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December 1 - 7, 2016

The Taft Independent


December 1 - 7 2016 • Volume 10 Issue 22

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

Mexican and Seafood Taqueria Open 7 Days a Week 7 am to Midnight - 7 Days a Week

SPECIAL Menudo y Birria $7.95 Saturday and Sunday

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Taft Business of the Week Rite Away Carpet Cleaning

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TAFT BUSINESS OF THE WEEK- Rite Away Carpet Cleaning located here in Taft. Great service and prices. Make your carpet look great again. It is owned and operated by great Taft Resident Kenny Neher. Getting your Carpet cleaned is a great Christmas Present. Call Kenny at 7654191 to schedule an appointment.

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By Andreas Fault “Special Christmas 1st Friday Cruise Night,” this Friday starting at 6pm. Taft Chamber Pictures with Santa starts at 6pm at Westside Furniture. Cruise, eat dinner, Christmas Shop, check out Hot Rods, have dessert. Santa will be Cruising after pictures. December 3rd: Disc Golf Winter Open at Franklin Field. Register at the Rec @ 765-6677. December 4th: West Kern Oil Museum “Annual Christmas Tea,” from 1-3:30pm. December 5th: Taft Christmas Parade. 6pm on Center Street. December 7th: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club, Dinner at 7:30pm. December 8th: Taft College Bookstore Open House from 4-7pm. For info call 763-7731.

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West Side Urgent Family Health Care Dr. Timothy Lee, Board Certified Pediatrician Taking appointments for children under the age of 18 Monday thru Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm 765-1935

Save the Date for these Future EventsDecember 10th: Soroptimist Home Tour and Fashion Show. December 11th: Free Showing of “Arthur Christmas” at 1:15 pm at the Fox Theatre. December 13th: Taft High Boys Basketball vs. South at Home at 4, 5:15, and 6:30pm. December 17th: Taft Chamber “Fun Run,” on Rails to Trails at 10am. It’s free. December 18th: WCMA Community Christmas Service in the Taft High Auditorium at 4pm. December 31st: New Years Eve Party’s at The Bank, Art’s Corner, Oasis, and the Moose Lodge. January 4th: Taft College Women’s Basketball vs. Reedley at Home at 5pm. January 10th: Taft High Boys Basketball vs. BCHS at Home at 4, 5:15, and 6:30pm. January 13th: Taft High Girls Basketball at Home vs. Arvin at 4, 5:15, and 6:30pm. January 19th: Taft High Girls Basketball at Home vs. Wasco at 4, 5:15, and 6:30pm. February 4th: West Side Rec Father/Daughter Dance. Tickets on sale at the Rec. On Saturday, December 17, the Taft Chamber is hosting the first ever Santa Fun Run. Dress in a Santa suit, hat or t-shirt and run (or walk) the Bike path! The run will begin at 10am and be marked along Rails to Trails. There is no entry fee and is an all ages event. Bring the whole family! This is a fun community event and awards for Best Dressed, Most Creative, Longest Beard, Cutest Couple, and Best Dressed Kid will be awarded. TUHS CTEC Law class will be helping hand out water and refreshments throughout the Rails to Trails. Lunch and awards at the Monument afterwards! On Sunday December 18th is the (WCMA) Westside Christian Ministers Association “Community Christmas Service” in the Taft High Auditorium at 4pm. It’s free, everyone is invited. Children’s Choir and much more.

