Marinara Sauce Only)

$8.95 On Tap

Bud Light • Widmer • Fat Tire • Shock Top

Open Daily 9am - 8pm Lunch served 11am - 1pm Dinner served 6pm - 8pm


Sagebrush Annie’s Award Winning Wines

Spaghetti with Meatballs & Salad $11.95 Ice Cold 16 oz. Bud Light on Tap $3.50

508 Center Street • 765-6550



October 29-4, 2010

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Passion For Nails Gift Certificates Available

506 Center Street

(661) 205-5579

Anderson Business Services WE COME TO YOU!

Schedule of Services Acknowledgments and Jurats $10 per signature Mortgage Documents $150 per set Mobile Notary Service $1 per mile

Sandy Anderson

Notary Public Certified Signing Agent

Greg Anderson

426 CENTER STREET • 661.763.5451

1014 6th Street • Taft In the Save A Lot Shopping Center Monday to Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm



614 Center Street Voted Best Pizza 4 Years in a Row!


Call for an appointment Today


510 Center Street • Taft

* Limit 1 per customer

*On dinner combos 1- 10 2nd dinner must be of equal or lesser value From 4pm - Closing.

El Jacalito Restaurant

Mexican Food & Seafood

101 B. Street • Taft


Handmade Hammond’s Candies The Perfect Gift!

426 Center Street


Personal Style Family Boutique

Your One Stop Shop for the Entire Family Infants • Toddlers • Juniors • Women & Men


Sweaters • Boots • Jeans • Purses New Arrivals Weekly! Thank You for Voting Us Best Salon in Taft for 2010!

Monday - Buy 1 Dinner and get the 2nd FREE*

Beauty Supply • Salon • Boutique

Barbara Van Pelt • Melissa Thornsberry Laci Rodart • Christine Dunning Carolyn Easley • Shop Manager - Jessica G. Miller

“We Toss’em, They’re Awesome”


Beauty Supply

Glam Squad on Premises

Medium Cheese Pizza

With the Purchase of any XL Pizza*


Hair & Skin Care Products • Salon Services Synthetic Hair Wigs & Human Hair Extentions Hair Accessories • Jewelry • Pictures & Prints • Massages

J e w e l r y

NewGold Store Hours: Repair Black Hills • Jewelry Tuesday - Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm Watch Batteries Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Closed Sunday and Monday

Men & Seniors & Diabetics Welcome

Mobile Notary Public Certified Signing Agent

Office: 661-765-7665 Greg’s Cell: 661-557-6032 Sandy’s Cell: 661-577-6790

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Nail Services: Sea Shell • Glitter Acrylic Metalic Flakes • Rock Star (we also treat ingrown nails)

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Wednesday - Kids Eat FREE* *Kids under 10 years old eat free from Kids Menu with paying Adult From 4pm - Closing.

Saturday - Noche Mexicana Steak or Chicken Fajitas $9.95 From 4pm - Closing. All Specials Subject to Change

423 & 421 Center Street • 763-3527


Hosting Club Team Extreme 90 Day Extreme Fitness Program Starting NOV. 15th Membership Limited

Open 7am-4pm for Ladies After 4pm Ladies and Men Check for Weekend Times

An Extreme Fitness Workout Club for Men & Women who are serious about Fitness! Meeting Afternoons at Today’s Woman Call Dennis Dabbs 765-1717 MEMBERSHIP BUDDY PACKAGE SPECIAL Sign up for 1 year with a friend or family member and pay $50 a month! That is $25 each a Month!!

403 Center Street • (661)765-1717

Ben’s Books The Largest, Cheapest and Only Used Book Store in Taft Over 6,000

Fiction • Non Fiction • Paperback Hard Covers • SciFi • Biography • Religion Childrens • Cookbooks and More!


Call for Classical, Blues, Jazz and Gospel Musicians to perform at the Gallery. If available please call Jane at (661)765-4790

Selection of Vinyl Records & Old Radio Shows

Save yourself a trip to Bakersfield, come in and browse at your leisure!

