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Independent The Taft

June 22 - 28, 2012



June 22 - 28, 2012 • Volume 6 Issue 52

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

City of Taft Appoints Craig Jones As New City Manager Old’s Cool Celebrates Grand Opening On Center Street

West Side Recreation Report: Summer Edition Full Of Activities

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Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher............4 West Side Recreation Report .........5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7


Community Events News Briefs Taft California “Home of the Taft Oilworkers Monument” “Gateway to the Carrizo Plain National Monument” Have a community event that you would like to include? Email it to us at

June 27th - Breakfast Sit-N-Sip at Jo’s Restaurant 9am. PG&E Seminar July 4th - Westside Christian Ministries Association and Chamber 4th of July Family Picnic at the Rails to Trails July 18th - Brighthouse Mixer at the Taft Chamber at 5:30pm July 28th-29th - Derby Acres Tumbleweed Festival

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August 11th - Westside Community Resource Center Backpack Drive

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August 20th - School starts

Westside News.................9

August 30th - Taft College 90th Birthday Party 12pm-2pm

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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 Jessica Skidgel Graphic Design Jessica Skidgel Contributing Writers June Woods, Jessica Miller, Kent Miller, Wesley Morris, Nicole Frost Columnists Randy Miller, Wendy Soto, Mimi Collins, Jane McCabe, Dr. Harold Pease Subscriptions\Delivery Tim Webb, Patrick Harget

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August 31st - September 3rd, Taft Bike Fest September 27th - Last Farmers Market September 29th - Taft College/ TIL Casino Night

Taft Chamber of Commerce & WCMA To Host Fourth of July All-Community Picnic At Rails To Trails You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual WCMA and Taft Chamber of Commerce Rails to Trails Fourth of July Family Picnic. This family fun event is sponsored by the Taft Chamber of Commerce and the Westside Christian Ministers Association. On Wednesday July 4th, from 10AM to 3PM, families can participate in several activities including a children’s bike parade, pie eating contests, watermelon eating contests, and water balloon launching. There is no charge to attend the event and participate in the contests. Local churches will enter their ice cream in the Best Homemade Ice Cream contest and Praise teams take the stage singing patriotic and contemporary Christian songs. Snow cones, vendors, live music, and free water slides for the kids are a few of the highlights of this year’s event. Good, clean fun is expected at this free event open to the entire community. If you or your company would like to be involved with the 2012 Fourth of July Community Picnic, we have several vendor spots available. Each vendor space is 12x12 and costs $40. Contact the Chamber at 765-2165 for additional information or stop by at 400 Kern Street for a vendor form. Fireworks are most commonly associated with the Fourth of July festivities. Unfortunately, the cost of fireworks is outside of our budget this year. Our community has expressed interest in bringing fireworks back to Taft, but we need your help! The Taft Chamber is putting together a committee to raise money for the 2013 Fourth of July Fireworks Show. This is the time of year everyone thinks about fireworks celebrating our Nation’s Independence. In order to plan for such a large event, we need to start now. If you would like to participate, please contact Shannon at with your name, phone number, available meeting times, and ideas.

Summer Reading Program Offers Fun At Library San Joaquin Community Hospital Will Dream big–READ! at the Kern County Library this summer, when the 2012 Be Offering FREE Childhood Summer Reading Program kicks off on Thursday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. with a performance of “Sleeping Beauty” by The Omnipresent Puppet Theater. Young and Immunizations old alike will enjoy this free show, which will be held in the Taft College Cougar Room, directly behind the Taft Branch. The Taft Branch will offer Summer Storytime every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for 3 to 8 year-olds, in addition to the weekly entertainment for all ages on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. All Thursday programs are free and will be held in the Taft College Cougar Room. They are sponsored by the Kern County Friends of the Library, the Westside Friends of the Library, and the Taft College Library: June 14: Omnipresent Puppet Theater June 21: Jeff Lee’s Working Wildlife June 28: The Magic of Christopher Lopez July 12: CALM Traveling Zoo July 19: Storyteller Jim Cogan July 28: Stone Soup Story Theater Kids who read 10 or more books of their choice during June and July will earn rewards, including a free paperback book provided by the Kern County Friends of the Library, a coupon for a free pretzel at Auntie Anne’s, and a ticket for free admission to Legoland (while supplies last). Children who are not yet readers can participate by having stories read to them. Reading Records will be available at the Taft Branch starting June 12, after they have read their first book. For more information, call 763-3294, checkout the website at or visit the Taft Branch Library at 27 Emmons Park Drive. Hours of opening are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

San Joaquin Community Hospital will be offering FREE Childhood Immunizations for children against vaccine preventable diseases at the following sites for the month of July 2012: Taft City School District – Thursday, July 19th 820 6th Street, (parking lot), Taft from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm All immunizations are FREE of charge to children. No appointment necessary, but immunization cards are required. We may stop registration 30 minutes before closing time. We also offer the Hemoglobin test FREE of charge and require a WIC, school or doctor referral. Please be aware, children under 5 years of age and their siblings will be given priority due to First 5 Kern funding. For more information call (661) 869-6740.

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Comedy At The Oasis If you’re looking for some laughs and entertainment tonight, there will be a stand-up comedy show at the Oasis at 7:30 p.m. Five comics will be performing, including Taft locals Andrew Boydston and Ronald Connell. Bakersfield comedian Joe Alaniz and Fresno natives Steven Burt and Chris Cruz will also be performing. As the current 95.7 Fox “Laugh Off ” Competition winner, Cruz will be bringing his comedy to the southern part of the valley as the night’s headliner. The show is for ages 18 and over and there will be a $5 cover charge.

