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Independent The Taft

August 5 - 11, 2011



August 5 - 11, 2011 • Volume 6 Issue 6

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

Meet Your Local Public Servant- Debra Elliott

City of Taft Passes Budget for 2011-2012

G St.’s Second Hand Ready For Picking

Senator Jean Fuller Visits The Westside By Jane McCabe

Brand Clothing Shoes • Jewelry A Hint of Class Name Accessories & More

Step Back Into School

In Style!

New Arrivals of Backpacks & Shoes Inside The Historic Fort 915 N. 10th Street Suite 34 (661)623-1783

The Best Beer Selection on Tap in Taft!

Black Gold Open Monday’s for Lunch and Dinner Cafe and Deli

508 Center Street • 765-6550

Try Our Meatball Sandwich $6.25

Our homemade meatballs and marinara sauce with parmesan cheese and garlic butter all baked to perfection on a soft toasted French roll


Shop Taft

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Anderson Business Services Bookkeeping • Income Tax • Notary


Schedule of Services

Acknowledgments & Jurats $10 per signature Mortgage Documents $150 per set Mobile Notary Service $1 per mile

Sandy Anderson

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

1014 6th Street • Taft In the Save A Lot Shopping Center Monday to Friday


Personal Style

Back - To - School Savings!

Newly expanded Juniors & Contempory Fashions

Personal Style

Greg Anderson

Call For Appointment 765-7665 Sandy 577-6790 • Greg 577-6032

Miller’s Beauty Supply

SAN JOAQUIN Automotive Center

Get Your Car Ready For Summer!



Next to the Fox Theater and Black Gold Cafe & Deli


Back To School Daze... August 1st-31st

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Hours: Tuesday 8am-8pm • Wednesday Closed Thursday 8am-5pm • Friday 8am-8pm Saturday 9am-3pm

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J e w e l r y

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Watchwill Batteries Acme Jewelry be closed on Tuesdays when Ray is in L.A. Please callSTREET first• 661.763.5451 763-5451 426 CENTER Thank You Store Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Closed Sunday and Monday

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August 5 - 11, 2011



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Ben’s Books The Largest, Cheapest and Only Used Book Store in Taft Fiction • Non Fiction • Paperback Hard Covers • SciFi • Biography • Religion Childrens • Cookbooks and More!

Come stop by, have some coffee and leisurly browse our selection of books!

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August 5 - 11, 2011

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

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


Community Events News Briefs Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument”

Westside Watcher............4

VFW Bingo Every Tuesday Night at 5:30pm

West Side Recreation Report..........5

The VFW will hold Bingo Night every Tuesday at 6:30pm at 600 Hazelton Street in Maricopa. Doors open at 5:30pm, buy in is $5 a pack, food will be served. Come on out, bring a friend and support our vets!

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

End of Times Gallery Summer Art Classes

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

The End of Times Gallery, 428 Center Street, is offering the following summer classes: DRAWING - Mondays, 1-3 p.m. CHILDREN’S ART LESSONS - Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. WATERCOLOR - Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. ACRYLIC PAINTING - Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. All classes are $10 per session, $40 per month. For more information please call 765.4790. The End of Times Gallery is taking artists’ work on CONSIGNMENT for $5 per item. The gallery earns a 30% commission on work sold. If you would like to have your work considered for representation, please call for an appointment - 765.4790.

Community Voices..........8 Obituary............................9 Classified Ads.................10 Westside News...............11 Negocios Hispanos........11

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

Email: Website: Locally and Independently owned since 2006 The Taft Independent is a locally owned community newspaper published weekly on Fridays for your enjoyment and reading pleasure. We publish 3,500 issues and distribute to over 225 locations in the city of Taft and the neighboring communities of Cuyama Valley, McKittrick, Maricopa, Fellows and Western Kern County, California. The Independent is available free of charge, limited to one copy per reader. Additional copies are $1 each. The contents of the Taft Independent are copyrighted by the Taft Independent, and may not reproduced without specific written permission from the publisher. We welcome contributions and suggestions. Our purpose is to present news and issues of importance to our readers. SUBSCRIPTIONS. Subscription home or businessdelivery of the Taft Independent is available for $6.50 per month or $78.00 per year. To subscribe to please call 765-6550. LETTERS-TO-THE-EDITOR. Send us your letter to Taft Independent at the above address. Limit it to 300 words and include your name, address, and phone number. Fax: (661) 765-6556. Email your letter to: ADVERTISING. Display Ads: Rates and special discounts are available. Contact our advertising representative at (661) 765-6550, or email to Classifieds: Call 765-6550 or fax us at (661) 765-6556. Phone order are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long Managing Editor Advertising Jessica Skidgel Layout & Design Jessica Skidgel Contributing Writers Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Nicole Frost Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins, Jane McCabe, Dr. Harold Pease

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Pancake/ Waffle Breakfast Saturday, August 6th There will be a pancake/waffle breakfast this Saturday, August 6th at the Veterans Hall in Taft, located on the corner of Cedar and Taylor Street in Ford City from 7am to 11am. Topping of the month is fresh peaches! The breakfast will be hosted by the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, 25% of the proceeds raised will benefit the Taft Union High School All Star Band that will be traveling to Washington D.C. in December. Back-2-School Connection School Supply Drive Donations Monday, August 8th Donations are needed for the “Back-2-School Connection” Backpacks, school supplies and new or gently used clothing. Donations will be accepted until Monday, August 8th at the following locations: West Side Community Resource Center, 915 N. 10th Street, Suite #20. West Side Urgent Care, 100 E. North Street. First Assembly of God, 314 Asher Ave. West Side Furniture, 617 Center Street. For more information call 765-7281 or 769-8061. Help our children have a successful year! Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Friday, August 12th