810 Center Street • (661)805-9813

October 29-4, 2010


Community Events


Taft California “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

Three For Taft’s Future

Community Events.........3

News Briefs.......................3


Country Hoedown Saturday, November 6th

Westside Watcher............4 Westside Recreation Report..........5 . Westside News.................6 Westside News..................7 Obituary............................8

Enjoy a great evenin’ at the Historic Fort with music, BBQ, dancin’, raffle and silent auction. Saturday, November 6th, happy hour begins at 5pm, Western BBQ at 6pm and Country music and dancin’ at 7pm featuring Jerry Hall and Trick Shot. Advance tickets recommended for $20. Tickets at the door $25. RSVP by November 1st at 765-7371 The Marketplace at Peace Saturday, November 6th Peace Lutheran Church is holding the Marketplace at Peace Saturday, November 6th from 8am to 1:30 pm at Peace Lutheran Church, located at 26 Emmons Park Drive. Rent a table to sell your stuff ! Reserve a table for $10, at the door $15. Bake sale, crafts, yard sale items, pottery, farmer’s market, quillts, avon, jewelry, etc. Pie and Ice cream social, hot dogs and chili and popcorn. Call 765-2488 or 765-6248. Afternoon Poetry Reading Sunday, November 7th

Westside Horoscopes......9 Classified Ads.................10

The Taft Independent 508 Center Street P.O. Box 268 Taft, California 93268 (661) 765-6550 Fax (661) 765-6556

Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 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 Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins Staff Photographer Sara Bravo Circulation Manager Jobe Edgar

Member California Newspaper Publishers Association Printed in California

The End of Times Gallery will be holding a poetry reading on Sunday afternoon, November 7th from 2pm to 4:30pm. A featured poet will read for 20 minutes. If you care to read, please bring three or four poems. You will have six minutes to read your own work. Refreshments will be served. A donation of $4 is suggested. The End of Times Gallery is located at 428 Center Street. For more information please call 765-4790. Painting Class Every Thursday Night Starting Thursday, November 11th Painting Class beginning November 11th until December 23rd from 6pm to 9pm at The End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. $10 per class. Acrylic paint is the suggested media. Students are responsible for their supplies. Please call for supply list. (Supplies available at Michaels or Aaron Brothers in Bakersfield.) Demonstrations and work time from 6pm to 8:15pm, class criticism from 8:15pm to 9pm. Class limited to 13 students. No class on Thanksgiving, November 25th. Children’s Book Reading Saturday, November 13th Please bring your children for a reading of The Remarkable Story of the Very First Flower on Saturday, November 13th at 10am at The End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street.

Taft Oildorado Store 50 Percent Off Sale for Volunteers Tonight, Store Reopen to Public Saturday at 9 a.m. The Taft Oildorado Store will host a 50% Off Sale for all store volunteers, committee and board members this Friday from 6pm-9pm at the Oildorado Store. You are invited to a special 50% off sale this Friday, October 29 at the Oildorado Store from 6:00pm - 9:00pm! All items will be 1/2 price to the all people who worked on Oildorado including store volunteers, board and committee members, posse and wooden nickel gang, committee members for events that didn’t have representation on the regular committee (like the art show). The store will re-open to the public on Saturday, October 30 from 9:00am - 5:00pm for 2 weeks (closed on Sundays) or until we run out

Maricopa Wins $800,000 Federal Sewer Collection Grant Portion of City to Get New Sewer Pipes

The City of Maricopa has won a $800,000 federal grant that will pay for replacement of approximately 1/4 of the city’s aging sewer collection pipes. According to city manager Dan Ayala, the city will receive the funding in the near future, and construction and replacement of the new pipe system would begin in the Spring of 2011. Construction will occur on Bush, Thornton, Broadway, Mary, Helen, Adeline and Center Streets. Ayala said that the entire system is more that 60 years old and that eventually all the pipes and sewer system would have to be replaced at a cost of $5 million. Councilman Andy Blakely said that the city is seeking more federal grant funding to pay for the improvements. Maricopa City Councilman Andy Blakely stands next to the city’s sewer settling ponds outside of the city.


