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October 20 - 26, 2016


The Taft Independent

October 20 - 26 2016 • Volume 10 Issue 16

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

MARTYS BOUTIQUE WITCHES NIGHT OUT FASHION SHOW Thursday, Oct. 27th 5:30 pm Black Gold Brewery Champagne Buffet $20 508 Center Street

PO Box 1132, Taft, California 93268

“Building A Healthy Community One Garden At A Time”

“Fall into Gardening Event”

RSVP by Oct. 21st 661 699-2569

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Tickets Available at Martys 520 Center St.

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Taft Community Garden on 9th Street (Across from True Value)

limited seating Martys 661 699-2569 No Host Beer & Wine Bar

Free to the community!

Qik Smog & Tune

Pumpkin Carving with Taft City Council Members

No Appointment Needed for Smog Check!

Come visit Taft’s Community Garden and learn more about getting involved with gardening.

Kids receive free pumpkin while supplies last!!! (1st come – 1st serve)

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Taft Business of the Week Taft Chevron

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TAFT BUSINESS OF THE WEEK- Taft Chevron at 100 Kern Street. Taft Chevron has Gas, Propane, an Automatic Car Wash, Vacuums, Air, Mini Mart, Coffee, Cold Beverages, Lotto, Ice, and try their new F’real Milkshakes. Taft Chevron is owned by great Taft Residents Greg and Vivia Artz. They are open 7 days a week. Come in today.

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By Andreas Fault West Kern Oil Museum “Boomtown Days” is this Saturday October 22nd, from 9am-4pm. Dedication of the Bender Rig, plus a Gas Engine Show, Blacksmith Jacob Hines, Model Railroad Demonstrations, Quilting and much more. BBQ- Pulled Pork & Chicken, Salad, Beans, Homemade Desserts, and Beverages- $10 for Adults, $5 for Children 10 years and younger, Serving starts at 11:30am. Admission to the Museum is free and donations are accepted. Friday- Friday Night Lights- Taft High Football at Home vs. Wasco, J/V at 5, Varsity at 7:30. It is Senior Night, so come cheer on our Seniors for their last regular season Home Game. Saturday- Taft Sport Shooters “Steel Challenge” at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club at 8am. Taft Midway Sunset Lions Club “Casino Night” at the Taft Veterans Hall. $35 single, $60 couple. Tickets available from Wendy @ 747-3383 or Carol @ 765-5541. Tuesday- Cancer Crush Fundraiser at Pizza Factory from 6-9pm. Thursday- Rails to Trails phase 4 Ribbon Cutting at 10:30am. Marty’s Boutique “Witches Night Out Fashion Show” at Black Gold Brewery at 5:30. R.S.V.P. at 699-2569 or at Marty’s. Tickets are $20 includes Champagne Brunch.

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Save the Date for these Future EventsOctober 28th: Arts Corner Halloween Party at 8pm. October 29th: Taft Community Garden Pumpkin Harvest at 9am. Taft Hellfighters “Out Reach in the Park” at Veterans Park from 9am2pm Taft Sport Shooters “Night Zombie Match,” at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, register at 5:30pm. Oasis Halloween Party. Buena Vista Golf Course “Wine & 9,” call 763-5124 for info. October 30th: Albertsons Shopping Center Safe Halloween. November 2nd: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 7:30. November 3rd: The Fort Fall BBQ Dinner. Dinner at 6pm. November 4th: Free movie “ Woodlawn” in the parking lot at West Hills Church of the Nazarene. 1st Friday Cruise Night on Center Street, starts at 6pm. Cruise, eat, and shop. “Comedy Night” at the Taft Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:15, Show at 7:30. Dinner & show $25 | Show only $15. Tickets on sale now at the Moose. November 5th: Taft Geocaching International Film Festival at the Fox Theatre from 3-5:45. $5. November 8th: Election Day! November 10th: Taft Chamber Mixer at Chevron Valley at 5pm. November 11th: Veterans Day Celebration at 10am at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 209 E. Kern St. November 12th: Westside Wreckers Roller Derby at the Rec N Yard, gates open at 5pm. November 13th: Taft College Hall of Fame Dinner at 5pm at OT’s. Tickets @ 763-7854 November 17th: Center Street Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House. Shopping, Art, Music, Food, Drinks, and much more, starts at 5pm. November 18th and 19th: Rec Holiday Vendor and Craft Show. November 19th: Taft Chamber Trout Derby at BV Lake. 6am-2pm. Horseshoe Tournament at the Taft Moose Lodge, sign up at 9am. Blind Draw, $10 per person. Moose Member Campout at the Taft Moose Lodge. November 19th & 20th: Taft Sportsmen’s Club “Junior Pheasant Hunt.” Call Tom @ 765-2704. November 29th: Geocaching/Shooting Event at the Taft Sportsmen’s Club, register at 7am. December 1st: The Fort Gift Show. December 2nd: 1st Friday Cruise Night and Taft Chamber Pictures with Santa. December 5th: Taft Christmas Parade. December 8th: Taft College Bookstore Open House from 4-7pm. 7637731. December 10th: Soroptimist Home Tour and Fashion Show. The Fall Fort BBQ is Thursday November 3rd, Happy Hour at 5, Dinner and Music at 6pm. Silent Auction, Raffle, 50/50 drawing. Music by Randy Anderson. Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door, Sponsors start at $125. R.S.V.P at The Fort or call 765-7371.