Come join us at A Street Park to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Friday, August 12th at 9:00 pm. This will be a night of close to peak activity, with nearly 100 meteors per hour expected. Bring a blanket and/or chairs and be prepared to stay awake, as the best viewing times are after 10:00 p.m. This event is FREE to all and s’mores will be provided for the kids. Brought to you by Imagination Laboratories, Inc. and West side Recreation & Park District. Roll In The Good Times ARC Bunco Saturday, August 13th Roll in the good times at Taft’s ARC Annual Bunco on Saturday, August 13th at 5pm at the ARC, located at 204 Van Buren Street. Cost is $20 per person and includes dinner. Dinner is served at 5pm with Bunco to follow. Pre-sell tickets only, deadline is August 10th. For tickets call 763-1532 ext 1. There will be cash prizes and raffle drawings. Bring your friends! Fill the Bus Saturday, August 13th Help support our schools by helping to provide needed supplies for our local children to go to school this season. Come fill the Bus on Saturday, August 13th at King’s Nursery 8am-12pm. Sponsored by the Taft Midway Sunset Lions Club. Please bring pencils, sharpeners, copy and lined paper, punches, construction paper, backpacks, glue sticks, colored tissue paper, air dry clay, scissors, tape, index cards, colored pencils, composition books, dry erase markers, crayons, pencil pouches, post its, headphones, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, socks, sweat pants and jacket. All donations will go to support our local schools by offering needed supplies to classes, teachers, and students. Chamber of Commerce Mixer At Taft’s Community Garden Tuesday, August 16th The Taft District Chamber of Commerce is bringing back community mixers. Hosted by a local business, each mixer is geared towards bringing the community together to learn about the business. Events include a business card drawing, 50/50 raffle, snacks, and fun. The next mixer will be held at the Taft Community Garden on Tuesday, August 16th from 5pm to 7pm. Learn about how to rent a garden bed and grow your own fruits and vegetables.

City of Taft Passes Budget for 2011-2012 By Kent Miller The City of Taft has a budget and it’s lower than the income/spending plan for the previous fiscal year. Tuesday evening the council voted 4-to-0, with Councilmember Dave Noerr absent, to adopt both the final budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year and the proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year ( July 1 through June 30). The 2011-12 proposed budget is about $121,000 less than the 2010-11 final budget of nearly $6.6 million. But the new budget includes a couple of major projects, could be expanded if funding is received for a pair of hoped-for projects and faces an as-yet unresolved issue of the Taft prison. “It’s a good document ... A tight document,” said Councilmember Paul Linder. Linder and Noerr sit on the city’s Finance Committee, which hammered the new budget into shape. “The city is healthy,” Linder said, though “not as healthy as we would like it to be.” Mayor Randy Miller noted that the budget was 32 days late, “but it is here and approved. “It’s one of the earliest budgets that we have approved.” Meeting as the Taft Community Development Agency during an adjournment of the council meeting, the council/agency members approved the final and proposed budgets. They also adopted the planning and administrative expenditures for Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund for fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12. Projects and pain The two major projects planned for 2011-12 are the rehabilitations of 6th Street and of 10th Street. The projects’ total cost is put at $720,000. Two hoped-for projects that would only become reality with outside funding are the continuation of Rails to Trails between Hillard and A streets, with Kern County money; and the construction of a $1 million park-and-ride facility in the downtown area, if approved for funding by Kern Council of Governments. Meanwhile, the Taft California Correctional Institute facility could be a major Continued on Page 7

Taft Farmers Market Thursdays 5pm - 8pm Rain or Shine

5th Street Plaza

Over 15 vendors and we are still Growing!

Fruits, Vegetables, Fish, Plants, Herbs, Arts, Crafts and more! For more information please contact the Taft Chamber of Commerce at 765-2165 Kern County Animal Control Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic Saturday, August 27th Come on out Saturday, August 27th to the Kern County Animal Control low cost rabies vaccination clinic and licensing at Ford City Park located on the corner of Cedar and Taylor Street from 8am-12pm noon. Taft Bike Fest Labor Day Weekend, Friday-Sunday, September 2nd-4th 2 Wheel Production presents The First Annual Taft Bike Fest which will take place this Labor Day Weekend, Friday (12pm-9pm), Saturday (9am-9pm) and Sunday (9am-2pm), September 2nd-4th at the Rails to Trails located at 6th St. and Main St. This three day event will feature concerts, beer garden, multiple vendors, motorcycle bike show and contest, tattoo contest, and motorcycle stunt show. There will be dry tent camping and RV/Trailer parking on site. Vendor space is available for food, crafters, commercial and business vendors. To apply for vendor space stop by the Taft Chamber of Commerce for event form and more information or contact Shannon with the Chamber at or 765-2165. For more information on the Taft Bike Fest email them at or check them out on Facebook.



Letters to the Editor

The Taft


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

Steak, Seafood, Wild Game, Full Bar Monday – Friday 6 am to 2 pm Saturday – Sunday 7 am – 2 pm Dinner Hours Friday and Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm 24870 Highway 33, Derby Acres 768-4655

Asian Experience

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

Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Paik’s Ranch House Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm Where Everybody Meets Dinner by Reservation Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa Open 7 Days (661) 766-2319 Mon. Tues. Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Wed. Fri. & Sat. 6 am - 9 pm Taft Crude Coffee House 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Coffee House and Deli Monday – Friday 7 am to 4pm. Sagebrush Annie’s Saturday 7 am to 2 pm Restaurant and Wine Tasting Sundays 7:30 am to 10 am Tasting Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm 1010 6th Street, Taft Dinner by Reservation 763-5156 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319 Black Gold Cafe & Deli Pastas - Sandwiches Espresso - Beer - Wine Open Monday to Saturday Your Busines Listed Lunch served 9am-1pm HERE Dinner served 5pm - 8pm Call 765-6550 Wine Tasting on First Thursdays 508 Center Street 765-6550

