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April 4 - 10, 2014

April 4 - 10, 2014 • Volume 8 Issue 36

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

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Shop Taft Passion For Nails western shop & PET Wash Fish - Reptile - Supplies Tack - Feed - Livestock Supplies Western Clothing - Boots - Work Apparell Pet Grooming Fred and Cheri Shaw 419 Harrison Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-2987

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Events Inside Shop Taft..........................2

Taft Business of the Week Use to be Paul’s Bike Shop

Community Events.........3 Taft Calendar...................3

Taft Calendar By John Swearengin The West Side Little League Opening Ceremony is Saturday at Field # 1. Carnival is from 11-3:30. Opening Ceremony and Parade at noon. Lots of food, drinks, and fun for the entire family. The West side Little League is run by great Volunteers so please support them and all of our great kids.

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Tonight- Cruise Night starting at 6pm on Center Street. Crusing, shopping, Lions BBQ, and much more. Spring Vendor and Craft Fair at the Rec, Community Center, from 5-8:30pm. Saturday 8:30-3pm. Saturday- Family Story Time at the Taft Library every Saturday at 10:30am. Opening Night at Kern County Raceway, races start at 7pm. Tuesday- Taft High Softball and Baseball both are at Home vs. Shafter at 4pm. Wednesday- Taft High Baseball Double-header at Home vs. Golden Valley at 3:30/5:30. Thursday- State of the City Luncheon at OT Cook House from noon1:30. Taft High Choir Dinner Theater at the TUHS Cafeteria at 6pm.

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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 orders are taken. Visa and Master Card accepted. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Michael J. Long Advertising Contributing Writers Wesley Morris, Mimi Collins Joan Raymond Columnists Randy Miller, John Swearengin Dr. Harold Pease Newspaper Delivery Tim Webb

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By John Swearengin Use to be Paul’s Bike Shop at 608 Center Street. Use to be Paul’s Bike Shop changed owners 4 years ago and moved but has been in business here in Taft for almost 40 years. Paul’s sells all styles of bikes- BMX, Beach Cruisers, Mountain Bikes, and more. They also sell skateboards and scooters. They have parts, accessories, and fix bikes. The weather is great for a bike ride so stop by Paul’s Bike Shop today.

Cuyama 23rd Annual Car and Motorcycle Show April 12th The 23rd Annual Cuyama Car and motorcycle show will be held on Saturday, April 12th. at Cuyama Valley High School Free Admission. Food,raffle, games, family friendly event benefits students in Cuyama. Registration begins at 8 a.m. or preregister.

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April 12th and 13th, is the Ron Shipe/Bob Bledsoe Memorial Fundraiser at Honolulu Hills Raceway. April 16th: “Antz” the movie at the Fox Theatre at 2pm. Tickets only $5.00. April 17th: Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for “Oil Field,” a Fenway Park Replica at 2pm, next to the new Rec Building at 500 Cascade Place. April 18th: West Hills Church of the Nazarene Drive Thru Resurrection. April 24th: Earth Day at the Taft Community Garden from 10:30-noon. Taft Fort and TAPT Wine Tasting Celebration from 5-9pm. Wines, Micro-Brews, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and much more. Contact the Fort at 765-7371 for more info. The SSL Golf Championship at Buena Vista Golf Course. April 24th and 25th SSL Tennis Championship at Taft High. April 26th: Taft Rotary Health Fair at Buena Vista High School from 8am-Noon. TUHS Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner and Ceremony. Tickets are $40.00. April 30th: Job Fest 2014 at the Taft Fort from 9am-noon. For more info call Marie Covello 763-0206. May 2nd: Fund the Fireworks at the Taft Chamber. May 3rd: Soroptimist Garden Tour. Succulents Class & Garden Tour at the Taft Community Garden. West Kern Oil Museum Pioneer Days. May 8th: SSL Swimming Championship at the Taft High Pool May 10th: West Hills Church of the Nazarene Carnival. May 16th: Taft College Al Baldock Golf Classic. May 17th and 18th: Taft Relay for Life at the Taft High Track. May 31st: Taft Chamber’s “Rails to Trails Car Show.” June 4th: Taft High Graduation at 8pm. June 5th: Lincoln Jr. High Graduation. June 14th: Starting Plants from cuttings class at the Taft Community Garden. The Alpha House Tri Tip or Chicken Dinner is April 26th at the Rec, 500 Cascade Place. Dinner @ 5pm. Auction starts at 6pm. All money raised goes to support the Alpha House. The Alpha House helps women in need so please help the Alpha House.