West Side Waste Management CORRECTED dates for Taft Heights and South Taft blue cart recycling program: 2016: December: 1st, 15th, 29th 2017: January: 12th, 26th; February: 9th, 23rd; March: 9th, 23rd; April: 6th, 20th; May: 4th, 18th; June: 1st, 15th, 29th; July: 13th, 27th; August: 10th, 24th; September: 7th, 21st; October: 5th, 19th; November: 2nd, 16th, 30th; December: 14th, 28th Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for your continued support. Westside Waste Management (661) 763-5135 or visit their website at

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Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Your Guide To The

Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café and Steakhouse

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

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

Sagebrush Annie’s Wine Tasting Room 300 Gold Medals for our Wines Call for Reservations 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

Holiday Crime By William H. Taft As you have probably heard or seen our streets are worse than ever with homeless people and druggies. Most days if you drive down most alleys you’ll see how these people have thrown trash all over the alley. After our wind storm last weekend there was trash everywhere. There is usually trash all down the alley behind Gas Wars from our great dumpster divers. Like several other businesses and homes Ben’s Books has been broken into a few times recently and the building was damaged each time. During the Holidays these Thieves are out even more. They are walking by looking in your car, checking your car to see if it is unlocked, they look into your home, they look over your fence, if your gate is open it probably was not from the wind- it was from a thief. It is sad to see these thieves just keep going, they are not going to stop. Read the Taft Arrests on the Taft City website. The same people are arrested almost every week, some every few days. The same people are Cited and Released at K Mart for stealing again and again.

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Week of Friday, December 02, 2016 through Thursday, December 08, 2016 Bad Santa 2 (R) Fri & Sat: 7:15 PM Sun: (3:25), 6:15 Mon - Thu: 6:35 PM Moana (PG) Fri & Sat: 6:10, 8:30 Sun: (3:00), 6:00 Mon - Thu: 6:15 PM Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 7:00 PM Sun: (3:15), 6:15 Mon - Thu: 6:25 PM


Ranch House Restaurant “Where Everybody Meets” Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Mon, Tues, Wed., Thurs & Fri. 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 6 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


200 Kern Street, Taft, Ca.

Rails to Trails is beautiful and planned out very well but like our alleys it is a tweaker highway. Tweakers use it to haunt several of our neighborhoods. The tweakers hit the area with the new homes on Sunset Lane day and night. They love going through the alleys in that area even though none of them have any business in that area. After a hard days work of throwing your trash down the alley, stealing things out of your yard, trying to get into cars, they head back to Rails to Trails and take a nap and rest up until they get more alcohol or drugs for their next fix. No 30 year old man should ever ride a BMX bike, wearing all black clothing with a backpack. These 30 year old men are not riding home from work, they are thieves. You know what they are doing and so does everyone else but these criminals have rights. What can you do- watch out for your neighbors, call the Cops, get bright exterior lights- spot lights, LED, etc, if you have an alley- light if up, lock your cars and roll your windows all the way up, lock your homes and close and lock your windows, lock your gates, keep your drapes or blinds closed so the criminals don’t see what you have, and while shopping hide anything in your car or if possible do not leave anything in it. Do not give anything to anyone begging around town. If you feel like giving, please give to the Alpha House Women’s Shelter and the Bakersfield Rescue Mission. These two places not only shelter people, they give counseling and so much more to help people get back on their feet. So many other places just enable people to keep doing bad things. Everyone loves Christmas Lights except the thieves, light your house up like the Griswold’s. Taft is still by far the safest town around, lets keep it that way. Stay safe.

