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Independent The Taft


November 19-25, 2010 • Volume 5 Issue 20

“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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Community Comes Together for Toys for Taft and The Holiday Season . . .

Community Service Clubs Come Together for the Holidays

Greg Mudge, Taft Kiwanis, Sandra Cothern, Taft Soroptimist, Daryl Christensen, Taft Rotary, Sandy Koenig, Westside Community Resource Center, and Tim Crabb, Midway Sunset Lions Club

Black Gold

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Christmas at The Historic Fort

Holiday Gift Show & Dinner Thursday Evening, December 2nd, 2010 5:00pm - 9:00pm Free Admission to Gift Show Dinner $8.00 Served from 5:00pm - 8:00pm Please RSVP for Dinner at 765-7371 by December 1st, 2010

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November 19-25, 2010

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

News Briefs.......................3 Westside Watcher............4


Community Events Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Painting Class Every Thursday Night til December 23rd

Westside News.................5 . Westside News.................6

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.

Westside News..................7

Yule Tea & Bazaar at St. Andrews Saturday, November 20th

Westside News.................8 Westside Horoscopes......9

The community is invited to join women of St. Andrews Episcopal Church for their annual Yule Tea and Bazaar on Saturday, November 20, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. A donation of $4.00 includes refreshments and door prize. A variety of handcrafted items and baked goods will be available for sale. Also included will be a drawing for a variety of items. St. Andrews is located at the corner of 5th and Woodrow. Call 7652378 for further information.

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner Saturday, November 20th

News and Business.......11

Free Thanksgiving dinner with the works! Saturday, November 20th from 12pm to 2pm at Taft Church of Christ located at 305 S. 10th St. Carrisa Plains Women’s Club Holiday Craft & Gift Show Sunday, November 21st

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 Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Wallis Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins Staff Photographer Sara Bravo

The Carrisa Plains Women’s Club will be having their Holiday craft and gift show Sunday, November 21st from 10am to 4pm at the Carrisa Plains Heritage Association Community Center located at 10750 Carrisa Hwy 58, Carrisa Plains. Door prizes, raffle, homemade baked goods, handmade crafts, specialty gifts, lunch, dessert booth. Come to visit, come to eat, come to browse, come to buy. For information or booth space call Debbie Twisselman at (805)459-9838, Jani Kasfeldt (805)475-2231 or Gail Traver (805)475-2285 or (805)674-3780. Sunday Afternoon Poetry Club Reading and Meeting Sunday, November 21st The Sunday afternoon Poetry Club will meet again on Sunday, November 21st from 2pm to 4:30pm at the End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. Susan Griffith, Taft’s own prize-winning poet, will be the featured poet. All are welcome, those who want to read and those who prefer to just listen, If you care to read, please bring three or four poems. You will have six minutes to read your own work. (The featured poet will read for 15 to 20 minutes.) Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation of $4. If anyone has a Christmas village he or she would like to sell or lend for the gallery window please call Jane at 765-4790.

News Briefs Taft Manna 4 U Free Thanksgiving Dinner It is Holiday time again and Taft Mann 4 U is preparing for our anual free Thanksgiving Dinner for our friends in need. This year Taft Mann 4 U is planning on serving about 200 of our citizenns in need and on hard times. The menu will be turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, green beans, rolls, butter, cranberry sauce, green salad with dressing and dessert. Taft Manna 4 U is located at 201 Harrison Street (corner of Birch & Harrison) serving day is Tuesday, November 23rd and serving times are 11:00am until 1:30pm. There will be no “To Go Orders” accepted, and no clothing will be given out on this feeding day. We are still welcoming volunteers and accepting donations of food and money. Please help during this Holiday season. Let’s show everyone that Taft has a heart. For more information please call 205-3376.

Taft College Literary Magazine Club Taft College’s Literary Magazine Club still needs materials for the first issue of A Sharp Piece of Awesome, so the submission deadline has been extended to Dec. 15. Each author can submit up to five poems or up to seven pages (2,250 words) of fiction. Items should be e-mailed to: The club is designed to give students experiencing editing a college literary publication, so authors should feel free to submit their own writing to the magazine, said Geoffrey Dyer, college English instructor and club adviser. Those wishing to submit items need not be a college student, Dyer said. The magazine will be released by early May of 2011, he said.