Westside Entertainment

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

Your Restaurant Sagebrush Annie’s Listed Here! Wine Tasting Food and Pizza Asian ExperienceAsian Lunch and Dinner Call Dinner by Reservation Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 765-6550! Award Winning Saturday 4 p.m.Wines - 9 p.m. Live Music Saturday Nights Starting as low 766-2319 as $12 per 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa week! 215 Center Street 763-1815 Always Fresh! Dine In or We Deliver 765-4143 700 Kern Street

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August 5 - 11, 2011

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The Maricopa Promise Editorial

Westside Watcher Staged Water District Robbery Strays from Planned Safety Exercise District Employee Distraught After Mock Heist By Michael Long, Publisher In a planned safety exercise gone awry, a West Kern Water District employee donned a mask and robbed a customer service clerk at the district's front offices Friday morning. According to an employee who wished to be unnamed, and later confirmed by district manager Harry Starkey, a male employee, as part of an emergency readiness exercise, put on a mask and entered the district front office on Friday morning and handed the clerk a note claiming he had a gun, and an empty bag with instructions demanding money. Four female employees were reportedly present at the time of the robbery. Three of the women fled when the robber entered the office, but a fourth employee, Kathy Lee remained behind and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the robber who then left. Lee, unaware that the robbery had been staged by the district as a test of emergency procedures, was reportedly distraught by the incident. According to Starkey, the exercise strayed from the original plan to have a recognizable employee walk into the office and state that a robbery was in progress to see how employees would react to training. However, prior to the test, the plan was changed at the last moment to have an unidentified employee wear a mask and hand the clerk a threatening note demanding money. Starkey said that the test was originally planned to test employee readiness for emergency situations. In a written statement, Starkey explained how the mock robbery was planned and changed by staff prior to the exercise. "Staff had been working for several months to develop training and exercises for the front counter staff that would prepare them for a possible robbery," Starkey wrote in a statement to the Independent. "The plan was to perform a mock robbery with the 'burglar' being an employee that was clearly recognizable by the front counter staff. In other words, the exercise would be seen as an act and staff would then have the opportunity to practice the information learned in training. The exercise as performed on Friday was redesigned without the consent of management to involve a mask and a reference to a gun. The exercise as conducted was understandably upsetting to those involved. Their welfare is District's foremost concern and we are working through the process with them."

Taft Petroleum Club Every Friday is Ribeye Steak & Chicken Dinner Night

Have Your Next Event At The Club! The club is available for Weddings, Birthdays, and Anniversarys. Our hall holds up to 200 people and the bar can hold 70. Book Today! 450 Petroleum Club Road - 763-3268 Open Tuesday- Friday 3:30pm to Close

I’m Bob Archibald, my wife Lori and I own the Shell Foodmart in Maricopa. I was very happy to read the article that was on the front page of the Bakersfield Californian last Sunday, about Maricopa Police Chief Derick Merrit’s promise of change in their traffic policies. As a show of good faith, I have towed home the trailers with the signs on them. Let us all hope that the Maricopa Police can uphold the law without going overboard as in the past. We all need our police to protect our property, the good people of Maricopa as well as the travelers that pass through our great little town. Knowing that actions speak louder than words, time will tell if the promise is being kept. The opinion of if the promise is being kept will not come from me. It will come from the customers of our store. Customers from our town and the neighboring towns and the ‘valley to the coast travelers’ will sound off loud and clear if the promise is broken. If it’s not kept the trailers with the signs will have to come back. I wish the Chief and his crew good luck and success and I sincerely hope to move on and we can deal with our other problems that are at hand. Thank You, Bob Archibald


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August 5 - 11, 2011


West Side Recreation Report Check us out online! Need more information on programs, classes or facilities? Visit us on the web:

by Stephanie House

OPEN SWIM Monday-Friday 1:30-5:00 p.m. Admission: $2 per person Last day of Open Swim: Friday, August 19 The William M. Thomas Aquatic Center at the Walter Glenn Natatorium is open for summer! All ages are welcome to stop by to enjoy the slides, brand new spray park and other amenities that have been added to the updated and renovated facility. Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult during Open Swim sessions. SATURDAY SWIM Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission: $2 per person Last day of Saturday Swim: August 20 NIGHT SWIM Monday and Thursday Evenings 7:30-8:45 p.m. Admission: $1 per person Last night of Night Swim: August 18 Don’t get a chance to swim during the day? Monday and Thursday nights are just for adults and families! Ages 17 and younger must attend with an adult family member. ICE CREAM & MOVIE SOCIAL Tuesday, August 9 2:00-3:45 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Grades K-8 $3 per person Escape from your couch and bring a friend to eat ice cream and watch the movie “Megamind.” There will be ice cream and a variety of toppings available for you to make the perfect sundae. WONDERFUL WAFFLE Thursday, August 1 2:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft Ages 6 and up $3 per person ** registration deadline – August 10 Come learn how to make waffles from scratch! We will make them and then eat them. Yum! You will go home with a full tummy and the recipe to try at home. For dessert? Chocolate brownie waffles! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY The West Side Recreation & Park District’s Preschool program is now enrolling students for the upcoming 2011/2012 school year. Preschool Coordinator is Rene Adamo and teachers are Stefany Ginn and Stacey Wooley. Classes begin the week of September 6. The program is for children ages 3-5. Fees vary per class. As of now, there are still a few spaces available in the Monday/Wednesday class. For more information, please phone 763-4246 or send an email to Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class: 8:30-11:00 a.m. Monday/Wednesday Class: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday Class: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. FAMILY FUN FRIDAY Friday, August 12 6:30-9:00 p.m. Natatorium Swimming Pool, 821 4th Street, Taft All Ages $3 per person or $12 per family (max 6 people) Cool down with a dip in the pool and do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes! Bring the whole crew down to the Natatorium for this special swim just for families. The fee includes admission and ice cream. The snack bar will also be open. Ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER VIEWING Friday, August 12 9:00 p.m. ‘A’ Street Park All Ages FREE! Come join us at ‘A’ Street Park to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. This will be a night of close to peak activity, with nearly 100 meteors per hour expected. Just bring a blanket and/or chairs and be prepared to stay awake as the best viewing times are after 10:00 p.m. The event is FREE to all and s’mores will be provided for kids. This fun family event is brought to you by Imagination Laboratories, Inc. and West Side Recreation & Park District. GYMNASTICS Who: Grades K and older When: Monday Evenings Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sessions: September 19 – October 24 and November 7 – December 12 Where: Community Center Auditorium Fee: $40 per session ($30 for each additional family member) Instructor: Suzanne Hale DANCE CLASSES Who: Ages 3 and up When: Mondays or Wednesdays Season: classes begin the week of September 12 Where: Community Center Assembly Room Fee: $20 per month Instructor: Vicky Waugh Participants will learn the basics of tap, jazz and hip-hop. Classes take place one day per week either on Monday or Wednesday. A full class listing is available in the District Office or on our website. Class enrollment is limited so register now! WSYSL – WEST SIDE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE Who: Boys and Girls, Ages 4-13 Divisions: U6 (4-5 yrs), U8 (6-7 yrs), U10 (8-9 yrs), U12 (10-11 yrs) and U14 (12-13 yrs) When: August 27 – November 12 Where: TUHS Soccer Fields Fee: $50 per player (plus $5 late fee) Final Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 25 The goal of the WSYSL is to create a soccer environment that is fun and conducive to learning for all ages and ability levels. Please note: shin guards are mandatory. Late registrations are still being accepted. Partial financial (STOP) scholarships are available. Ask us for more details. INSTRUCTIONAL SOCCER Who: Ages 3-5 When: Practices on Mondays, Games on Saturdays Session: September 12 - October 8 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $25 per child Registration deadline: September 8 Kids will learn basic soccer skills with emphasis on fun and socialization with others their age. YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL Who: Ages 6-10 When: Practices on Tuesdays, Games on Saturdays Session: September 5 – October 15 Where: ‘A’ Street Park Fee: $35 per child Registration deadline: September 1 This program is for boys and girls ages 6-10 who want to learn the basic fundamentals of football. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. SOUTH VALLEY X COMPETITION CHEER SPAGHETTI DINNER SHOWCASE FUNDRAISER Thursday, August 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft $5.00 Donation per person Help the District’s competition cheer squad raise money for uniforms and competition costs! Stop by for a spaghetti dinner and also have the chance to win some cash in a 50/50 raffle and/or purchase a SVX shirt to support the cause. BOWLING PARTY RENTALS Make your reservation now! Reservations are now being accepted for party rentals at the bowling alley in the new Recreation Center. Parties may take place on Friday evenings, Saturday or Sunday beginning September 16. Rental fees start at $100 for 2-lane rentals. Rental prices include shoes, balls and use of the party room. The Center and bowling alley are slated to open in early September. Call 763-4246 for more information or to make a reservation. S.T.O.P. PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS (Strive To Optimize Participation) Did you know that the District has a youth scholarship program? Children in low income, single parent or multiple participant households are eligible! For more information, or to find out how your child can take advantage of reduced program fees, give us a call in the District Office at 763-4246.



Westside News & Business Briefs

Taft Has A Friend In Senator Jean Fuller By Jane McCabe

Jean Fuller, California State Senator of the 18th District. It helps to have a law-maker from your own community who understand your concerns. Taft has such a law-maker in California State Senator Jean Fuller, who was born in Kern County, received her PhD at UCLA, studied at Harvard and at Exeter in England, taught for 17 years, and for the past seven years has represented Kern County at the California State Legislature. In spite of her impressive education, Jean is at heart a downhome country girl, from a Kern County farm family, and, as such, she’s interested in helping the businesses, especially the farming

businesses that operate in Kern County thrive. According to Michael Long, president of the Taft Chamber of Commerce and owner/editor of the Taft Independent newspaper, Jean is “Taft’s best friend in the state senate.” On Wednesday, August 03, 2011, Jean met with the members of the Taft Chamber of Commerce at OT Cookhouse for breakfast to give a talk on what’s happening in the state California legislature. “I love coming to Taft,” Senator Fuller says. “It feels like home to me, the city with a heart.” The good news, according to Senator Fuller, is that the state legislature passed a budget. When threatened with the loss of their paychecks if no budget was reached before the deadline, legislatures passed one 1 ½ days before the deadline. To Senator Fuller this proves that the people’s voice can be heard! Through the initiative process things can change. Deficit funding muddies the waters—when the California State Legislature passed a 85 billion dollar budget (15 billion dollar LESS than last year’s,) at the last minute 6 million dollars in expenditures were added. If phantom funds are not reached, then automatic “trigger cuts” go into effect. A reduced budget calls for a 25% reduction in expenditures, which can only be secured from the areas which are the biggest recipients—health & welfare, prisons, and schools. Everyone wants schools to have what they need, but as soon as the state budget shrinks, like it or not, trigger cuts will go automatically into effect. Despite the necessity of instating austerity measures, Senator Fuller thinks the state legislature has a liberal agenda. Bills she consistently fought against are now being passed. There are outcries from all sectors.