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Letters and Rants

Media Hype Aside, Energy Industry is Exceptionally Safe By Robert Bradley Jr. The new movie Deepwater Horizon chronicles the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a story worth telling, but the Deepwater disaster should not indict the entire energy industry. Oil and natural gas firms actually have an exceptional safety record. Thanks to improved technology and safety standards, incidents like Deepwater are extremely rare. Historically, only two accidents occurred besides Deepwater: the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill and the 1989 Valdez Oil Spill. That’s still too many from the industry viewpoint. But energy development involves unique risks. Workers handle heavy equipment and toxic material. That’s why developers have created new technologies that reduce danger. Automated machinery reduces the chance of human error. New water pipelines reduce waste. And improved drilling cuts the amount of time workers spend underground. Moreover, energy firms have worked closely with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop new safety standards for equipment posing the highest risks. As a result, a new OSHA study shows that the average injury rate on new oil rigs is a third less than that of older rigs. Meanwhile, the overall fatality rate for the oil and gas industry has dropped 60 percent since 2003. And the rate of work-related injury and illness has fallen 40 percent since 2005. These are substantial gains. As of 2014, the private sector suffered 3.2 job-related, non-fatal injuries per 100 full-time workers. The energy industry, by comparison, had a rate of only 2.1. And offshore drilling is even safer, with an injury rate of just .5 per 100 workers. Transportation is also incredibly safe -- especially pipelines. Consider liquid pipelines. Since 1999, accidents are down 50 percent. Now, in 99.999 percent of cases, oil and petroleum arrives safely at their destinations. For natural gas, 99.999997 percent of cases experience no spills. Since 1984, pipeline leaks have decreased 94 percent. Industry officials spend billions on rigorous inspections and maintenance. Recently, they’ve increased inspections, used new devices to detect infrastructural weaknesses and required operators to craft unique inspection protocols. Ironically, it’s green extremists that make pipelines unsafe. Misguided environmentalists frequently vandalize pipeline construction sites. In Iowa, extremists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline set fire to construction sites, causing $1 million in damage. In North Dakota, four security guards were injured and over two dozen people pepper sprayed after a violent pipeline protest. Extrapolating larger danger from the Deepwater tragedy and installing punishing regulations beyond newly updated best practices has real economic costs. Today, the oil and natural gas sector supports over nine million jobs and generates substantial economic activity. Take Colorado, where the industry now supports over 213,000 jobs and represents over nine percent of state GDP. Additionally, state tax revenue from energy firms has jumped by 50 percent since 2010. That’s money that can be invested in schools, roads, and other public infrastructure. This is the American energy economy in action. But regulations prevent it from reaching its full potential. Under President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized nearly 150 new rules. Overall, EPA regulations cost $386 billion annually -- over 2 percent of GDP. Indeed, the anti-energy constraints could cost the oil and natural gas industry 830,000 jobs. The Deepwater Horizon spill was a tragedy. But it was also an isolated incident. The energy industry has driven substantial safety and environmental improvements and is well on their way to zero accidents and zero spills. Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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Miller Time

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Hi Everyone, Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone, it was nice to stay home this year and not travel down to the LA Basin, but sad that we weren’t able to have our daughter and son home to share it with us. My brother Rich and his wife Janet opened up their home to us and to join their family for the traditional feast. They too didn’t have all their extended family with them, but those that did make it shared some great recipes, great conversation, and the camaraderie of family. Fortunately for both sides of Ginny’s and my families, they are all in good health; we are awaiting the birth of our newest grand niece and we have three weddings, maybe four, that are in the works. The Miller and Ramirez clans are ever expanding. We have lost all the aunts and uncles on my side and have only a couple of left on Ginny’s side, so we have moved on up to the role of the adults that we once looked up to. Life moves sometimes slowly and sometimes it slips away too fast. New decade for me and a near era for Ginny as she has applied for Social security, we are of that age now. Working on our bucket list; remolding our bathrooms after 28 yrs in our home, making them a little more senior proof. We have some trips planned for next year, to Finland to see Riina, our foreign exchange student, and her husband Sam and their newest addition, Anton; they are allowing us to be his American grandparents. We are working on an RV trip to New Mexico with our trailering buddies, have a cruise planned, and another trip with my high school pals to New Orleans. Fortunately, we have saved over the years to be able to do these things, but we need to get’ter done, never know when the dreaded health issues might crop up. As with all things in life, it comes down to time and money, most of the time they are in short supply or one doesn’t catch up with the other. I mentioned weddings; our son is getting married on the 10th of this month. Alisa is the kind of daughter in law that you dream of having, so we are really looking forward to the newest addition to the Miller Clan. So there you have it, a little peek into to our life, hope that you