Westside Service Clubs Kiwanis- Meets Thursday at 12pm at OT’s Cookhouse Rotary- Meets Wednesday at 12pm at Jo’s Restaurant Soroptimist- Meets Tuesday at 12pm at Jo’s Restaurant

Discussion Group Sunday, November 28th

Taft Lions- Meets Tuesday at 6pm at Paik’s Ranch House

Discussion Group on Sunday, November 28th at 2pm at the End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street. Topic: “Are we living in the end of times?” Everyone is welcome. Come and share your views. Refreshments served. Suggested donation: $4 (to help pay the rent.)

Midway Sunset Lions- Meets Tuesday at 7pm at The Taft Motorcycle Club

Ladies Night Dinner and Social Wednesday, December 1st Looking for an excuse to go out and have a good time with your girlfriends? Come out to Ladies Night at Black Gold Coffee House and Deli located at 508 Center Street for some socializing, drinks, and dinner from 6pm to 8pm. Inaugural First Thursday Event Thursday, December 2nd


The First Thursday monthly event will kick off the Holidays starting Thurday, December 2nd from 4pm to 9pm located in the Fifth Street Plaza, at Center and Main Street. All artists are welcome to bring there works, all art is welcome but the artists will need to furnish their own displays. There is no charge to participate. Imagination Laboratories will be offering a Christmas card making workshop for the kids. For more information contact Leigh Golling at

field. Doors open at 5:30pm Roughcuts play at 6pm, Diamonds play at 7pm. Adults are $10 and Children $5. Bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more and get a free t-shirt while supplies last! Proceeds from the night go to Toys for Tots.

Holiday Wine Tasting Thursday, December 2nd

3rd Annual Chilled and Grilled Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th

A Holiday wine tasting event will be held Thursday, December 2nd at Black Gold Coffee House and Deli located at 508 Center Street from 5:30pm to 8:30pm featuring Vintner Curt Dubost of Dubost Ranch Winery. The menu will feature a wonderful selection of Dubost Wines along with tapas and hors d’oeuvres. $20 per person. RSVP required for wine tasting. Please RSVP to A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Toys for Taft.

The Chilled and Grilled is hosting their 3rd annual Toys for Taft Run Saturday, December 18th. Pre-register $30 per bike or car, $5 for additional rider or passenger. Day of event $35 per bike or car, $10 for additional rider or passenger. Sign ups begin at 7am on the day of the event at Chilled and Grilled, located at 621 Center Street. The ride will start at 9am at Chilled and Grilled and end at the Fifth Street Plaza, between Center and Main Street. There will be a BBQ with hot dogs, chips and soda after the ride with a bounce house for the kids and a special guest...Santa Claus will be there! 50/50 raffle, drawing for prizes $1 or 6 for $5. Poker cards will be handed out, lowest and highest wins, and a shoe boz auction. Food donations are also welcome and remember all donations stay in the Taft area. For more information call Chilled and Grilled at 765-2000.

Christmas at The Fort Thursday, December 2nd Christmas at The Fort Holiday Gift Show and Dinner Thursday Evening, December 2nd from 5pm-9pm. Free Admission to Gift Show. Dinner $8 served from 5pm to 8pm. Please RSVP for Dinner at 765-7371 by December 1st. Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby Saturday, December 4th

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Come Naughty! Come Nice! Watch the Divas play Twice! Come on out Saturday, December 4th to watch your Taft girls on the Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby Team at their last bout of the season at Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. in Bakers-

Do you have a community event that you would like added to the calendar? Give us a call today! 765-6550 or fax it in at 765-6556

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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

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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

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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

Karaoke Night Friday, November 19th Karaoke is every other Friday night. Next Karaoke night is Friday, November 19th at 8pm. We would like to have Karaoke every Friday so come on out and support TMS Karaoke and have some great food and drinks. 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 3:30pm to Close