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Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café Asian Experience and Steakhouse Asian Food and Pizza

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 Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Wine Tasting and Lunch Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

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

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Taft Homes The big talk around Taft lately is when the new houses are going to start. The answer is, no one really knows. It is not anyone in Taft’s fault. It is way over our head. For now Bob Colston is still building houses on Amber Street. You can contact Colston Construction at 763-3517. If you have a lot he can also build you a beautiful home there. There are still 7 lots available in the Pilgrim Street, Sunset Lane housing tract. You can contact Freedom Homes about those lots at 758-8434. It is great to see improvements around Taft. Lincoln Jr. High just keeps looking even better. They got a new sign out front last week. A Street Park got a new bench in the middle of the park that was hit by a car driving through the park awhile back. Buckolies is pretty much a brand new old building that looks terrific. Several improvements will start soon to the 5th Street Plaza off of Center Street. With Oildorado just a year and a half away it is time for everyone to start cleaning up Taft. A Community Clean Up will take place soon. During the last Community Clean Up several local leaders, Taft College Students, Service Clubs, and several volunteers did a great job. Now it is time for some of the local business owners and home owners to start cleaning up. Not every building and landscaping can look as beautiful as Dr. Walkers Office but some buildings need serious TLC and others could just use some paint. Taft is getting excited for Oildorado. Remember, if you want to have an event affiliated with Oildorado it has to be approved by the Oildorado Board. If you have an idea or anything else let them know so it can be addressed. Do not forget Shaw’s has western wear, boots, and Cowboy Hats for all your Oildorado needs. On a slightly different note, last week there was a large fire in Taft. As usual most of Taft was there. Some people are there just to watch, some people are there because they are concerned, others are friends of the fire victims, and sadly others are there to see what they can steal later. If you remember the fire at the end of 2012 at the 4th Street Condo’s caused horrible damage. The next day some of our Taft Crooks decided to go in and steal items from those Condo’s, nothing like kicking someone when they are down. Some people are worried and concerned during a fire but it is best to stay away and let the great Kern County Fire Department handle it. Wait until the next day to drive by and if you see someone coming out of the window call the police because they probably should not be there. Speaking of our Taft Crooks, several of them have been going strong again and it will only get worse with warm weather. A good friend’s garage was broken into and several tools were stolen. I’ve heard lots of other burglary stories lately as well. Our Law Enforcement does what they can but our Leaders in Sacramento are blind to normal life and crime. Keep your house and cars locked, windows closed, outside lights on, install motion lights, look outside when the dogs bark, get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other, and call the Police if you suspect anything. If you see anyone try to get a description of the person- height, weight, race, hair color, clothing, hat, glasses, backpack, gloves, etc, if you’re able to get a good look. If there is a suspect vehicle try to see the make, model, license plate, color, dents, anything in back of the truck, etc, if possible. Several Home Invasions have taken place recently in Bakersfield. Keep your eyes open and Stay Positive! When getting to know the neighbors be aware of the 30 year old tweaker Grandson that is draining all of his sweet grandmas money that lives next store. He has nothing but time to watch your daily patterns until the day he finally breaks into your home. Poor sweet grandma will protect her sweet little 30 year old tweaker grandson with all she has. I would say 25% of burglaries are like this. So many bad things in this world are caused by drugs. Just say “No to drugs,” and stay positive Taft! John Swearengin

Taft Rails to Trails Developer Geary Coates Will Join State of City Line-up Dr. Kathy Orrin, Chamber Executive Director of the Taft Chamber, and Sheri Black, President of the Kiwanis Club of Taft, have announced an addition to the speaker line-up for the fourth annual State of the City Luncheon traditionally held during an April meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Taft. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 10, at the OT Cookhouse banquet room. Tickets are $15, and reservations are appreciated. “We are excited to know that Geary Coates, the City’s Developer, will be here to share not only his vision, but also the projects currently on the books for our community”, stated Orrin. The line-up of speakers this year includes Taft Mayor Paul Linder, City Manager Craig Jones, Michael Long (President of the Greater Taft Economic Development Authority-GTEDA), and Harry Starkey (General Manager of the West Kern Water District) in addition to Coates. It is traditional to hear from City leadership, but the Chamber reserves the right to invite representatives from other organizations they deem also timely and newsworthy. The Mayor and the City Manager are traditional speakers at this event. Michael Long will speak about the economic future of Taft and the vision the GTEDA has for economic growth in Taft. Harry Starkey will speak to the health of the West Kern Water District and the possible effect of the drought on our surrounding area. “We hope citizens will take advantage of this chance to get up to speed on what is happening in our town,” stated Executive Director Orrin. “And remember,” Orrin emphasized, “you do not have to be a member of Kiwanis or of the Chamber in order to attend this event. We want people interested in their community to feel welcome to join us.” Reservations may be made by calling the Chamber at 765-2165 by Tuesday, April 8. The cost is $15 per person.