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City Council Update By Kent Miller Taft City Council has dropped the interim from the titles of City Manager Craig Jones and Police Chief Ed Whiting. Meeting in closed session before the regular council meeting Tuesday, councilmembers voted 5-to-0 to make Jones and Whiting permanent, effective July 1. Jones has served as both public works manager and interim city manager since Bob Gorson resigned the post four months ago. Whiting has been interim police chief since Chief Ken McMinn retired effective Dec. 31. Demolitions okayed The council entered into contracts with NSM Inc. to demolish structures located at 105 ½ Lucard St. And 108 7th St. The Lucard Street agreement is for $6,500 and the 7th Street contract is for $10,500. The city’s Code Enforcement staff identified the two structures as in dangerous states of disrepair, Jones said in his report to the council. The property owners were notified to repair or remove the structures and took no actions, he said. The property owners are required to reimburse the city for the demolition costs before the property can be sold, Jones said. No pot holes There are no holes in the city and county zoning ordinances that would permit the establishing of a medical marijuana dispensary in the city of Taft or the surrounding county areas of Ford City, Taft Heights, or South Taft, Paul Gorte, acting community development director, told the council. Restrictions on how far away from such sites as schools, and the city’s 2006 and 2008 banning of dispensaries in commercial and industrial districts and the denying of dispensaries as a home occupation make it impossible to place a dispensary in the greater Taft area, Gorte said. There are only a couple of areas west of Interstate 5 where a medical marijuana dispensary could be located, he said. And none of the sites are near the greater Taft area, Gorte told the council. Preliminary budget City staff and the Finance Committee are preparing a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13, Jones told the council. “In order for the city to continue daily operations after June 30 ... it is necessary for the council to adopt a resolution which appropriates funds for continued operations at the currently approved level,” Jones told the council. The resolution, which was approved by a 5-to-0 vote of the council as one of the Consent Calendar items, will remain in effect until superseded by adoption of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget, he said. Elections The council approved a trio of resolutions concerning the Nov. 6 Continued on Page 11


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Kern County Sheriff ’s Office Reminds Citizens to Reduce Opportunity for Crime

The Kern County Sheriff ’s Office would like to remind citizens to help us reduce crime by reducing the opportunity for crime. Thefts are often crimes of opportunity. Unlocked vehicles, vehicles with windows partially or completely rolled down, valuables left out in the open, tall shrubs, unlocked homes, and open doors or windows are invitations for theft. The Sheriff ’s Office is asking citizens to be more vigilant in securing their vehicles, primarily at night. Additionally, citizens can act as an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement, and report any suspicious activity when they see it. When reporting activity citizens should be prepared to briefly describe the activity, indicate if the crime is in progress, describe the suspects gender, race, height, weight, hair color, clothing, and any distinctive characteristics, and provide detailed vehicle information including a license plate number if possible. To report suspicious activity, please call 661-861-3110. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message. Other home security tips include: -Lock all gates to side and backyards -Keep bushes and trees neatly landscaped -Use good door locks with deadbolts -Secure sliding doors and windows with good locking devices -Keep your home well lit -Secure your garage door, and don’t leave it open during the day -Do not open the door to people you are unfamiliar with -Give the appearance your home is occupied by leaving a stereo or television on when not home -Make arrangements for neighbors to pick up newspapers and mail when you are on vacation The Sheriff ’s Office also promotes the Neighborhood Watch program as a great way for neighbors to collaborate with each other and law enforcement to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. If you would like additional information on the Neighborhood Watch program please call the Sheriff ’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 661-391-7559.


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by Stephanie House MINI CHEER CAMP Who: Ages 4-12 When: June 27-29, Wednesday though Friday Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Where: TUHS Mirror Room (north end of the football stadium) Fee: $30 per person Final Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 26 The Taft Union High School Cheer Squads, along with advisors Kelly Morris, Stacy Haiungs, Rosemary Day and Jordan Cordova, will be hosting this fun cheer camp where kids will learn cheers, chants and a dance. A performance for parents will also be held. Registration includes a t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed after June 22 registration deadline). COMPETITION CHEERLEADING Who: Grades K-8 (in the 2012/2013 school year) When: Monday and Wednesday Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m. Where: Community Center Auditorium Term 1: July 2 – August 29 Fee: $100 per person (20% discount for additional siblings) Coaches: Nicole Cleveland and Heather Foss Would you like to be a part of the Fire & Ice Elite Competition Cheerleading Squad? This competition program will operate year-round. There are no try-outs; all children registered will participate. Squad(s) will compete according to skill level. Cheerleaders must be enrolled prior to the start of Term 2 (September 3) to be a part of the squad. It is recommended that cheerleaders start with Term 1 to maximize their learning, training and fundraising opportunities. Cheerleaders enrolled in Term 1 will receive a $50 credit toward the purchase of their uniform. A minimum of 5 girls are needed for competition. For a packet with complete program, give us a call or email a request to SUMMER FUN! Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 11 – July 19 Taft College Gym Ages 6 and up FREE! This fun program keeps kids busy with crafts, games, sports and other fun activities. Younger children are welcome to attend with an adult. Kids must have completed a year of kindergarten to attend the program without a parent or guardian. GAMES GALORE Thursday, June 28 1:30-3:00 p.m. Community Center Auditorium Grades 1-8 FREE! Join us for some fun and games! We will have classic board games plus lots of fun games on Nintendo Wii. SLUMBER PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA Friday, June 29 7:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. Community Center Auditorium Girls ages 6-11 $15 per person ** registration deadline – Wednesday, June 27 Girls ages 6-11 are invited to a night of special slumber party fun! We will watch movies, do crafts, make snacks… and eventually get some sleep. We will also have breakfast donuts before you go home on Saturday morning. Pre-registration is required; activity minimum of 15 girls and maximum of 30. ART IS FUN! Monday, July 2 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Grades K-6, Community Center Assembly Room Ages 3-5, Recreation Center Preschool Room $2 per person Drop by for an hour of painting, drawing, coloring, and more! Kids are welcome to come create their own work of art using crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint and more. BBQ LUNCH & MOVIE Friday, July 6 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Community Center Assembly Room Grades 1-8 $3 per person Hot dogs! We’ve got hot dogs! Bring your appetite to this fun lunch outing. We will serve barbecued hot dogs, chips, drinks and watch the movie “101 Dalmatians.”