Food Drive and Toys for Taft Editorial

Westside Watcher

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: How is it that the Westside continues to be the toilet of Los Angeles! I read with dismay, on that “The Kern County Planning Commission approved Liberty Energy’s plan to build a power plant near Lost Hills. It would produce electricity from sewage sludge. The plant would take biosolids from southland sanitation districts and burn them to make steam to turn turbines, to make electricity (published 11/12/10).” As this proposal goes on to the Board of Supervisors, and is supposed to be an improvement over the current sludge operation at this facility, it makes you wonder what good it did to pass Measure E? Did you think that Measure E would stop Southland sludge from coming to our county? It won’t. Liberty has said that their new power plant is dependent on sludge from outside areas to operate. They also say that it won’t increase the amount of sludge they already receive. Additionally, did you know that our local Synagro plant “recycles” Orange County’s sewage and that as the court battle rages on over Measure E, the most disheartening issue is that even if the measure is upheld, Synagro (dba South Kern Industrial) will continue to operate their facility near Taft and can receive up to 400,000 tons per year of Southland sewage. They mix it with green waste, bag it, and call it “organic fertilizer”. According to a company spokesperson, it is not supposed to be spread on local farmland, but is sold to landscapers, golf courses, nurseries and farmers outside Kern County; yet we were offered “free fertilizer for life” by this same spokesperson. In not spreading the sludge locally, both Synagro and Liberty Energy have found a way to get around the will of the people – which I believe was to not be used as L.A.’s sewage disposal site in the first place! If Liberty’s new sludge power plant is so clean and green, why doesn’t the southland build their own? We have the misfortune of having a house less than two miles away from the Taft Synagro plant. The odor is unbearable. It’s not just the smell, but also the “dust” and truck traffic that come with sludge hauling that are at issue. While Kern County residents are now paying the cost of the fine for our bad air quality, Synagro’s Taft facility, whose Operating Permit prohibits excessive odor and dust, continues to receive official violations for both – yet continues to operate. (See the recent County Inspection Results and Violations for “South Kern Industrial” at This plant is currently only operating at 60% capacity which means that they could almost double the nauseating smell, the noxious dust, the toxic fertilizer production, and the truck traffic. Please take action to stop more sludge from coming to our area and to keep Synagro from expanding! If you’ve been adversely affected by the Synagro Plant near Taft, please complain to Kern County Environmental Health Services (661-862-8700), and also let the Board of Supervisors know that Kern County, and especially the Westside, refuse to be the Southland’s toilet. To find out more about the sludge industry, the latest news and lawsuits, and what you can do to help go to: Sincerely, Frank G. Rose


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This week, several community service clubs came together, as well as several local businesses and volunteers to see what they could do to make the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays a litle better for those in need. Their efforts are what make Taft a great place to live and says alot about our community and the people who volunteer so much time and effort to make things a little better for those in need. The Salvation Army, the West Side Community Resource Center, the Westside Ministers Association, Mannua-4-U, the Taft Lions, Taft Rotary, Midway Sunset Lions and Taft Lions, and the Taft Soroptimists Club along with Cycle Katz, Chilled and Grilled and other local buisnees (please see the list of participating businesses and toy collection drop off points on page 5) are working together to bring together the best Toys for Taft toy collection drive ever, and collect food donations for Thanksgiving. If you can please help these groups by making a cash, toy or food donation this holiday season. Dear Editor: I felt very sad when I read that the Fox Theater may close. I have only lived in Taft for about a year and a half but I have grown to love the Fox Theater. It is such a beautiful building. Going to a movie there is a real treat--the seats are comfortable and the surroundings are gorgeous. I sincerely hope that someone will take over this theater and keep it open. If that occurs, I hope the citizens of Taft will support it rather than go to Bakersfield. There is so much that could be done there. Please, is there not someone who can keep this treasure open and operating? Thank you. Sincerely, Jackie Maxwell Dear Editor: After reading westside watcher what a wonderffull story and thinking how Maggie had a tome navagating The Tumbler range even if she had done so using roads such as thay are i know first had as loast spring my son and i took a drive out there returning home using Crockr Springs Rd And with The Rain we were geting what a blessing that she made it there and was Found by such caring people. Lori


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November 19-25, 2010



Westside News and Business Briefs Midway Sunset Lions Club Vision of Peace

Left to Right: Joe De Los Santos, Pat Crabb, Treasurer, Joseph Hampton, Tim Crabb, President, and Iris Cordero The Midway Sunset Lions Club held a poster contest for elementary school students with the theme “Vision of Peace.” The winning students were Joe De Los Santos from Cuyama Elementary School, Iris Cordero from Lincoln Elementary School, and Joseph Hampton from Maricopa Elementary School. Each winner received a $25 check from the Midway Sunset Lions Club and their posters have been sent to the next round of competition.

Toys for Taft Drop Off Locations Together We Can Collabrative Jazmyn Chavira, Emma Neudorf, and Cathy Sullivan.

