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Friday, May 1, 2009 • Volume 3 Issue 44

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

Oilworkers Monument Site Gets Ready! Purple Warriors Tribe in The Westside Recreation and Park Report

Tuning Up For The May 9th Taft Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

Westside Spring Yard Sale Event - Our Treasurer Hunter Map Inside

The “Did You Know We Have an Election” Issue?

Our Wes Morris Shares The Joys of 6 California Propositions Business Feature: Southern Sierra General on the May 19th Special Election Ballot. Enginering See Our Independent TV Ad on Channel 23 Also Inside: Calendar, Westside Watcher, News, Business Feature, Community Voices, Letters, Horoscopes and Classified Ads.

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Business Feature - Southern Sierra Southern Sierra General Engineering, Inc. first opened in March 2006 with one crane and four employees as a pumping unit repair company. Southern Sierra’s reputation for providing quality pumping unit repair quickly required the need for additional cranes and qualified employees. Today, Southern Sierra offers three core services to provide its customers; pumping unit repair, crane service, and trucking and transportation. The pumping unit repair portion of the company offers repair services on all makes and models of pumping. In addition to repairing pumping units, Southern Sierra offers mobile lube service to help customers properly maintain their units. Southern Sierra’s team also offers the following services: Belt Jobs, Brake Jobs, Motor Install/Swaps, SPM, Saddle Swap, Stroke Change, Unit Alignment, Unit Balance, Wrist Pins Installs, Rod Rotator Installs, and Load Cells. Southern Sierra’s five acre yard offers a large inventory of pumping units and parts. Southern Sierra strives to return and repair any pumping unit with as little or no downtime. The company has developed international networking to find the supplies and parts needed to complete the job without having to replace an entire component. Southern Sierra focuses on replacing malfunctioning parts to save costs for their customers. They also have the ability to rebuild and repair most makes and models of pumping units from start to finish, including Air Balance pumping units. “We strive to be on time and under budget,” said Tracy Chitwood.

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With 21 to 40 ton cranes, Southern Sierra is well-equipped to handle most jobs. Our cranes are utilized for more than dismantling and transporting pumping units. Cranes are available for all lifting needs. More recently, Southern Sierra assisted the Taft Chamber of Commerce with the installation of their new Visitor Information Kiosk. Southern Sierra has a variety of trailers to handle most trucking and transportation requirements. Southern Sierra is located at 877 Oleander Road, Taft, CA 93268 661-7656182. For those who have been in the oil industry for a few decades may recognize the location as it was Windes Well Service in the 70’s and 80’s. Some long time Taft residents have worked in our yard at one time or another. The leadership team for Southern Sierra has a combined experience of nearly 100 years. Mike Chitwood and Jim Baker each offer 25 plus years of oilfield experience and Steve Rouse, the shop foreman has 30 years. This team also has Class A, B, D09, and D12 California Contractor’s License, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Southern Sierra’s mission is, “to assist our customers to achieve their goals with exceptional quality of service at a fair price.” Southern Sierra proudly supports the community, they are members of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chevron Valley Credit Union board and they are also sponsoring the “Racing 4 A Cure” Relay For Life team. For more information visit Southern Sierra’s website at

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Salvation Army Fundraiser BBQ Sunday May 3


Westside Christian Minister’s Association presents a fundraiser BBQ May 3, 2009 to benefit the Taft Branch of the Salvation Army. 11:30 - 1:00 at Veterans Memorial Park at Kern Street and Hwy 119. Tri-Tip Sandwich $10.00 with chips, drink, and dessert. Sponsored by True Value, Waldrops, Westside Recreation, Alpha House, the Westside Community Resource Center and several local churches. Make checks payable to WCMA.

Westside Watcher.............4 Westside News and Business..........5 Westside Humane Society PAWS in the Park.............6 Uncivil Liberties May 19, 2009 Ballot Propositions Election.......7 Westside Recreation Report............9 My Little World..............11 Community Voices....................14 & 16 Westside Horoscopes.....17 Classified Ads.................18

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Kiwanis Club Prayer Breakfast May 7th The Kiwanis Club of Taft will be presenting its annual prayer breakfast at the OT Cookhouse on Thursday, May 7, from 7-8 a.m. May 7, is the National Day of Prayer, and there will be other events in our community going on later in the day. “Kiwanis International, our parent organization, encourages us to provide a time for community members to come together to reflect upon our blessings,” stated event chair Kathy Orrin. “Because our community has enjoyed prayer breakfasts in the past, we are bringing it back this year.” The theme of this year’s breakfast is The Joyous Life, and this year’s speaker is noted local radio and television personality Jeff Lemucchi, formerly of KERN-AM radio and KBAK-/KBFX-TV. Jeff is a product of Taft. Having been raised here, he worked after school at his dad’s Lemucchi’s Union Service Station on Kern Street, and he graduated from Taft High. His interest in broadcasting has taken him to many places in California and Oregon, finally settling back here in Kern County. “We look forward to hearing from one of our own. It is always special to hear words of encouragement from one with whom you have shared experiences,” stated Orrin. “Do yourself a favor and take one hour to enjoy a good breakfast and to think about how blessed we are,” stated Scott Pearson, committee member. Tickets for the event are $10, and they may be purchased at either State Farm office, at True Value, or from any member of Kiwanis. Petroleum Club Mother’s Day Dinner Friday May 8th The Taft Petroleum Club is sponsoring a Mothers Day Dinner on Friday, May 8th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in honor of Mother’s Day. Diners will have a choice of Steak or Lazangne with Mom’s dinner at half price. Steak dinner is $13 and Lazange is $8. Karoke will follow dinner. For more information please call 763-3268. Pioneer Days Saturday, May 16th West Kern Oil Museum is holding a barbecue Saturday, May 16th for Pioneer Days starting at 11:30am. Meal includes homemade desserts and drink. No admission charge, barbecue is $10. Gas engine show, quilters, living museum demostrations, working blacksmithing shop, raffle, plant sale, books and more. At the West Kern Oil Museum 1168 Wood St.

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News Briefs Fernando Amorteguy, Local Golf Technician Will Tuneup Taft Chamber Golfers at May 9th Tournament

Golf Technician to the Pro’s will donate club repair and adjustments Fernando Amorteguy is serious about golf, and at next week’s Taft District Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, he will donate his time and expertise to help local golfers tune-up and repair their clubs during the annual Chamber fund raising event at Buena Vista Golf Course. Long time Taft resident Amorteguy will donate his talents and expertise to help those golfers playing in the Saturday May 9th Chamber tournament at Buena Vista Golf Course. Donations received for any club repairs will be given to the Chamber or a local non-profit charity. Amorteguy is a credentialed golf club technician who travels with the PGA Tour and helps such golfing celebrities as Tiger Fernando Amorteguy with Taft Woods, Fuzzy Zoeller, John Jacobs, Tom Kite and Vjay Singh when they need a club Police Chief and Golf Tournament repaired or to hand craft that special driver. Chairman Ken McMinn in front of his mobile golf repair vehicle. Traveling in his golf tour trailer, Amorteguy follows the PGA all over the West Coast to assit PGA players and repair or tune-up players clubs. Amorteguy performs service for the pro’s such as grip replacement, club loft and lie adjustments, shaft changes, putter adjustments and club analysis. Next year, Amorteguy will travel to the US Open at Pebble Beach and assist the pros. Amorteguy can be contacted at 765-2203 or by email at fernando@

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Westside Watcher NO on 1A – A Trojan Horse for Irresponsiblity