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Veal Liver with Bacon & Onions


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Jean Fuller, third from left, with Taft Chamber of Commerce staff, Jessica G. Miller, Dr. Kathy Orrin and Shannon Jones. Senator Fuller referred to ancient Rome as an example of a government in which conditions were created to help trade flourish—the building of roads and aqueducts, an efficient and timely postal system, and such—as opposed to excessive regulations that strangle business. “People are going to be in a more visual place to make the difference next year,” she says. With the more liberal agenda as now exists in the state government, “cause” issues are rampant, as, for example, a bill to making the killing of sharks for their fins (for soup) illegal. Senator Fuller feels that some of the bills proposed take up an unnecessary amount of time when we need to create jobs, get water and road work done. She says newly elected, re-elected, Governor Jerry Brown will not raise taxes, as he promised not to, unless the people of the state of California vote for it. She thinks the number of bills put before the legislature should be limited and those bills should be prioritized, because, as it stands, far too many bills are proposed than can be enacted. When asked about instituting landlord protection laws to help landlords from being subjected to the costs they endure by deadbeat tenants, who often can live in homes rent-free f0r long periods of time, while landlords are expected to pay all kinds of costs, Senator Fuller was not very reassuring. Injustices change only when suffering citizens make their voices heard. If you would like to voice a concern or opinion to Senator Fuller, she can be reached at: Capital Office State Capitol, Room 3063 Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: (916) 651-4018, Fax: (916) 3223304 or at the District Office 5701 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 150 Bakersfield, CA 93309, Phone: (661) 323-0443, Fax: (661) 3230446

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Get To Know Your Westside Public Servants

Debra Elliott, City of Taft, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager and Deputy City Clerk By Nicole Frost

Debra Elliott If you have ever been to the Taft City Hall, there is a good chance that you’ve seen Debra Elliott, the administrative assistant to the City Manager and the Deputy City Clerk. “I do quite a bit on the job,” said Elliott. “As the City Manager’s administrative assistant, I assist the City Manager with meetings, I perform clerical duties, keep his calendar straight, and I assist him on projects. As the Deputy city clerk, my job is quite different. I assist with the agenda for city meetings by putting it together, making sure it’s out on time, making sure it’s correct and posting it for the public. Also, I filling during meetings sometimes to take the minutes and I take minutes for various committees such as the public works, traffic, personnel and sometimes finance committees.” Being busy is one of the reasons why Elliott enjoys her job so much. “Because my workday is so varied, I’m never stuck doing the same thing,” said Elliott, with a smile. “I like to work on upcoming projects for the city, especially if they’re exciting, and watching them progress from beginning to end. Plus, everyone gets along here at City Hall. There isn’t really anything about my job that I don’t like.” One of Elliott’s favorite days on the job involved working on the committee for the veteran’s fundraiser earlier this spring. “Working on the fundraiser was probably my most memorable experience, as well as my favorite,” said Elliott. “I saw the project through from beginning to end and, not only was it fun, but it was for a great cause.” Elliott is a wife of 17 years to her husband Michael and she’s a mother to two children, a junior and a senior at Frontier High School. When she’s not organizing the City Manager or assisting with the agenda for a city meeting, she enjoys playing tennis and cooking. Elliott is a Bakersfield native but she has quickly adapted to the Taft community. “I started working at City Hall in January 2010,” said Elliott. “Not having lived in Taft, I was very impressed with the supportiveness of the community.” There isn’t much more that Elliott can fit into her schedule, but she still has some project plans for the future. “I hope for the opportunity to be more involved in upcoming projects,” said Elliott. “Taft is such a friendly and giving community. It’s a great place to be.”

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Westside News & Business Briefs

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Kyle Goss, Tracy Streeter with shop dog Bella Tu and Gary Goss. G St.’s Second Hand , Anything Thrift Store is now open at 523 Center Street and ready for all Taft pickers. Owners Tracy Streeter and Gary Goss, both long time Taft and Maricopa residents opened the store a little over 2 weeks ago after their hobby for picking and collecting left them with an abundance of merchandise. Tracy and Gary frequent storage unit auctions and estate sales for their great treasures. “We were running out of room, we either needed to open a storage bin or a store front,” said Tracy. G St.’s merchandise ranges from collectables, antiques, furniture, clothing and much more. With something different hitting the shelves everyday. Stop by Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm.

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Taft City Elementary School District has refunded an outstanding general obligation bond, a move administrators said would save the district’s property owners nearly half a million dollars in taxes. The refunded bonds, totaling $7.445 million, were authorized by more than two-thirds of voters in the June, 2001 election and were used to acquire, construct and modernize elementary school facilities throughout the District The interest rates on the outstanding bonds from the 2001 issuance ranged from 4.125% to 5.000%. The average interest rate cost for the new bonds issued in July was 3.23%, a difference that will save property owners $454,000. “We felt as stewards of tax dollars, it was the right thing to do,” said School Superintendent Ron Bryant. “The passage of time and a lower interest rate environment provided the opportunity to refund the old bonds.” The refinancing of the bonds was authorized by the Taft City Elementary School District Board at a November, 2010 meeting. “If you have an opportunity to save local taxpayers money, especially in this economy, you do it,” said Michael McCormick, school board president. The District also has outstanding bonds issued in 2005 and 2006 from the 2001 bond authorization. These bonds may be eligible to be refunded in the future, which would further benefit local taxpayers.