Taft Independent/ Black Gold Coffee House & Deli Jo’s Restaurant Cycle Katz Pizza Factory Chilled and Grilled True Value Kern County Fire Station West Side Furniture Razor’s Edge Asian Experience Trends Final Plase Electric H&M Machine Artz Liquor Taft Chamber of Commerce Wildcats Barbershop Julie Franks State Farm West America Bank Midway Driller Jacob’s 24 Hour Burger Cindy’s Hair Affair New Life Community Church

Nestle Purina Donates to Toys for Taft

Alan Cook and Ruth Jared of Nestle Purina in Maricopa dropped off $2,000 worth of toys to the Toys for Taft trailer at the Taft Chamber of Commerce with more coming on Monday!

“Together We Can” Meeting on Wednesday, November 17th Due to hard economic times more families than ever will struggle to provide a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season. The “Together We Can” Collaborative is coordinating the annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive for local families. Local service clubs, churches and community members are contributing to this annual event. We hope to ensure the maximum number of families will enjoy a holiday meal. Community members can help by donating funds to purchase food and turkeys or by donating food. Checks should be made payable to:Together We Can and brought to the West Side Community Resource office at 915 N. Tenth (The Fort), room 20. Food can be dropped off Monday or Tuesday at the same address. Should you choose to col4014 Highway 33 lect and Beautiful Downtown Ventucopa distribute (661)766-2660 food within your own Place your orders for Homemade organizaPies for Thanksgiving! tion, please On or Before November 22nd contact the Blackberry, Blueberry, & Pecan - $15 each Resource Apple, Peach, Coconut Cream, Banana Center with Cream, Chocolate Cream, Strawberry the names of Rhubarb, & Pumpkin - $13 each the families Order and pick up your pies up at Taft you plan to Crude Coffee House or Black Gold Coffee serve so that House and Deli we can avoid LET US DEEP PIT OR SMOKE a duplication of YOUR THANKSGIVING TURKEY efforts. For Please place orders by November 16th! additional 12-15 lb. Turkeys - $30.00 information, please call We will be closed EVERY Tuesday Closed on Thanksgiving 765-7281.

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City Council Update By Kent Miller A mini version of the Taft City Council made quick work of a small agenda at Tuesday’s regularly-scheduled meeting with a minimum of controversy. With Taft temporarily having only four councilmembers – due to the post-election resignation of Cliff Thompson and the installation of incoming Councilmember Ronald Waldrop not due until December – and Mayor Dave Noerr out-of-town on vacation, there was the legal minimum of three city fathers present for a quorum. A few items on the agenda generated some comments among councilmembers. Councilmember Craig Noble questioned whether the local government compensation report should be posted on both the city and the California Controller’s Web sites, or if it was sufficient to only post it on the controller’s Web site with a link to the state posting on the city’s Web site. On Aug. 3, State Controller John Chiang enacted a reporting requirement on compensation of California cities and counties’ elected officials and public employees. While individuals are not named, the complete range of wages or stipends and benefits for each position must be listed. Noble was in favor of both city and controller Web site postings, but Councilmember Paul Linder and Acting Mayor Randy Miller voted for only the controller posting, with the link on the city site. Continued on Page 11

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November 19-25, 2010

Westside News and Business Briefs City Talks With Unions Over Wages, No Agreement Reached Yet By Kent Miller Progress and the need for a cooling-off period were words used this week to describe the months-long negotiations between the city and two of its three unions. The city had another roundtable discussion on Monday with the Service Employees International Union, Local #521, and the International Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. SEIU and IBCO each represent about 45 city employees. The third union involved in negotiations, California Organization of Police and Sheriffs, did not participate, feeling that roundtable discussions are not as productive as having one union at a time meet with the city, said Mike Dicesare of COPS. His union represents about 15 members of the Taft Police Department, from sergeants on down, Dicesare said. The city has taken a strong stand in negotiations, union representatives have said. City Manager, Bob Gorson, declined to comment on the contract negotiations. But, Mayor Dave Noerr was direct in presenting the city’s side. “The city has got to operate within a budget,” Noerr said. “We do not want, as a city council, to hand out a list of people who are going to have to be laid off. The city’s goals are to safeguard financial integrity while doing our utmost not to separate anybody’s employment. We truly appreciate and care about the quality of service provided by every single employee. Layoffs cut back on services provided to our customers - the taxpayers. We don’t want layoffs. Nobody wants to have to do it. We will all have to dig deeper to do more for less.”