TRUSTEE VACANCY The West Kern Community College District/Taft College invites interested community members to submit letters of interest to fill a recently vacated trustee position. The term of this interim appointment will expire December 2014. Eligibility requirements: 18 years of age, residency in the District, registered voter and otherwise not disqualified by the Constitution or the state from holding a civil office (Education Code 72103). Letters of interest may be mailed to: Shelley Klein Assistant to the President WKCCD/Taft College 29 Cougar Court Taft CA 93268 The deadline for letters of interest is April 9, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Qualified applicants will be interviewed. Questions may be directed to: Shelley Klein (661) 763-7711 or

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TUHS Ag Program Receives Honors

Taft High School Agriculture Program students were awarded several honors at the annual South Valley FFA Sectional Awards Banquet held each March. Chris Fleming, Hunter Perry, Jake Morton, Jason Fuller, and Austin Doty were awarded the California State FFA Degree. Students earning the State FFA Degree must have earned or invested a minimum of $1,000 and spent at least 500 hours working on their Supervised Agriculture Experience Project. Less than 3% of all California FFA Members receive their State FFA Degree each year. In addition, four students received Sectional FFA Proficiency Awards. Proficiency Awards are awarded based on a student’s involvement in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Project. Mary Hazlewood received a Proficiency Award in the area of Veterinary Science, Chris Fleming in the area of Agriculture Mechanics Design and Fabrication, Josh Hawkins in the area of Agriculture Education, and Elisha Terry in the area of Diversified Livestock Production. Picture: Back Row (left to right)- Jason Fuller, Chris Fleming . Front Row (left to right)Elisha Terry, Mary Hazlewood, Josh Hawkins, FFA Advisor Adam Bullard. Adam Bullard

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month On Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, the Kern County Board of Supervisors proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kern County. During this brief presentation at the Board’s 9:00AM session, the Department of Human Services (DHS), with support from our partners, will unveil its latest outreach campaign, calling on the community to report suspected child abuse. Interim Director Dena Murphy will be joined by District Attorney Lisa Green, Sheriff Donny Youngblood, and Tom Corson, Executive Director of the Kern County Network for Children as they ask the community to help us in our efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. The month’s events will kick off as DHS joins the Child Welfare League of America and Social Service Agencies across our Nation in calling for the immediate cessation of violence against children in America. On Friday, April 4th, a memorial flag will be raised in Kern County to remember the thousands of children lost nationwide, and in the last year, to child abuse. The flag will be raised at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 in front of the Human Services Building at 100 East California Avenue. The community is invited to join us in this Memorial Ceremony. The flag will be flown throughout the entire month of April at our O.C.Sills building. Friday, April 4th is also National “Wear Blue Day” to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect. Two additional flag ceremonies are planned in Kern County. On Friday, April 11th, A flag ceremony will take place in Lake Isabella at the County Complex, 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. A final flag ceremony will take place in Taft on Friday, April 26th at Kern County Fire Station #21, 303 10th Street in Taft. Our Month of activities will conclude as we call on Kern County Churches to take time to recognize “Blue Sunday” – a day of prayer for the victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them. Blue Sunday is recognized Nationally on the final Sunday in April, this year on April 27th. For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, contact Heidi Carter-Escudero at (661) 633-7104.

Taft College Opens Boxes of Treasure Donated by John Louis Stotts Family Taft College biology professor Dr. Greg Golling and nearly 30 staff, faculty and family members opened 5 fossil and gem filled boxes last week that were donated to the college by geologist and former Taft resident John Louis Stotts. The sealed boxes, some dating back to 1964, were donated to the college geology department by members of Stotts’ family who were present at the opening. Stotts, a retired geologist who recently passed away, was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist. Stotts traveled all over the world working for oil companies as an expert petroleum geologist. The boxes contained various rocks, gems, fossils, stones and crystals that Stotts had collect over the years. The boxes had never been opened, most since the 1960’s.

