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March 4 - 10, 2011

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March 11 - 17, 2011 • Volume 5 Issue 37

“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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Mayor Miller and wife guest chefs at black gold

city cuts down 22 dying ash trees at city hall thursday

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Community Events

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Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

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

Westside Watcher............4 Westside News..................5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7 A View From Center Street....................8 Community Voices.................................8 Westside Horoscopes......9 Classified Ads.................10 Westside News...............11 Negocios Hispanos.......11

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

Email: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com Website: www.TaftIndependent.com 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: Taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com. 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 taftindypublisher@bak.rr.com Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Skidgel Layout & Design Independent Graphics Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Jessy McCulloch Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins

Monday Afternoon Drawing Class from 1pm to 3pm End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is accepting students for their drawing class on Monday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. Please bring a good quality drawing tablet about 12 by 16 inches or larger, various pencils (soft lead preferred) several sticks of charcoal and a kneaded eraser. A drawing board approx. 20 by 24 inches, is most useful. All classes are $40 per month and students can pay weekly but will be charged for missed classes. For more information please call 765-4790. Tuesday Night Painting Class from 6pm to 8pm End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is accepting students for their painting class on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm. Please call 765-4790 for supply list. Acrylic paint is the preferred medium. All classes are $40 per month and students can pay weekly but will be charged for missed classes. VFW Bingo Every Tuesday Night at 5:30pm The VFW will hold Bingo Night every Tuesday at 6:30pm at 600 Hazelton Street in Maricopa. Doors open at 5:30pm, buy in is $5 a pack, food will be served. Come on out, bring a friend and support our vets! Thursday Afternoon Watercolor Class from 1pm to 3pm End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is accepting students for their watercolor class on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. Please bring a watercolor block approx. 12 by 14 inches, a good quality set of water colors, palette, brushes and water can. Also, please bring a board about 16 x 20 inches on which to work. All classes are $40 per month and students can pay weekly but will be charged for missed classes. For more information please call 765-4790. “Next Friday” Event Art of the Car Friday, March 11th Calling all car enthusiasts. Bring your classic car to Center Street on Friday, March 11th. We are celebrating the art of the car March 11 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the 5th Street Plaza. For more information email leighbg@gmail.com Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ at The Historic Fort Thursday, March 17th Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ at The Historic Fort. Great Food, Irish Music, Dancin’ and fun! Saint Patrick’s Dinner Thursday, March 17th, 2011. Social hour 5pm, dinner 6pm. $15 for dinner. Please RSVP by Monday, March 14th to The Historic Fort at 765-7371

Spring Forward Sunday With Daylight Savings Time A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. This weekend, Sunday March 13th, 2011, we will spring forward, moving our clocks ahead one hour. The time change is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms and change the batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association more than 66 percent of home fire deaths that occurred from 2003-2006 were in homes without a working smoke alarm. • A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all, so test your smoke alarm monthly by pushing the “test/reset” button. • Even if your smoke alarm is hard wired the battery should be changed. • Place smoke alarms inside or near each sleeping area on each level of your home, including the basement. Remember the garage also. • Make sure that everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do when they hear it. • Develop an escape plan knowing two ways out of every room with safe meeting point outside. • Replace your smoke alarm every 8-10 years; aging smoke alarms do not operate efficiently, and are a cause of nuisance alarms. • Special alarms are made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities, these alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound. As Daylight Savings begins, change your clocks and your smoke alarm batteries.

Maricopa Town Hall Meeting Discusses Community Values

About 50 to 70 people came to the Maricopa Town Hall Meeting at Gusher Hall in Maricopa Thursday night, March 10th, to identify what they value about their community and create a vision for growth based on these principles. They were addressed by Robert Ball, Director of Planning for Kern Council of Governments, who showed slides for possible improvements along Highway 33 and 166 by planting trees and building pedestrian crosswalks. In the future residents will be able to take buses to the Bakersfield train station, where high speed trains will transport them to Los Angeles in an hour or to San Francisco in 1½ hours.