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Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Wed., Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Fri. & Sat. 6 am - 9 pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft

Black Gold Brewing Co. American and Asian Food Burgers Pasta Thai Food Espresso - Beer - Wine Craft Beers Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 2pm 5pm to Close Sunday 7am to 12pm 508 Center Street 765-6556

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Letters and Rants Yes on Measure W

No consequences

The voters of Taft will be asked to join over 80% of California cities by approving the change from By William H. Taft an elected City Clerk to one appointed by the City Has our world changed that much? Yes, it has but the main Council. On the November 8th ballot we recommend a reason is these days is because there are no consequences. If a kid gets in trouble at school, the parent is mad at the yes vote on Measure W. As detailed recently in the teacher. If a kid doesn’t start in sports, the parent gets mad Independent, the City Council, placed an intiative at the coach. Our thieves no longer get in trouble. People on the ballot asking the citizens of Taft to approve come to our country Illegally, they get free housing, medithe change. cal, food, and college. Someone squats in a house and the A registered voter only needs to be 18 and a owner has to evict them, when they should be tossed and arrested. Items get stolen out of your unlocked car it there citizen of Taft. To serve in the increasingly complex is nothing the cops can do. From the little things to big role City Clerk, much stronger and more stringent things there is no consequences. qualifications are needed. The role demands considerable education, skills, experience and profesNot very many years ago if you didn’t stand for the sionalism in areas such as information technology, National Anthem, you would of never played in the NFL again. Now kids and other weirdos that have no respect are records management, state and local elections and following his lead. The NFL suspends a player that was ac- conflict of interest laws as well as the State’s open cused of under inflating a football but does nothing about meeting laws. their playing disrespecting our Country before the game. This position needs to be filled by appointment Athletes, Actors, Singers, etc should be examples for our rather than a political election process. The City kids but very few are these days. Clerk needs to be politically neutral, like all City Most people that have social media have seen the burglary staff. The City Clerk oversees elections and importhat was caught on tape a few months ago at the Taft Fox tant administrative functions. The possibility of Theatre. The guy that broke in wasn’t down on his luck unqualified candidates being elected to perform just looking for food, he is a thief and has been a thief for these critical functions is a very real danger. over 20 years since I’ve known him. This criminal tore up the our beautiful Fox Theatre and only got a few months The Clerk should be selected based on meetin jail for it. It wasn’t his first time to get in trouble, he ing an extensive set of qualifications and extensive has been in lots of trouble over the years and when he gets screening designed to appoint competent people released he’ll get in lots more trouble because there are no with the strongest technical, administrative and consequences. He should of been put in Prison years ago professional skills. Once appointed, they will be and this would of never happened to our Fox. The Fox is one of our best places for the entire family and like many held accountable to perform to the highest stanplaces here they barely making it, instead of making a profit dards, the same as the City Manager and his staff. they are stuck spending their hard earned money cleaning Accountability will be daily, not just every four up after the thief. years. We encourage a yes vote on Measure W. If you are a criminal running the streets with a gun, knife, or machete in your hand and a Cop tells you to put it down, you do it. Cops are the good guys and the criminals are the bad guys. A Cop wants to go home safe after his shift to be with his family and they want you to sleep safe at night. If our criminals had respect and knew their were consequences our world would be a better place. The other day I had to go to a business in Bakersfield next to a Marijuana Dispensary. The once nice shopping Center is now overran with bad people and crime. You see the news about all the shootings, burglaries, and crime associated with these Marijuana Dispensaries. Now legalizing Marijuana is on the ballot. It has been proven that Marijuana is a gateway drug to do worse drugs, it slows reaction time while driving, and it really stinks and gives me a headache. I don’t want to smell my neighbors legally smoking it after November. Thousands of accidents a year are caused because of Marijuana but they don’t test for it and now some people want to legalize it. Hillary recently said she does not want Private Federal Prisons. She also said she wants to do away with the Oil Industry. Shutting down the Prison and Oil Fields will kill Taft. Rather you work at the Prison or the Oil Fields, that is what fuels Taft. Without Oil and the Prison the money will disappear and it will affect Cops, Teachers, Doctors, Dentists, Waitresses, Gardeners, and every other job in Taft. When you Vote this November, think about who will help Taft grow, not kill it. Crime is bad, everywhere, and in California they want to protect the Bad Guy, not the Good Guy. Lock your house, cars, gates, leave your outside lights on, and know and watch out for your neighbors. Just a few years ago everyone wanted to move to California, now lots of people wants to leave. Please Support Law Enforcement. Vote smart this November.