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Taft High School Trap Club Competes in 2nd Annual TSC Sporting Clay Shoot

Los Padres to Host Wilderness Anniversary Event at Figueroa Mountain

The Taft High Trap Club competed in the 2nd Annual Taft Sportsmen’s Club Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday February 22, 2014. Through fundraising and donations the club was able to field two teams to shoot 100 clays at the sporting clay match at 5 Dogs Range near Woody. The Taft High Trap Club receives its funding from the NRA Foundation through Friends of NRA dinners held in and around Kern County. Club Advisor Gary Morris started the club two years ago and it is growing stronger every year including the addition of another Club Advisor, Taft High Teacher Sarah Hamblin. Morris said, “Writing the grant requests are not that difficult and we would be more than willing to help other schools who are interested apply for the funds as well.” The Taft High Trap Club has received funds from the NRA Foundation to purchase a clay thrower, clay targets, ammunition, and shotguns. They also receive donations from community members too. The club does not store its firearms or ammunition on campus and they are not a CIF sanctioned sport, but merely a club that meets after school on Tuesdays to practice. Morris said, “One tough part about our club is we have to travel quite a ways to shoot with other high school clubs. This being Kern County, we would like to see some more clubs

GOLETA, CA, March 27, 2014…In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Los Padres National Forest will hold a series of public events over the course of the spring and summer leading up to September 3, the date the law was signed by Congress in 1964.

Second Installment of Real Property Taxes Due April 10 Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector, Jackie Denney reminds the public that the second installment of your Kern County property tax is delinquent if not paid by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014. In order to avoid a 10% late penalty and a $10.00 delinquency fee, property tax payments must be made in person or postmarked on or before April 10, 2014. Various methods of payment are available: 1) Via mail to: KCTTC Payment Center, P.O. Box 541004, Los Angeles, CA 90054-1004 2) In person at the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office located at 1115 Truxtun Avenue - 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301. 3) Via the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website at www.kcttc. Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Cards can be used for payments made over the Internet or in person. Electronic Checks can also be used for payments over the Internet. Please access our website for additional information. If you do not have your tax bill, you may request a substitute tax bill or you may obtain the amount of property tax due by calling (661) 868-3490 or by emailing Property tax and parcel information are also available on our website.

The first of these events is April 5 at Figueroa Mountain Fire Station from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Featured activities will include renown naturalist Joe Martin with his insect display and collection equipment along with guided trail hikes for advanced (10:30am), moderate (noon), and beginning hikers (1:00pm). There will also be educational packing demonstrations and visits from Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and Frances Steelhead. More fun activities are scheduled including craft projects for kids. There will be displays by California Fish and Wildlife, Animal Rescue Team, Los Flores Ranch Park, and Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. This event is free to the public, and is co-sponsored by Los Padres Forest Association. form. Writing the grant requests is not that difficult and we would be more than willing to help other schools who are interested apply for the funds and help navigate the school system.” Sophomore Ruby Stith said she appreciates how the club teachers the students gun safety and improves her shooting technique. “There’s a lot of camaraderie in the club too. The most memorable moment so far has been getting a 25 straight.” Senior Andrew Montoya shared, “Being in the club is nice because it combines two of the best things: being with friends and getting to shoot. It teaches us responsibility and by far the most memorable parts have been the out of town shoots.” If you would like more information about the Taft High Trap Club, please contact Gary Morris at (661) 332-5280 or High or Sarah Hamblin at (661) 763-2300 or Photo Back row: Sam Barnes, Taari Morgan, Garrett Melton, James Brummett, Andrew Phillips, Josh Tiger, Joey Weninger Front row: Andrew Montoya, Jaycee Sharp, Gary Morris/ Coach, Aaron Pitts

Los Padres National Forest is home to some of California’s premier coastal wilderness areas. Its 10 Wilderness Areas cover nearly 900,000 acres, or approximately half the Forest’s total acreage. For more information, please call the Santa Luica Ranger District at (805) 925-9538.

Lighthouse Foursquare Church 2014 Chili/Soup Cook-off and Auction Saturday Lighthouse Foursquare Church will holed a 2014 Chili/Soup Cook-off and Auction on Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction, entertainment and dinner. Judging begins at 5p.m. For more information call 332-7696.

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TUHS Elected to FHA Region 8 Board

puree. They qualified for the state competition April 12 over spring break, but will be unable to attend. “We are doing well for our first year,” McGathey said.