CITY OF TAFT COUNCIL MEETINGS

New Life Community 12 Step Presents Steve McCurtis on Thursday, March 17th

Tuesday March 15th, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.

New Life Community 12 Step class presents: Steve McCurtis speaking on End Time Prophecy on Thursday, March 17th at 6pm at 1004 6th Street. For more information call the church office at 765-7472.

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER 209 EAST KERN STREET, TAFT, CA (661) 763-1222

Raise the Roof Christian Music Jam Session and Practice Saturday, March 19th Raise the Roof Christian Music Jam Session and Practice Saturday, March 19th, 6:30pm at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 Emmons Park Dr. (across from the public library) Christian musicians and all those interested in outreach ministry, drama, hospitality, sound technicians, prayer partners, etc., are encouraged to attend. Contact: 765-1182 or office@peacelutherantaft.org

AGENDA POSTED ON BULLETIN BOARD OUTSIDE CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND POSTED AT THE CITY OF TAFT WEB SITE www.cityoftaft.org TELEVISED ON BRIGHT HOUSE CABLE CHANNEL 11: Wednesday 8 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m.         8 p.m. Friday          10 a.m.

Taft’s Got Talent Dinner & Show Saturday, March 26th

information call 765-2488 or 765-6855.

WCMA is hosting a dinner and talent show on Saturday, March 26th at 5pm at First Baptist Church located at 220 North Street. Cost is $20 per person for deep pit full dinner, drink and dessert. Call 763-4196 for details or tickets.

Roll in the Good Times Taft ARC Annual Bunco Saturday, April 9th

Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival March 26 - 27 The Santa Margarita Wildflower Festival wil be held on March 26 & 27, 2011 from 9 to 5 daily. Admission is Free Admission. The event will be held at the Santa Margarita Auction Barn and Town in Santa Margarita. Celebrate the Wildflowers! Join us at the Festival, get your FREE Map to Wildflower sightings, then go visit them! Arts, Crafts, and Food vendors will be on hand. Find out about Santa Margarita’s Hidden Treasures. Talks on the hour (both days) starting at 10am in the Auction Barn. There will be a Wildflower Photo Contest: Free to enter - bring your “ready to hang” framed wildflower photos Friday March 26, 3-6 to the Auction Barn. Winner will be voted on by the public during the Festival. Winner award to be announced at 2pm Sunday in the Auction Barn. (These will not be for sale.) More information on all: http://visitsantamargarita.com/wildflowerFestival.html 805-235-2129 Jill Gallagher. Event by visitSantaMargarita.com Homespun Happenings and Art Show Wednesday, March 30th

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Join in a community show and tell at the Homespin Happenings and Art Show with Salad Luncheon. Show time 9am to 2pm. Lunch served 11am to 1pm at the Peace Lutheran Church located at 26 Emmons Park Dr. There will be door prizes. For more

The Taft ARC is holding their annual bunco night on Saturday, April 9th at 5pm at the Taft ARC, 204 Van Buren Street. Cost is $20 per person. Bunco ticket includes dinner. Pre-sale tickets only, deadline is April 1st, call 763-1532 ext 11. Rotary Club of Taft Peddler’s Fair and Health Fair Saturday, April 16th The Rotary Club of Taft is holding their annual Peddler’s Fair and Health Fair Saturday, April 16th. The Peddler’s Fair is from 8am to 3pm at Bueana Vista HighSchool, 900 No. 10th Street, across from the Historic Fort. Admission is $2, 8 and under free. 50+ vendors! For more information call 979-8619. Free admission to the Health Fair from 8am to 12 noon. Free consultation by medical specialists. For more information call 765-4124. Quail Springs Open House Saturday, May 7th Saturday, May 7, 201110am-2pm. At long last we’ve scheduled our Spring Open House (previously called Farm Tour)! Please join us to learn about permaculture design and how sustainability touches the ground here at Quail Springs. And share a delicious catered lunch at the farm. This is a daytime event, yet there are local options to dine and camp overnight in the Cuyama Valley - more info is available on the preregistration page. Event Cost: $20/adult or teen, $5/child All ages are encouraged! Please pre-register a week or more in advance as these events tend to fill up.