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FABULOUS FINGER FOODS Tuesday, July 10 Ages 6-10, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Community Center Assembly Room, $6 per person Ages 3-5, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Recreation Center Preschool Room, $5 per person Pre-registration required by Monday, July 9 We will make a variety of easy and yummy treats – all of which you can eat with your fingers! MOTHER DAUGHTER LUNCHEON Who: Girls ages 3 and older When: Saturday, July 14 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Community Center Auditorium Fee: $30 per couple, $5 each additional daughter Preliminary Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 3 Final Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 12 Moms, daughters and grandmas are invited to a special afternoon of “girl” time. There will be a finger food lunch, a photo opportunity, activities and time to socialize. Pre-registration is required. A minimum of 20 paid families must be registered by the July 3 preliminary deadline or the event may be cancelled. SWIM LESSONS Register now in the District Office! Session 2: July 2-12 Session 3: July 16-26 $20 per session – Parent & Child $30 per session – Preschool, Levels 1-3 All ages are invited to learn to swim or improve their skills by participating in one of our swim lesson classes. Classes include Preschool, Parent & Child and Levels 1-3. Each session is 2-weeks long, with classes taking place Monday through Thursday. STOP Program Scholarships are available. LUNCHTIME WATER WORKOUT Who: Ages 14+ When: July 3-26 Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Where: Natatorium Pool, 821 4th Street, Taft Fee: $60 per person monthly or $10 per person, per day Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 28 Think it’s too hot to work out? Think again… Recreation Center Trainers are taking work-outs to the pool! You don’t need to be a strong swimmer; we will be in the shallow end. You will be working out in and out of the water, so wear something you’re comfortable in. Monthly registrations must be paid in advance in the District Office or Recreation Center – monthly registrations will NOT be accepted at the Natatorium. STRENGTH SPEED & POWER CAMP Who: Grades 8+ When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Session 2: July 10 – August 2 Where: Aera Gymnasium, Recreation Center Fee: $40 per person, per session or $10 daily Register now in the District Office or at the Recreation Center! B.E.S.T. (British European Soccer Training) CAMP Who: Ages 6-16 When: July 23-27 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Where: TUHS Soccer Fields and Wrecker Field (Recreation Center) Fee: $99 per person, per session Registration deadline: Thursday, July 12 WSYSL – WEST SIDE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE Division 1: Ages 7-9 Division 2: Ages 10-12 Division 3: Ages 13-15 Season: August 27 – November 17 When: Weekday practices and Saturday games Fee: $50 per player Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 2 The goal of the WSYSL is to create a soccer environment that is fun and conducive to learning for all ages and ability levels. Please note: shin guards are mandatory. UPCOMING ACTIVITY REGISTRATION Registration for some of our Fall activities and programs begins soon, so don’t wait until the last minute! For more information and complete activity descriptions, please visit us online at Registration currently underway for: YOUTH & INSTRUCTIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL, PUNT, PASS, KICK & CATCH, INSTRUCTIONAL SOCCER and WSYSL – WEST SIDE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE Registration begins July 10: PRESCHOOL – returning students Registration begins July 17: PRESCHOOL – new students RECREATION CENTER: SUMMER MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL Monthly Memberships (new or renewal) are just $20 through August 31 Regular price is $30 – you save $10! Recreation Center Memberships cover use of the gymnasium and weight room for drop-in activities. For more information, contact the Recreation Center at 765-6677.