Proposition 1A on the May 19th special election ballot is touted as a “spending cap” but is actually a massive fraud. It adds $20 billion more in taxes on income, sales and vehicles for two additional years on top of the $12.5 billion tax increase placed upon Californians two months ago. It will extend the tax increase that burdens the typical family with more than $1,100 annually and reduce the tax credit for dependents, costing families $210 per child. This so-called “budget reform” says that when taxes are raised the spending cap can be moved upward—what? The incompetent state legislature spends about $25 billion more per year than the tax revenue they receive. Over the last ten years California taxpayers have paid a whopping 71% increase in tax revenue to the state government - yet it is not enough. The state has spent 80% more on non education expenditures. In fact, over the last ten years, welfare costs have increased 107% and corrections costs have increased 125%. If governmental waste were eliminated, then another tax increase would not be needed. For example: Welfare - $1.8 to $3 billion per year is lost due to fraud in the Food Stamps, Medi-Cal and Cal WORKS programs. Remove illegal immigrants and felons from Cal WORKS. More than 42 percent of California’s taxpayer-funded,


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Medi-Cal births are to illegal immigrant mothers. Every month, $37 million in welfare and food stamps goes to illegal immigrants in Los Angeles alone. Prisons - $5 billion per year could be saved if California ran its prisons like other states. $49,000 is the average cost per prison inmate in California, twice the cost to run prisons in other states. A private prison in Oklahoma costs $17,392 per year per inmate. In 2002, Democrat Gov. Gray Davis gave the prison guards’ union (CCPOA) a huge 33.76% pay hike and shut down five private prisons that threatened the union’s monopoly. Annual health care costs for a prisoner have increased from $2,714 in 1995 to $13,778 presently for each of the state’s 171,000 inmates. Another, $1 billion a year could be saved if illegal immigrant prisoners were not in our prisons. Workers’ Compensation - $2.5 billion a year could be saved if California’s laws were the same as Arizona’s laws. Stop the practice of “temporary disability” that provides two years of benefits without requiring a medical professional to validate the claim. Prevailing Wage - $1 billion could be saved by conforming California’s prevailing wage to the federal Davis-Bacon Act on state construction projects. Currently, inflated prevailing wage adds 30% to costs. Surplus Property - $2 billion could be earned by selling San Quentin, a facility that sits on prime land. Also, additional billions could be realized by selling, at fair market value, millions of acres of unused land, golf courses, and misplaced fairgrounds. Further, if our leaders would follow the recommendations contained in the 2004 “California Performance Review” we could save $32 billion over five years. The State Constitution already requires a balanced budget, but our state legislators obviously haven’t read it. They pretend that Prop 1A will give them the self discipline to restrict their uncontrolled spending of our money. Proposition 1A and ALL of the propositions in the upcoming special election deserve a NO vote. Ken Mettler is the president of the Republican Assembly of Kern County.


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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Proposition 1E will divert funds that local governments are using and plan on using for programs that help our most vulnerable citizens: our children, parents, grandparents, friends and community members suffering from mental illness. When we vote for a proposition we expect that the funds will be spent as intended, not robbed to fund other state needs. If 1E passes, this will be the third time in 30 years that funds promised to mental health have been diverted to other areas of government. The expected savings from Prop 1E is a fraction of one percent of the state budget. Diverting funds from existing mental health programs will have

a long term devastating effect on those with mental illness. Prop 1E is unnecessary and will end up costing the state far more than it’s expected to save. Right now, 200,000 people, including 50,000 children, have successfully utilized voter-approved funds that are strictly earmarked for those with living with mental illness. Without these funds, we will witness an increase in homelessness, hospitalizations and incarcerations since these people will no longer receive the mental health treatment and care they need and deserve. Please Vote NO on 1E. Sincerely, Karen Hurley

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West Side News and Business Water District Approves Taft Community Gardens Lease

The West Kern Water District has approved a lease agreement with the non-profit Taft Community Gardens. At their Tuesday evening board meeting, the directors gave the go-ahead to the group which plans to open the garden to the public where residents can grow fruits and vegetables and socialize with other gardeners. The group must first get insurance before they can occupy the lot and begin laying out individual Outstanding In Their Field. Kathy Johnson (left) and Media xxx have been and community leading the effort to create a community garden where residents can grow fruits organization plots. and vegetable in the public garden and socilize with other local gardners. The The group is seeking gardening group will lease a lot (background) from the West Kern Water District donations to obtain on 9th Street across from True Value Hardware and King’s Nursery. insurance and begin design of the lot. The group plans a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 6th at 10:30 a.m. to bring awareness to their efforts. For more information call 765-6550 or email taftcommunitygardens@

Channel 23 Films 21 Television Commercials for Westside Businesses for “Taft Week” Taft Chamber of Commerce President and Tumbleweed Cafe owner Orchel Krier gets miked by a Channel 23 video man for his 30 second Tumbleweed Cafe commercial which airs next week on the ABC affiliate. Channel 23 has committed to a “Taft Week” of news and community coverage beginning on Monday and lasting all week. The 21 Taft business ads will play throughout the week during news broadcasts. Watch for the Taft Independent ads!

Taft’s Southern Sierra General Engineering Has Chamber Ribbon Cutting, Celebrates 3 Years on the Westside

Southern Sierra General Engineering, Inc. cuts the Taft Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening ribbon dedicating 3 years of service to the Westside, all of Kern County, and San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Seen here is Taft Chamber Director Randy Miller (left) with Southern Sierra CEO Tracy Chitwood, and Venesa Mercado of Channel 23 (right) with Debbie Kaiser, Denver Cook, Steve Rouse, Rodrigo Sanchez, David Rouse, Steven Speer and Cortney Madsen of Southern Sierra, Tim Garcia of Allied Steam, Samy Abiaoui of Bank of the Sierra, Jeri and Sam Underwood, Vernon Powers of Chevron Valley Credit Union, Michael Largent of Acanthesis Computers, and chamber members Marvene Tashjian, Edith Lauren, Ray and Lodema Hatch, Christine Thompson, Diane Van Trees, Virginia Jensen and Orchel Krier.

Taft Citywide National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 7th The Taft Citywide National Day of prayer event will be held on Thursday, May 7th at the Historical Fort from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. This event is not only for the City of Taft, but for all Westside communities to come together as one to pray for our nation, our military, our economy, our schools and our families and it is open to all faiths. The National Day of Prayer was started in 1775 by John Hancock. Our modern observance was established by law when a resolution was unanimously passed by congress and signed by president Harry Truman in 1952. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan, designating the first Thursday in May as the Annual Day of Prayer. The local event was organized by Rev. Larry Smith and Kay Sullivan and has been recognized by the City Council and the ministerial association of Taft. All local speakers include Chief of Police, Ken McMinn, Mack Wimbish, Don Gillespie, Eric Cooper, Mike Brusa, and Pastors Trent Meadors and David Daniel. Also a special prayer in song by Mrs. Chelle Koerner. For more information please call Larry Smith at 301-8448

TUHS Presents Seventh Street Players “Back to the ‘80’s” The Taft Union High School Seventh Street Players, under the direction of drama teacher Kelly Morris, will present the musical, “Back to the 80’s” May 7 to 10. Billy Long plays the narrator Corey Sr, a man in his 30s, who reminisces about being 17 in high school. The flashback story revolves around lead actor Tylor Brannon, who plays Corey Jr., trying to fit in at school with his two best friends, Alf Bueller, played by Andrew Sandoval, and Kirk Keaton, played by Tyler Walchock. Towards the middle of the musical, Corey pursues his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, played by Monika Manuz, but he has a little competition considering the coolest guy in school, Michael Feldman, played by Jordan Vermillion, wants her too. Who will she pick as her prom date? Fake love letters, evil plans and high jinks ensue. The musical was written by Neil Gooding with additional material by Stuart Smith. Revised orchestrations and arrangements are by Brett Foster and the original musical adaptation was by Scott Copeman. The play will be performed in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Admission costs $7 for adult; $5 for children and seniors. Children under 3 will be admitted free. For the Sunday Mother’s Day matinee, moms will be admitted for $5.