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Photo by Jim Carnal Taft High freshmen Patricia Olea and Taylor Fivecoat will serve as Region 8 historian and reporter, respectively, for the Future Homemakers of America.

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Two Taft Union High School freshmen were elected to serve as the Region 8 officers of the Future Homemakers of America at an FHA convention at Kern Valley High School on March 17. Patricia Olea will serve as district historian and Taylor Fivecoat will be the district reporter during the 2014-15 school year. They will be officially inducted at the state FHA meeting in Riverside on April 12. Their job duties include planning for and attending state conventions, leadership meetings and leadership trainings. The FHA has 10 districts in California. Cheryl McGathey, the new foods teacher, revived the FHA program again after being dormant for many years. The club has 25 members and she plans to increase those numbers. The election of the local officers follows on the heels of a commercial foods competition win by Taft seniors Dana Felix and Brian Ortega in Region 8. They cooked a four-course meal that included pork loin, jasmine rice and cabbage soup

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Logun Clark – On Tuesday night ten year old Logun Clark for 4 innings pitched facing 16 batters striking out 10 with 0 walks. He threw 13 balls and 42 strikes in a 13-0 shutout to start the Yankees Little League 2014 season off. Logun also scored 4 times reaching base all four times. Logun also plays on the Longhorn baseball team where he has had success with a batting average over .400. Logun Clark also just met his AR reading goal and is working hard in the classroom. We are very proud of Logun and wish him the best in the future.


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Liberty Under Fire Yes, Social Security Can Be Saved and with Better Benefits By Harold Pease, Ph. D With our national debt growing by $3 billion a day and Congress giving up offering any real solutions, we are a speeding train heading for a cliff. Most pretend the problem is not real or will just go away. Almost no one is ready for the hyperinflation and street crime that could follow if we do not act quickly and responsibly. The Tea Party Debt Commission was formed some time ago to provide the federal government a solution. Its final report summarized the problem, “Our government is doing too many things it can’t do well, or shouldn’t do at all, with money it doesn’t have. We are borrowing 43 cents of every dollar we spend….” They note that the “Government Accountability Office counted no fewer than 47 job training programs, 56 financial literacy programs, 80 economic development programs, 18 food assistance programs, 20 programs for the homeless, 82 teacher-quality programs spread across 10 agencies, and more than 2,100 data centers. All told, we have nearly 2,200 federal programs.” Government is bloated, inefficient, and wasteful. A federal diet is long overdue, but what should we keep? The Commission’s assessment criteria hinged on four basic values: fiscal common sense, Constitutional limits, economic freedom, and personal self-reliance. For a program to remain, they reasoned, it needed to pass two questions: is it constitutionally authorized, and is it best carried out by the federal government, as opposed to states or private entities? Much of what the federal government does, the Commission found, unfortunately, does neither. Boldly they opened the unfunded liabilities door, the door neither party dares to open as potentially it could destroy career politicians and political parties. They concluded that they could make Social Security “sustainable and actually improve benefits by harnessing the power

April 4 - 10, 2014 of compound interest.” They noted, “Three decades ago, Chile embarked on a bold transformation of its retirement security system. Today, that system [SMART Accounts] is the envy of the world, giving seniors far better benefits than the old, government-run system ever did.” Shortly thereafter three counties in Texas adopted the SMART Accounts program in favor of personal accounts and thus those retiring today do so “with much more money and have significantly more generous death and disability supplemental benefits than do Social Security participants.” Moreover, they “face no long term unfunded pension liabilities.” The Commission recommends that, “all state and local governments should have the option of opting into the ‘Galveston model.’ ” Learn more about this aspect of the Tea Party Debt Commission’s recommendations by visiting the-tea-party-budget. The Tea Party Debt Commission suggests that “new workers born after 1981… invest one-half of their payroll taxes (7.65%) in a SMART Account, which they can use to fund their retirement and health care costs in retirement. If they prefer, they can give up their account and opt back into traditional Social Security at retirement.” The result of this modern approach to funding retirement embraced by the Commission, is that, among other things, it: “improves benefits, doesn’t increase the retirement age, doesn’t cut benefits for people in or nearing retirement, and doesn’t touch the existing Social Security Disability insurance program.” It also “reduces federal payroll tax receipts by about $500 billion over the ten-year period.”

