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May 30 - 5, 2014 • Volume 8 Issue 44

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

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Taft Business of the Week Paik’s Ranch House

Community Events.........3 Taft Calendar...................3 Westside Recreation......5 Westside News.................6

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by John Swearengin TAFT CAR SHOW WEEKEND- The Taft Chamber is having the Annual Rails to Trails Car Show tomorrow, Saturday May 31st. It will be from 7am-3pm. It will have live entertainment, food and craft vendors, raffle, kids area, beer garden, and much more. Pre-registration is only $25.00 and includes a T-Shirt and goodie bag, dash. $30.00 day of event. Judging starts at 10am. They are currently accepting donations for the raffle. Call the Taft Chamber at 765-2165 for more info. People from all over come to this great Car Show so please welcome them with open arms to they will come back every year for this Car Show and other Taft Events. The Taft HEAT is here, cool down at the Natatorium swimming pool. They have open swim, lap swim, pool parties, and swim lessons. Contact the West side Rec for more info and stay cool in the pool.

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By John Swearengin The Taft Business of the Week: Paik’s Ranch House at 200 Kern Street. Lawrence Paik owned Hahn’s Restaurant at 230 Kern Street from 1985-1993 and built and opened Paik’s Ranch House in 1993. They are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a Banquet Room for your next meeting or party. Paik’s is known for their Milk Shakes, Salads, Clam Chowder Friday, Club Sandwich, Cheeseburgers, Pancakes, and French Toast. They also have amazing Daily Specials. Their Turkey Dinner Special on Sundays with Chicken Noodle Soup is very popular. They have recently put up 2 flat screen TV’s and have made other great improvements. Come into Paik’s Ranch House today for a great family meal or call in your pick up order at 765-6915.

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Saturday- West Kern Oil Museum Annual Yard Sale from 8am-4pm. Taft Needs Center Yard Sale at 518 Main Street at 7am. Tuesday- Election Day. Wednesday- Taft High Graduation at Martin Memorial Stadium. Headers and Treaders every Wednesday Night at Art’s Corner. Thursday- Taft Tea Party Meeting at Taft Veterans Hall at 6pm. The Taft Tea Party Meets the 1st Thursday of every month. Lincoln Jr. High Graduation at 7:30pm at Martin Memorial Stadium. Bike Night at Buckolies every Thursday. Save the Date for these Future EventsJune 6th: 1st Friday Cruise Night on Center Street at 6pm. Cruising, shopping, food, drinks, and music. June 7th: Westside Wreck Hers Inaugural Bout at 801 4th Street, gates open at 4, bout at 5pm. Tickets available at Black Gold Brewing Company. After Party at Black Gold Brewing Company. June 9th-13th- West Hills Church of the Nazarene Vacation Bible School. Registration at 5:30, VBS is from 6-8:30pm. It is for all kids ages K-5th Grade. You can Pre-register @ www.westhills.com. Kids bring all your friends. June 11th: Taft Industry Night at the Taft Petroleum Club. Dinner at 7:30. June 12th: The 12th Annual Friends of the NRA Fundraising Banquet and Auction at 5pm at OT Cookhouse. Tickets only $60.00. Live and Silent Auction, Special Drawings, and much more. For more info go to www.FriendsoftheNRA.org or call Travis Milner @ 203-5880 or Toody Porter @ 599-7652. June 14th: Taft Tigersharks Swim Meet at Taft High. Starting Plants from cuttings class at the Taft Community Garden. June 17th: Taft Tigersharks Swim Meet at Taft High. July 4th: Independence Day Taft Chamber Fireworks Show at Rails to Trails at sundown. Donations are being taken at the Taft Chamber. Next Friday June 6th is 1st Friday Cruise Night on Center Street. It all kicks off at 6pm. Several of the shops will be open for shopping. The Lions Club will be serving their famous BBQ. Get Your Sweet On will be serving desserts. The 5th Street Plaza will have a Beer Garden and other non-alcoholic drinks so you can stay cool. So cruise, walk around, have a great meal, get a drink, do some shopping, watch a movie at the Fox, music, and lots of good people. Enjoy your evening in Historic Downtown Taft.