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City of Taft Prepares for Census 2010 by Kayleigh O'Neal

The Taft Chamber of Commerce recently held a meeting to discuss the upcoming census and inform the public of its importance. Every ten years, the United States takes a count of everyone who lives in the United States and creates hundreds of thousands of temporary jobs. It's very important to get an accurate count of the population since cities are given grants based on the census data. It also determines how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives. Everyone is being urged to take part in the 2010 census and fill out the census questionnaires. The Chamber of Commerce also wants citizens to know that the census is in no way affiliated with the INS and personal information, including home address, will not be released. It is simply a head count. More information will be made available to the public at upcoming community events, such as the Chamber of Commerce car show. A table will be set up for census information. The city depends on accurate census data, so citizens should not be concerned about answering the questionnaires. Also, in the next few years, the population of Taft is expected to grow after annexing the two surrounding areas of Taft Heights and Ford City, making the city of Taft much larger. The key dates of the 2010 census are as follows: Spring 2009 - Census employees go door-to-door to update address list. Fall 2009 - Recruitment begins for census takers needed for peak workload 2010. February - March 2010 - Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households. April 1, 2010 - Census day. April - July 2010 Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail. December 2010 - By law, Census Bureau delivers population counts to President for apportionment. March 2011 - By law, Census Bureau completes deliver of redistricting data to states.

Taft's R.U.O.K. Program Extends to Maricopa by Kayleigh O'Neal

For years, citizens who live alone have benefitted from the police department's computerized check-up system, and now the city of Maricopa has decided to join in the program. The R.U.O.K. service has been in use for nearly twenty years and caters to citizens who live alone; seniors, handicapped or ill persons with no one else to check on them. Every day at the time selected by the participant, the automated system places a phone call to the citizen's house. The message simply states that the call is from the police department and then asks "Are you okay?" The message then instructs the participant to hang up the phone. If the phone is not answers on the first call, a second call is placed. However, if that call also goes unanswered, a police officer will be dispatched to the citizen's residence. Continued on Page 16

Westside Humane Society Paws in the Park

The Westside Humane Society held its 2nd Annual PAWS in the Park event last Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Taft. By all accounts it was a great success!

The Weiner dog race (below) was one of the most exciting and fun events. The judges (above) picked Sue Jensen (below right) and her dog First Place in the owner look-a-like contest. Police chief Ken McMinn receives a Judges Thank You plaque from WHS Vice-President Diane Van Trees (lower right). Mary Garner (right) presented a resolution on behalf of 4th District Supervisor Ray Watson. The Frazier Park Humane Society “Shelter on the Hill� stopped by (lower left) and supported the event.

CHP Officer Ryan Briceland and K-9 Officer Timo (left), Official Bankers: Rene from United Security Bank (top left corner) and Gail from West American Bank (below), and Contest Judges Louise Hudgens, Randy Miller, and Cheri Shaw (above center), and Marty, Frankie and Charlie (right).

Uncivil Liberties What joy! We are having another special election on Tuesday

May 19, 2009 in what will cost the state I am sure millions of dollars. And typical to most of these ballot propositions, they are overly confusing and something our paid state legislators should be taking care of. Let’s go through them and see how we should vote.

by Wes Morrris


I knew how I was going to vote on this one after about one minute of reading it. NO! Again, what are we paying the legislators in Sacramento for? To balance the budget and spend wisely. Oh they aren’t doing that? Then let’s fire them and elect someone who will. As the rebuttal to Proposition 1A states, this is an overly complex proposal that would complicate the budget process. If the budget needs to be balanced, cut spending! It really is that simple. We do not need a new set of complex rules that further ties the hands of legislators because now certain money has to be set aside for the rainy day fund. And that is the problem with this state. We have so many ballot propositions that we pass that earmark a percentage of our funds to these mandatory programs. When we want to reduce these programs in lean times, we cannot without passing another ballot initiative or through a super majority of the legislature. Further, the analysis states, “If Proposition 1A passes, the tax increases included in the February 2009 budget package would be extended for one or two additional years.” In other words, this is a tax increase that the legislators want to pass without the political heat. If this passes, we asked for it and we can’t blame our legislators. Vote no on 1A and hold your legislators responsible for the budget and taxes. We should not allow them to slip higher taxes under our noses so they can claim we approved the increases.

PROPOSITION 1B - EDUCATION FUNDING. PAYMENT PLAN. If I am reading this proposition correctly, the proponents would like us to keep a minimum level of funding for education. If there are cuts, then the state would like to eventually pay back education the money that was cut. Who wrote the “in favor of ” for Proposition 1B? David Sanchez, the President of the California Teachers Association. So the teacher’s union wants the state to keep minimum levels of funding so their members don’t get laid off, fired, or have to take a pay cut. I am a teacher, so vote yes on this one! While other state workers have to take pay cuts, have mandatory days off, and other programs are getting cut, I shouldn’t have to suffer. I want my pay to always be high and remain there along with having tenure and pretty solid job security. Or again, why don’t we make our state legislators responsible for these decisions? Why do we want to tie the hands of politicians so they have no choice but to spend money on education? If you want education to be a high priority, then vote for the appropriate legislator. If you think we are wasting enough money on our schools with horrible results, maybe throwing money at it won’t work. Maybe we need to change the way we do things with education. If Proposition 1B passes, the state legislators will no longer have that discretion. They will have to spend the money or pay back the school districts later. Seriously, vote no on Proposition 1B. We do no need more complicated government regulation for a state already drowning in red tape. PROPOSITION 1C - LOTTERY MODERNIZATION ACT. On my first read of Proposition 1C, I thought it was rather simple. I thought the state wanted to improve the lottery in order to increase revenues and help get out of the budget crunch. I thought it would just boil down to a moral argument on whether you think an increased rate of gambling is good or bad for society. I was wrong. Personally, I have no moral problems with other people gambling. If I think gambling is Biblically wrong, I won’t gamble. Each person must make their own choice and I don’t think allowing other people to gamble infringes on my life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness. However, Proposition 1C is a little more complex than that. Currently the lottery is limited to only pay out 50% of its income in prizes. Other states have a higher pay out and as a result, sell more tickets which translates to more revenue. Once operating costs are also figured in, all profits go directly to education. Proposition 1C will stop the profit from going to education and will instead be used for debt payments in the general fund. Additionally the state can also borrow against future lottery profits and pay back the lottery over time. The interesting thing is that the California Secretary of Education is endorsing Proposition