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City Council Meets in Emergency Session to Transfer CRA Property

The Taft

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Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café and Steakhouse

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

Asian Experience

Asian Food and Pizza 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 Paik’s Ranch House Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Where Everybody Meets Dinner by Reservation Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa Open 7 Days (661) 766-2319 Mon. Tues. Thur. Sat. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Wed. Fri. 6 am - 10pm Taft Crude Coffee House 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday El Jacalito 6:30 am to 5pm. Authentic Mexican Dining Saturday 7 am to 2 pm We do Catering for any Sundays 7:30 am to 1 pm Special Event! 1010 6th Street, Taft Orders to go. 763-5156 Sunday - Thursday 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Black Gold Cafe & Deli Friday and Saturday Pastas - Sandwiches 10:30 am - 9:00 pm Espresso - Beer - Wine 101 B. Street, Taft Open Monday to Saturday 763-9890 Lunch served 11am-1pm 763-9892 fax Dinner served 5pm - 8pm Wine Tasting on First Thursdays 508 Center Street 765-6550

Westside Entertainment

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Your Restaurant Chilled & Grilled Listed Here. Asian Food and Pizza Breakfast served Asian Experience Call Lunchand and Dinner Saturday Sunday Tuesday - Friday 765-6550. 7am-11am 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Brunch served Saturday 4 p.m. -Sunday 9 p.m. Starting as low 7am-2pm Live Music Saturday Nights as $12 per Lunch served daily 11am-4pm week! Dinner served daily 4pm-9pm 765-2000 215 Center Street 763-1815 621 Center Street Always

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Action Protects City Owned Property from State Seizure Editorial

Westside Watcher Quail Springs Permaculture, in partnership with The Ojai Foundation, is proud to present our Sustainable Vocations program for Summer 2011! Practical Skills and Leadership for a Sustainable World Sustainable Vocations offers young people (ages 15-24) the unique, hands-on opportunity to study and participate in various green technologies and design strategies, develop leadership skills, and experience living in a sustain- Taft City Council meeting on Tuesday able community. The Taft City Council, meeting in its capacity as the Community Redevelopment Agency, met in emergency In addition to serving as a holistic education and leadsession on Tuesday to transfer CRA held property to city ership program, graduates receive an internationally ownership. recognized Permaculture Design Certification. PermacThe moved prevents the state from taking possession of ulture is an integrative design science for the creation of sustainable human settlement. Its holistic, systems-based the property should the state abolish community redevelopprinciples can be applied to all settings, and permaculture ment agencies. The governor and democrats in the legislature favor represents a growing profession worldwide. closing local redevelopment agencies and transferring the savings to local school districts as a money saving measure. Join us on this hands-on learning journey to create a City leaders across the state are decrying the plan to close more sustainable future Permaculture Design - Sustaindown the agencies, which they have used for more than 50 able Living Skills - Leadership & Community Building years to attract development, end blight and create jobs. - Renewable Energy Intro - Green Building & Natural City Manager Bob Gorson said that since Taft has both Building Intros - Environmental & Social Justice - Watershed Restoration - Localizing Food & Economy - Animal a redevelopment agency and an Enterprise Zone, another Husbandry - Rainwater Harvesting & Greywater Design local government economic development tool used by many cities and counties that the state want to eliminate, the city - Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Preparation - Nature Awareness and Observation Skills - The Way of Council will suffer a double blow to its plans to create jobs and attract new businesses to Taft. and Relationship Building - And More! Taft has spent nearly $2.5 million to purchase the 46 acre Rails to Trails property for redevelopment, to create a When: July 10-30, 2011 27 acre industrial park identified as an enterprise zone and study the feasibility of the projects over the past several Where: Hosted at The Ojai Foundation in Ojai, CA years. If the state dissolves the agencies, Taft could lose millions Cost: $1,500-2,500, sliding scale tuition. Includes educain future redevelopment dollars, and sales and property tion, meals & accommodations (yurts and domes). Scholtaxes. arships are available for low-income youth and families The council voted unanimously to transfer the property thanks to the generosity of our scholarship fund sponsors. to city ownership. Sustainable Vocations is committed to program accessibility, and we offer creative strategies for those in need BID REQUEST of assistance. Diverse youth and families are passionately encouraged to inquire. Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted by the Board of Trustees of the West Side Registering NOW for Summer 2011! Mosquito and Vector Control District for the following equipment: SOLD “AS IS” Learn more and download program & scholarship application at www.sustainablevocations.org 1998 Chevy S-10 4x4 Ext. Cab 2001 Ford Ranger