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

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Leaving Oil in the Ground Leaves Americans in the Lurch By Wayne Winegarden Lawmakers in California recently advanced legislation that would temporarily prohibit hydraulic fracturing -- or “fracking” -- across the state. The moratorium would be a significant victory for environmental activists who have long advocated for energy policies that “leave the oil in the ground.” But contrary to the green movement’s wishful thinking, failing to develop America’s oil and natural gas resources will not deliver us to a post-carbon future. It will drive up energy prices, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and deal a blow to our economy -- all while threatening America’s national security. In recent years, a growing number of environmental groups have adopted the “leave it in the ground” rallying cry. In an open letter to the White House in March, 16 environmental organizations asked President Obama to commit “to keeping most of our nation’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground.” Similarly, a new report from the Sierra Club -- one of the country’s largest environmental groups -- calls on the president to limit fossil-fuel development projects. “Keeping these dirty fuels in the ground,” the report asserts, “puts our country on a path where our economy is powered by energy that is clean, safe, secure, and sustainable.” Such statements ignore the fact that our way of life depends on fossil fuels. Failing to develop our country’s oil and gas resources would have devastating economic consequences for average Americans. Moreover, the best way to develop viable alternative energy sources is through economic growth. Leaving the oil in the ground harms economic growth making alternative energy sources less viable, not more viable. According to the Energy Information Administration, about 60 percent of the petroleum products consumed in the United States are produced domestically. If the environmentalists’ suggestions are heeded, these oil supplies would be eliminated. The result would be a drastic spike in the price of everything from heating oil and gasoline to food and clothing. Ending domestic oil and gas production would also erase the enormous economic gains generated by the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing. In 2012, fracking increased the real income of the average American household by the equivalent of $1,200 according to a recent report by consulting firm IHS. That same year, fracking boosted economic growth by an estimated $283 billion. In Florida alone, energy production contributes over $23 billion to the state’s economy. Domestic energy production is also a significant job creator. The oil and gas industry is responsible for 9.8 million jobs across the country according to the American Petroleum Institute. Here in Florida, total industry jobs are nearly 287,000. These are high paying jobs for Floridians, with an average yearly salary of almost $68,000. Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie also estimates that increasing energy production could create another 1.4 million U.S. jobs by 2030. America’s energy renaissance has also eased our dependence on politically unstable parts of the world. The U.S. now leads the world in natural gas production. And, the volume of U.S. production of crude oil is now on par with its imports - the first time this has occurred in almost two decades. The environmental activists’ refusal to develop our nation’s rich oil and gas reserves fails to recognize that today’s green energy technologies have little chance of

The Community Action Partnership of Kern County will be distributing food boxes at the N.E.E.D.S. Center located at 518 Main Street on Wednesday, June 4th 2014 between the hours of 5 and 7 PM. The food boxes, provided by the California Department of Social Services, are for those individuals and families that have been affected by the drought affecting Kern County and California. All that is required is to sign a form attesting that the family has been impacted by the drought. Each Drought Food Assistance Program box contains food staples that will provide a family of four with meals for four days. The box contains beans, rice, vegetable soup, canned fruit and spaghetti. The purpose of this program is to provide for families who are experiencing a period of food insecurity because of the difficult drought conditions. If you need information about the Drought Food Assistance Program, individuals can contact the CAPK information line by phoning 211. replacing fossil fuels anytime soon. For evidence of this, just look at Germany’s aggressive efforts to transition to alternative energy sources like wind and solar. The initiative provides enormous subsidies to green energy through taxes on power bills. Since the program’s implementation in 2000, Germany’s residential electricity prices have skyrocketed. Roughly 800,000 Germans -- including 200,000 of the country’s long-term unemployed -- have seen their power cut off due to unpaid bills. And between 2008 and 2013, Germany’s exorbitant energy prices cost the country’s manufacturing sector $52 billion worth of net exports, according to one analysis. Not surprisingly, the German government voted to reduce green energy subsidies earlier in April. Germany’s experience offers a clear example of what can happen when relatively cheap and efficient sources of energy are abandoned in favor of costly, inefficient green alternatives. And yet, as California’s anti-fracking legislation shows, this evidence has not stopped some policymakers from making the same mistakes here. Until alternative forms of energy can deliver the same value as oil and natural gas, efforts to end fossil-fuel development will remain deeply irresponsible. Wayne Winegarden, PhD, is senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute and a contributing editor to EconoSTATS at George Mason University. Editor’s Note: Lawmakers in California are getting closer to banning fracking. And they’re not alone -- officials in New York, West Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have considered similar measures. But as the author explains, halting the development of oil and gas resources will not deliver the carbon-free future that green activists promise. Instead, it’ll drive up energy prices, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and even threaten our national security.