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City Budget Continued from Page 3 source of pain for the city and the prison’s employees after the state cancelled its contract with Taft. The prison issue could mean a decline of $700,000 to $900,000 in administrative fees and the laying-off of 50 employees. A solution would be an agreement between Taft and one or more of the state’s counties to house county prisoners. Police Chief Ken McMinn has reported to the council that he is working on such an agreement. He is already talking with counties about housing their inmates at the Taft facility, McMinn said. 2010-11 revenue The city’s General Fund draft summary of revenue resources for the 2010-11 fiscal year was $6,586,780, which as required balances with the total expenditures for the period. The budget included the transfer of $500,000 from the city’s reserve fund to obtain balance. Income of $225,000 in interest from loans to Taft Community Development Agency was removed from projected income because the notes have been rolled-over for another year. According to the agenda summary statement, prepared by Finance Director Teresa Binkley, the budget maintained the conservative fiscal policies of the city council. The budget was reviewed by the Finance Committee in July and recommended to be presented to the council for adoption, Binkley reported. The major revenue sources were: * Other city taxes of $1.6 million, with nearly $1.2 million of that coming from sales and use tax; * Taft Police department, $1.1 million; * Operating transfers-in, $963,534; * From other agencies of $725,385, with $703,552 of that coming from property tax in-lieu; * Property taxes, $618,280; * Streets/highways/drains, $526,419; * Use of money and property of $475,010, with $402,736 of that from interest income; * Other current charges, $439,333. Planning Department revenue is projected at $56,401 and licenses and permits at $54,983, with $54,555 of that from business licenses. 2010-11 expenditures The major expense areas were: * Police Department, nearly $2.3 million; * Public Works Department, $954,532; * General government, $917,176, with $318,167 going to personnel/risk management; * Kern County Fire Department contract services, $888,199; * Community development of $661,077, with $575,418 for planning and development; * Financial services, $472,944; * Capital purchases of $408,348, with $270,824 for the Public Works Department.

Other items Among other items on the council’s small agenda for Tuesday’s meeting were a HOME grant application and determining how the city should benefit from the energy services agreement with Conergy/Enfinity. On July 5, the council authorized Geary Coats to apply for approval of a family housing project on the Sunset Rails property and on July 12, the Taft Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit, site plan and parking variance for the development. Tuesday evening, Geary Coats and Willow Partners asked and the council authorized submitting a HOME Tire & Automotive Service Center grant application for funding not to exceed $5 million for the 40-unit affordable family housing apartment project. The city is the official applicant for the funding request to the California Department of Housing and Plus Tax Community Development. If approved, funds would come from the Home Investment Partnership Program. $3.50 Oil Disposal Fee In the second items, the city and Conergy/Enfinity Exp. Sept. 30, 2011 have an agreement for the installation of a solar energy Must Present Coupon at system on city properties. But it hasn’t been decided yet Time of Purchase among two ways for the city to benefit financially from Finley Drive • 765-7147 • the agreement. Both options offer a projected savings on

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Bush and Obama Usurp the Powers of Congress by Using Signing Statements By Dr. Harold Pease The only power the president has with respect to making law is his signature or the veto of law passed by Congress, or threat thereof. That veto power requires that he return the bill with “his objections” for reconsideration which Congress can override by a two-thirds vote. He may also suggest an area needing the attention of Congress in his State of the Union Address. That’s it! Everything else is pure fabrication on his part to more fully empower himself. So what are so-called “Signing Statements” used extensively by President George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama who once condemned them? These two words are not in the U.S. Constitution nor is there anything that could suggest this practice. Instead of using one of only two options provided by the Constitution and sending objectionable parts back to Congress for reconsideration, he has created a more powerful third option, that of signing into law the bill excluding the parts that he disagrees with thus undermining the veto power. Signing Statements also have the effect of enabling him to give his own separate spin to the law that is not that of the 535 individuals who created it. One person alone was never given such power. Unless immediately challenged by the Congress his will be the interpretation used by future Congresses, as well as by the Supreme Court, when related issues resurface. In essence he openly refuses to enforce the law he just signed despite his oath to do so. Kings with parliaments never had it so good. Candidate Obama understood how the practice violated the Constitution and empowered the president when he said: “Congress’s job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it, or he can sign it. But what George Bush has been trying to do as part of his effort to accumulate more power in the presidency, is he’s been saying ‘Well, I can basically change what Congress passed by attaching a letter saying, I don’t agree with this part, or I don’t agree with that part. I’m going to choose to interpret it this way or that way,’” He continued, “That’s not part of his power. But this is part of the whole theory of George Bush that he can make laws as he’s going along. I disagree with that. I taught the Constitution for ten years. I believe in the Constitution.” Then he promises not to do the same thing were he to be elected president. “And I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress” (“Obama Signing Statement: Despite Law, I Can Do What I Want on Czars,” by Jonathan Strong, April 15, 2011). Candidate Obama was right to be so condemning of President Bush who “issued more than 100 such statements signaling that his administration would not carry out congressionally approved provisions on a range of issues, from barring the use of torture to requirements that the executive branch report certain information to Congress.” Ultimately a bipartisan panel of the American Bar Association “decried Bush’s use of signing statements as a serious threat to the rule of law, saying it ran contrary to the system of presidential vetoes and congressional overrides created by the U.S. Constitution” (Exercising his Power or Venturing into Congressional Turf ? By Louis Jacobson, July 24, 2009, St Petersburg Times So with this Constitutional clarity and solemn promise we would not expect to find President Obama doing the same thing. Wrong! To date he has done so 18 times (Signing Statements Still Controversial, by David G. Taylor, July 27, 2011, St Petersburg Times His justifications for doing so are filed with the same legalese as are those of his predecessor he condemned. The fact remains that he violates the Constitution as well—only he, unlike his predecessor, cannot claim ignorance in doing so. Having instructed the Constitution he knows the damage that his activity does to the separation of powers as well as empowering him to alter law. Why does such continue and what is the solution? Because of the plague of political parties that George Washington warned would, in effect, cause us to be more loyal to them than to the principles of the Constitution. Republicans excused Bush and Democrats excuse Obama. The practice will continue to alter the Constitution until our loyalty returns to the Constitution and we threaten impeachment to anyone tampering with it whether a Bush or an Obama. It is time to do so. Dr. Harold Pease is an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He has taught history and political science from this perspective for over 25 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit City Budget Continued from Page 7 the city’s utility bill with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The difference is the projected amount of savings and when it would happen, said Paul M. Gorte, city redevelopment manager. One plan, “Rebate to City,” pays the rebate directly to the city, front-loading the financial return but reducing the estimated long-term cumulative return, Gorte said. The other plan, “Rebate in PPA,” invests the rebate in the power purchase agreement, reducing the near-term annual return (the first five years) but yielding a greater long term return to the city, he said. Under the second option, the city would see a reduced savings for the first five years of the program, but beginning in year six, the annual savings would exceed the projected annual savings in the first option, Gorte said in his summary statement for the council. Using an estimated PG&E rate increase of 5 percent a year, the difference to the city over 20 years would be about $250,000. Estimated 20-year savings to the city under plan one is $1,850,000 and under plan two is $2,100,000. For the first five years, the estimated savings to the city under plan one is $380,000 and under plan two it is $170,000. Projected cumulative savings to the city’s PG&E bill: Plan one Plan two Over 5 years $380,000 $170,000 Over 10 years $600,000 $525,000 Over 15 years $1,065,000 $1,100,000 Over 20 years $1,850,000 $2,100,000 In discussion, Councilmembers Orchel Kreir and Ron Waldrop indicated preference for plan one, while Mayor Miller and Councilmember Linder showed preference for plan two. The measure was tabled until the Aug. 16 meeting when all five councilmembers are expected to be in attend and the council would have had more time to study the options.