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Taft High Wins Best Overall School Award at Via Arte Chalk Art Festival

Taft Union High School earned the best overall school award at the Via Arte Chalk Art festival at the Marketplace in Bakersfield Saturday and Sunday<cq: Oct. 15-16>. More than two dozen schools, including 16 high schools, competed in the annual sidewalk art festival, sponsored by the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Professionals also competed for a total of more than 200 artists drawing 137 squares of art. The art festival began 18 years ago. Sunday night rains washed away much of the temporary artwork.

Taft student artists, under the direction of art teacher Sophie Rasmussen, were: Tanner Wescott, Madison Van Roekel, Trevor Heath, Erik Villatoro, Kambrea Healey, David Rogers and Gabriela Hernandez. “Last year we received an honorable mention for one square, Rasmussen said. “This is the first year we got best overall school. I am really proud of my students because they worked together.” Photo by Sophie Rasmussen Taft artists: Tanner Wescott, Madison Van Roekel, Trevor Heath, Erik Villatoro, Kambrea Healey, David Rogers and Gabriela Hernandez. Photo by Jim Carnal Madison Van Roekel, Mosiah Rasmussen, Trevor Heath and Erik Villatoro draw a polar bear, a portrait and an origami.

TUHS Golf Finishes Season in Second Place By Mike Cowan The TUHS Girls Golf season came to an end yesterday at Buena Vista Golf Course, with the Wildcats capturing second place in the SSL as a team. Sierra Pilgrim’s post-season dreams were cut short by one stroke, but, overall, the season was an outstanding success. 11 girls finished the season this year, nine of whom had never played golf before joining the team. The girls learned the rules of the game, how to play efficiently, how to think on the course, and the nuances of the game that now gives them the ability to play on their own at any golf course. The foundation has been laid for a successful next few seasons, and I’m confident all the girls will be back for more next year. The overall league standings are as follows: BCHS 108 Taft 84 Shafter 74 Arvin 42 Kennedy 26 Chavez 12 Wasco 0 Individual Scores for the Championship: Sierra Pilgrim 96 Jadynn Rosenberger 107 Tayler Portenga 122 Carson Burell 140 Daisy Rosales 143 Jaye Sparks 155

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The Taft Independent Team Scores were: BCHS 579 Taft 608 Shafter 681 Kennedy 710 Arvin 728 Chavez No Score Medalists for the day were: 1st Madi Daniel BCHS 75 2nd Sierra Pilgrim Taft 96 3rd Holly Drake BCHS 106 First Team All-League: Madi Daniel BCHS 72.8 Sierra Pilgrim Taft 95.3 Samantha Cabrera Shafter 105.8 Holly Drake BCHS 109.6 Maria Valenzuela Shafter 116.3 Second Team All -League: Maya Bonalis BCHS 117.5 Madi Thorpe BCHS 120 Kiara Edwards BCHS 120.5 Daisy Campos Chavez 121.5 Emily Flores Shafter 126 Another successful season is in the books for the Wildcat Girls. The attitude and willingness to listen and learn on this team was second to none. We are a very young team and with the talent and attitude we have, we should be competitive for at least the next three years. As always, any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Taft College Holds Ground Breaking for New Student Center Jerry Livingston JD The Trustees of the West Kern Community College District along with their new Superintendent/ President held a ground breaking for the Taft College’s last significant undertaking financed by Measure A, a $39.8 million bond approved by the voters of the District in 2004. Present for the ground breaking were all five Board of Trustees, city of Taft Mayor Randy Miller with Taft City Manager Craig Jones, Eric Cooper President of the Westside Health Care District and the Districts Executive Director, Gerald Starr along with various other members of the West Side Community. This project will be the final large scale project funded in part by Measure A. Other projects have included: the Child Development Center, a Remodel for the Administration and Student Services Building along with the Construction of a New Library, Tech Arts Modernization, Dorm Modernization, Construction of the Center for Independent Living, Maintenance & Operations facility upgrades as well as Technology upgrades.