are able to be as lucky as we are to have come from good family values; we play hard, we work hard, we live by the golden rule, we love life and our family and friends. We are very thankful. We wish you all the very best, too. How much time has been spent on the road work over Elk Hills ?? It seems like a little short of forever. Now that it is nearing completion, it’s near isn’t it, it brings to mind some observations. To start with, the orange barrier fence; seems like the guy digging the trench line for it might have been a little delirious. It just didn’t seem to make sense, as it meandered up down and around the hills and valleys. Then they shaved the hill sides down to allow for the extra lanes, but seems to me a little too much of an angle. Now they have laid some matting down with the long rolls of material that I assume will keep the hills from sliding down into the road way. Did you notice all the wooden stakes that were driven in by hand to hold those rolls up ?? Must have been a couple of thousand of them; by hand. Reminds me of the time I was on an oilfield work crew, welding a pipeline out south of Valley Acres. It was raised up on wooden 12 X 12’s that had holes on top of each end. Our job was to drive rebar stakes trough the holes to be long enough to hold the 12x12 in place but high enough to keep the pipeline from rolling off. We did this with sledge hammers in the heat of a hot summer in the early 70’s. It went a couple of miles; man that was hard work. Back to the road work, doesn’t it seem like there isn’t enough room for four lanes, and aren’t we awful close to the edge on the north side with no guard rails ?? Hwy 33 from Taft to Maricopa and now this portion of the hwy with no guard rails; luckily we don’t hear of many vehicles going over the side down into those gullies. And the esthetics of what we see with all those rolled up whatever they are called; with those wooden stakes poking up just doesn’t look good. Guess we just need to see how after a few good rain storms this will all hold up. What’s your bet on it happening ?? The Tuesday after you read this column, the City Council will reorganize and choose a new mayor and mayor pro tem. The terms are usually 2 years; this allows others a shot at being mayor. It was my privilege and honor to be your Mayor during the 2015 Oildorado Celebration, and to be on the short list of mayors that can claim that honor. I hope I have earned your trust and confidence to represent you in all matters of the City. I truly love Taft, living in Taft, being born in Taft, and it’ll end some day out at the Westside Cemetery. It is a kick to be called Mr. Mayor, I’m forever grateful. Randy Miller Livin’ the Dream

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Downtown Business Bill Black Will Be Grand Mar- THUS Alumni Luncheon Association Sponsors Successful shall of Taft’s Annual Christmas Wednesday, December 7th Parade The Taft Union High School Alumni luncheon will Downtown Shopping Event By Jerry Livingston J.D. Taft’s Christmas Parade will be held on Monday, December 5th, at 6:00 pm. Bill Black, a 1943 graduate of Taft Union High School, and inductee into the TUHS Hall of Fame in 2013, Black served in the Navy during World War II. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas in Candyland” with entry categories of: Floats, Animals, Auto, Marching band/flags, Cheerleaders/Drill teams and Groups. Groups. Presenting the Colors will be Boy Scouts Troop 600. Elected Officials participating will include Supervisor David Couch, Mayor Randy Miller, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Noerr, Councilman Orchel Krier, Councilwoman Renee Hill. City Staff and Council appointees participating will include City Planner Mark Staples, Police Chief Ed Whiting, Planning Commissioners Bob Leikam, Ron Orrin, and Jerry Livingston. A Partial list of participants includes: Westside Waste Management Kern County Sheriff Kern County Fire Department California Highway Patrol Hall Ambulance Taft College Dental Hygiene West Side Family Health Care Lincoln Jr High School Cheerleaders Fire and Ice Cheerleaders Taft Union High School Band Conley After School Band Liberty Belles Midway 4-H Ashley Posey

Museum Holiday Tea This year’s annual open house and Christmas Tea at the West Kern Oil Museum is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1-3:30 p.m. The tea will be held in the Buena Vista Room with volunteers providing a variety of homemade refreshments. “Join us as we kick off our holiday season,” said Jan McCall, interim director of volunteers. “It’s a nice way for us to showcase our exhibits with colorfully decorated Christmas trees throughout the buildings done by our hard-working volunteers.” In addition to the decorated trees, the Buena Vista Room will feature a miniature Christmas village scene that includes a lighted Ferris wheel. The village is created by Jim McCall and P.J. Jennings, and has become a tradition at the Museum. All of the museum exhibits and buildings will be open until 4 p.m., featuring the 1938 Bender Rig. The shotgun house, tent house, gift shop and transportation building with its variety of antique cars and trucks will be open as will the museum grounds. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. The museum is the community’s most popular tourist attraction. It is operated entirely by volunteers. There are no paid staff.