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Miller Time Gas Prices vs. Miles Driven Hi Everyone, How about those gas prices at the pump ?? Leveled off at about four + clams a gallon and don’t seem to be going down anytime soon. The cause is supposedly that several refineries in CA are doing maintenance. Of course, they do that right before the heavy summer driving season is starting. Why not during the winter ?? Do they need the sun shining to do their work ?? This has the effect that prices are up due to scarce supply and demand. The demand has remained steady over the years, actually going down because of increased fuel efficiencies in the newer cars. The supply seems to be there, but oddly the price per gallon goes up. Have you seen any gas stations closing or reducing hours due to shortages ?? Are your stations doing the odd/even license plate thing we did way back when there were actual shortages ?? I live in oil country; I live in Taft in the heart of the CA oilfields; I support fracking; I support the oil companies for their support given to our local charities, schools, and support groups; but I also am retired and drive a truck and we have a car. The gas stations are required to post their prices out front, the only business required to do so. So it perturbs me when I watch the prices bounce up and down all the time. We all know there are only about 10-12 refineries in CA and they can’t supply all the fuel for us, so we must import the rest from out of state. All this chaotic mess is driving us all crazy because we have no energy plan from the state or national government other than to make it as painful as possible for us to drive. I’ve hashed this out before but here is a new rub. CA State Senator Mark Saulnier from Concord has come up with a brilliant plan. His bill SB 1077 requires each and every vehicle report its mileage over the year so a tax can be levied on the per mile use. The extra income won’t go to improve roads and infrastructure, maybe a little, but the bulk to schools and other social programs because people are driving less and fuel efficiencies are up and less gas tax money is coming in to the state coffer. He is working this bill to say that this is a fee not a tax so only a simple majority is required to pass it by the state legislature. This is the same thinking that increased the state gasoline tax from .18 to .35 per gallon that no one knew about. Then of course, a real danger, the legislature is proposing a 10% wellhead tax to go to schools and such. This is all happening because this state elects folks on the premises that if you elect me, I’ll bring you more services, improve the schools (by the way who broke them) and help all the non taxpayers with giveaway programs and we’ll stick it to the bad ole oil industry to pay for it. Because the power of the legislature comes from the coastal cities, the rest of us are forced to go along. Those living and getting elected from the cities don’t have a clue what is needed in the valley, mountain, and desert communities and they seem not to care. They simply can’t understand why anyone would want to own a pickup. They think we should all drive those little Smart cars. They almost all have a vehicle to drive from their districts to Sacramento, wonder what they drive ?? If you’re mad about this situation, don’t call or write our local reps, they get it. This Saulnier character and his cronies need their ear bent from you, because they don’t get it. What the heck are those that are electing them thinking ?? They don’t own cars ?? They don’t drive to work ?? Don’t they drive on a vacation trip ?? Do they expect to give up their vehicles because there are too many in CA ?? Vehicle sales tax is a huge income source for the state and for local governments. It is crazy to think we are all going to drive electric cars. There are 38 million of us living in CA, and there are 3 times as many vehicles. So those in power want to get rid of cars, shut down the oil industry, quit drilling for oil, no fracking, drive the price of gas through the roof, mandate only small dangerous cars, and tax the crap out of us; even I’ll think about moving to Arizona to enjoy my waning years of retirement to a state who appreciates us and never changes their clocks and gas is nearly .50 per gallon cheaper. If we could only elect folks that have some common sense, not tied to political par-