Every Friday is Ribeye Steak & Chicken Dinner Night

Karaoke with Tammy at TMS Karaoke every Friday night. The fun starts at 8pm until ???

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Come join us on Thursday, March 17th! Ice Cold Green Beer and Irish Drink Specials. Bar open at 3:30pm. Party starts at 5pm 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Monday- Friday 3:30pm to Close

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Available for inspection at West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District yard, 7004 Gas Company Road, from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Minimum acceptable Bid for each vehicle will be as stated. All bids must be in the District office by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011. All bids will be opened at 7:00 p.m., March 17, 2011 at the regular scheduled Board of Trustees meeting at the District office. The District reserves the right to reject all bids. Signed: Board of Trustees, West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District 7004 Gas Company Road Taft, CA 93268


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Westside News & Business Briefs Operation Beautiful Comes to Taft Union High School

Oilworker’s Monument Featured on Cover of Kern Visitors Guide

Black Gold Cafe Customers of the Month

By Nicole Frost On March 1, Operation Beautiful swept through the halls of Taft High. Operation Beautiful, founded by Caitlin Boyle, is a project that serves to increase the self-esteem of girls and young women. She started this movement by leaving positive messages such as “You’re beautiful” and “You’re perfect the way you are” in public places to brighten the moods of those who need a little dose of encouragement. Boyle has appreared on shows like The Today Show and on the Oprah Winfery Network. All of this began on operationbeautiful.com. All that’s needed to participate in Operation Beautiful is a pen and paper. Notes can be left anywhere from public restrooms to library books. The girls inTaft High’s Journalism class mounted their own Operation Beautiful campaign after school on Feb. 28. “Post-it” notes were left by the Journalism class in hallways, restrooms and other public areas with messages like “You’re amazing,” “You’re perfect” and “You’re loved.” There were messages directed to both girls and boys. “I think that the idea is awesome and it’s great that something that small can brighten someone’s day,” said Taft High senior Amber Strong. The benign messages were also appreciated by the staff. “I kept the notes I saw with me all day,” said Chelle Koerner Director of Special Services. “Every time I look at them, I smile.” There was some negative feedback from some of the students. “The whole thing was annoying,” said Taft High junior Stephanie Walle. Regardless of some people’s disapproval, it seemed there were many who benefitted from the endeavor. Operation Beautiful is a project that has already helped brighten up the days of many people around the country. Now Taft is helping the effort one smile at a time.