ments by the city and a return to employees paying part of the 14 percent that goes to the California Public Employees Retirement System for each worker. In the mid-1990s, the city agreed to pick up the employees’ seven percent CalPERS payment in exchange for a freeze in the annual cost of living allowance. In addition to the proposed change in CalPERS payments, there is a proposed change in retirement for new hires. Retirement at two percent of the highest annual wage for each year of employment would not start until the worker is 60, as opposed to 55 now. Now, for example, if an employee is with the city for 25 years, they would receive 50 percent of the highest annual wage in retirement at the age of 55. But, under the council proposal, the employee would have to be 60 to receive retirement. There were signs of progress at Monday’s negotiations, it was reported. The unions wanted to have a cooling off period. The city, and SEIU and the IBCO will meet again the third week of January. The city and COPS will probably meet separately before late January.

“We will not bankrupt the city because the state does not pay their bills,” Noerr said. “Now there is a financial crunch on the state. Sacramento is 100 days late on payments to cities and counties. They are $6 billion to $8 billion in the hole. They are way behind on repaying us. They are jeopardizing city finances. When times were very good and there was money there, the employees enjoyed that financial well-being...Everybody shares in the good times. We are not there now. It is the worst recessing since the Great Depression. Now, the economy is weak, sales tax income is down, fewer people are working, they are spending less, tax income to the city is less. The city and the employees can’t be insulated from the effects of the depression. The city must provide services to the citizens, its customers, even if the income to the city goes down. We have to cut back on expenses. Everyone has to cut back, including employees. If we bury our head in the sand as the state does, we are doing no one a service. We can not run the city the way the state is run. We will not be a part of it. The state wrote a bad check to cover its past-due credit card debt. And we will face that debt this year.”

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Aries (March 21-April 19): You have a right to be upset of course, but make sure that you actually are upset and not just taking on what someone else wants or expects you to feel. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Things are most definitely not as they appear to be on the surface. You’ll have to look a little deeper to understand why loved ones are acting a certain way.. Gemini (May 21-June 20): I know you have very strong feelings on a certain issue, but you have someone speaking as a genuine voice of reason. It’d be worth it to hear them out Cancer ( June 21-July 22): It’s going to be hard not to charge in on your white horse and save the day, but for the sake of a very dear loved one try your best to resist the urge. Leo ( July 23-August 22): There’s living in the moment, and then there’s being your own worst enemy. It’s a fine line and you’re teetering on the wrong side of it. Virgo (August 23-September 22): Don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. A significant other is finally opening up to you; if you shut them down, they’ll just shut you out and nobody wins. Libra (September 23-October 22): It’s very honorable the way you’re trying to keep everyone else happy, but your happiness needs to count for something too. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): You may think the decisions you’re making affect only yourself, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Take a look around and you’ll see that clearly. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): It is definitely safe to take an apology from a family member at face value. They absolutely mean it and are actively making amends. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): To you, your words are just words. To the person you’re aiming them at lately, they may as well be bullets. Listen to yourself and you’ll hear it too. Aquarius ( January 20-February 19): Don’t take too much pleasure in gloating over a frenemy’s misfortune. What goes around always, always comes around. Pisces (February 20-March 20): You’re not completely wrong in feeling the way you do, but you’re not exactly right either; so I’d err on the side of caution if I were you. If your birthday is this week: You may not have gotten exactly what you wanted this year, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t get exactly what you need. Take a long slow look around you, and that should become abundantly clear to you. You don’t even have to admit you were wrong; just an honest “thank you” will suffice.

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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! ___________________ 4 bd. 1 ba. 902 Williams Way. large fenced back yard. $1000 mo. plus deposit. 623-4296 Large 2 bed, 1 ba. 415 Kern St. Zoned commercial. Det. garage. fenced yrd on alley. great location. $795. mo. plus dep. 623-4296.