Next Tuesday, Taft’s voter will have a choice on who will take 3 seats on the Taft City Council. It is an important election that could set the city on a new course of improving our economic well being and refocus the city council on creating new jobs, improving city parks and attracting new sales tax generating businesses to the city. We are recommending 3 well qualified candidates who we have come to know and respect, and who we believe would help stop the bickering and get the city back on track to doing the business of the people. Incumbents Randy Miller, Paul Linder and businessman Orchel Krier, in our opinion, are the best choice to bring the city back to sane local governance and put the community on a track towards economic recovery and growth, and responsive local government. The two incumbents, Miller and Linder, have helped lead the city through tough economic times, ensuring that the city’s budget is balanced, that no city employees got laid-off, and worked to address and resolve the conflicts that have plagued city council meetings. Miller and Linder are not typical incumbent that should be tossed out of office like so many others should be during this time of growing discontent with government. These two men are the good guys. Both are lifetime Taft residents who have given much to the city and never asked for credit for what they have done. Both are executive board Photo by Sara Bravo members of the Oildorado Committee, which brought Taft the best Oildorado ever. They work the do on the city council, while not as visible as what they have accomplished on the Oildorado Committee commends both. Both Miller and Linder should be returned to the council to serve another 4 years. Businessman Orchel Krier too is an involved and generous man. At just about every community event, Orchel can be seen volunteering and personally contributing to the overall success of an event. He never seeks recognition. He did, however, recently receive the coveted Rotary Paul Harris Award for his volunteer work in the community. A successful businessman, farmer and community volunteer, Krier will bring a no-nonsense business approach to city finances and Taft residents will be fortunate to have him as their representative on the council.

This is not to say that three other candidates - Gypsy Freeman, Dee Bankston, or Ron Waldrop - are not qualified or worthy of council service. All are fine candidates and we thank them for running and for participating in our September candidate forum. One candidate, Gypsy Freeman was a breath of fresh air in a normally male dominated campaign. Freeman, a smart and articulate candidate, represents many young families and others who live and work in Taft but have little voice in the city. We encourage Freeman to get more involved in city policy making - possibly on the planning commission - so that she can gain the understanding and experience of how government works, and make another run for council in 2 years. We hope she will do that and look forward to lending her our endorsement then.



The Taft


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

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

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

Westside Entertainment

Get Your Events in the Westside Entertainment Guide. Call 765-6550 or fax 765-6556

Chilled & Grilled

Your Restaurant Food and Pizza Listed Here. Asian Night ExperienceAsian Every Wednesday Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday Bike Night! Call 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Drink and Appetizer 765-6550. Saturday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Specials from 7-9pm. Live Music Saturday Starting as Nights low $1 Drafts!!! as $12 per 765-2000 week! 621 Center Street 215 Center Street 763-1815 Always Fresh! Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

Mon. - Fri. 10am 2;30pm Taft, CA


Westside Watcher

Now Playing in Taft: Jackass 3 - His Third Term

Well, the Westside Watcher has gone and done it again. The attorneys are after me for “disseminating lies and mistruths” about our favorite political jackass Cliff Thompson who, by the way, is up for re-election next week for a 3rd term! Seems Cliffy didn’t like that we said in our editorial a few weeks ago that he doesn’t live in Taft anymore and is now working somewhere north of far away (thank God) in fact...that he can’t make it back to Taft for council meetings and has to call in on the telephone to participate in the few agenda items he wants to have a say in - like important money saving agenda items that he thinks will get him votes for reelection - Not! As far as we know, the Spifman has been unable to make it to the last 3 of 5 or 6 council meetings because he’s out of town so much. Boy, that’s good representing! So he’s gotta be living up there somewhere, right? Fresh from his lawsuit against the city where he got his Bakersfield attorney Gabriel Godinez a cool $4,000 for a few hours of paperwork, Cliffy and his attorney are now threatening the Watcher with some undisclosed horror (Happy Halloween my little pretty’s) if the Watcher don’t “cease and desist from disseminating these lies and mis-truths...”. “...we hereby (Cliffy must be paying this guy by the word) demand a retraction of the lies you had published concerning Mr. Thompson’s residence....we expect to have the retraction within the upcoming issue.” Well, Mr. Godinez, we ain’t retracting nothing and you can kiss my - well, favorite jackass. Instead, Mr. Godinez might be able to make more money