CASA Welcomes 24 New Graduates

CASA Graduates. Picture here in the front row are graduates Jennifer Wilson, Letia Courtney, Brentneye Gonzales, Christine Clifton, Ingrid Seals, Michael Harris, Becky Helvie Middle row: Cathy Cheney, Karen Covington, Bonnie Ward, Susan Vogt, Graciela Garcia, Joyce Cooper, Charles Cooper Back row: Claire Warren, Ariel Roberts, Terri Mays, Tamara Tucker, Russell Garner, Lois Miller, Jackie Jones, Louise Kolar, Susan Walker. Not Pictured: Joann Larue Photo courtesy of Cynthia McDonald Photography. On Wednesday March 2, 2011, 24 dedicated volunteers completed CASA training and were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates including Taft resident Mike Harris. The Honorable Judge Jon Stuebbe administered the Oath of Office, and CASA Executive Director Colleen McGauley welcomed these highly trained volunteers who will serve abused, abandoned and neglected children in Kern County. For information on the next CASA training class, please contact Kate Kenney (661) 631-2272

Opal Smith and her nephew Harry are the Black Gold Cafe Customers of the month. The 101 year old Ms. Smith and her 90 year old nephew visit the restaurant almost daily. They said they loved the pasta and sandwiches and enjoy seeing their friends at the new cafe and deli located at 508 Center Street.

San Joaquin

The Taft Oilworker’s Monument is featured on the front cover of the Kern Visitors Guide. The tourism promotion magazine, published by the Kern Board of Trade, is a periodic magazine that promotes tourism throughout Kern County. 3,300 copies of the magazine are published and distributed around the state. Copies are availbale at the Taft Chamber of Commerce at the Taft Independent. The photo was taken by Gary Rennie.

Fitness is Timeless at Today’s Woman

Today’s Woman is now a Silver & Fit participating fitness facility. Silver & Fit is a fitness program designedspecifically to help seniors achieve better health through regular exercise and health education. Silver & Fit provides eligible members with no-cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Silver & Fit is a product of healthyroads, Inc. and American Specialty Health Network, Inc. If your health plan offers Silver & Fit and you would like more information about Today’s Woman please contact Today’s Woman at 403 Center Street or call (661)765-1717. You may also visit Silver & Fit at www.silverandfit.com Silver & Fit is a federally registered trademark of American Specialty Health Incorporated.

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Westside News & Business Briefs Taft Chevrolet: New Hybrid Volt Debuts ways of life, hybrid and electric cars, like reusable shopping bags, recycling anything you can and eating organic foods, are a great way to help make a change in our world. Considering the air quality of the San Joaquin Valley, electric and hybrid vehicles are the perfect choice when shopping for a new mode of transportation. The Volt is the first electric car of its kind. Having no transmission, it runs on its battery and an on board generator. With a full charge through a 120 volt outlet, the car can run for 40 miles on the battery alone, burning no fuel and releasing no gas or tailpipe emissions. “The big thing is that it has no transmission,” said assistant manager, Norberto Lopez. “You don’t feel it shifting.” Although, Taft Chevrolet’s first Volt sold in the first week and a half after its arrival, they are hoping to be allocated more of the top of the line electric vehicle to sell to the people of Taft. They are even inviting licensed drivers to come down to the dealership to take the car for a test drive. Lopez, who flew to Austin, Texas for a training class on the Volt, got a chance to drive the Toyota Prius and the Volt. “The Volt definitely outperformed the Prius,” he said. “It handled great and it felt like a real car.” In addition to less gas usage, less emissions and saving money, (charging the Volt will only add about $0.12 an hour to your PG&E bill), this astounding vehicle comes equipped with a seven inch LCD touch screen for GPS navigation, observing the battery By Jessica G. Miller Taft Chevrolet Buick’s newest automotive addition is like something out of Tomorrowland. The Chevy Volt is not only amazing in and of itself, but it is also a tremendous leap into the greener future of the automobile. With the uprising of more Earth-conscious

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life, DVD viewing and to also serve as a display for the rearview camera system, among other things. It also has 30 GB of audio data storage, Bose speakers, Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, and USB ports for plugging in your cell phone. Even Imagineers from Disneyland couldn’t have made this car anymore amazing and futuristic. It’s no surprise that Taft Chevrolet will be selling the Volt, which, at this time, is only available in California, Texas, Washington and New York. Since Devinder Bains took over in 2004, business has soared for the local dealership. “The times were challenging when we took over because of the gas prices,” Bains explained. “Less than a year later we’ve excelled our predecessors by 30% by providing excellent service, selling a large number of vehicles to other communities, upgrading our service equipment such as factory tools and equipment and adding a computerized aligning machine, and with front end work, tire sales and maintenance on all makes and models.” Since Bains has been running Taft Chevrolet, they have earned many awards from GM for sales and service. “This was all possible with the help of a great local community,” he said. “We are here because of the community. This is a great community to do business with.”