be held on Wednesday, December 7th at the Stockdale Country Club. All alumni are encourage and invited to attend. The traditional event was started by alumni inthe classes of the 1930’s and 1940’s and we would now like the younger generation to keep the spirit alive. Cost for the event is $30 per person. For more information call 587-8157.

Taft Warriors West Kern Oil Museum Taft City School District Monarch Wireless Truck Guru T’s Taxi M&S Security Services Lloyd Karnes Soroptomist International of Taft Hellfighters Motorcycle Ministry Westside Believers Church Kern County Shrine Club TUHS Key Club Maricopa Community Church Taft College Revival Worship Center The parade will proceed down Center Street starting at Eighth Street.

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By Jerry Livingston J.D. Thursday, November 17th by all accounts was a thriving business evening for downtown stores. Billed as a holiday shopping night - “Champagne and Shopping” - almost every business was open along Center Street from the 600 block to the 400 block when store hours were extended from the normal close of business at 5PM to well after 8PM. According to Jon Atherly of Westside Furniture it was the most successful shopping event he has been involved on Center Street. “Business along this section of Center made an effort to encourage people to come explore our block,” Atherly said. “I am sure it helped that as a group we decided to support a uniform effort in lighting the trees along the walk way. It encouraged shoppers to come over and check us out.” Ray and Donna Smith owners of Acme Jewelry Co. also touted the success of the event noting that people were dropping by to brows and buy. Donna who makes hand made greeting cards took the opportunity to demonstrate how she makes her creations. The Smiths also commented on how much the Christmas lights being placed on the street helped in increasing their visibility to potential customers The newest business on the 500 block of Center Street is Scott and Laurie Rowland’s Poppy’s Melting Pot next to Messenger’s Automotive. The Rowlands make and sell handcrafted candles and incense on site and were quite happy with the event. It gave them an opportunity to show off there wares to a large group of new customers. While the primary purpose of the event was to encourage the community to visit downtown, shop locally and see what’s happening downtown, it also proved a successful fund raiser for the business association. Merchants along Center Street sold 500 tickets to raffle off a La-Z Boy recliner donated by Westside Furniture and a large supply of adult beverages to help raise funds to promote more events on Center Street. We are already planning for next year’s event” said Michael Long, owner of Black Gold Brewing Company. “It was great to see local residents come back downtown and shop local.” The Taft Christmas Parade will be held on Center Street this year on Monday, December 5th. Most Center St. businesses will be open during the parade.

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Recipe Corner By Brenda Collins Here is another wonderful recipe from the kitchen of Freddie Ewert, that wonderful German lady I worked with for many years. This has always been my favorite stuffed mushroom recipe. I used to make this at every event. They were so good and when you get the beautiful large mushrooms they look so elegant. Surround them on a platter of fresh parsley for a beautiful presentation. I am hearing everyone’s special plans for the holidays and it brings back so many memories. I always cooked and was usually wiped out by dish washing time. But I always felt so glad to be able to make a fine meal for my family. It is so funny, my boys must have really played that “my mom is the best cook ever” to every girl they were involved with, because NONE would ever cook a holiday meal?? It was always at my house? Oh well! I stopped in Acme Jewelry yesterday and he has so many lovely things for the holidays. Of course Tilly, the cat, was in her usual place in the front window, basking in the sun. Ray and Donna have been stocking their wonderful store with beautiful things for many years. Stop in and say hello and have a look. Also Ed and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary last month and he had Debbie Turner, of Jack’s Flower shop, make up the most beautiful, enormous, bouquet you ever saw. Wow, 39 years. ! We thought we knew everything about each other, but I’m STILL LEARNING!!!! It was such a wierd way I met him. My neighbor across the alley was a California Highway Patrolman from the Ontario, CA area. It so happened that Ed was also a CHP, and was driving my neighbors truck up Kern Street the very same time I was going back to work from lunch and, as we pulled up next to each other, I thought it was my neighbor and honked my horn at his truck and waved. I was shocked to see a complete stranger driving his truck. He reached out the window and waved back at me and that is how a stranger from Ontario, CA met a woman from Taft. See, it pays to be friendly. Ed asked my neighbor’s son, who was in the truck,, who I was and then had my neighbor introduce us. End of story. I have always believed in Karma. What is meant to be will be. From the time Ed was transferred to Taft he fell in love with working here. His area was from the Santa Barbara county line and the San Luis Obispo county line to the Kern county line. It was