October 29-4, 2010 from possible lawsuits against Cliffy then he can from the always broke (ask our attorneys Mr. Borton and Petrini) Taft Independent - by getting ready to defend the indefensible Cliffy against new charges of harassment against Mr. Thompson by a few women who showed up at the Tuesday night City Council Meeting Tuesday evening and publicly accused the ashen faced councilman of all sorts of harassment. You had to be there. (You can see the video clips of the two women on the Taft Independent’s Facebook page.) Knowing something was up when he saw the two women before the council meeting started, Mr. Thompson nervously approached one of the women and told her was not sure why she was there and what she was up to, but that she should remember that he - the Spinmeister - was always her only supporter on the council. Guess that approach didn’t work Cliffy. Anyway, one tearful woman told the council how she had to leave the city because she was afraid of the Spinman and got fed up with his harassment when she worked at city hall. The other woman talked about how the Cliffman always tried to insert himself for personal gain into negotiations between the city and one of her clients and the health care district when the property was up for sale. Boy was Cliffy pissed, sittin’ up there on the dais looking important, writing down notes, clicking his pen, and feverishly urging Mayor Dave to cut the women off because they were using up to much public speaking time to make their points. Personally, I think the mayor (as well as Randy and Paul) was enjoying the presentations by the aggrieved women so much, well, the time just flew buy and the woman just got more time then they were suppose too. Of course, Cliffy categorically denied everything the women said during his councilman remarks period..and well...he didn’t have much else to say during his allotted time to speak - very unusually for the talkative councilman. Well, we’ll miss Cliffy if he don’t get reelected next Tuesday. He has always been a good source of editorial writing. But then there are always other councilmen - and possibly women - to jab and make fun of. They are, after public officials, and get extra special treatment by the Watcher - after all, there is freedom of the press (Mr. Godinez) and elected officials are always fair game. Oh well, just another meeting at the Taft City Council.

CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS Tuesday November 2, 2010 – 7:00 p.m. CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER 209 EAST KERN STREET, TAFT, CA (661) 763-1222

Sagebrush Annie’s Wine Tasting Dinner by Reservation

Award Winning Wines


766-2319 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa

Taft Petroleum Club Every Friday is Ribeye Steak Dinner Night

Industry Night Wednesday, November 3rd Industry Night will be back on track starting Wednesday, November 3rd. So come on out and support the club and enjoy a great dinner! Thanks to everyone that came to the clubs events during Oildorado, it wil help in replacing some equipment the club needs.

450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 3:30pm to Close


Paik’s Ranch House Restaurant

“Where Everybody Meets” Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Open 7 Days Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wed, Fri. 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca.

ADVERTISE in the Taft Independent 765-6550

Residential • Commerical • Senior Discounts Interior and Exterior • Specialty Coatings • Floors Wrought Iron • Power Washing P.O. Box 612 • Taft,CA 93268


All shows before 6 p.m. - $7.00 Late Show Child and Senior $7.00 Adults $9.00 765-4802 514 Center St

(661)203-6677 CA License # 784342


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October 29-4, 2010



West Side Recreation Report S.T.O.P. Strive To Optimize Participation Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246. by Stephanie House TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS Wednesday, November 10 3:00-4:30 pm Community Center Activity Building, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades 2-8 $3 per person ** pre-registration required by November 9 Bring a new, washed 100% cotton t-shirt and you will be able to tie-dye it! We will have all of the supplies to make a cool shirt. Kids are encouraged to wear old clothes to work in. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. KIDS FUN DAY Thursday, November 11 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-6 $8 per person ** pre-registration required by November 10 There is no school today, so join us for games, movies, crafts, lunch, snacks and more! Don’t forget to sign-up with a friend. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

BASEBALL ACADEMY Interested in your child learning the skills that it takes to be a professional baseball player? Chicago White Sox prospect Chase Blackwood is available to teach those fundamentals to local athletes. For more information, please contact Les Clark at 763-4246. PONYTAIL SOFTBALL – EARLY REGISTRATION $40: November 1 – December 24 $45: December 27 – February 10 $50: after February 10 (dependent on program availability) NO SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AFTER FEBRUARY 10. Sign-up early for Ponytail Softball and save 10%! Early bird registration fee is only $40. The softball program is for girls ages 5-15. Practices begin the week of February 22, 2011 and the season begins April 12, 2011. CENTRAL VALLEY DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT Saturday, December 4 Check-in: 8:00 a.m. Franklin Field Recreation Complex Ages 8 and older Fees: $40 – pro, $35 – amateur Register in the District Office before December 2. This tournament will consist of 2 rounds of 18-holes each. All skill levels are encouraged to participate! BINGO Thursday Afternoons Games start at 1:30 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 18 and older The District holds Bingo games every week for adults. Average buy-in is $15 per person. Cash pots are awarded and we also sell pull-tabs. Stop by and check it out! BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES Make your reservation now! Need help planning a birthday party, bridal shower or baby shower? We can help! For one low fee, we will provide a room, plates, napkins, forks, cups, balloons and invitations – all to match your theme or colors. And for a little extra, we can help with activities, too! Package prices start at $130. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call the District Office at 763-4246. 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 is underway now 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