California State Senate Passes Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $13 per Hour SB 935 (Leno) Would Give California Highest Minimum Wage in the Nation LOS ANGELES, CA- On Thursday May 29th, California State Senate voted 21-12 to raise the state’s minimum wage to at least $13 per hour by 2017. The bill would also require the minimum wage to be automatically adjusted for inflation annually beginning in 2018. The adjustments would be calculated using the California Consumer Price Index and reductions in the minimum wage would be prohibited if inflation is negative in any given period. California Partnership (CAP) Director Vanessa Aramayo said “an increase in California’s minimum wage is long overdue as it is lower than it was in 1965 when adjusted for inflation. SB 935 will reduce the number of Californian’s living in poverty, reduce the number of people going hungry, and increase economic activity in our communities that have been hardest hit by the economic recession and stagnation of wages.” A recent report by Human Impact Partners cites a study that predicts a minimum wage of $13 would help reduce the record high income gap that exists in California today. The study predicts that the income of 7.6 million Californians in families in the lowest quarter of income distribution would rise while the net income of the top 75% of households would not change[1]. California Partnership is a proud co-sponsor of this bill with the Women’s Foundation, the Western Center on Law and Poverty, United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the California State Council of Service Employees International Union. CAP is a statewide coalition of community-based groups, organizing and advocating for the policies and programs that work to reduce and end poverty.

ties, that are there to represent all of us, not there for their own accomplishments and not worried about moving on up the political ladder. I know, I’m a dreamer, I’ve been to other states; I love it here. I love the variety of going to the desert, mountains, or sea in a relatively short span of time. I worry as my kids are deciding their careers and building their families are they going to be forced to look out of State. They are saving their money, living within their means, planning for the future, which is a far cry from what Sacramento is doing. We can only hope that California Dreamin’ is not dead yet. See You Around Town, Randy Miller Living and Dreamin’ in Taft


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Taco Bell Coming Back to Taft

Petroleum Rally Draws Crowd

By Jerry Livingston

By Jerry Livingston Taco Bell is returning to Taft. Developer Rick Jhaj owner of Praysayus Commercial Construction, announced at a news conference Thursday morning at City Hall that his family would be the new franchise owners for Taco Bell in Taft. The family owned enterprise said that the store could be opene in as little as 6 months. Plans are expected to be submitted to the Planning Commission in June for the new building to be sited on Kern street west of 10th street behind Popeye’s. Pending approval of the plans they hope to be open by December of this year. The new restaurant is expected to bring approximately thirty new jobs to town. The Family currently owns a number of franchises in Kern County including Subway, Pizza Hut, and the Shell gas station on Enos Lane. Many Taftians, since the closing of the old Taco Bell last year, were forced to drive to the Taco Bell on Enos Lane at the Shell station. Mr Jhaj stressed that the family are owner/operators who will bring a hands on approach to the restaurant as they have to their other properties in Kern County. Our Newspaper and our Website is FREE Advertise in the The Taft Independent 765-6550

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Taft’s first Petroleum Industry Appreciation & Educational Event was held Thursday, May 29th, at the Historic Fort. The event was sponsored by the Taft City Council and the Taft District Chamber of Commerce. Both Councilmember Orchel Krier and Chamber Executive Director Kathy Orrin were pleased with the turn out and the slate of speakers which included 4th District Kern County Supervisor David Couch, Fred Holmes, President of Holmes Construction, Nick Ortiz of Western Sates Petroleum Association, Blair Knox of California Independent Petroleum Agency and Les Clark from the Independent Oil Producers Agency.