The Commission also opened Medicare, the second major Pandora’s box of unfunded liabilities, but Tea Party recommendations giving Medicare seniors the right to opt into the privileged Congressional health care plan will require space not permitted here. So far, neither party has offered other ideas and the Tea Party solution has been virtually ignored. The speeding train does not have to go over the cliff. There are great thinkers and solutions that can save us because they are not forced to do so within the parameters of self-interest and political parties. Fortunately the Tea Party works successfully outside these restrictions. Please tell your Congressman to seriously explore these recommendations especially in light of the fact that their plans have not worked. This train must get off the track that it is now on while there is yet time. 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

April 4 - 10, 2014

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Gateway Temple


“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” Pastor Cindy Brettschneider Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study and Sunday School 11 AM Adult Bible Study Monday 6:00 PM Wednesday Night Service 6:00 PM Praise Team meets on Thursday at 6:00 PM

St. Mary’s Church 110 E Woodrow Street • Taft 661 765-4292 Mass Schedule Tuesday-Friday 8:00 A.M. Sunday 8:30A.M. English 11:00A.M. Spanish

Sunday Morning Worship 9:45 Sunday Evening Worship 5:00 Monday Evening Mens Prayer 7:00 Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30 For a ride: Call Dorine Horn 4279722 Pastors Charle (Tommy) and

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.

Taft First Assembly Your Neighborhood Church 314 Asher Ave

Parish Hall Available for Rent

Join us for our Encounter Service Sundays 10:30 am

First Baptist Church

Where on Earth Are We? A sermon series on Prophesy Pastor Trent Meadors

Pastor Scott Pearson

Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship Celebration 10:30 a.m. Evening Service 6 p.m. Awana Childrens Program Wednesday 6 p.m. 220 North Street - Taft 661 763-3138

West Kern Christian Center Join us this Sunday at 6pm at our new location, 1000 6th Street in Taft. Pastor Randy Bunch

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Serving Since 1939


Midweek services start Wednesday, March 5 at 7pm. For more information: Email, Phone, (661) 623-5001 Website: 623-5001 1000 6th Street, Taft.

Community Christian Fellowship 631 North Street Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Bible Study 9 a.m. Sunday Service - 10 a.m. Clergy The Rev. Heather Mueller 703 5th Street - Taft (661) 765-2378

Trinity Southern Baptist Church  400 Finley Drive We invite you to join us each week as we worship

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

Info call 765-7151

Peace Lutheran Church- LCMS March 22, 2014: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at 703 5th St., will be having a Rummage/Bake Sale in our courtyard. It runs from 8:00am through 12noon. In case of rain, we’ll hold the Sale inside our Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!!

Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 a.m. The Pregnancy crisis center is now open and available for support and assistance. For information, call 763-4791 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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Joyce Properties (661) 769-6469

Classified Ads are $3.00 per issue for up to three lines, $5 per issue for up to 5 lines,Ads andare $7 per issue forline. up toPhone, 10 lines.fax, Yardmail Sale or adsdrop are free. Classified $2.00 per off Phone, drop off your ad to the Taft Independent. your adfax, tomail the or Taft Independent.

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Boxed\outlined\bolded adsyour start company at $12.00 for 8 lines, Ad your photograph classified for $5. Ad logo for $16 $5. for 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20 lines. Boxed ads are $5 additional. E-mail us (or bring to our office) a photo of your home, Photo Ads. Car, truck or house for car, sale truck ads areor$5motorcycle per week, orand $10 we’ll the rest. with ado photo. Email us (or bring to our office) a photo of your home, car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Yard Sale ads are $2 for 3 lines, additional lines $2 each. Classified ads deadline is now Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Classified ad deadline is Wednesday at 12 p.m. (noon) Phone: 765-6550 Phone: 765-6550 (661) 765-5000, Laura Fax: 765-6556 Vega, Lic # 00447658 322 Kern St, Taft E-mail: Email:

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Payment can made by cash, check, or card. credit card. Payment can bebe made by cash, check, or credit Taft Independent210 508 CA 93268 Taft Independent 6thCenter St., Taft,St., CA Taft, 93268. YARD SALES Advertise your yard sale ad. 3 lines for $2, additional lines after that $2 each. Fax your ad to 765-6556 or call and leave message at 765-6550 by 12 p.m. Wednesday.