August 6-8, 2012 6:30-9:30 p.m. Community Center Auditorium All Ages $5 per person facility fee (minimum of 10 paid students required)

COMMUNITY THEATRE AUDITIONS Monday, July 23 Wednesday, July 25 6:30 p.m. Community Center Activity Building All Ages Fall production – “The Wizard of Oz”



Westside News & Business Briefs

Craig Jones Appointed As Taft’s New City Manager By June Woods

On Tuesday, Taft City Council voted unanimously to offer Craig Jones the position of city manager; he had been acting as interim city manager. Jones had his initiation in city business as head of Public Works for four years where he oversaw roads, parks, sewers, water treatment plants and other important concerns related to infrastructure. “He’s just what we need,” said Mayor Randy Miller of the appointment. “Why go outside?” During his stint as interim city manager, Jones has cultivated good teamwork among the senior staff, Miller said, and he has encouraged groups such as the Taft Chamber of Commerce to work with the city in meeting goals. “We are very pleased that he is going to be our new city manager,” said Dr. Kathy Orrin, Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We have been working with him as public works manager and he has been wonderful. He has always made sure everything was shipshape for our events.” Orrin said that even when they overlooked some detail in planning for an event, Jones would remember it and make sure it was handled. “I always appreciated him as public works manager. He returns phone calls and he’s always helpful, asking things like, ‘well, have you considered this?’” Essential to smooth operations within a city is the rapport a city manager has with the city council. Jones said he has confidence in the current city council. “If you look at the years of experience each council member brings to the table, you’ll see that it’s a wellbalanced and knowledgeable board,” Jones said. The city council also needed someone who, like Jones, has an intimate familiarity with the city’s current needs. The city is in the middle of several pieces of business that need to be seen through by someone acquainted with the details of those projects. Bringing someone new in could have slowed the progress already being made. The biggest challenge the city faces today, according to Jones, is that related to the closure of the Community Correctional Facility. “CCF’s closure meant the layoff of 50 city employees,” he said. “Some of those employees have been with us since the facility opened in 1991.” Another thing that CCF’s closure meant was the reduction of $800,000 out of the city’s operating budget. “That largely went to the support of public safety, things like police and fire.” He said that on top of that loss in revenue was the economic turndown, which led to lower amounts being collected in taxes. To recoup some of those losses, the city is in talks with Los Angeles County to take 512 of its county inmates. “Our cost of housing inmates is lower than theirs is,” he said. He expects a

favorable end to the negotiations soon. Jones also sees issues surrounding the loss of the Redevelopment Agency as something that greatly impacts the city. Among the projects the agency oversaw was Rails to Trails, which the state could force the sale of and take a portion of the money from the sale. “The city has gone to tremendous Craig Jones lengths to protect the property,” Jones said. Since the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency, the Successor Agency Board has been advising the city on issues redevelopment handled, including those impacting the 46-acre Rails to Trails project. The city’s stance is that the project is already in contract and can’t be absolved. Orrin said the Chamber is looking forward to working with the new city manager on improving the 5th Street Plaza up to Rails to Trails. The Chamber had applied for a grant to make the needed improvements, but lost. “The 5th Street Plaza is not very inviting, and it’s just plain too hot,” Orrin said. The chamber had hoped to use the grant money to plant trees and foliage from the plaza to Rails to Trails to make it more aesthetically pleasing and to cool it down in the hot summer months. “That was a very competitive grant,” Jones said. “I was told by someone in the parks department that they (Taft’s Chamber of Commerce) ranked high. My opinion is they lost it because the Rails to Trails property is in jeopardy.” He said the city is now working on finding money for the needed improvements. “We have taken steps in the interim by applying for a USDA grant to help with shade structures to improve the 5th Street Plaza and to make it a cooler place.” The city also wants the grant money to be able to hire a manager for the farmers’ market. “We want to bring in more vendors,” Jones said. “With more vendors, we would have more people coming to the farmers’ market.” Jones looks forward to working with the Chamber on other projects as well as with other entities within the city. “The city has a great relationship with the Taft Chamber of Commerce, and it gets better as time goes by. We also have a good relationship with the West Side Recreation District, and I’d like to deepen that. They do a lot of great things for the citizens of Taft. The same goes for Taft College,” he said, adding that the city school district and Taft Union High School, too, are exemplary in making sure that Taft is the best it can be.

June 22 - 28 2012

The city is also forging ahead to solve problems that have been around for a long time. “Housing is a big issue,” Jones said. “Taft has a severe lack of housing—sale or rent.” He points to the heavy traffic on Highway 119 during commuting hours as evidence of the housing shortage. According to Jones, a healthier housing stock would help divert some of that traffic. “Not all of those who commute from Bakersfield to Taft to work would buy homes in Taft, but some would,” he said. “We’re working with a developer who is looking at building housing units.” The developer the city is working with is considering multi-family structures such as townhouses and condominiums next to Rails to Trails. “These are going to be market-rate units and not lowincome.” He said the city is also in need of a hotel if it plans to draw people in for events. “We’re working on bringing a high-end hotel to the area,” Jones said, “there is a dire need for it. Most of our motels are full all the time.” A new hotel is necessary if Taft wants to draw people to the city for events, which Jones hopes Taft continues to increase. He’d also like to see a larger meeting place, one that can hold up to 200 people, so that the city can accommodate conventions. The blighted areas of Taft and the unincorporated areas have always been a concern, and it is one issue the Chamber of Commerce is hoping the new city manager will move forward on. “I’d like to see the blighted areas of Taft taken care of,” Orrin said. “It’s going to take cooperation of county code enforcement—a lot of places are on county property. But now that Craig has been appointed, I’m sure he’ll be able to do more. And, I think our new supervisor (David Couch) will listen to our concerns about these blighted areas.” Jones said he already has a good working relationship with the new supervisor, but he’d like to have more involvement with the county to take care of the blighted areas, and to work on other concerns. “I’d like to see us work in conjunction with the county on several projects,” he said. He recalled the city and county joining forces recently to make improvements on a street that joined an incorporated and unincorporated area. “We worked very well together,” he said. Jones knows that work and cooperation are important for the city to meet its goals, but funds are essential. “I would love to see the city revenues increase, which would mean more money to spend for city improvement projects,” he said. To accomplish this, new business is needed, and Jones has already set a system of service in place to win over potential investors and show that Taft is a business-friendly environment. “We’ve improved our services so that potential developers get their answers right away and are connected to the right person.” The improvement began with the appointment of Debra Elliott as Enterprise Zone Manager, which Jones describes as a “gatekeeper” Continued on Page 11