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Looking for a male resident of Taft that is currently in his 60’s. He went to Citrus Heights, CA, around 1987 looking to meet Cornelia (Nellie Jo) Ruth; he was turned away at the door by a relative. Believe his father might be James Nelson Ruth who worked in the Texaco oil fields in/around Taft from 1920-1961. It was noted the Taft resident has a strong resemblance to the pictured individual. If you have any information on this please contact Amy at 801-201-6771 or email at

BLM Plans Hunting Enforcement Checkpoint on Carrizo Law enforcement officers from the Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Field Office, in cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies, will conduct a hunting enforcement checkpoint on August 27 at an undisclosed location in the Carrizo Plain National Monument from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. “The checkpoint is part of a comprehensive effort to promote safe, sustainable hunting practices and protect visitors and wildlife within the monument,” said Johna Hurl, the Carrizo Plain National Monument manager. “The checkpoint will focus on ensuring visitors have an understanding and are complying with California Department of Fish and Game regulations as well as offering information on monument regulations, area information and hunting safety.” Native Americans came to hunt the abundant game and their many encampments dotted the plain. Today, besides, deer, pigs, coyotes, rabbits and prodigious numbers of upland game birds, the Carrizo Plain supports a wealth of threatened and endangered species including the San Joaquin Kit Fox, Giant Kangaroo Rat, San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel, Giant Kangaroo Rat, San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel and California Condor. Poaching continues to be a concern in the Carrizo Plain National Monument as statewide poaching violations are on the rise. A study conducted in the mid 1990s estimated approximately $100 million worth of California’s native wildlife is being poached annually; making poaching second only to the illegal drug trade in black market profitability. California’s fish and wildlife usually is poached from remote areas and transported to major cities for sale and export. “Poachers devastate nature by breaking laws designed to assure proper wildlife management and species survival. Poaching is an insult to the vast majority of hunters and anglers who obey the rules,” said BLM Ranger Brien Chartier “Officers do all they can to combat poaching. But there are only a few hundred rangers and wardens spread throughout California. To successfully fight poaching they must have help from all Californians.” To Report a Poacher or Polluter call 1 888 DFG-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the suspect, vehicle description and direction of travel, license number, type of violation and when and where it occurred. You do not have to give your name. For more information contact the Bakersfield BLM Office at 661-391-6000

Weekly Gas Price Update Average retail gasoline prices in California have risen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.80/g as of Monday, August 1st. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.70/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in California during the past week, prices Monday, August 1st were 69.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 13.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 95.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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Age 47 - Passed Away July 19, 2011 A previous resident of Taft, Ron moved to Bakersfield in the 1990’s. Ron was born December 10, 1963. He was survived by his wife Shelly Darnell Davis, his parents Edward and Donna Diavis of Taft, sister and brother in law Bonita and Terry Bullard of Maricopa, brothers Larry Davis of Bakersfield and Edward and Monica Davis of San Diego and sister Susan Davis of Taft, stepdaughter Crystal and granddaughter Reily and many nieces and nephews. In-laws Ben and Ann Darnell, Darrell and Sheila Darnell, and three sister in laws, Sheila, Sherry and Cheryl and their husbands. Ron was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Kevin, grandmother Maude Waldron and grandfather Roy Waldron. Ron graduated from Taft Union High School in 1982. He married Shelly Darnell on August 28, 1988. Ron and Shelly were blessed with the apple of his eye, Reily in 2006. Ron passed away at his home due to a long term illness. By his side were his wife, Shelly, sister Bonita, brother Larry and niece Christina. Anyone that knew Ron knew his love of sports. Growing up Ron played little league baseball, Babe Ruth and in High School was a member of both the football and baseball Varsity teams. A memorial in Celebration of his life will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church at 120 Pico St., in Taft, August 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm. The family would like to thank Bakersfield Dialysis Center for all your years of caring for Ron. We would also like to say a special Thank You to Dr. Harold Baer.


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Business Services Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6am-? 204 D Street. Porcelain dolls. Yard sale, three families 324 East Woodrow 8/5 - 8/6 8am to ? childrens clothes, household Items and misc. 707 Harrison St. Apt. B. Sat.and Sun. 8 a.m.-? Tons of everything!! Saturday 7am- noon 106 Woodlawn Ave. Lots of misc. 506 Sierra Saturday 8/6 7am Tons of nice teen girl & plus size womens clothes, elec dryer, port DW and more! Saturday Aug 6th only Church wide Yard Sale Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Acres, off hwy 119, 8am-2pm. Yard Sale Friday and Saturday and Sunday 616 Taylor St., baby stuff and household misc. 7am-noon. Saturday 533 E Street 7am- noon. 50 years of collectables, antiques, appliances, books and much more! 506 Church Street Saturday 7am-? Clothes, shoes, furniture, misc. 610 Phillippine Street 8am-3pm Friday and Saturday. Tables, mini fridge, clothes, dvd. and more. Yard Sale 403 Shasta. Saturday. Lots of stuff!