JR. HIGH DANCE Saturday, November 13 7:30-10:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades 6-8 $3 per person Dress is casual and drinks will be sold. Music is provided by Nick’s Mobile DJ. Be sure to bring your school ID card! JR. NBA BASKETBALL Division I: Ages 9-10 Division II: Ages 11-12 Division III: Ages 13-15 Registration deadline: November 11 Fee: $40 per person Practices start Wednesday, November 17 This program emphasizes fundamental skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship and positive adult participation in a fun and rewarding youth basketball program. Boys and girls can create a bond with the game while learning what it takes to be successful away from the court.

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



Saturday, February 5, 2011 7:00-9:30 pm Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Girls ages 4-18 $30 per couple, $10 each additional daughter This year’s dance has a western theme!


Friday, December 31 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium Grades K-6 $6 per person Registration deadline – December 22



October 29-4, 2010

Westside News and Business Briefs TUHS September Students of the Month

Thompson Harrassment Alledged at Taft City Council Meeting By Kent Miller Once again, the Public Comments portion of a Taft City Council meeting proved more explosive than any item on the agenda. Tuesday night a former city employee and a local real estate agent who was working on the sale of the Taft hospital property took to the podium to level claims of harassment at Councilmember Cliff Thompson. Thompson, who is one of three councilmembers seeking a third four-year term in Tuesday’s general election, called the women’s charges “blatant fabrications” and political. The first charge came from Pamela Taylor, former grant administrator for the city and now a resident of Henderson, Nev. Taylor read from a “memo of record” she had sent to then Acting City Manager Gary Dabbs in April 2006 in which she claimed “hostile behavior and environment from (then) Mayor Thompson.” Taylor said she learned that Thompson was mad at her because of a comment she made concerning tax abatement property acquisition. “Mayor Thompson stated … he had wanted one of his contractor friends to be able to purchase the tax abatement property and develop it,” Taylor said. “I told Mayor Thompson the City of Taft could not sell to a private investor because that land acquisition … had to be developed and sold to low and very low income families.” Taylor spoke of her “growing fear” for her safety and “wish to remove myself from the hostile and frightening environment being created by Mayor Thompson.” In an April 2006 telephone conversation with City Attorney Kathy Gibson, the women talked about the matter and Gibson urged her to meet with Thompson and discuss the situation, Taylor said.


Cookhouse & Saloon 205 N. 10th St. (661)763-1819

Specializing in Steak & Seafood



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


OT Cookhouse Daily Specials (For the week of 11-2-10 thru 11-6-10)

Tues. 11-2-10 Lunch

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce & Meatballs


Tues. 11-2-10 Dinner

BBQ Beef Ribs


Wed. 11-3-10 Lunch Wed. 11-3-10 Dinner

Pulled Pork Sandwich


BBQ Combo $12.95 (Beef, Chicken & Shrimp)

Thurs. 11-4-10 Lunch

Eggplant Parmesan


Thurs. 11-4-10 Dinner

Beef Stroganoff


Fri. 11-5-10 Lunch

Burger with Roast Filet $10.95 & Mushrooms

Fri. 11-5-10 Dinner

$15.95 Small/ $18.95 Large

Prime Rib

$15.95/ $18.95

Pork Chops


Sat. 11-6-10 Dinner


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

Councilman Cliff Thomspon (left) listens to new accusations of harassment by two women at the Tuesday City Council meeting.