June 22 - 28, 2012


Westside News & Business Briefs

West Side Mosquito & Vector Control District Warns About West Nile Virus

The West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant in the fight against mosquitoes. The California Department of Public Health has just released a statement confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus this year. The virus was confirmed in a 70-year old woman in Bakersfield. Mosquito activity reaches its peak during the summer months, and Kern County is home to several species that may carry Malaria, West Nile Virus, and Encephalitis. Mosquitoes complete their life cycle in standing water and can emerge as adults in less than a week during the summer months. Diseases are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Individuals are encouraged to minimize the threat of mosquito bites by following these simple practices. First, drain and eliminate all sources of standing water on your property. Flower pots, old tires, buckets, gutters, pet bowls, water leaks, and cesspools are common areas where mosquitoes may breed. Second, be aware that peak mosquito activity occurs during dawn and dusk. If you are outdoors in the early morning or evening wear proper clothing and repellent. Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens that are free of holes and tears. Avoid leaving doors and windows open during morning and evening hours. Finally, apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Following these practices can help reduce the risk of mosquito bites and ensure that everyone enjoys their activities this summer. Birds are also an important factor in the disease transmission cycle. Birds may serve as a host or reservoir for disease. Female mosquitoes acquire disease by biting infected birds. If a dead bird is found in your area you may call the California Department of Public Health Services WNV Bird Hotline at 1-877-968-2473. Dead birds should not be handled, the CDPH will arrange for our District to pick up the bird and ship it for WNV testing. If you find a possible source of mosquito breeding or have adult mosquitoes around your home please call our office at 661-7633510. Office hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. We also have mosquito fish available for those who have ponds, fountains, or water troughs. Again, we need everyone’s help this summer to ensure that mosquitoes don’t impact our lives and daily activities.

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Old’s Cool, the new antique store at 511 Center Street, opened its doors for business with a ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Taft Chamber of Commerce and reception yesterday, June 21st. The event was attended by many well-wishers, who wanted to congratulate its owners Reneé and Greg Hill on their exciting addition to the commercial life of Center Street. On display in the 5000 square feet of space is a cornucopia of antiques that the Hills have collected for years and those owned by other vendors who have rented space from them. It all makes for a dazzling display of treasures from days gone by. If you have not done so already when you stop by here are some of the things that will dazzle and delight you, and the prices are usually quite reasonable: • A whole room of old radios in wooden cases (evoking the pre-television era when the whole family would gather to listen to broadcasts.) A 1946 Zenith, for example, sells for $150. • LP record players and collections of old records • Western paintings and photographs. There’s a painting by famed artist Charles Russell. If it’s an original oil painting, it’s worth far more than it’s priced. • An entire wall of Barbie dolls and other dolls (representing such historic ladies such as Queen Elizabeth I) • Photographs of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood • Jamie Walcock’s wire trees • Handmade quilts • A croquet set • Antique furniture, some with exquisite woodwork • Maggie Blackwell’s beautifully-framed pastels, including some of her Air Stream Trailer work and the Gosford House • My favorite—a three-foot statue of an Oriental guard with his hand raised as if saying, “Halt!” There are numerous old oriental pieces—statues, furniture, and boxes • Collections of colored glassware—blue, ruby, green, purple, and white • Original Fiesta dishes • A painted black folding screen • A stunning painting of two leopards The list goes on and on. If you can corner Greg Hill he will tell you just how thrilled he and Reneé are by the support from the people of Taft. “It takes a community to make a go of a business,” he says. Mr. Hill, originally from San Diego, has ideas for the further development of Center Street, like designating an evening each week when the street is closed to cars and people can bring and display their own treasures for sale. It just may be that Old’s Cool will give Center Street just the jump start it needs and will encourage other entrepreneurs to open up businesses in Taft. We hope so.