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LIC# 01522411 & #01333971


Place Your Ad for $2 Per Line! Call Today (661)765-6550

Get a Real Estate Sales & Purchase

Lot for a Little

Marketing is important to your business. The Taft Independent has marketing opportunities for every budget, large or small. By advertising in the Taft Independent, you will reach over 7,500 potential customers every week. To make a small budget go a long way, call us today at 765-6550





508 Center Street or email

ROGER MILLER INSURANCE a division of DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Group

Rich Miller

License # 0707137 • (661) 765-7131 531 Kern Street - P.O. Box 985 (661) 765-4798 FAX Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 203-6694 Cell E-Mail: Your Hometown Insurance Store

Yates’ Detailing 600 Center Street Taft, California

(661) 623-0827 (661) 765-1171

All your detailing needs! Wash, Wax, Shampoo, Buffing and Window Tinting. Call for Appointment Today! Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 5 - 11, 2011


Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival

Last Saturday, July 30th, Orchel Krier, owner of The Tumbleweed Bar & Restaurant, hosted the 3rd Annual Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival. The event was highly attended with activities catering to everyone’s interests, including water slides, a horseshoe tournament, vendors and much more!

Edward J. Herrera Insurance

Negocios Hispanos Negocios de venta

Servicios The Cell Fone Store Móviles y Accesorios y alimentos y más 510 Finley Drive 661-765-2500

G and F Footwear

Athletic and Tennis Shoes Vans - Nike - Levis Adio and More! T-Shirts and Pants 405 Finley Street In the Pilot Plaza Phone 340-8609

Rosy’s Closet

Hombres y Mujeres Ropa y Zapatos 401 Center Street Mar. - Sáb. 10am-8pm Dom. 11am-8pm Cerrado los Lunes

Su anuncio aquí! Las bajas tasas! Llame hoy mismo! 765-6550

Sponsored by Edward J. Herrera Insurance

Mercado de Agricutores de Taft Cada Jueves 5:00pm - 8:00pm Quinta Calle Plaza (5a Calle entre Main y Calle Center)

Auto - Home - Health - Business - Notary Public We are an Independent Agency With Many Pre-Eminent Insurance Companies To Best Suit Your Needs

We Represent You To Give You The Best Service

WE Offer You Low Discounted Rates Our Friendly Staff

Edward J. Herrera Insurance

Vienen a comprar los productos!! Comprar Fresco y Local!! Frutas, verduras, hierbas, productos horneados, mermeladas, joyas, ropa de cama, artesanias y mucho mas Interesado en convertirse en un productor, proveedor o artista (musicos, cantantes, comedios) Ponganse en contacto con Shannon en 661-765-2165 o

420 Center Street Taft, Ca 93268 (661)745-4920 Lic. # 0277365

Auto - Casa - Salud - Negocio - Notary Public Somos una Agencia Independiente Con Varias Aseguradoras Prominentes Para Darle El Mejor Servicio

Lo Representamos A Usted Para Darle Un Excelente Servicio Como Usted Se Lo Merece

Le Ofrecemos Los Mejores Precios Nuestro Personal Amable

420 Center Street Taft, Ca 93268 (661)745-4920 Lic. # 0277365


August 5 - 11, 2011

Devon’s Body Shop

Used to be Paul’s


209 Harrison Street • Taft (661)765-2505 or (661)763-1887 fax    Ask about $500.00 Free Smog Repair Restrictions Apply

$39.75 * for Smog Check ‘96 or Newer plus certificate


Bike Shop

We Have Moved! Come see us at 608 Center Street


* must present ad at time of service


408 Main Street • (661)765-4337

Qik Smog & Tune



CCW Classes & BSIS Classes


Taft Independent

Ray Mortimer, Instructor 661-747-6965

No Appointment Needed for Smog Check! Certified C.A.P. Station General Automotive Repairs

Pre-register at Ten Percent Firearms 661-765-6899

• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

Larry Heptinstall, 661-342-4033 (CCW) Jay Thomas 661-809-1772 (BSIS)

Randy’s Trucking Cart-Away Concrete Mix Trailer • Hydraulic Rotation and Tilt for Mixing and Dumping • Mixes Concrete While Traveling • • Large Internal Blades • • Rear Operator Control Panel •

western shop & PET SUPPLY Now Carrying Wrangler FR Shaw’s Pet Wash Work Pants & Shirts 1st Dog at reg. price August Wash & 2nd dog at 1/2 price! Special Small dog up to 30lbs $14.00 $56.99 $65.99 Dogs 30 lbs & over $17.00

FR spray available for your at home washing and caring needs.

Wrangler Cowboy Cut Jeans

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

t Augusal Speci

13 MWZ

Includes: Shampoo, conditioner, brushes, nail clippers, dryers, and an air conditioned room.

Kennels are available for additional dogs

$31. 99 $29.99

Nails clipped and filed $12

Each additional dog or cat $9

Saturday, August 27th Dog Rabbies Clinic Ford City Park • 8am-12pm

Monday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-3

419 Harrison St. Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-2987

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant Located in the Heart of Oil Country On the Petroleum Highway

We Cater Your Place or Ours Full Bar Available For You Special Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Full Bar - Catering - RV Parking Available Event 24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Open 7 Days a Week

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations

Senator Jean Fuller Visits The Westside  

Senator Jean Fuller Visits, Taft and The Westside

Senator Jean Fuller Visits The Westside  

Senator Jean Fuller Visits, Taft and The Westside