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June Election Reccommendations

The June primary election is next Tuesday and we are making reccomendations for a few local and statewide elections that will have an impact on how Kern County and the State of California will make policies and laws that affect our lives. Your vote is important because once elected, our representatives have license to do what they think is best for you. The effect on our local economy of recent state anti-oil fracking legislation, for example, has threatened our way of life and will have an even greater devasting impact if we elect representatives whose misguided goal is to stop all oil production through onerous legislation or idealistic beliefs based on imaginary threats to the environment. The current war on the coal industry is an example of what government can do to devastate whole communties and people’s way of life. Remember the once thriving timber industry? This same approach to protecting the environment is ruining our chance at being energy independent, and increasing the cost of everything from food and gasoline, to utility bills and supporting a family. We believe that people - jobs and our economy - should be the first consideration when making laws. Common sense and economic considerations should be the deciding factors when makng laws like these that have such a sweeping effect on our lives. Please vote this Tuesday. Governor: Lt. Governor: Secretary of State: Treasurer: State Controller: Attorney General: Insurance Commissioner: Congress: State Senate: State Assembly: Kern County Auditor Controler: Proposition 41: Proposition 42:

Fred Holmes

The goal for the event was to educate community members on the impact of recent legislation (Senate Bill 4 increasing regulations on the use of hydraulic fracturing such as mandatory public disclosure of content of the chemicals used, integrity testing before and after fracturing and regular testing of nearby drinking water sources.) and current and continuing proposals to apply a severance tax to oil production. Of particular concern was the proposal to establish an oil severance tax of 9 percent. Holmes stated that the impact would be significant, especially in ongoing maintenance of existing wells that were marginal producers. Several of the Speakers announced that a number of bills the industry perceived to be detrimental to the continued health of the industry had been defeated so far this session but stressed

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the need for sustained vigilance and community support to insure that both the legislative and regulatory climate would be open to the needs of the oil producing community. The audience also heard via video from the Kern area’s Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Senators Jean Fuller and Andy Vidak and Assemblywoman Shannon Grove all of whom expressed there support for the industry and there continued willingness to work in Washington D.C. and Sacramento to oppose legislation they believed was harmful to the industry. Senator Vidak brought a laugh to the room with his sign off of “Drill here, drill now!” Mayor Paul Linder announced that next year’s event would be held in October to coincide with Oildorado.

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Lot’s going on in Taft By John Swearengin The Taft High Varsity Softball Team won the Valley Championship last Friday for the second year in a row. Russ Emberson’s amazing Wildcats was one of the best Softball Teams in the State this year. It is sad that they are losing some seniors this year but they are still stacked with talent so look for another Valley Championship next year. Also special thanks to the Taft High Landscape Crew, they did an outstanding job on the softball field. Congrats to Tanner Leikam on his great TUHS Golf Season. They play their home competitions at the beautiful Buena Vista Golf Course and they all did very well. We are very lucky to have light traffic in Taft except for the mid afternoon but still it is not too bad. That is one of many things we take for granted in Taft. We take the Fox Theatre for granted. Low prices, Foxcorn, excellent snack bar, are just a few reasons why it is “The Place to Go!” Now that summer is coming so is the Taft Heat. I like when it is not crowded but that is not good for the Fox. The big theatre’s A/C is not working so that means the other two theaters will be crowded. We are usually so lucky to not have to sit by anyone or sometimes have anyone around you at all. Remember if you were watching a movie in Bakersfield you would be packed in so please continue to go to the Fox and be kind to your neighbor. I love popcorn, licorice, sodas, and hot dogs everyday but they even taste better while watching a movie at the Fox Theatre. Just thinking about it makes me want to get some of their Foxcorn. The Taft Relay for Life from a few weeks ago made $60,357.55. It was a great event and several people worked very hard to make it happen. Remember the Taft Relay for Life is in May every year so be prepared to support it next year. Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to make it a success. There are rumors of someone trying to put in a Drive In Theater in the area of Enos Lane and Taft highway. That would be cool to have a Drive In back in Kern County and it would only be a 20 minute drive. I hope it happens but for now it looks like it is a rumor. That is a nice area with Kern County Raceway, Kern County Gun Club, BV Lake, the beautiful Buena Vista Golf Course, and the BV Roadhouse Café. A lot of improvements have been going on recently in South Taft. The Water District is replacing water lines and