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Liberty Under Fire


Can a President Nullify Existing Law by Himself ? Dr. Harold Pease Normally I do not write on talk show topics, wherein there exists extensive coverage (how be it little depth), I prefer introducing topics missed or under covered by the establishment news, but too few seem to care about the Constitutional fallout from the President’s most unconstitutional executive order/directive ever. Have we no Constitutionalists left in either party? There is nothing more clear nor basic in the Constitution than the separation of federal power into three branches, one to legislate, yet another to execute that law, and a third to adjudicate possible violations, when contested, of that law—a division of power held “sacred” until the last few decades. The Constitution reads: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”(Article I, Sec. I). The Executive Branch has no authority to make law—any law!!!! Executive Orders are constitutional only when they cite a single, recently passed law of Congress, where that law needs a statement of implementation by the executive branch. Presidential Directives, a type of Executive Order, differs only in defining how that law, passed by Congress, will be implemented. Neither type is to alter, or defy, law formerly passed by Congress. For years some in Congress have been working on what is called the Dream Act that would extend amnesty and place illegal immigrants on a course toward full citizenship. Lacking popularity, twice it has failed to get the majority vote of both Houses of Congress required by the Constitution thus leaving existing immigration law unchanged; once, between 20082010, when the President’s party controlled everything except the Judicial branch. A president can only suggest a need for new law in his State of the Union Address, and either sign or veto a law passed by Congress, which then, if vetoed, must be overridden by a vote of 2/3rds of both houses to become law. That is it. This is the law of the land and the Constitutional procedure violated by President Barack Obama June 16, 2012, when, failing to get a favorable vote from Congress, openly defied Congress and the Constitution by ordering a like measure to that defeated, implemented anyway. In a news conference he outlined the general parameters of his plan but specifics came from a six-page Memorandum from John Morton, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (See FEA Number 306-112-0026), to enforcement personnel, which essentially advises ignoring existing immigration law. If left to stand this becomes existing law without the consent of the people through their representatives voiding the role of Congress. Ironically, if a Republican president did the same thing, the Democratic Party would make the same constitutional argument and rightfully demand immediate retraction of the President’s new law under threat of his impeachment. This is the most open case of contempt for Congress and the Constitution and the President knew it. In March 28, 2011, he said, with respect to the idea of nullifying Congress on the deportation issue. “The notion that I can just suspend deportations just through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.” So why would he now “flip-flop” and knowingly violate the Constitution? Obama sees an inept Congress that has not placed any restraint on his previous unconstitutional executive orders. He brilliantly also sees a way to “buy” the Hispanic vote. If the Republicans resist he has a powerful campaign issue. His argument for the violation, “It is the right thing to do.” has nothing to do with the fact that he is usurping the powers given only to Congress, and in the most contemptuous way possible, and establishing a precedent for the continued nullification of Congress. Moreover, he is also in violation of his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”(Article II, Sec. 1, Clause 8). His failure to do so is “a high crime,” an impeachable offense, which action should be introduced with bipartisan support with 100 signatures in the Senate and 435 in the House. This issue is that clear. So why should Democrats be concerned and reign in their president? Because if they do not they, in effect, give permission to the next Republican president to defy Congress on something they had previously established as law, like national healthcare for instance, and by a simple Directive he too could not enforce that law. Democrats must see that their failure to insist on a retraction of the Directive forever weakens the sole power of Congress to make all law and places us on the road of government by decree or edict of one man. You must choose the Constitution over party. How does a president’s defiance of Congress differ from what a king or dictator does? It doesn’t. The Constitution is their to protect all parties and all citizens from arbitrary and caprices rule. Please let it work. 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

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove Fights to Protect Californians in Budget Vote Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) spoke out against the passage of the democrat majority budget, faulting lack of transparency in the process. “This is the ultimate backroom deal,” said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. “The democrat majority’s sham budget was crafted behind closed doors with absolutely no Republican input.” On Monday, June 18th, legislative Republicans proposed allowing 48 hours for the public to review legislation, including the budget, before a vote in the Legislature. The 777-page budget bill was not reviewed in any budget Conference Committee hearings, as it has been in past years. “It’s a disgrace that Californians can’t even participate in the debate over the future of their state and their pocketbooks, and the taxpayers deserve better,” said Grove. “Voters approved Proposition 25 in 2010 to inject some accountability into the process by requiring legislators to pass a balanced budget by June 15th or lose their pay,” said Grove. “The majority party passed this year’s budget today, June 15th, so they’ll get their paychecks. But this unbalanced budget relies on the voters burdening themselves with a $8.5 billion tax hike in November, and it doesn’t even address the problem of the $500 billion growing public employee pension debt.” Assemblywoman Grove, R-Bakersfield, proudly serves the 32nd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft, Frazier Park/Lebec, and the Kern River Valley.