1C, so there must be a catch. The catch is Proposition 1C will mandate an increase in general fund spending towards education! How much? I couldn’t find a number, but only this ominous warning… “Nevertheless, after the increased lottery profits are used to make debt-service payments to investors, the remaining profits probably would not be enough to cover the General Fund’s higher payments to education for most of the next 20 to 30 years. In the years after the $5 billion borrowing, the Legislature would probably have to identify hundreds of millions of dollars per year in revenue increases or spending decreases to cover these costs.” It should be clear the California Department of Education is not going to throw away their lottery funds. Instead, they are going to trade them in for an even bigger piece of the pie. I think I have a problem with mandating certain levels of funds be spent on just education. Second, I have a serious problem with borrowing against expected lottery profits, especially in this economy. You should only spend the money you have, not the money you hope to have some day. If this proposition only changed the rules of our lottery so it could become more profitable, I might vote for it as if people want to spend their money on gambling, that is their choice. I would rather buy guns, ammo, and spend money on gas for Geocaching so if people waste their money on the lottery, it is not much different than some of the money I spend on frivolous entertainment. However, this appears to be a clever way to increase education funding while borrowing against money you hope to have some day. No thank you. I will be voting no on Proposition 1C. PROPOSITION 1D - PROTECTS CHILDREN’S SERVICES FUNDING. HELPS BALANCE STATE BUDGET. This proposition is an interesting one. It appears Proposition 10 in 1998 created the First 5 program (children’s health care) to be funded by a 50 cent tax on a pack of cigarettes (that was nice of smokers to pay for children’s health care more than the rest of us). Well the First 5 trust fund appears to have a nice chunk of change in it and the legislators cannot get their hands on it without Proposition 1D. Proposition 1D will allow the legislature to use the First 5 cigarette tax funds for existing state health care programs benefiting children up to the age of five. Instead of spending general fund dollars on these programs, we can spend the cigarette money on these programs. This would result in state general fund savings of about $600 million this year and about $268 million through 2014. The opponents of Proposition 1D are claiming that the Sacramento politicians are trying to take away children’s health care funding just like big tobacco tried to in 2000. I don’t think they are being overly dramatic; this is a money grab by our politicians because they already spent more than they should. However, I find the arguments by the opponents quite comical. “Who do you trust? The politicians who wrote the ballot description above or parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, and law enforcement officials who are voting no on Proposition 1D?” Personally I don’t trust anyone who is trying to take my tax dollars for their own benefit. Whether Sacramento politicians or doctors are trying to take my money, it is all the same to me. Here is another good one. “Prop. 1D violates the will of voters who twice approved local health, education, and anti-smoking programs. Prop. 1D replaces voter-mandated local control with Sacramento bureaucracy.” Actually, if we pass Proposition 1D, it will be the will of the voters so it cannot violate the will of the voters. That is a fairly simple logical argument that they just failed. This leads me to be unimpressed with the opponents of this proposition. As a result of poor positioning by the opponents, I am torn on this issue. Should we free up some cigarette smoker’s taxes for general fund expenditures or we should we leave it in the programs it was originally intended to fund? Should we help the politicians find some additional means to balance the budget or should we keep the cash cow going for the First 5 people who are upset they might lose some funding? Honestly I don’t know. In an ideal world we would have never unfairly taxed cigarette smokers in order to pay for children’s health care. Cigarette smokers are no where near as responsible for children’s health as the fast food industry, but we wouldn’t want to tax everyone when we can just demonize smokers. Part of me says raid the First 5 funds so our irresponsible politicians can bail us out of their mess. I leave it up to you. Or if you want, ask a smoker what they think you should do. After all, it really is their money. PROPOSITION 1E - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FUNDING. TEMPORARY REALLOCATION. HELPS BALANCE STATE BUDGET. Proposition 1E is similar to Proposition 1D. Proposition 63 was passed in November 2004 and raises funds through a 1% tax on incomes over $1 million (notice this state loves to tax people they can demonize? The rich and smokers!). That money is supposed to be used for mental health services (I guess the rich are causing mental health issues). Our state legislators want to free up some of this money to pay for a federally mandated mental health program for people under the age of 21. By paying for this federal program with Proposition 63 money, we free up the general fund dollars to be used elsewhere. Again, I can’t help but be unimpressed with the argument of the opponents of this bill. Continued on Page 14



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West Side News and Business Hot Rod Wells Takes First Win in Series

TUHS 4.0 GPA Students Recognized

Macayla “Hot Rod” Wells 5 yrs old, takes her first win in Round One of the 2nd Annual 3-Way Series, March 29th 2009 @ Honolulu Hills Raceway on her Cobra Motorcycle. Macayla began racing in May of last year. She LOVE’S her support group “Team Hot Rod” and

will be racing this years Arena Cross Summer series that begins May 23rd at Tha Arena.

Fort Wine Tasting Benefits Taft College Program

The Historic Fort and Taft College held a joint fundraiser last evening to raise funds for the Fort and the college Taft disAbilities Partnership Team which supports funding for people with disabilities.

TUHS seniors with at least a 4.0 grade point average for quarter 3 of the 2008-9 school year. Photo was take on cowboy and Indian day during Spring Fling week. Blaine Reich, Jessica Martin, Katrin Erath and Tyler Garrison. Not pictured: Hilda MejiaAguilar and Megan Trout.

TUHS juniors with at least a 4.0 GPA for Q3 2008-09. Alexis Long, Mayra Agilar, Kayli Comfort, Juliana Campos, Blake Emberson, Chesney Doak, Paige Schoneweis, Byanna Bacot, Amanda Strosnider. Not pictured; Korine Burch, David Garcia, Hannah Koerner, Jordan Mead, Emmanuel Medina, Jared Miller and Melissa Miller. TUHS sophomores with at least a 4.0 GPA for Q3 2008-09. Karla Lopez, Dalton Thornsberry, Caleb Taylor, Jose Barrera, KasSandra Ramos, Devin Capela, Dede May “Jade” Morse and Curtis Walchock. Not pictured: Priscilla Figueroa and Tony Hagopian.

TUHS freshmen with at least a 4.0 GPA for Q3 2008-09. (Sitting) Taylor Kurtz, Laura Martin, Marina Johnson, Jose Avina Jr., Amairani Lopez Figueroa, and Nancy De Avila. (Kneeling) Stephanie Arellano, Justin Miller, Tyler Adkins, Tatiana Alvarez, Ryan Hayes and Chantelle Dockery. (Third row) Hadley Pittman, Emily Gale, Stephanie Walle, Hunter Self, Jessica Kozloski, Vanessa Sanchez and Lee Shinn. (Back) Nathaniel Bryan, Caleb Lopez, Andrew Lund, Matthew Maxcy, Alec Terrazas and Andrew Jackson. Not pictured: Jessa Dahlgren and Jennifer Hinojosa.

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West Side Recreation and Park Report

by Stephanie House

Lost your youth brochure? Need more information on programs, facilities or activities? Then don’t forget to visit us online at In addition to program information, you can also download registration forms, sports schedules and more!

HUNTERS SAFETY COURSE Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6 6:30-9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium 500 Cascade Place, Taft $5 per person (facility fee) Volunteer instructors Ray Mortimer and Larry Heptinstall work with the District to provide materials and instruction for obtaining a California Hunting license approximately every three months. Registration begins the first night of class and a minimum of 10 paid students is required or the class will be postponed until August. Other class dates for 2009 are August 3-5 and October 5-7.


Friday, May 15 7:30-10:00 p.m. Community Center Courtyard Grades 6-8 $3 per person All 6th through 8th graders are invited to bring their friends to another popular Jr. High Dance. Drinks will be sold, dress is casual, and music will be provided by Nick’s Mobile DJ. 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! New activities are now available! 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 $110. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call the District Office at 7634246.