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Billy Nelson to speak to students at TUHS Friday

Miller Time

Taft Union High School ‘s greatest runner, Billy Nelson, will return to his alma mater Friday afternoon to address the student body in the auditorium. The 32-year-old Olympian in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2008 in Beijing is now an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Colorado Buffaloes, where he competed in college. He is a 2007 Big 12 Conference titleholder, a four-time NCAA All-American and a runner-up at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 2011, he claimed his first career title in the steeplechase at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. As a Taft High senior in 2002, he won the Division IV state championship in cross-country and in track set still unbroken school records in the 3,200-meter (9:35), mile (4:15) and 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:54). He lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife, Alisa, and three children: Arabella Kennedy, Noah Andrew and Lonnie Jack.

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If you missed City Council meeting as I did on Sept 20th as I was on vacation, there was a presentation from the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District regarding the draconian rules that may be coming down from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). This federal bureaucracy has taken the Clean Air Act as passed by congress by going to the extreme in their rule making to try and clean our air as if it was before people came into the valley. Well, maybe not that extreme. Without getting into all the technical details the point is the allowable particulate matter per billion allowed in our air will fall from 84 ppb to 70 ppb (parts per billion). Doesn’t sound like much but here is what the valley must do to meet these new federal standards that are set across the nation. We may have to: shut down all stationary air pollution sources; shut down all agricultural operations; you’ll love this one, eliminate all passenger vehicle use; eliminate all heavy duty truck use if these sources are not enough to met the new attainment standards. The penalties will include loss of highway funds, other sources of federal funds, takeover of the air district, and/or continued fines levied that is currently showing up on your DMV renewals. The amount is currently 29 million dollars per year. That started in 2010 when I was on the board. The district has worked with everyone involved to get the pollution levels down 80% from what they were, it’s the remaining 20% required by the feds which at this point is impossible to attain. There is no creditable technology yet invented to reduce pollution from all sources as the only option left is to start shutting things down. Now these rules will be for only the eight counties in the valley air district. We have no control from the air pollution coming down from the bay area and northern valley or the trucks passing through on I-5 and Hwy 99. We can’t put a toll both on either end of these byways to either not let traffic through or to inspect the vehicles to see if they meet the standards. That is left up to the state and the feds. As you know we live in a soup bowl with an air inversion layer sitting over the top of us the most of the time won’t let the bad air out. The EPA is not giving us any slack for our special topological conditions as compared to other

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7 areas, except for LA County which is in the same boat. The air district is telling everyone who will listen, the only way presently to meet the new standards will be to eliminate all fossil fuel combustion and emissions. So, here we are looking forward to no drive days, farmers won’t be able to bring in their crops, the oil industry will be shut down, construction involving heavy equipment won’t be allowed, and any new business that want to start up will have to provide for a 2:1 offset of their proposed pollution emissions. Many businesses will be forced to shut down or re-locate out of our area. Their goes our economy, our way of life, everything we depend on down the tubes. No one likes to breathe dirty air. No one likes to see the air we breathe. Somewhere down the road the piper is gonna come a knocking. Of course, any sensible person understands the main problem with our air is people; to damn many have moved here and we can’t keep up with them using our resources, our water, our electricity, natural gas, our roads, our schools, our way of life. There is no time table but we are not getting much help from Sacramento, because the coastal cities control both houses, and they don’t care much about the valley except when they realize where their water, food, electricity, and fuel come from. Keep yourself aware, I’ll post more as it comes available. We have an election coming up. I urge you to vote no on Prop 57, more un-rehabilitated felons released from prison early, and Prop 63; more draconian gun laws that takes away from the law abiding gun owner and gives the power to the gun toting criminals. Please vote yes on Prop W, taking the city clerk position from elected to appointed as 85% of the other cities in the state have done. We have many fine citizens running in our local elections that deserve your vote, choose wisely, I have no recommendations, except to thank all those that have taken an interest to want to serve and protect our local agencies. As to the state and Federal elections, geeze what have we come to ?? Words, words, words, spin, spin, spin. How strange this election cycle has been. There are important considerations that you as a voter need to understand. How you vote all across the board will have a big importance on your now, and for your kids and grandkids future. Remember we are 20Trillion dollars in debt that has to be paid back, just how much more can the feds barrow. In our state of California, we are going deeper in debt due to the amount of bonds on the ballot, for cities, counties, and the state. Remember, the amount borrowed is double by interest by the time the bond is paid off. It is not free money; folks, my suggestion is no on bonds indebtedness across the board. Be like the City of Taft, be fiscally responsible, little debt, and on budget. I wish you well in the days ahead. Randy Miller Your Truck Driving Mayor