“I told … Gibson that there is no way I would agree to be in the same room without protection due to my fear of him,” Taylor said. She later resigned her post with the city. “I left because I had no choice,” Taylor said. Comments ‘false’ “The women’s comments were false, and I can tell you in the case of Pam Taylor I was kind of shocked,” Thompson said after hearing the claims of both women. “If I was upset with her (at that time) it was her lack of professionalism.” Taylor cost Taft $8,000 when the city was sued by a local couple over an action by the grant administrator, he said. 77 e-mails Laura Geiger, who worked with potential buyers for the hospital property, said she had 77 e-mails sent to her by Thompson beginning in August 2008. “Beginning in August 2008, Thompson approached me on my negotiations,” Geiger said. “He offered help to get the hospital reopened. “It became personal ... a ploy to get me alone ... Over the phone and in person he pressed for a personal relationship. I felt uncomfortable. “He continued to insert himself into the negotiations over the hospital.” Thompson sought public acknowledgment of his input in the hospital sale, “which wasn’t deserved,” she said. “I had to work around the personal agenda of Cliff Thompson.” Thompson asked, “If Geiger had a problem with me ... why did she work with me on the Gala in 2008? “Nothing the women stated has a factual basis. They are blatantly false allegations.” Thompson brought up the political timing of the women’s charges. The events listed by Taylor took place in 2006 and those listed by Geiger occurred in 2008-09. Yet, the women waited until the last council meeting before the election to speak out, he said. “Why now, just before the election,” Thompson said. “I have had dinner since then with her (Geiger) several times? Why now? “Look at the timing. This is a last-minute attempt to not get me elected. I believe any citizen of Taft can see what they are trying to do to me.” In other actions: * The council voted 4-to-0 – with member Randy Miller absent -to delay action on two items until all five members were present. The items were: funding out-of-state travel for four Finance Department employees to obtain Munis training; and a new employment agreement with City Manager Bob Gorson. * The council voted 4-to-0 to revoke the dance hall permit/business license for the H2O Club, 509 Center St., until California Fire Code violations are corrected. * Taft Police Chief Ken McMinn reported that the 2010 Oildorado was the “largest by far and had the least criminal activity.” The police department received 87 Oildorado-related calls during the event, with 10 arrests for drunkenness, and two vehicle accidents with only one minor injury. There were 60 to 70 officers from other agencies that assisted the Taft Police Department during the 10 days of Oildorado, McMinn said. They represented police departments from across west Kern County, the Sheriff ’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the county Probation Department, and Kern High School District.

Photo by Jim Carnal Junior Stacee Reed, freshman Taylan Erro, sophomore Jennifer Chamale and senior Nikki Sasi, are the Taft Union High Schools students of the month for September.

Senior Nikki Sasi, junior Stacee Reed, sophomore Jennifer Chamale and freshman Taylan Erro are the Taft Union High Schools students of the month for September. Students are nominated by staff and selected by Renaissance Committee students. The Renaissance program promotes academics. Nikki Sasi “is always on time and ready to help,” bragged band director Amanda Posey. “Her squad won the marching competition at band camp and she is a great leader. Her grades are outstanding and she is a great member of the colorguard. She also plays piano and is a great person.” Foods teacher Lynn Bramham added that she is a “very sweet girl, a conscientious student with a great attitude, a pleasure to have in class.” Stacee Reed “is a mature, intelligent and hard-working, young lady,” explained nominator Bill Wolfe. Wolfe is the coordinator of the AVID program. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) provides instruction and framework for students to succeed in college. “She is doing well in her classes (nearly straight A’s for the first Progress Report), she is a reliable contributor in my AVID II (junior) class, and she is helpful to, and supportive of, her classmates and her teacher. She has great potential. Spanish teacher Sandra Torres agreed, “Stacee Reed is an awesome student in every way. She’s eager to participate, always smiling, and always willing to help her fellow classmates and me.” That’s also the way that science teacher Harold Heiter sees it. “I have both Jennifer and Stacee in chemistry, and had both of them in biology last year. They are both not only good students, but very fun to have in class. They are very cooperative, and willing to do what it takes to learn the content material, not just to get a good grade, but because they both really want to understand the subject. They both have a great sense of humor as well.” Jennifer Chamale also “is a standout in my Honors English class,” nominating teacher Wolfe said. “She always does excellent work, has a real talent for writing and a good sense of humor, and adds a lot of energy to the class.” “Jennifer was also student of the month in AVID for September,” sophomore AVID teacher Mike Cowan added. “Jennifer is a fantastic, young lady. She always has a great attitude and her happiness is contagious. She’s friends with all the other AVID students and is always helpful and kind. We need more students like Ms. Chamale.” “Taylan Erro is the freshman phenom on the tennis team,” bragged Jim Carnal, her nominating teacher and the varsity tennis coach. “She is an A student and has picked up tennis incredibly fast. She listens and learns and improves. She ended up with the best winning percentage in singles (9-2), most wins (24-11) and best overall winning percentage (.686) of all the girls.” “She was a big help to my 7th period freshmen P.E class,” added Tanya Mauldin. “She worked with groups of students teaching them rotation and scoring for our tennis unit while I worked with other groups.” That motivation carries over into the classroom. “Taylan is one of the hardest-working students that I have and goes about achieving top scores in a quiet, humble way. She sets the bar high and is a shining example to her classmates as to what an exemplary student looks like,” added biology teacher Ryan Hickman. Spanish teacher Sandra Torres added, “I can always count on Taylan to have her work completed and be on task. She’s always pleasant and very hard working — a real joy to have in class!”