PIZZA PARADISE Wednesday, May 13 3:30-5:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 7-12 $6 per person ** pre-registration required by May 12 Aspiring chefs ages 7-12 will learn to make (and eat!) different types of pizza goodies and even a pizza dessert! NATATORIUM SWIMMING POOL RENTALS We are now making reservations for private pool parties! Rental prices start as low as $165. The pool will be ready for parties as of Saturday, May 30. Spots fill quickly, so make your reservation now! More information is available by calling the District Office at 763-4246. NATATORIUM SWIM PROGRAM INFO Morning Lap Swim May 26 – August 14 Evening Lap Swim June 8 – August 14 Party Rentals May 30 – August 30 Saturday Open Swim May 30 – July 25 Daily Open Swim June 8 – August 14 Night Swim Mondays and Thursdays, June 8 – August 13 Swim Lessons first session begins June 15


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

EAGLE MTN. BUS TRIP Monday, June 1, 2009 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus leaves from Community Center Ages 21 and older $3 per person Call 763-4246 to reserve a spot on the bus!

SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOP Friday, May 8, 2009 5:00-11:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Ages 15 and older $5 per person We provide the room – you bring your supplies!

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Westside Spring Community Ya

1. 602 Pierce Street 2. 900 Wood Street 3. 810 Center Street Furniture, books, clothes, toys, plants, Hats by Corey of Bakersfield 4. 119 S. 4th Street. Sunset Antiques. 5. 910 Arroyo Way Household Items, record albums, clothing

6. 205 Madison, Ford City. 7 a.m. to 12. My Trash is Your Treasurer.

7. 217 E. Warren Street 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tools

8. 201 B Street. 7am. Misc. household items and adult cloths. Baby cloths, toys, a stroller, car seat, high chair, etc. 9. 703 Crystal Street 8.a.m. 10. 502 Van Buren Street. 8 to 3.

11. 4 Westpark Way, in alley carport. 8 to 11. Push lawn mower, odds and ends. No clothes. 12. 123 North 10th Street Sp. 83 Furniture, collectables and misc.


13. 320 Naylor Ave 7:00 a.m. to ? Lots of MISC. clothing bit of tools etc. 14. 608 Tyler Street 8 a.m. to noon 15. 716 B Street 7a.m. to 2 p.m. Collectables and Antiques 16. 312 Sunset Lane 8 a.m. to ? Little bit if everything

17. 612 n. Lincoln St. Clothes, odds and ends, tools. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

18. 107 Oak St. Alley Entrance. Tread mill Furniture, clothes and Misc. 19. 312 E. Lucard St. Alley Entrance Lots of Misc items.


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ard Sale Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 20. 923 Tulare - Maricopa 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Really big yard sale. Toys, bicycles, vaccumns. new clothes, bird cages


21. 705 Crystal Street 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything must go! Wide varity of items available. All funds go to wards Keith Howe’s memorial service. 22. 618 D. St. 8am-?



23. 505 Van Buren St. 7am-? Furni ture and lots of Misc.

24. 310 N. Lincoln St. 8am-4:30pm Two Family Sale. Pool and Ping pong Table with accessories, furniture, appliances, lots of misc and more. 25. 301 1/2 Polk Street. 7a.m. - ? (fronts Cedar Street) Multiple Estate Sale

26. 610 E Street. We will have a little bit of everything. 27. 207 Van Buren St. 8am-2pm

28. 204 F. St. 7am- Noon. Baby items, lots of plus size clothes, shoes, and much much more. Come take a look!

29. 111 Rose Ave. Sat and Sun. 8am- ? Jewelry, tools, glassware and elderly scooter. 30. 203 Monroe St. 7am-? Little bit of everything and a whole lot more. 31. 806 Mallory Ct. 32. 312 Lincoln Street 33. 311 Pierce Street. Two family, clothes, nick-nacks, misc. ga rage/kitchen items. 7 a.m. to noon.



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27th Annual Pine Mountain Lilac Festival May 16 & 17 Wanna Go For a Ride? The Pine Mountain Community will celebrate their 27th Annual Lilac Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th. The festival is held at the base of Mt. Pinos just about 40 easy drive miles up the 5 freeway from Santa Clarita, or down the 99 from Bakersfield. It’s FREE for your whole family. Exit at Frazier Park/Mt. Pinos, and go west about 18 miles and you will find it. It’s easy. Surrounded by Mountains this tiny village takes on a mystical look for about 48 hours and is filled with Artisans, performers, musicians, and people and families who just want to forget the crazy world for a day or two and have some old fashioned simple fun. The Craft Booths open at 9 AM, and the parade begins at 11:00. You don’t want to miss it so arrive early. Parking is Free as well. There will be music all day long and a special “Kids Corner” for the little ones including pony rides, “bouncy things” and even an Old Fashioned Maypole. In the Gazebo we will have bands, a live performance from a Judy Garland LookA-Like celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of OZ, Bingo, Kid’s Karaoke, Horseshoe Tournament, food vendors and our local restaurants and stores will be open all day. There will be places to just sit in the shade and have a chat with a friend and a sandwich. If you are a Quilter, or curious about quilting, then this is the time for a visit to our Local Quilt Show held in the church’s log cabin in the center of the village. Over 100 Quilts will be on display and a Quilt drawing will be held. Our Mountains may still have some snow on the top to add the perfect cap to a perfect day. Come on up, you will be glad you did. Many of our local residents came for the day, and they are still there 20 years later. For more information call Gary Wilson, 888-856-0001 or email: Questions 888-856-0001, or visit our web site: www. Pine Mountain now offers weekend lodging for your convenience. For more information see their web site at, or www.

Stay With Us During The Lilac Festival

Lee Patterson, auto body repairman extraodinaire and volunteer with the Taft District Chamber of Commerce Rails-to-Trails Car, Truck and Bike Show, stands next to a fully restored 1901 Yale Automobile which will be on display at the June 13th Taft Chamber Car Show event on the Rails-toTrails. The Chamber is still taking entries for the show, with nearly 200 vehicles already entered into the event. For entry information, please call the Taft Chamber at (661) 765-2165.

Country Corner Florist and Gifts 530 Kern Street, Taft (661)765-2188 Beautiful Fresh Flowers, Unique Plants, and Gifts. Mothers Day is Sunday, May 10th Order Early for Early Delivery

Something for All Budgets.

Let Her Know How You Really Feel.