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mostly quiet and peaceful here and he became good friends with his fellow patrolmen. Vastly different life from Ontario.

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When Ed’s mother and father became to elderly to care for themselves we moved them from Pomona to Taft. They loved it. They lived 1 1/2 blocks from us, so being close was great. They loved to sit on their front porch and watch the Lincoln marching band practice. So many wonderful things about this town they fell in love with.

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Got a couple more great and easy recipes for the holidays, but try the mushrooms!

Friday and Saturday 10am to 3pm

Enjoy! STUFFED MUSHROOMS 16 large fresh mushrooms 6 oz bulk sausage 1 clove garlic minced 3 Tbsp veg. oil 2 Tbsp chopped parsley ¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese (Plus small amount for topping)

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Wash mushrooms. Remove stems & chop fine. Place sausage, chopped stems & garlic in skillet w/1 Tbsp oil. Cook, breaking up sausage w/fork until lightly browned. Add Tbsp oil, parsley and parmesan cheese to meat and mix. Fill mushroom caps, rounding up tops. Put in a shallow pan, fill side up. Put remainder of oil & ¼ Cup water in bottom of pan & cover w/foil. Bake @350 degrees for 20 min. Remove foil, add a bit more of parmesan cheese & return to oven for 5 min. Serve hot.

TUHS Hosts Christmas Concert Thursday, December 8th Nearly 100 Taft Union High School choir, band and jazz band students will present a Christmas concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the high school auditorium. Band soloists include: Veronica Escobar on clarinet and bass guitar, Josie Moseley on flute, Shaylee Hartness on trumpet, Angie Self and Jackie Moncada on bari saxophone, Luis Moncada on trumpet, and Hailee Lopez will be singing “Santa Baby.” Concert selections also include holiday classics such as: “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “We Need A Little Christmas.” The choir is under the direction of Amanda Locke and the band director is Amanda Posey. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Tea Sets $27.00 Handmade Cards by Donna 426 Center Street 661-763-5451

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Liberty Under Fire The “Real” Election of the President has not Yet Happened By Harold Pease, Ph. D Those who understand the Constitution know that the election of the president does not actually happen until December, this year the 19th, and never in November. They also know that a popular vote has never been legitimized by the Constitution or any amendment to it. In fact, the people as individuals are actually excluded. We have discussed why in previous columns. The selection of a president was left entirely to the state legislatures and what is called the Electoral College. The Constitution reads: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.” Only indirectly were the people involved, more populated states having more members of the House of Representatives and thus more College Electors. But these Electors (special citizens) sometimes referred to as “wise men,” because presumably their major function was to preserve the republic freshly created, were not to be Senators or Representatives, “or Persons holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States.” Those with a vested interest, outside the common good, were excluded. They simply wanted persons of seasoned integrity, stability, wisdom and achievement but actual qualifications were left to the state legislatures. Political parties did not then exist to confuse this process or promote special interest. These “wise men” or Electors, as the Constitution refers to them, are “to meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President … they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.“