October 29-4, 2010



Westside News and Business Briefs Taft Domino’s Pizza - 8th Wonder of the World - Beats World Record, First Ten Pizzas Go To The Independent

Taft Independent Publisher Michael Long and Editor Jessica Wallis are handed ten pizzas by Domino’s pizza owner Bob Leikam at the kick-off of the local company’s attempt to beat the world record of most pizzas made within a 24 hour period. Leikham formally handed Long and Wallis the first ten pizza’s as they came off the preparation line.

by Jessica G. Miller At 11:04 AM on Saturday, October 23 during The Grand Parade for Oildorado, Domino’s Pizza passed the Guinness World Record for most pizzas made and

served in a 24 hour period at over 5,000 pies. Guinness representative, Danny Girton jr., along with a corporate representative from New York for Domino’s, Police Chief Ken McMinn, and Dr. Tang certified the record breaking on the spot. “I was tremendously excited,” owner Bob Leikam said. “The credit for it all goes to my wife, Tina. It was her idea. She was born and raised here and has always wanted to do something like this during Oildorado.” The final count at 4:00 PM that day was 6,838 pizzas. With a total of 85 workers consisting of former and current crew members and even a few Domino’s workers from Los Angeles, Burbank and Diamond Bar, Arizona, they were able to crank out 400 pizzas an hour. “The help was outstanding,” Leikam said. “There was no way we could have done it without them...and the ovens!” They even had the Pony Express helping deliver pizzas on Saturday which also coincided with the 149th anniversary of the last Pony Express run in California.. ”It was a lot of fun,” Leikam said. “But we could see why [The Pony Express] last only three horse kicked an employees car and another headbutted me!” You can find more information on the record breaking pizza making on the Guinness World Record’s website.

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Aries (March 21-April 19): Mental health (yours primarily) needs to be a priority and a focus this week. Do what you must to get yourself back on track in every way. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You’ve achieved a very important victory here, so go ahead and enjoy it. But don’t think this means you get to relax; you still have a lot to accomplish. Gemini (May 21-June 20): You’ve eaten a rather generous serving of humble pie, but it won’t do you any good if you don’t acknowledge it. This is a real learning opportunity if you let it be one. Cancer ( June 21-July 22): Don’t feel too guilty about a mistake you’ve made with a close friend. It wasn’t that big of a deal and they’re not upset at all, so go easy on yourself. Leo ( July 23-August 22): Things are not going as smoothly as you’d like in the social department, but this condition can and will change. You’ll be surprised at how it happens. Virgo (August 23-September 22): Don’t throw someone else under the bus to give yourself some relief; it will only come back to hurt you and you may lose a potential friend in the process. Libra (September 23-October 22): Things are very busy right now, but they’re also very productive. You’ll be amazed at how much you can actually get done this week. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): If things seem off with a loved one, that’s because they are. You need to be there for them without being too pushy; it’s a delicate balance but you can do it. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): There are a lot of changes going on all around you, so it may be easy to get overwhelmed. They are all for the better though, so keep that in mind. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): If you’re feeling stuck then it’s time to make a few changes. If you hate what you’re doing, then for pete’s sake – stop doing it! Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): You need to start making some changes in the workplace before it’s too late and your entire career is affected. Get started yesterday. Pisces (February 20-March 20): Don’t create unnecessary drama where there’s already plenty of it. There’s enough going on without you adding to it and making things worse than they are. If your birthday is this week: Don’t use other people’s lives and accomplishments as a gauge for where things stand in your own. The better tool to measure with is your own happiness and contentment. If you’re feeling restless and unsatisfied, then regardless of how others define success, you may need to make some changes.