other crews are putting in sewer lines. Several streets in Taft Heights are going to be resurfaced this summer. Everyone is excited about the Sandy Creek Estates coming very soon. The dirt work should start any day. These homes are top notch and should sell like hot cakes. There is a lot of hope that the Taft Real Estate Market is going to take off so if you are going to sell your current Taft Home keep your money with local Realtors. There are several local great Real Estate Businesses here like Causey Reality, West Valley Real Estate, and Re/Max. Sam Causey from Causey Reality is as nice as they come and Byron Young at West Valley is a great TUHS Class of 95 Classmate of mine. There are also several great Realtors that live in Taft like Lisa Brown, Laura Geiger, Karri Christensen, Doug Hunt, and several others. Lisa Brown and Laura Geiger may work for out of town Real Estate Companies but they live here, shop here, their family is here, and they make Taft a better place. So whoever your Realtor is make sure some of that money somehow comes back to Taft in one way or another. So much of the Real Estate Market is in Bakersfield but keep what you can in Taft. I spoke about keeping our money Taft in one way or another because my Dad worked in Bakersfield for over 30 years. He loves Taft and has lived here for 70 years. He is a third Generation Taftian. My daughter is now the fifth generation of Swearengin’s in Taft. My Dad worked in Bakersfield because the vehicle market was so much better there. He may have worked in Bakersfield but he lived, shopped, supported Taft 100%, and made Taft a better place. He may have been employed in Bakersfield but he brought his paychecks back home to Taft. There are lots of times that you may not be able to support Taft the way you would like but please try to support Taft in one way or another. Stay Positive Taft!

Athlete of the Week 5-30-15

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Chuy won in singles and doubles in a 7-2 win over Immanuel May 14 to lead the Wildcats to TUHS first boys’ tennis Section title. He finished the year with a record of 41-7. Congratulations Chuy and keep up the great work!

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Liberty Under Fire “Guns Everywhere Law,” now Signed Harold Pease, PH. D In a picturesque open-air picnic area with a creek running through it, hundreds gathered in one of the most memorably political events in Georgia’s history. Following prayer, the singing of the national anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law, effective July 1, the most liberal gun carry legislation in the country. The popular Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, known by anti-Second Amendment adversaries as the “Guns Everywhere Law,” passed with by-partisan support in the State House 112-58 and in the State Senate 37-18. The legislation still requires a background check and good standing with the law for the license, and is extended to the permit holders of 28 states that issue CCW permits. The law exempts government buildings and airport terminals having security personnel, but other government buildings and airport facilities are not exempted. Churches, bars, and schools have the right to exclude guns in their facilities should they wish to. Police are no longer permitted to hold a person “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license,” which was a concern to some law enforcement personnel, but firefighters and emergency responders could be armed. This last measure was in response to a man recently having held firefighters hostage in his home. This would never have happened had they been armed. Governor Deal in his address prior to signing the law cited passages of the Declaration of Independence as the authority behind the new law and quoted from its principle author, Thomas Jefferson. “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms, as a last resort, is to protect themselves against the tyranny in government.” The governor

then added, “While we still guard against tyranny, America today cherishes this right so that people who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from those who don’t follow the rules.” The new law “will protect law abiding citizens by expanding the number of places that they can carry their guns without penalty,” he said. Yes, most Georgians are ecstatic about the new law but other places with more lawlessness are gradually seeing similarly the benefits of an armed citizenry. A few months ago police Chief James Graig of Detroit astounded the anti-Second Amendment people with his advocacy that the citizens be armed to protect themselves in his city. Basically with burglary, rape, and murder as high as in New York City, with three times the population, and with his force of only 3,000 officers to protect 700,000, and to reign in the lawless, he freely admits that it cannot be done without citizen help. Prior to his becoming the city police chief, response time for Level One priority calls was 58 minutes. Under his leadership it is still unacceptably between 8 and 11 minutes. Basically the victim (perhaps you) has already been, robbed, rapped or murdered. “When seconds count, police are just minutes away.” The Chief says that, “It’s certainly not saying we can’t do our job; it’s saying we can’t be on every block, every corner, every minute of the day to be able to respond in seconds when someone is confronted with a dangerous situation.” To the anti-gun few he argues, “We’re not advocating violence. We’re advocates of not being victims” (1st Freedom, June 2014, pp. 32-35, 61-62). Does law enforcement agree with further arming the citizenry? In a recent survey of 15,000 cops the question was asked. “What would help most in preventing large-scale shootings in public?” Out of eight choices provided, 29 percent chose “more permissive concealed carry policies for civilians.” The next highest category, nearly 20 percent, cited “more aggressive institutionalization for mentally ill persons,” all other categories were decidedly less. With respect to “What effect do you think a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of some semi-automatic firearms, termed by some as ‘assault weapons,’ would have on reducing violent crime? Seventy-one percent said none” (Ibid. p. 30).