A Hint of Class Inside The Historic Fort

Pamela Dudley 763-3831 444-5420

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Nomination Form


Community Voices You Will Not Destroy Our Freedom Dr. Harold W. Pease All over America, people like you are assembling to express their discontent with the government in three areas: 1) irresponsible--even insane--spending, 2)excessive taxation, and 3) bail outs to the most irresponsible of the population. In Cincinnati, Ohio a month ago 5,000 people gathered in angry protest and a similar number did the same in Orlando, Florida three weeks ago and tea parties have been held in most states of the union prior to this time. At least 600 cities had them or are having them today and Washington D. C. is expected to have up to a million gather. Never in my many years as a political scientist have I seen populist rage as we have before us today. The national media has been slow to cover this bi-partisan anger; MSNBC even showing hostility to it. This particular network even arguing that this movement is not spontaneous but instead directed from Washington D C. Such is preposterous! No one is directing anything and no one on this platform has a scrip to follow. This is a sincere effort to express our collective concern for the road our career politicians are taking us on and it is entirely locally directed. We are appreciative of our local first grade teacher Julie Demoss for making this gathering possible. Would you please express your appreciation to her with me. If, where the career politicians are leading us, were only on a road to nowhere that would be bad enough but most of us see more debt and bigger government--even perhaps the end of freedom as we know it. The scariest part is that if it were not for local media and the internet-the only completely free press we have, this ground-swell would be ignored. You are here because you love freedom and know that something is very wrong. Nowhere in history has the solution to debt successfully been to create more debt. The Wymar Republic of Germany tried it after World War I and the people starved though they were millionaires. When has mother ever advised her child who has over extended a credit card to get more cards and over extend them also. The asylum has moved to Washington D C and you know it, your gut tells you so, and both parties are responsible. Irresponsible--even insane--spending, means either massive inflation or excessive taxation in the very near future. Many of you are here today because you know that the debt incurred in the last six months cannot be paid back in your life time. Passing it on to our children is immoral so said George Washington in his famous Farewell Address when he argued that the only acceptable debt was on unavoidable wars and plead that we not ungenerously pass to posterity that which we ought to bear ourselves. It is, in fact, taxation without representation. How can one argue that we have representation when not one of our representative or senators admit to having read the stimulus bill before voting to enslave us with 787 billion additional dollars of debt. How could they, when only ten copies were printed with the House getting five to share with its 432 members who voted on the 1100 page document the next morning. The Senates five copies were shared with its 100 members who voted the next evening. A yes vote without reading it is irresponsible and unacceptable and every single senator and representative should be removed who did so, whether Democrat or Republican, at the earliest opportunity and each party should replace them with those who are fiscally responsible. We are now over 12 trillion dollars in debt. Most Americans have no idea what that means the numbers are so staggering. A million, dollar bills, stacked on top of each other would go 68,000 millions into the heavens, a third of the way to the moon. With our present debt we could go to the moon, return to earth, back to the moon and again to earth with one-dollar bills stacked upon each other. If we spent a million dollars a day since the birth of Jesus Christ we would have spent only three fourths of a trillion dollars. The concept of taxation without representation is even more readily apparent when we realize that it passes to our children and grandchildren who have no say in its origin. You Democrats and Republicans who voted for this; how cans you live with yourself ? I do volunteer work at the Taft Federal Prison and some there have openly expressed the idea that you should be there serving time with them. Those who wish to sell us slavery argue that this massive debt is necessary to save the economy. Everyone who understands the free market philosophy understands this to be a hoax. We have had tough bumps in the road before. They come and they go in a few months or a couple of years. The most recent bigger economic downturn then today was in 1982—not the 1930’s. The unemployment rate in 1982 was 10.8%, today it is 8.5%. Then a 30-year mortgage was 17.60%, now it is 5.5%. In 1982, inflation was 7.62%, today it is .1%. How was the economic recession of the early eighties resolved such that it is hardly remembered or even mentioned in the history books? The answer was serious tax cuts, real deregulation, meaningful budget cuts and a strict anti-inflation monetary policy. Again, the answer saving us was serious tax cuts, real deregulation, meaningful budget cuts and a strict anti-inflationary monetary policy. It will save us again if we are smart enough to use it. There was no talk of bail outs of irresponsible banks. No trillion dollar stimulus packages to bail out states, cities, and counties with money that did not exist outside a printing press. No asking China to buy our debt. No talk of ending the dollar as the global medium of exchange. No talk of world government as the only viable solution. Their was some fear but there was still faith that free enterprise would resolve the problems as it always had and did. And the Julie DeMoss’ of the land would not have to organize the frightened to resist the few who screwed it up for the majority. History tells us what works and what does not. Virtually all historians today agree that government intervention in the Great Depression of the thirties prolonged it seven to eight years and World War II was the reason it ended, not anything that FDR did.

Uncivil Propositions, Continued from Page 7 “Following forty years of neglecting the mentally ill, in 2004 voters turned a new page and passed Proposition 63 and thereby began to rebuild California's public mental health system. Even in this difficult time, we ought to respect the will of the people.” The people can change their mind and if we vote yes on Proposition 63, it is the will of the people. Again, why is it the responsibility of people who make over $1 million to front the costs for mental health? However, I digress as this is California and we like to mandate costly programs funded by the margins of society. On this one, I say lets raid the mental health coffers to pay for some other worthwhile services. Maybe like teachers’ pay. Flip a coin or ask a millionaire what they want us to do with this money. PROPOSITION 1F - ELECTED OFFICIALS' SALARIES. PREVENTS PAY INCREASES DURING BUDGET DEFICIT YEARS. This proposition would prevent legislators and most statewide elected offices from a salary increase in years the budget is in the red. First, if we are going to hold anyone accountable, let’s focus on the real culprits. The legislature and the governor are responsible for the budget. Restricting a salary increase for the Attorney General, State Controller, and Insurance Commissioner does not make any sense. Second, the people responsible for our budget debacles are still getting paid! If we really wanted to do something worth while, we would stop paying them anytime they don’t sign a budget. This last year many state government employees were paid minimum wage while the legislators in Sacramento generated a budget stand off. Do we think preventing them from getting a pay raise will solve a budget impasse? At best this is a feel good measure that isn’t going to change anything. It might make us feel good and more importantly it might have been created just to lump all of these propositions together to “reform the system”. If you vote yes on Proposition 1F, you might vote yes on all of them. If we want to hold legislators accountable, vote them out of office! And with the amazing passing of district boundary reform last election, we actually might start getting a chance to do that. I think I am going to vote no on this just out of the principle of generally voting no on propositions. Plus, why should I punish the Superintendent of Public Instruction because the budget doesn’t pass? Summary Wes Morris’ Picks Proposition 1A – No Proposition 1B – No Proposition 1C – No Proposition 1D – Ask a smoker Proposition 1E – Ask a millionaire Proposition 1F – No Two tried models for resolving the problem exit: one the model of the thirties, the other that of the eighties. The one invited shared poverty and required a war and massive death to end, the other a 25-year economic boom. We demand that our elected officials return to prosperity economics or move aside so that those who do can get us out of the crisis the ignorant have created and perpetuated. Can we set party aside long enough to do so? We deplore the opportunists who wish to use this moment to undermine the Constitution or reduce the liberty given us by our founders or, worse yet, to use this downturn to justify world monetary governance. We further resist any attempt to combine the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a North American Union modeled after the European Union. We wish to purge our government of the influence of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and Skull and Bones and any other special interest group that works to undermine our independence from every other country on earth. We demand that our elected officials be informed of and loyal to the constitutional principles that made the United States the greatest country on earth. To Congress, the President, the Supreme Court and to all governors of all states and their legislative bodies, if you cannot follow this course please step aside so that the rest of us can. Enough is enough. You will not destroy our liberty. Dr. Harold W. Pease is a professor at Taft College. He gave this speech at the Tea Party protest in Bakersfield on April 15, 2009.