Water Board member and candidate Tom LeClair (left) makes a point at the Wednesday evening candidate forum at the West Kern Water District Headquarters. Taft Chamber President Jan Ashley (center) moderated the forum. Water Board president and candidate Steve Steinhoffer (right) is pictured at right.

By Kent Miller The incumbents were there. The challengers weren’t. Wednesday night’s West Kern Water District candidates’ forum drew incumbent board members Tom LeClair and Stephen Steinhoffer. But challengers Barry Jameson and Scott Niblett were noshows. There are two openings on the district’s board in Tuesday’s general election. The forum allowed each candidate to make an opening statement, answer three questions, make a closing statement, then take questions from the audience. LeClair and Steinhoffer each stressed their links and service to the community. “I’ve served the district for over 25 years,” Steinhoffer said. “The district has never failed to meet the demand for water.” LeClair pointed to service on the Mosquito Abate District, being a coach and instructor at Taft Union High School, and serving as the local pastor for 20 years. Being on the WKWD board is time consuming, he said. “On complicated issues, it takes five hours of study for every one hour in meetings,” LeClair said. Water expensive Like other water districts in California, WKWD is dependent on the State Water Project, Steinhoffer said. When the district’s supply of water runs low, the choices are to pump from the aquifers or buy water on the spot market, an expensive choice, he said. “The water shortages in California impact prices,” Steinhoffer said. “Prices have climbed in the last few years to $6,000 per acre foot (enough water to cover one acre, one foot deep). “I enjoy taling with the general manager (Harry Starkey) and putting our heads together to try to solve the water problems we have. I look forward to continuing to serve.”

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Priorities The candidates were asked to list their priorities for the district. Steinhoffer listed seeing the North Well Field completely developed, working with Starkey “to develop him into the general manager we think he can be when we hired him,” and to do his best to find ways to serve water at reasonable and affordable prices. LeClair pointed to “fulfilling the mission of the West Kern Water District. We have fulfilled that mission.” During Oildorado, he talked to people from Bakersfield who paid $60 a month for residential water, he said. “Taft residents paid $22 every other month five years ago,” LeClair said. “Now they pay $32 every other month.”

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Water is vital to Taft’s survival, LeClair said. “We have neighbors to the south with voracious appetites for water,” he said. “We have neighbors to the north who are environmentalists. “People want local control. With the background I bring to the table, I can help direct us to buffer the great challenges we have.” LeClair praised “the excellent work force” at the district. “Our finances are in order,” he said. “We are all moving in the right direction.”


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October 29-4, 2010

From the Desk of

Mayor Dave Noerr Friday, October 29, 2010

Dear Taft Resident: On November 2nd, you will have the opportunity to vote in an election that will shape the very future of our country, our state and our city. To that end I offer the following facts.

Below is a complete list of individuals who are currently serving on the city council and have done so with the utmost honesty and integrity. I was there when they discussed very difficult issues and situations brought on by others and came to the best legal decisions available for the City of Taft. Their public and personal conduct is always befitting of the honor of serving the people of Taft. They are financially and mentally stable and set a good example at all times - their names are:

Paul Linder and Randy Miller Of the other choices available to you, the one I have the most experience with in business and civic functions is:

Orchel Krier He is a serious and successful businessman, who is dedicated and involved. He carries no grudges or burdens into this election. Only the desire to participate and improve. These three men were very active in the preparations for and the celebration of our 100th Birthday and Oildorado. These three men have earned my respect and support. I encourage you to participate in the upcoming election and be active in your community. Your energy along with theirs will continue the positive energy this city has been enjoying recently.

Your Mayor,

Dave Noerr

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