Think about it. Perhaps “Guns Everywhere” laws are the answer to reduced crime. Those with CCW permits must have a virtually spotless record, must have some training and are among our most respected citizens. Why shouldn’t we trust them to protect themselves responsibly? We will have a chance to observe crime rates in Georgia and Detroit in time; my prediction is that in both places crime will go down. 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 www.LibertyUnderFire.org.

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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.

Taft First Assembly Your Neighborhood Church 314 Asher Ave

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First Baptist Church

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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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Midweek services start Wednesday, March 5 at 7pm. For more information: Email, info@wkcc-taft.org Phone, (661) 623-5001 Website: www.wkcc-taft.org 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

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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 Emmons Park Drive (across from the College). Worship service begins at 10:00 a.m. Communion will be offered 1st and 3rd Sundays 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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The City of Taft is seeking a proactive goal driven leader to serve as the Public Works Supervisor and Safety Officer. Reporting to the Director of Public Works this position is responsible to plan, assign, perform, supervise, and inspect activities and work relating to the operation, maintenance, and inspection of Cityowned streets and facilities, including buildings, grounds, and parks. As the City’s Safety Officer, the incumbent is responsible to identify and eliminate hazardous

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(661) 769-6469 upgrades, 909 San Joaquin in Maricopa, $115,000 Call for more information Westside - Americana Real Estate (661) 765-5000 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 Real Estate eBroker Inc. By Appointment Karri Christensen LIC# 01522411 & #01333971 661-332-6597 www.BuyTaft.com 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

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APART. FOR RENT Fully furnished rooms in a comfortable home environment at less than 1/3 hotel rates. All utilities included: water, gas, electric, trash, dish network cable (HB0), wi-fi internet access use of washer/dryer. $675/m or $22.50/day... with access to fully stocked kitchen for cooking and BBQ grills in back yard with patio furniture. Light housekeeping provided weekly. You just bring your clothes, bath towels and bath room necessities. Call Mark at 805-689-4122

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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.

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New Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Selected

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GOLETA, CA, May 28, 2014….U.S. Forest Service officials announced the selection of Robert Baird as the new Forest Supervisor for Los Padres National Forest. Baird succeeds Peggy Hernandez, who retired in February. Baird currently serves as Deputy National Fire Director for Operations, Aviation, and Risk Management on the Fire and Aviation Management staff in the Forest Service’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to assuming his current position, Baird spent 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in early 2012. He is a veteran of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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“Bob has an extensive background as a leader both in the military and in the fire organization,” said Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore. “He is familiar with California and is a welcome addition to the Regional Leadership Team.”

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Baird is a native of Riverside, Calif. He earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1989, graduated with honors from the Naval War College in 2000, and received his M.A. from the Marine Corps University in 2006. Baird recently completed the USDA Senior Executive Candidate Development Program through the American University. “I am looking forward to joining the Los Padres and working with the talented staff and dedicated employees who make the forest the special place that it is,” Baird said. “There are many important challenges and opportunities ahead of us, and I’m eager to work collectively with the public and our partners to build consensus around these issues.” Baird and his wife, the former Linda Wright of Huntley, New Zealand, have seven children.

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Deputy Forest Supervisor Ken Heffner, who has served as Interim Forest Supervisor since Hernandez’s retirement, will continue to fill that role until Baird arrives in July.

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