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News & Business Briefs California Farmers Give Bounty Back to Their Communities

Macpherson Energy Converting Cogeneration Plant to Biomass

Thanks to California farmers, $2,500 donations are available for local eligible charities through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program The first Thanksgiving, celebrated in Plymouth, Mass., marks an important milestone for American agriculture. It was a time when people gathered together to share the bounty of the land and to celebrate their new-found sense of community and life in America. While much has changed since that first Thanksgiving, the sense of community and appreciation for agricultural production are still integral components of the holiday. And because of farmers, both of those ideals are still upheld. The America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program – an initiative made possible by the Monsanto Fund – celebrates California farmers that feed, clothe and grow their communities everyday. This program allows farmers to give back to those organizations that they value most with the opportunity to direct $2,500 to their favorite local nonprofit organization, like the local FFA chapter, library, fire department or elementary school. Now, with the expansion of Grow Communities, California farmers in 11 counties have until December 31, 2010, to enroll and potentially impact their hometowns in a monumental way. Nearly $1.2 million dollars already has been donated in 10 states through two pilot programs, impacting a variety of rural community programs like a Christian school in California. “Hanford is a farming community,” said Al Kosters, administrator at Hanford Christian School. “The farmers are the most important driver of the entire local economy. It is good for an area like Hanford to be reminded of the contributions of its farmers to the larger community. That reality is not recognized nearly often enough.” Youth agricultural programs like 4-H and FFA also were common recipients and received more than $432,000 in donations. And, another roughly $430,000 was contributed to much needed improvements in community emergency services, community groups and health care initiatives. Aside from the local organization selected to win the $2,500 benefitting, the local United Way chapters will receive a $1 donation from the Monsanto Fund with each farmer sign up, which provides yet another opportunity for farmers to make a difference in their communities, just by signing up. Farmers can apply online at or by calling 1.877.267.3332. Farmers, age 21 and over, who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/ or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture, are eligible. The program is open to qualifying farmers, and no purchase is necessary in order to enter or win. In California, one winner will be drawn from each of the state’s 11 participating counties. Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations in February 2011. Eligible counties in California include Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Yolo. Visit to sign up and to learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The project is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. To view the official rules for this program, visit or send a written request to Eileen Jensen, 914 Spruce St., St. Louis, MO 63102.

New Partnership to Operate 44-MW CA Clean Energy Plant Macpherson Energy Corporation entities have agreed to acquire 50% ownership in Kern County’s Mt. Poso cogeneration plant and will co-lead its conversion to a 44-megawatt renewable energy center operating 100 percent on biomass fuel, primarily wood waste. Construction on the biomass plant begins this week with earthmoving. Macpherson has been one of the owners of Mt. Poso Cogeneration since 1987. The company is managing partner of numerous Kern County oil fields. Macpherson Energy Corporation and DTE Energy Services subsidiaries acquired the Mt. Poso plant from its previous partners effective November 1. Mt. Poso has a 15-year agreement to sell the biomass energy to Pacific Gas and Electric Company; this agreement has received the necessary regulatory approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. DTEES will operate the plant and co-lead its conversion to biomass. Macpherson will increase its ownership position in the Mt. Poso cogeneration facility to 50% and will continue to have a management role. Its wholly owned subsidiary Macpherson Oil Company operates the adjacent West Mt. Poso Oil Field, which provides the water supply for the cogeneration plant and produces oil in a thermally enhanced oil recovery operation using steam from the cogeneration plant. The biomass conversion project is expected to produce 90 local construction jobs, 10 new full-time jobs at the cogeneration plant when conversion is completed in 2012, and additional jobs supplying the wood to the plant and providing other services. The wood to fuel the power plant will come from construction waste, tree trimmings and agricultural sources. All current employees at the plant will keep their jobs and become DTEES employees, while oil field employees will continue to be Macpherson employees. “We are very proud to take this important step in responsible energy production,” said Donald R. Macpherson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Macpherson Energy. “Our biomass project, and the agreement to sell the clean energy to PG&E, will help California meet its renewable energy goals. It is good for the Kern County economy and good for the environment.” The Mt. Poso plant uses the best available control technologies to minimize air emissions, and discharges zero solid or liquid wastes. It currently uses coal as its primary fuel source. “We will continue to be a leader in environmentally friendly energy,” Macpherson said. Macpherson Energy Corporation is a growing, integrated energy provider headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, with principal oil and gas operations in Kern County, CA, and in Alabama. Macpherson is the 10th largest onshore oil producer in California. The company and its employees contribute approximately $120 million annually to the economy in royalty payments, payroll, taxes, and contracts with local vendors. DTEES, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has operations in 26 states including biomass plants in Woodland CA, Wisconsin and Alabama.

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