Timber...City Cuts Old Dying Ask Trees at Veterans Park City workers cut down 22 Ash trees at Veterans Park on Thursday. The 40 year old trees were determined to be dying and a danger to park visitors with heavy branches in danger of breaking off and falling on park visitors. New mature replacement trees will be planted in place of the old trees. Other remaiing trees that are not diseased will remain in place.


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End of Times Gallery Art Auction

The first art auction sponsored by the End of Times Gallery located at 428 Center Street was last Friday, March 4th. The attendance was modest but everyone enjoyed it. The unsold items will be shown at the gallery until the end of the month.

Above: Chelle Koerner with Violet Richardson award recipient, Mikaela Davis. Below: Tammy Noerr with Ruby award winners Debbie Kizer and Patty White and also Cathy Edgecomb.

Mayor Randy Miller and Wife Ginny Guest Chef ’s at Black Gold

Taft Mayor Randy Miller and his wife Ginny will be the guest Chef ’s at Black Gold Cafe on Tuesday, March 22nd from 5 to 8 pm. The Miller’s will make their favorite spaghetti sauce and serve it up to Black Gold customers who get all they can eat for $8.95. Black Gold is located at 508 Center Street, Reservations are strong recommended for this popular event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Taft Needs Center. For more information facebook Black Gold Cafe and Deli or call 765-6550.

Wanted: Girl Scout Memorabilia By Jessica G. Miller

On Tuesday, March 8th Soroptimist International of Taft held an award ceremony to honor the recipients of their Violet Richardson Award and Ruby Award. The Violet Richardson Award is an award that recognizes young women (ages 14 to 17) for their volunteer service to their communities. The award is named after Violet Richardson Ward, the first president of the first Soroptimist club. This years Violet Richardson award was awarded to Mikaela Davis for her commitment and service to “S” Club at TUHS and her community. The Ruby Award is an award that recognizes women helping women and acknowledges women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities. This year both Debbie Kizer and Patty White were awarded for their continued efforts of spreading the message about Breast Cancer with their personal and triumphant success stories.

Photos from the Auction at the End of Times Gallery on Friday, March 4th. Top: Pet painting on easel by Nancy Welch. Middle: Paintings by Joy Archibald. Right: Ed Gaither’s pop art piecestoothbrush, Monopoly pieces, and the Rolling Stone.

The Girl Scouts of Taft are calling on the citizens of Taft to help them in their quest for Girl Scout memorabilia. Next March, the renowned organization, who is most famous for their spectacular cookies, will be celebrating their 100th anniversary and the ladies of Taft have plans to make a display at the Girl Scout House on Calvin Street as an homage to the epic anniversary. However, they are in need of any sort of mementos, like newspaper clippings, photos, badges, and the like to decorate the display with from former or current Girl Scouts, either on loan or as a donation. For more information or if you have something you’d like to contribute, you can contact Carol Turner at 664-8345 or Margaret Lee at 763-1661.