June 22 - 28 2012

From The Mayor Hi Everyone, I was all prepared to go on a big rant about how high the price of gasoline has been lately. If you follow the price of a barrel of oil, it has now gotten down to as low as $93 a barrel from a high of nearly $120 a barrel a couple of months ago. As the price for a barrel has been coming down, the corresponding price of a gallon of gasoline has remained steady at around $4.35. Just this week the price has slid nearly .30 a gallon and is dropping fast. At the local station I use in Taft, this Wednesday night it came down below $4.00. Wow, what happened ?? I don’t know the answers to all this but it is clear we do not have a state or national energy policy in place in any shape or form. For California, it is a complete mess. We pay some of the highest prices in the nation. When I was in Key West, Florida two months ago, at the end of a chain of islands that has no refinery in sight, the price of a gallon of gas was twenty+ cents cheaper there than in Taft. A tanker truck has to drive a hundred miles to get it down there on a two-way crowded road. What gives ?? In California, I understand that over the past twenty years, we have lost nearly half the number of refineries that we used to have and guess what has happened to the population of this state since then ?? How many more cars have we now than twenty years ago ?? How much tax has the state collected in those twenty years and wasn’t most of the tax collected suppose to go to roads and bridges and such ?? Somewhere along the line the state legislature has taken that gasoline tax and rolled it into the general fund and they were going to re-distribute it back to CalTrans. Take a look at our roads and bridges and such, and tell me if that money got rolled back. It certainly did not. I have driven on some other states roads and I can tell you their roads are far better than ours by a long shot, major highways down to surface streets. The most recent being Florida and by car and motorcycle, I can say we did not encounter any bad roads at all. We pay some of the highest taxes in the nation on gasoline. Next time you are at the pump, look at the machine. Somewhere on it is a sticker that breaks down the taxes paid on a gallon. The Feds get .18, the state used to get .18 and then there is state sales tax that is included also. Look at the sticker closely and you’ll see a new sticker over the state tax amount which is now .34. Somewhere along the line, the legislature imposed that higher tax because, unless I was asleep at the switch, I don’t remember voting for that higher tax. That is a boatload of taxes that is being collected besides the taxes on tires and other excise tax that was supposed to go to roads. Now we are going broke and everything is falling apart and now they want to tax us even more as the cure for their ills. I have a little conspiracy theory going. Why is it that the legislature is not doing everything it can to bring on line new refineries to help us in this crisis ?? Why are they pushing a 60 billion high speed rail that is going nowhere fast, which 95% of Californians will never ride ?? If you don’t build refineries and keep the supply and demand of gasoline high, that 7.25 % sales tax is a heck of a lot more on $4.50 gasoline than it is on $3.50 gasoline. If we had more refineries, the supply would be driving the price down and also the sales tax would be less. For 60 billion dollars, how many refineries could be built, how many roads and freeways be improved, how many bridges could be repaired, for the millions upon millions of cars that are simply not going away because they want us to drive electric cars on our still crappy roads ?? I don’t know about you, but at this retired stage of my life, I am not going to get on a bus or train to do my commuting or travel down to LA to visit my kids and other family members. We have future plans to travel extensively in our fifth wheel trailer with our fuel-efficient truck even if the price of gas is $6 a gallon. We will save and adjust our budget to accomplish that goal. I don’t believe that we are alone. We are at a juncture in this state that is very serious and new thinking is needed and not from the selfserving legislators that have gotten us in this pickle and who don’t seem capable of getting us out. That is my thoughts, sorry I don’t have the solutions, but if we stand up and push back we can get something done. You have probably heard by now that the Taft City Council went in-house and appointed two key persons to fill the City Managers and Police Chiefs position. Craig Jones and Ed Whiting were unanimously voted on by the Council to fill these positions based on the outstanding work that they have done in the past six months as interim managers to get the City moving once again. We didn’t need to go outside the City to find quality people when we already have these two gentlemen, who have the dedication, spirit, and the heart to guide this City. We have asked for out of the box thinking, teamwork, and communication and believe me we are getting it from Craig and Ed. They have both proven themselves and they have shown to us that they are more than qualified to do their respective jobs, which they have been preparing for from their long service to the City. When you see them, give them a pat on the back and wish them well. They deserve that from you. See you around town, Randy Miller Mayor of Taft.

June 22 - 28, 2012

BLM Plans Oil and Gas Competitive Lease Auction The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer eleven parcels encompassing approximately 5,179 acres of public lands in Kings and Kern counties during a competitive oil and gas lease auction on Wednesday, September 12 at the Bakersfield Convention Center Marriott, located at 801 Truxtun Avenue, in Bakersfield. The room will open at 8 a.m. to allow bidders to register and obtain a bid number. The competitive oral auction will begin at 9 a.m. A detailed notice of the lease auction with parcel descriptions, acreage, lease terms and conditions, oral bidding procedures and requirements, and other sale information is available on the Internet at energy/og/instructions/leasesale.html. If the public is unable to access this site, copies of the Lease Sale Notice will be available at the California BLM State Office and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office for $5. BLM is required by law to periodically offer federal land to lease for oil and gas exploration and development. The oil and gas industry is encouraged to submit an “expression of interest” for federal land parcels in California that have potential for development. An “expression of interest” is a letter or a form listing the legal description of lands an individual or company is interested in seeing offered for lease. For those lands that are split-estate, please provide the surface ownership (name and address) in your expression of interest. Submit expressions of interest to the Bureau of Land Management, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623, Attn: Laurie Moore, Sacramento, Calif. 95825 no later than July 27, 2012. For additional information or to obtain an expression of interest form, contact Laurie Moore at (916) 978-4377 or Nora DeDios at the BLM Bakersfield Field Office (661) 391-6129. The BLM has tentatively scheduled oil and gas lease sales on December 12, 2012, and in June 2013. Additional information will be posted on the web once finalized. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land – the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS Grief Support Group, offered as a community service by Optimal Hospice Care. Meetings held Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At Chevron Valley Credit Union, Community Room, 1092 W. Kern St., Taft. Enter by outside entrance – Albertson’s Shopping Center. Free and open to the public. Info call 716-4000. Alzheimer’s Disease Association Of Kern County is offering Respite Care here in Taft. Call-Cathy Perkins at 760-379-

0848 for RESPITE CARE info. Respite Care is available every Thursday At the First Baptist Church located at 220 North St. from 9:00am—3:00pm. Are you a widow? Do you wonder what on earth am I here for? Widows meet twice a month on Tuesday 10 a.m. at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Club House. If interested, call June Selby 763-4845.


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Found mans wedding ring with name inside. call to identify 765-2927.

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Short order cook and bartender. Tumbleweed cafe. Must have experience. 809-4634. TC Student wanted for part time waitress.

Rite Away Carpet Cleaning Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning\General Cleaning Owner Operated Visa\Master Card 765-4191


West Valley Real Estate (661) 763-1500.