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Nevertheless, a good time was had by all, excepting Jeff Ross, who was a very good sport, to say the least. At the final tally, the three front runners were Jack Gallon with 84 votes, John Eigenauer at 122, and Jeff Ross who brought it home with 139 votes. I know what you are thinking and it’s not what you think. Actually, it is a virtuous exercise in the Democratic Process. I suppose I should give some background here. During the first week of class, I have students introduce themselves. Justin McWilliams’s introduction ended with “I’m a pig farmer." To me, his declaration was as epic as “Middleeast declares unconditional peace,” because, during Spring Fling, the Psych Club sponsors the Kiss a Baby Farm Animal event to raise money for our annual schlep to the Western Psychological Association Conference, this year in Portland, OR. The rules are simple—nominate a Taft College employee and vote for that person as many times as you like ($1.00 per vote). No amount of money will be refused. Vote early, vote often. The hands-down, hardest part of the whole occasion is finding a baby farm animal. The first year we collected $500 from people who really wanted to see the President of TC (then Roe Darnell) kiss a bunny supplied by Shaw's, our own Western and Pet Supply Store. Roe was a trooper, smooching Jim Nicholas gets kidded the cottontail twice for photographs. The next year, Jim Nicholas, Business Office Director, planted one on a kid (the goat kind, not the coed kind). Last year the honor fell to Brock McMurray, Vice President Student Services. Now that was an event! Adrian Agundez, (Most Honorable Computer Guru) and Registrar Brian McKee were runners up in the competition, voting big numbers on each other and Brock. The spectacle was highlighted by Adrian's insistence that he had to leave and didn’t have time for games. However, he lingered long enough to stuff the ballot box with enough money to make Brock the landslide winner. Brock McMurray kisses an African Returning to Jason’s introduction, naturally, as soon Spotted Lamb as class was over, I hit him up for a piglet. He hesitated just long enough to compute gestation periods and said “Yes!” He even kept me apprised of his sow’s condition. Fast Forward to Spring Fling: Imagine Jeff Ross’s disappointment when there was nothing to kiss. Someone suggested Ginger, the campus mutt, who had mistakenly strolled into the festivities. She seemed like a fair compromise to most. Nevertheless, Jack Gallon had to ask if this the first time Jeff had kissed an older woman. (Much laughter here.) About 20 minutes too late, I found Justin wandering around campus. He thought the pre-kiss haggling would take more time and did not want his piglet to be away from his mother any longer than necessary. (What a compassionate guy!) We showed his baby to students in the Spring Fling area, and then took it to the Academic Senate Meeting. Time was turned over to the piglet, whereupon, Jeff, good sport that he is, gave it a nice little kiss--not too much and not too little—and we called it a day. As always, next year’s kissing critter will remain a mystery Jeff Ross kisses a piglet until the actual affair (pun not intended). It is the best kept secret on campus, but I have made a solemn vow that nothing with scales, a whip-like tail, or slit pupils will be used--only soft, cuddly animals with big brown eyes. If I were you, I’d make sure I was there. You won’t believe what I have lined up already.

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It has been two months since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was approved and small businesses have been waiting to see some benefits from it. Most government agencies have received their funds and are being prodded by the Obama administration to spend the dollars quickly. The City of Taft’s website at has information and resources to help businesses gain the most from the Recovery Act (ARRA). Here are some highlights: Where to find approved infrastructure projects. ARRA projects are being approved over the next several years, Lighthouse Foursquare Church so how do you know what to bid on today? Go to and find approved projects in our area 210 Harrison Street 763-1518 that are ready for bid. Once you find a project, contact the agency for bid information. This website has ARRA Home Of The Good News Bears projects only – don’t forget that stimulus funds are in addition to regular government spending. You can learn how Hugs On Wheels Food In The Park to find those bid opportunities and how to do business with the government on City of Taft’s website at http://taft. Code Blue Youth Training your employees and yourself for the future. Your local Workforce Investment Board’s One-Stop Career Sunday Service 10 AM Pastors Mark and Kathy Fitzsimmons Center is receiving stimulus dollars to train workers for jobs of the future. If you need workers with specialized For More Information on Service Times Go To skills or want to avoid layoffs by training your unskilled workers in more advanced skills, contact Business Servies at WWW.TAFTLIGHTHOUSE.ORG Employers Training Resource (661) 324-9675. If your business has failed, there are training funds and assistance for you and your employees through the One-Stop Career Center’s Displaced Workers program. First Congregational Church The California Employment Training Panel (ETP) also has funds to train existing employees and business owners. For information, visit or call (916) 327-5640. of Maricopa If you are reducing employee hours, your employees can receive partial unemployment insurance through the Sunday 10 a.m. Employment Development Department’s Work Sharing program. For information, see Employer Assistance at Bible Study Thursday Nights 7 p.m. SBA’s American Recovery Capital (ARC) Loans. Many businesses are waiting for the $35,000 SBA-guaranteed loans to cover business loan payments during this economic crisis. These are 5-year loans to viable businesses with 395 California Street, Pastor Maricopa, CA 93252 no payment due for the first year. The loans are for existing businesses and funds cannot be used to pay SBA loan Bill LeBarron (661) 619-5372 payments. This is one of the few new programs authorized by the ARRA, so it has taken longer to set up than other stimulus programs. It will probably be late May before the program is available. Building Stones Ministry Businesses can take a few steps to be prepared: The funds are for “viable” businesses only – so you will probably Training Center need your income tax statements plus a budget for the next two years demonstrating that you can make a profit once 401 Finley Drive the economy begins to turn around. The loans will be made by banks – probably the banks that currently do SBA 661-765-6066 lending – although each bank may choose whether to participate in this program. Pastors Dale & Kay Sullivan The City of Taft recognizes the importance of supporting its business community. It hosts Tools for Business Success on its website, with extensive local, state, federal and web resources to help businesses start and grow. Visit Kids Klub & Family Meeting Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m. R.U.O.K., Continued from Page 5 To enroll in the program, an application from the police department must be completed, and a key must be made available to the police either by giving them a copy or placing a spare outside the home. Also, if someone who has enrolled in the program is not going to be home at the time of the call, they may call the police department and inform them so an alert is not issued. Lodema Hatch, a Taft resident, is trying to get the word out about the program and is willing to help people enroll in the program. "It's a great program," Hatch explains. "The computer can generate about 100 calls per minute." Any citizens interested in obtaining help may contact Hatch at 765-6007. She is perfectly happy to help Taft residents with the program. Taft citizens can also call the police department at 763-3101. Maricopa residents can get assistance at the Maricopa Police Department. The R.U.O.K. program is free of charge.

School of Ministry Sunday @ 6:00 p.m.

New Hope Temple “Connecting Lives” 308 Harrison Street 765-4572

Trinity Southern Baptist Church  400 Finley Drive

We invite you to join us each week as we worship.

Sunday Bible Study 9:45 am Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 6:00 pm

St. Mary’s Catholic Church 100 E. Woodrow Mass 5:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. Sunday TAFT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 630 North St. 765-5557

Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages Wednesday 7 p.m.

Worship Sunday Morning 10 am Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11:30 am Adult Bible Study 6 pm Jae Haeng Choi and Cindy Bretschneider, Pastors Praise Team Meets Wednesdays 6 pm

New Life Community Church Pastor Floyd and Carol Jordan 1000 6th Street

Sunday Service at 10:00AM UTURN Youth Group Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At The Spot, 201 Harrison Street

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765-7472 HOT MEALS & FREE CLOTHING Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at The Spot - 201 Harrison Street

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Aries (March 21-April 19): Pay attention to the weather forecasts this week, because a brewing storm could cause you big problems. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Knowing your limits is a good trait. But knowing them, ignoring them, and then going way beyond them than you or anyone else expected is an even better one.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20): An end to a friendship isn’t always sad. Sometimes you don’t realize how negatively someone’s been influencing your life until they’re finally out of it.


Cancer ( June 21-July 22): You’ll get the rare opportunity to have several of your favorite people all in the same place at the same time this week. Enjoy every minute of it.

Libra (September 23-October 22): Whether you mean to or not, you’re capable of causing a lot of pain with just a few words. Really think before you speak this week to avoid doing this. Scorpio (October 23-November 22): The first step to getting what you want is to believe you can get it, and that’s no secret. You’re already doing the legwork, now just have a little faith as well. Sagittarius (November 23-December 21): Though it doesn’t seem like it, you mean a lot more than you think to a certain family member. They just have a hard time showing it. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): It’s not enough that you know your weaknesses. An effort to try to overcome them would go much further and be much more appreciated.

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EVENTS Veteran’s Office will be open in Taft on the forth Tuesday of each month. Come to Supervisor Watson’s office at 315 Lincoln – Room #141, and visit Veteran’s officer Mike Penny if you’re a veteran who needs help. Hours are 9 a.m. until noon.