YardSale. Sat. 4-5-14. 7am 311 Pierce St. Lots of stuff. Big Yard sale. 631 Phillipine. 7am - ? Sat. 4-5. 418 Hillard St. 7am Sat. 331 Woodrow Furniture, clothes, household décor, kids stuff, misc. Lots to get rid of, moved and downsizing Saturday 2/5/2014 314 Buchanan St. 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM NO CLOTHES HUGE SALE Lots of tools, computers, printers monitors, air compressor radial arm saw, Indian Collectables lots of electronics, home hardware Yard Sale. VFW. 600 Hazelton. Maricopa. Sat. April 5th. 7am2pm. Succulant plants, stove, fridge, great Mothers Day gift. Lots of misc items.

ANNOUNCEMENTS WANTED Wanted. Older short wave and ham radios. Gary. (209) 815-7690.

HELP WANTED Now hiring On-Site Apt Manager or Management Team. NO Experience necessary. Must be bilingual Spanish/English. Call:661-846-6403 or 210-585-2232. Midway Elementary School District is looking for classified personnel to substitute in the office, as a classroom aide andalso for janitorial duties. Must have an A.A. Degree. Applications are available @ Midway School District, 259 F Street, Fellows, CA. Or call 7684344 for more information. Immediate opening for Full Time Analytical Laboratory Technician. Salary DOE. Benefits. Applications can be found at Midway Laboratory located at 315 Main St. or midwaylaboratory. com. Applications and resumes can be brought in or sent to email : midwaylab@ & our Fax Number 661765-6920. Accepting Applications EOE Maricopa Unified School District Bus Driver/Grounds 10 months/5 hrs per day $13.87/hour, partial benefits Must have Calif. Drivers License with school bus driver certification and use equip. to maintain grounds Contact the 769-8231 ext. 204


Cooler Service. Call Scott Saragosa. (661) 900-0917.

FOR SALE Whirpool washer and electric dryer. Good condition. 10 yrs. old. $150 765-2666 Heavy duty trailer ramp. 18 Ft. $3,800 Can also haul tractor. (661) 972-7807.

AUTOMOBILES PETS SHARED HOUSING Room in home available. $300 plus share of utilities for single male or female, or $400 for couple. downtown location. avail. now. call Mark (805) 689-4122.

HOMES FOR SALE Americana Real Estate OPEN HOUSE - SAT 4/12/14 608 Tyler - 11:00 to 1:00 909 San Joaquin 1:00 to 3:00 3 bed 2 bth, new flooring & paint, many upgrades, 909 San Joaquin in Maricopa, $115,000 4 bed 2 bth, completely remodeled, new appliances, 608 Tyler, $119,900 Call for more information Americana Real Estate

(661) 765-6752 (661) 765-9355

House for Sale 400 Hillard 3BR/3BA, 2074 sq.ft. Fireplace, indoor laundry; $225,000 Call for more information or to walk-thru 763-1222/Ext. 12 Home for Sale. 2 bd. 1 ba. 417 Montview. Home built in 1917. Has wood flooor. Needs TLC. $15,000 or best offer. Land rent $313.50 extra, or buy land. Taft. (661) 972-7807. Real Estate eBroker Inc. By Appointment Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase Can’t make payments call me!! I can help direct you to a loan modification or assist you in your short sale! Wondering how buying a house works? Set an appointment with Karri to watch a FREE video on the process. Call 661-332-6597 for a current list 104 North Street. 2 bd. 1 full bath. Hardwood floors, dishwasher. garbage disp., fenced yard, hook ups for wash/ dryer. ($700 mo. plus dep. $400. (213) 500-


West Valley Real Estate www.BuySellManage. com (661) 763-1500 BRE Lic # 01525550 FOR RENT 502 Lucard 1/1 $375 224 B St #B 2/1 $595 203 W Ash #B 2/1.5 $600 904 Stanislaus #3 2/1 $600 202 Philippine 1/1 $650 605 4th St 2/1 $675 307 Philippine 1/1 $700 522 Center #D 3/1 $700 607 Taylor 2/1 $750 210 General Petroleum 2/1 $750 523 F St 2/1 $800 122 Franklin 3/1 $825 127 Franklin 3/1 $1,000 100 South Commercial Property/Yard $750 518 Center St Retail Space $500 2bed, 1 ba. lg patio, garage. 135 Franklin. Clean, $850 mo. $850 Dep. (661) 805-4849. Incl. gardner.

Hours: T-F 9-5 Sat. 10-3 Closed Sun./Mon. Eve By Appt.