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Liberty Under Fire Trump Accuser Debunked by Airline Employee By Harold Pease, Ph. D I recently received a phone call from my brother Rex, a lifetime airline employee, about allegations of sexual impropriety by Donald Trump 35 years ago by Jessica Leeds, a passenger in first class. He feels the need to add his expertise to the Trump defense. In the early years, beginning in 1979, he loaded, fueled and cleaned aircraft in preparation for their departure. What follows has been extracted from his prepared statement made available to the news outlets: I listened closely to her words and was shocked when she said, “the first class armrest somehow disappeared.” This, she maintained, allowed Donald Trump, seated next to her, to slide his hand up her leg uninvited. In all passenger aircraft that I have ever been on, the armrests in first class are fixed and cannot be removed by a passenger. And, in the unlikely event that it was, when would Donald Trump have been able to remove it, and without her or others notice? I do not believe any passenger aircraft has passenger removable armrests and I have flown first class more than most regular businessmen. It is a lie. Other red flags surface. She said that after take off, while sitting in coach, a flight attendant invited her to sit in first class. Yes. That can happen but is extremely rare unless it is, a friend, or a friend of a friend, or someone like that. She mentioned that the flight was from the Midwest to New York City. That typically is a relatively short flight, likely about 2 hours, maybe less. If the total flight were two hours, if you subtract the take off and landing time, approximately 30 minutes each, that would leave a very small window of time for abuse. If it were a smaller aircraft with a single aisle, which it probably was, then the first class section was pretty small. There is always one and many times two flight attendants assigned only to first class. That is so that the passengers who paid so much more money for their seat can get the service that they were promised. From the moment first class passengers board they are given service non-stop, anything they want throughout the flight. Attendants rarely leave first class. Ms. Leeds says she kept trying to get the attention of a flight attendant after the assault. That is another lie. At no time in first class is the flight attendant more than 8 or 9 feet away from passengers. In that era of flying, first class meals entailed laying out full tray silverware, main meals, salads and later desserts, coffee and drinks nonstop and then clean up. This is unlike coach, which would often entail only peanuts and pretzels and drinks. The likelihood of a passenger trying to pull out a middle armrest during what is a steady one-hour of awesome service and then

The Taft Independent be sexually assaulted, as Ms. Leeds described, without it being noticed by the flight attendant eight feet away, and others, is about as likely as not being spotted doing the same thing in a church pew during church. NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE!!!! And then there is the question about timing in a two-hour flight, subtracting takeoff and landing leaves about one hour. The nice meal may take most of that hour. At least 45 minutes would have transpired before Leeds was placed in first class next to Trump—right during mealtime. Some acquaintance time would be expected before a man could move to intimacy without the woman screaming for all to hear. During mealtime everyone is awake and alert to any strange behavior. The time frame for intimacy does not exist. Most people wouldn’t think that deeply into this so they might be picturing a midnight flight where everybody is asleep. This was a day flight and Midwest to New York City gives no chance for that theory. During the time when the accusation was said to have occurred, first class was one of the most controlled atmospheres in the world. Many times there were passengers who might be angry, intoxicated and/or have other problems. It would be immediately brought to the attention of the captain and there would be police waiting at the jet way upon arrival. I have witnessed

October 20 - 26, 2016 this many times. Thirty-five years ago Donald Trump was not so famous that he would have gotten a pass. Still, he would have been known enough that witnesses would be coming forth. Nobody is. Everyone renowned is watched continually. I suspect that Ms. Leeds has not flown first class often enough to know about first class armrests and as a result has tripped on her own lie, which certainly discredits her story. Again, I have been in aircrafts thousands of times and armrests are not removable or adjustable in first class. My brother’s expertise on passenger aircraft easily debunks the Jessica Leeds accusation. It also brings into question the other women that have inferred, “He got me too.” The problem is, with less than three weeks before the election, there is not time enough to verify or debunk every claim. That may be intended. Hillary wins a new vote for every voter discouraged from voting for Trump, whether these allegations are fallacious or actual, it does not matter. Wouldn’t it be shamefully corrupt to have someone identified by the FBI as a liar, as was Hillary, gain the highest office in the world with but just one more lie?

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