3rd Thursday of each month. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. And 3rd Thursday at First Baptist Church. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 220 N. First St. Free and open to the public. Info call 7164000. For problems with Alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous. 765-4016 – 763-3856.

COMPUTER SERVICE Taft PC Services. Spring Special. PC Tuneup $25. Exp. 5/31/09. See price list at 623-5188.

HELP WANTED Lifeguard wanted at the New Cuyama Aquatics Complex. $14.00/hr visit for details.

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Need class A Drivers for a small vaccuum truck company and hiring for a dispatcher postition. 661-859-8426

Decorative landscape curbing machine. Be the only one in town to provide this service! Complete turn key operation. Reasonable offers will be considered. Possible $500 hr profit. Contact 330-7012 or 428-0575

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Westside Humane Society needs foster homes! Call 765-3297 for application. Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. YARD SALE ADS ARE FREE IN THE TAFT INDEPENDENT. CALL 765-6550.

FOR SALE Coolers, downdraft and sidedraft, insulation available. 623.4063. Like new oversized tan couch, love seat, chair with ottoman $1000. Round clear glass coffee table with 2 end tables $100. 763-3949 Refrigerator. $125. 7698785 Moving most sell 1999 Quad CabvDodge PU, 79000 mi $5,850 OBO; 2006 Thuro-bilt 2 Horse Trailer, pulled 10 times, $7,550 OBO; Oak Computer Armoire, $750 OBO 661-338-9723 Newcon night Vison

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Musical Instruments. Amp., Ovation. Fender Banjo. 765-7958 Electric dryer $25, electric range $50. 7635776. Piano. Upright. $100 852-1242 Closing Gift Shop. 6ft. Wire Grid 3 sided display tower w/48 peg hooks $75. Approx. 350 gift bags, beads, curly ribbon. Below cost $200 for all. 2 sm. counter top spinners with hooks $15 each. 4 book/display shelves $75 each or all for 4250. To see call 763-1970 Quincy Air Compressor 80 gal. 13hp key/pull start. Gas engine. 4’x8’ fold up trailer 4’x6’ trailer (661) 808-8810 For Sale 2005 Four Winns 234 Funship. Fully loaded with trailer, like new. $32,000. 661201-8690 or 661-3981765

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Found Dog: Male Beagle (adult/older) un-neutered. Very friendly, and seems housetrained as well as trained in some simple commands. Very very sweet. Im sure he is missed by his owner. Please contact us to get your buddy back. Black Lab/Pitbull Mix, about 1 year old, in the 100 block of Loma Vista. Contact Westside Humane Society at 661745-3297 Lost Husky 4/4/09. He has a black color with white paw prints on it. Goes by David. Full grown, blackish grey and white. Very friendly. Found female small dog black and brown looks like she is mixwd with australian shepard lovable found on 400 block woodrow call 661 745-4480

PETS Lab/German short hair Puppies 2 liver,4 chocolate,5 black 6 weeks old. $350.00 Call #661 763 3241 Found young male cat in 500 block of Van Buren. Creme colored, white nose, gold eyes. 661-765-5858 Found a female pup on the 100 block of Tyler in Taft. Looks to be a pit or pit mix. Very sweet little

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For Sale ‘79 Bronco, ‘77 Ranchero $500 each, ‘91 Kawasaki Jet Ski $400 661-623-5810 Hobby stock race car. 76 Pontiac Le Mans, 95 percent race ready. 350 motor, 350 trans. with car trailer. $2,500. (661) 763-3494 or 695-3429. 2002 Silver Chevy Impala for sale. $3,000 OBO Call Sara at 661808-8339 or Ryan at 661-808-8361. We need this car sold fast.

TRUCKS Trailer. 8 x 5 covered $2,500. 763-5495 or 623-1281. For Sale. 2001 Ford F-150 4x4. Fully loaded. Tow package. crew cabAsking $11,000 or best offer. Call 661-7684517 1986 FORD TRUCK F-250 SERVICE BOX WITH 8 TOOL STORAGE GREAT FOR HANDYMAN JOB. run super strong 97,000

Business Services Tree Removal and Stump Grinding Call Tom at (661) 330-9576.

Cleaning Services My Fair Ladies Cleaning Services Comm. and Residential Serving the Westside 340-8611 Lic. No. 007657 Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Taft Property Management 1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms now available in good areas. CRIME FREE HOUSING Brokers Licence 04417057 661-745-4892

ROOM FOR RENT 2 furnished rooms w/ private bath. House privileges. Pool/spa. 765-7958 $100 per month. $275 to move in. Cuyama area. Avail. Feb. 1st. (805) 868-5381.

319 1/2 kern st taft, ca 2/1 $650.00 Deposit same. 1-866-367-8171 email AlinTaft@Yahoo. Com 1 Bd. 1 Ba. $550. mo. and 3 bd. 2 ba. in Taft Hights. $700 mo. (805) 478-4295 or (661) 6234063.


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HOUSES FOR SALE West Valley Real Estate WOW, 5/3 on 2 lots w/ pool, 3 car garage, granite, like new! Parkview Village, 4/2, new tile & carpet, super clean! Updated Model Home Standards, 3/2, hardwood floors, granite, pool! (661) 763-1500. www. Sp. #30 BVMHP. 2 bd. 2 ba. Formal L/D plus den. Call to see @ 7652989 or 805-1168. Price reduced.

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MOBILE HOME 24 x 60 Mobile in BV Park. Xlt. Cond. 2 bd. 2 ba. All new carpet. Xlt. Price $30,000 obo. (661) 623-2102 or 7453217.

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HOUSES FOR RENT 3 bd. 1 ba., dining room, laundry rm and garage. $950 mo. plus deposit. 402 Pierce St. (661) 623-5188. 3 bd. 1 ba. remodeled, $700 mo. and 1 bd 1 ba. $550 mo. (661) 6234063. 527 D Street. Remodeled, 2bd. 2 ba. with one car garage. $950 plus $950 deposit. No pets, no sec. 8. Includes wsher and dryer hookups, kitchen nook, stove, micro, and dishwasher, gardner and pest control. 5490154. Extremely nice Large 3 bd rm 1 bath Harwood floors throughout. Complete remodel 2007 $ 750.00. Call Jeff 805.455.5403 Clean 3bd. 201 Lucard $750/month + deposit. 765-4644 or 363-3005

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ADJUNCT LECTURER SUMMER 2009 SEMESTER English 0900 - Communication Skills Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 6:10 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. June 9 – July 30, 2009 Learning Skills 0910 – Improving Learning Potential (English) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:10 – 9:15 p.m. June 9 – August 13, 2009 For more information about these positions and how to apply you can access the college’s website at DEADLINE FOR FILING is Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

TAFT COLLEGE ADJUNCT LECTURERS FALL 2009 SEMESTER Cultural Anthropology Biology English ESL Learning Skills Math Reading Sign Language Sociology For more information about these positions and how to apply you can access the college’s website at DEADLINE FOR FILING is Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EOE

MAY 1, 2009



Oilworkers Monument Site Preparation Begins at 6th Street and Supply The Taft Oilworkers Monument Committee has started preparing the monument site for the Oilworkers Monument at the corner of 6th Street and Supply Row. The bronze monument, which is estimated to weight over 9,000 pounds and stand nearly 30 feet tall, will be unveiled next October during Oildorado 2010. Workers are preparing the site by removing and compacting the soil to ensure stability of the site when the monument is put into place.

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