Downtwn 2/1. A/C in everyroom, newer vynl floors, wash./dryer hook ups., private fenced yard. Secure off streert parking. Lrge living room. $695. mo. $900. sec. dep. (805) 689-4122. Home For Rent 2 bedroom 1 ba. 411 Shattuck St. $600 mo. (1 year lease) $750 deposit. Pick up application at 318 North St. (661) 769-6469. Joyce Properties.

Plumbing • Septic • Rooter Framing • Electrical • Concrete We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507 30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

APART. FOR RENT 1 bd. Apt. $625. mo. plus util. plus utilities. Hardwwod flrs., new tile in kitchen, new refer., stove and over. New front door with security. All new paint. very nice. 765-5414 for info. No Smoking, no pets.

Real Estate Services and Property Management Laura Vega DRE 01942324

322 Kern Street Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-5000

Creekside Apartments. 1 BD and 2 BD. Pool, AC & Appl. 661.7657674. 420 Finley Dr.

MOVE IN SPECIAL! FIRST MONTH FREE. Based on approved credit. No Application Fee. Pet’s OK. 108 Center Street Apartments. 1 bed room 1 bath.$475 per month. Plus Sec. Dep. Call (661) 846-6403 or (661) 765-7678.


Home for rent. 416 Montview. 2bd 2 ba. Newer home. Fenced yards. $775. plus sec. dep. Avail now. 1 pet ok. Taft. (661) 972-7807. 2 bd. 1 ba. water and trash paid. Like new

Carpet Vinyl Hardwood Laminate Ceramic Tile 661-398-3044

7000 District Blvd Bakersfield

Ken Shugarts

Air Conditioning & Heating

2bd. w/laundry rm. dishwasher, wood floors + more. 203 Lucard St. $850. mo. plus dep. Very Nice. 765-4644, or 363-3005.

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1277 Kern St. Taft, CA 93268

It is 2.5 ac. Horse property. all fenced / water/corrals. Comes with a modular 3/2 needs some work, value is in the land. All utilities are in /septic. Asking $170,000 seller motivated. Norcross Realty Inc. 661-3249034 Lic. 00683853

3304. 417 Montview. 2bd. 1 ba. house. Fend yard. $15,000 cash or owner will carry with down payment for 5 years.. Land is on a lease for $314 per month.Do not disturb tenant.s. (661) 972-7807.

inside. 614 Phillippine. Avail. for viewing Friday. $750. mo. $750. dep. 2-14-14. (909) 499-2866.


J & D Recycling

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Contractor’s Lic. #352844

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Real Estate eBroker Inc. 432 Kern St., Taft, CA 93268 Karri Christensen 661-332-6597 call or text today! CalBRE# 01333971

April 4 - 10, 2014

Andy’s Septic Tank & Sewer



209 Harrison Street • Taft (661)765-2505 or (661)763-1887 fax   

Diagnostic Specialists Service & Repairs • Smog Repairs Air Conditioning • Tune Up • Front End Brakes • Fuel Injection

(661)765-5000 or (661)343-0507

$15.00 OFF with mention of this ad* *1996 Vehicle or newer

Used to be Paul’s New Bikes, Boards & Scooters are Here! We Repair & Service Too! 608 Center St.

Qik Smog & Tune

Black Gold Brewing Company An American Craft Brewery in Taft

(661)763-4445 General Automotive Repairs

BBQ Ribs Special Every Friday $9.95

• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

508 Center Street (661) 765-6556

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 •


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No Appointment Needed for Smog Check!

Now Servicing Japanese and European Motorcycles

Bike Shop

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Would you like to REDUCE OR ELIMINATE your STATE INCOME TAX LIABILITY? If you own a business in the Taft area you may be eligible for tax credits up to $37,440 per qualified employee. There are many advantages and cost savings for businesses in the Taft Enterprise Zone.

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

Call today for more information: 661763-1222, Ext. 12

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 Your Special Event

Come and Join Us at The Tumbleweed The Tumbleweed Cafe Reservations Recommended

24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations


April 4 - 10, 2014

Black Gold Brewing Company An American Craft Brewery

Try Our Locally Hand Crafted Beers Tool Pusher IPA Midway-Sunset Citrus Pale Ale The Other Woman Blonde Ale 25 Hill Lite Ale Old’s Cool Irish Red Petroleum Highway 33 Porter Coming Soon! Strawberry Blonde Ale Vanilla Porter Sandy Creek Pale Ale

Growlers and Growler ReFills Support Taft & Your Local Craft Brewery 508 Center Street, Taft, CA 93268 (661) 765-6556

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