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A View From Center Street Why We Need Art In Hard Times By Jane M McCabe When Michael Long, publisher of the Independent, asked me to write an occasional column for the paper about businesses on Center Street I was pleased because there are some things I want to say to the people of Taft. About ART and why it’s necessary especially during hard times. Each business deserves an issue, so I ask your forbearance if I focus in this issue on my gallery, the End of Times Gallery, at 428 Center Street. When I rented the space and opened last October, I envisioned that the gallery might become a cultural center for the community—a place not only to display art, teach classes and paint, but a place for concerts, play readings, poetry readings… I’ve found that Taft is a hard sell—after a few meetings the poetry club petered out, and I’ve yet to be able to stage a concert or play reading. The thirst for beauty and the desire to make beautiful things is universal, as old as man. For art feeds the soul and gives satisfaction to its creator and admirers. Yet, when times are tough one of the first things most cut from their budgets is money for entertainment. Instead of going out for dinner and to a movie, they cook at home and watch a DVD. Now with the price of gasoline is sky-rocketing the number of trips most of us are making to Bakersfield each month has been reduced. The government follows suit—the new budget proposed by Obama indicates significant cuts in National Endowments to the Arts. We tend to view art as non-essential when during hard times we may need it even more than we do when times are robust. The law of supply and demand dictates that if the supply is low and the demand high, prices rise, whereas, if the supply is high and the demand low, they fall. I’ve been surprised to find that there are quite a few artists in Taft who do creditable work, but, unfortunately, there is little demand for their work. If I knew how to create a demand, I would… An original work of art emits, I believe, an energy not found in reproductions. It’s akin to the difference between having a real plant opposed to an artificial one. Our culture has evolved into a culture of disposable items and knock-offs— the amount of garbage, therefore, that we produce is staggering. Plastic bags and Styrofoam cups clog rivers and oceans, smothering the life. I can cite one example of this after another… If you own a painting you own the only one of its kind. Thousands of reproductions can be made but there’s only one original. That in itself should raise its value in your eyes… Many years ago when traveling in Kenya our caravan passed through a village of the Masai, cattle herders of the Serengeti Plains. We had been instructed to bring along things we could trade, so I had cheap t-shirts and lighters I had purchased in New York City precisely for this purpose. I remember trading a lighter for a man’s walking stick, one that he had carved by hand. He thought he got a bargain and walked around flicking his lighter happily. I felt like a fraud—I had a work of art when before he knew it his lighter would break and have to be thrown away. At the gallery now I’m displaying works by Joy Archibald, a Taft artist who died last summer. Since her family has donated her supplies and much of her work to the gallery, I can sell them at a very good price. It would seem to me that the people in Taft would want to own one of Joy’s fine little paintings, so I’m waiting for you to come in and buy while the supply is high.

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Community Voices Is Hidden Funding in Obamacare Constitutional? Dr. Harold W. Pease “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi March 8, 2010, before the passage of the National Health Care legislation. It turns out that buried deep within the 2,700 page bill there exists funding to the tune of $105 billion dollars built into it to the year 2019, including five billion for this year alone. Is funding beyond the length of time a member is elected to serve constitutional? Definitely not!! Why would they do this? The planners knew that given the length of the bill (more especially the several hundred pages injected the night before the final vote) that it would not be read. They also knew, given the massive Tea Party rejection of ever more government in our lives, that it was not popular and that they might lose control of the House in the November 2010 elections making possible the defunding of Obamacare. Whether Americans are in support of the Bill or not this has to go down as the most deceitful piece of legislation in American History. Every lawmaker who did not read it fully should be fired in the next election and everyone who did, and let this kind of hidden funding pass, rejected as well. What is wrong with it outside the massive indebtedness passed to our children and grandchildren who are already slaves to a debt of over 14 trillion dollars? It also seriously damages the Constitution as well. Article I, Section 7, requires that “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” All spending is also taxing. Spending necessitates taxing or inflating the currency which is also taxing. This was placed in the Constitution to insure that the people were never over taxed as it is the nature of all governments to grow and doing so necessitates taking more money from the people. All taxing bills would also have clarity and transparency as such. The idea of hiding a tax measure, more especially guaranteeing funds for eight years into the future (literally added in the middle of the night as mentioned), would have been foreign to the Founders. Section 8 of the same Article, Clause 12, defines a spending limit of two years for money financing war. “To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.” The reason for the two-year limitation on this, and everything else, is that members of the House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms Continued on Page 11