The Taft Independent Thus the “real” presidential election is held in the 50 state capitals plus the District of Columbia and the results sealed and sent to the President of the Senate. Sealed suggests out of public or media view, the results to be known at the same time as sister states when opened before both houses of Congress. Congress determines “the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.” This year it is December 19, as mentioned. The press rarely covers this election because they can’t spin or manipulate it. When Congress reassembles, “the President of the Senate,” Vice President Joe Biden, “shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;—The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed,” today 270. So how did the popular vote come about when there exists no language in the Constitution for it and it undermines state dominant influence in the process? The breakdown began in 1824 after the Electoral College denied the presidency to Andrew Jackson, the most popular man in America due to his success in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. His supporters, believing the denial to be an injustice, created a straw vote so that the people could participate in the election even though this vote had no power. Over time the media empowered the popular vote, and itself, by treating it as the “legitimate” vote for the president belittling the College process as unfair and undemocratic. Seldom do they remind us that it works because we are not a democracy, but a republic, and that none of the branches of government are democratic, most especially the Senate and Supreme Court. Andrew Jackson had to wait until he could convince the seasoned citizen voters (wise men) of the Electoral College that he was not too emotional for the office. He did so four years later in 1828. Today the media seldom cover the real election of the president in December; such is their distain for it. Political parties also contributed to the breakdown. Today instead of looking for Electors possessed with understanding of, and loyalty to, the concepts of a republic, loyalty to political party became primary. With winner take all legislation in most states, almost forcing electoral consensus as a state, even making it unlawful for Electors to deviate from the party line,

December 1 - 7, 2016 the independence of the Electors to protect us from those who would destroy the republic in favor of democracy or socialism has been sacrificed. Granted the “real” presidential election in December, when the Electoral College vote is taken, is the most difficult part of the Constitution to understand and is easy to oppose because it is so undemocratic. I ask my students how many months they spent studying the propositions on the last California ballot prior to voting? Months? Days? Hours? Seldom was it more than the least amount possible to give them a “gut” feeling. I then ask why they should have the same vote power as one who did spend months studying an issue? When put this way they better understand the principles of a republic, and why our system historically has gone to such great lengths to find those who do. Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States ConsDr. Harold W. Peasetitution. 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 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.

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New Hope Temple “Connecting Lives” 308 Harrison Street 765-4572 Sunday Morning Worship Service 10 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6 p.m Bible Classes All Ages Wednesday 7 p.m.

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Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS Taft- A caring community under Christ We welcome you to worship with us at peace lutheran church, 26 Cougar Court (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays Sunday School 9:00 a.m. If you have a prayer request please call (661)765-2488. Leave a message if the pastor or secretary is not available

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HELP WANTED Help Wanted Part Time Taft City School District is accepting applications for Substitute Instructional Aides, ASES Activity Leaders, Healthcare Specialists, Food Service, Custodian and Crossing Guards. Employment process includes written exam, application screening, interview, DOJ fingerprint clearance, and physical exam with drug screen. Written exams for these positions will be given on Wednesday, December 21, and Thursday, December 22, 2016. Application and Job Description may be picked up at the District Office, 820 Sixth Street, and must be returned by Monday, December 19, 2016 at 4 p.m. EOE HELP WANTED TAFT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSTITUTE EMPLOYEES to work in Custodial, Food

Service, Clerical, Instructional Assistant, and others classifications as needed. Candidates who are bilingual in English/Spanish are also needed for Substitute positions as Bilingual Instructional Assistants. Substitute Pay range is $15.00 p/hr. Substitute positions are paid hourly. NO hours are guaranteed. Taft Union High School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment process includes: Application and Resume, Written Exam, Interview, Background Clearance, DOJ Clearance, Physical, and Drug Screen. Applications, Job Descriptions and Salary Schedule are available for each of the substitute classifications and will be provided at time of interview. Applications must be submitted via No paper applications will be accepted. If you require assistance completing an application via Edjoin, please contact the Office of Human Resources

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