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Community Voices Continued from page 8 renewed only if they continue to reflect the will of the people. They have no constitutional legitimacy to force the extraction of tax monies past the time they legitimately represent the people—two years. The $105 billion assures the implementation of the 159 new federal bureaucracies created by the bill no matter what the people or any future Congress feels about it. This was intentionally designed to bypass Congress’s normal appropriations process and to keep the next Congress from undoing their work. Once these bureaucracies are in place it is nearly impossible to undo them, as the thousands of new bureaucrats in place will be highly motivated and vocal to prevent their dismantlement. The 112th Congress, the House of Representatives in particular, must act immediately specifically identifying and defunding each program one-by-one before any already allocated funds are spent and before moving on to any other business. This is that critical. Goliath grows bigger everyday and will forever eat increasingly more out of the taxpayer’s pocket. For the 111th Congress to extend its’ jurisdiction for an additional eight years, in effect reducing the power of the next four Congresses, is unconscionable. By not challenging this precedent, established by a Constitutionally rogue Congress, it could be used by other Congresses in the future. This must not be permitted. This may well be the most corrupt Congress in U. S. History—certainly one of the most damaging to the U. S. Constitution. The 112th could be second if it does not reassert its power and return to the constitutional appropriations process. Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College.

BLM Oil and Gas Lease Auction Tops $1.4 Million

Six oil and gas lease parcels in Kern County were auctioned for a total of $1,479,093.50, including administrative fees, by the Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Field Office Wednesday. Vintage Production California, Bakersfield, paid the highest price per acre $2,000, and also paid the highest total bid price for one parcel, $1,008,000. BLM is required by law to periodically offer federal land for lease for oil and gas exploration and development. The oil and gas industry is encouraged to submit an “expression of interest” for federal land parcels in California that have potential for development. An “expression of interest” is a letter or a form listing the legal description of lands an individual or company is interested in seeing offered for lease. Expressions of interest for the lease auction planned for March 14, 2012, should be sent to the BLM, Attention: Laurie Moore, 2800 Cottage Way Suite W-1623, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than May 13. For more information, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377 or Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office, (661) 391-6129.

Senator Fuller Introduces Legislation To Eliminate Frivolous Lawsuits Joins with victims and lawmakers to speak out at the State Capitol Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) stood today with lawmakers and victims of abusive lawsuits to discuss new legislation designed to bring an end to frivolous, shakedown lawsuits that cost our state’s employers millions and hurt our economy. California is consistently ranked as one of the most litigious states in the nation. A new report from Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) highlights how abuse of the legal system is holding back California’s economic recovery. The report identifies common abuses of the legal system, explains how they impede job creation, and provides examples of lawsuit abuse from all over California. To view the report, visit www.badlawsuitscostgoodjobs.com. “California consistently chooses lawsuits over jobs. Rather than pursuing no-cost, common-sense solutions that will reform our civil justice system, our state encourages costly litigation that is derailing economic growth and chasing jobs away from our state,” said Senator Fuller. In Senator Fuller’s district, automobile dealers are currently having lawsuits filed against them for minor and technical errors in sales contracts. Even though no consumer has ever been harmed, the attorneys filing these lawsuits are asking for a settlement or complete rescission of the vehicle sales contract, months after the original sales contract is signed, with attorney’s fees included. Senator Fuller has introduced SB 287, legislation to put an end to shakedown lawsuits where no economic harm has occurred. SB 287 will require proof of injury or economic harm before the awarding of attorney’s fees. “Abusive lawsuits are costing our state millions and killing jobs. When no economic harm has occurred, we have to put an end to these costly and damaging lawsuits once and for all,” said Senator Fuller. To see the video of Senator Fuller’s presentation at today’s press conference go here: http://cssrc.us/web/18/multimedia.aspx?media=1518

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