Lic # 01525550 FOR RENT 420 ½ San Emidio 2/1 $600 302 Jefferson 2/1 $850 514 Grant Terrace 2/1 $900 306 Taylor 3/2 $900 535 B Street 3/1 $900 404 Fillmore 3/1.75 $900 108 E Calvin 3/1 $950 116 Franklin 3/1 $1,000 500 Welch 3/2.5 $1,200 302 E San Emidio 3/1.75 Pool $1,300 __________________

2bd/1ba apt. in quiet duplex, fenced yard, newer w/ central AC & heating. All amenities included. $675 mo. + dep. Renter pays utilities. 623-4296. 1 and 2 bedroom triplex. granite counter top, oak cabinets, newly remodeled $650 & $800 mo. + dep. Call 805550-0565. MCKITTRICK. 3/2 Apt. Newly furn.$650 mo. Taft Property Mgt. 661 745-4892. Brokers Licence 01417057


Taft Property Management 1,2,3 and 4 Bedrooms now available in good areas.

We Do All Phases of Construction Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists Ken Shugarts (661) 343-0507 30 Plus Years in Construction License No. 927634

West Side Real Estate And Property Management


Real Estate Services and Property Management Listings – Sales - Property Management Local Service You Can Depend On

707 Filmore 3bd/1ba $750 mo. + dep. 661343-0507

LIC# 01522411 & #01333971

116 Pierce St. 1bd/1ba house $560 mo. + dep. 661-343-0507


501 Klipstein Maricopa. 2bd/1ba fenced yard, den. $650 mo. + $900 dep. Application call 805-929-3185.

APART. FOR RENT Room for Rent. $350 per month $300 deposit. Contact AlinTaft@ or 661-577-

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

325 Kern Street

Karri Christensen 661-332-6597 Real Estate Sales & Purchase

PERSONALS Older guy looking for company for occasional day trips. Gambling or to the coast, will provide transportation & lunch. Must have own gambling money, able to walk at least a mile. Prefer single women from early 40’s to early 60’s. Others considered. Call Jim 763-9717

ROGER MILLER INSURANCE Rich Miller • Jordan Miller Kathy Devine • Shelly Hamilton

License # 0707137 • (661) 765-7131 531 Kern Street - P.O. Box 985 (661) 765-4798 FAX Taft, CA 93268 • (661) 203-6694 Cell

Yates’ Detailing


Plumbing • Septic • Rooter Framing • Electrical • Concrete

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

Your Hometown Insurance Store

Real Estate

Air Conditioning & Heating

Real Estate eBroker Inc.


Chi/Poodle. White, light beige, w/red spike collar. Near Ash and Pierce St. 765-4234.

Ken Shugarts

Imperial Gardens 424 Woodrow Street 2bd $625 mo. 1bd $550 mo. Stove fridge, dishwasher, pool, private car port. 661623-3699 or 661-7654299.

a division of DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Group

Cooler Service: Motors, pumps, pads, cleaning, installations. New & Old Scott 661-900-0917.


Business Services


Fax:765-6556 765-6556 Fax: E-mail: Email:

June 22 - 28 2012

600 Center Street Taft, California

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

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

CITY OF TAFT CORRECTIONAL OFFICER $1,323.53 - $1,608.76 Bi-Weekly Duties: Under direction, supervises inmates to maintain security and monitor inmate behavior and do related work as required. Essential Qualifications: Completion of a BOC/STC Certified Correctional Officer Core Course (minimum 116 hours), completion of training pursuant to Section 832 of the Penal Code, possession of a High School Diploma or GED, 20 years of age, valid California Driver’s License, good physical condition, and ability to pass an extensive background investigation. Application Process: For complete job description and application contact Personnel, 209 East Kern Street, Taft or www.cityoftaft. org. This recruitment will establish and eligibility list to fill current and future vacancies. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of application. Postmarked applications will not be accepted.

June 22 - 28, 2012


Westside News & Business Briefs

Midway Sunset Lions Club Peace Poster Winners By Nicole Frost

The Taft Midway Sunset Lions Club recently awarded the winners of their 2012-2013 “Peace Poster Contest.” The three winners were Bryce Torres from Cuyama Elementary School, Alexis Cervantes from Lincoln Junior High School and Brooklyn Yaus from McKittrick Elementary School. To win this award, the students had to be 11, 12, or 13-years-old by November 15, 2012 and each entry had to be the work of only one student. The contest theme was “Imagine Peace.” At the Lions Club meeting on June 19, each student was presented with a plaque and a check for $25.

Bryce Torres

Report: Visitors Spend More Than $1B Annually in Kern County

Visitors pumped more than $1.16 billion into Kern County’s economy in 2010, state figures show. The Kern County Board of Trade said Tuesday that the county has enjoyed an increase in tourism spending in seven of the last eight years that have been tallied. After a dip in tourism spending in 2008, Kern County saw gains in ‘09 and ‘10. Spending increased by $65 million in 2010, or 5.9 percent above the previous year. The numbers were compiled by Dean Runyan Associates for the California Travel and Tourism Commission, according to the county agency. “The state figures take about a year and a half to compile, so we look to other sources for more immediate benchmarks,” Dave Hook, interim executive director of the Kern County Board of Trade, said in a news release. “Our key local indicator is the tax collected by hotels and motels in the unincorporated areas. Runyan estimates the state will show an increase of 7.6 percent in 2011. We already know our unincorporated lodging taxes were up by 7 percent. Those numbers lead us to believe we’re holding our own despite a competitive marketplace.” The sate report shows Kern County’s travel and tourism industry supported 12,900 jobs in 2010. The county’s transportation and fuel industry received the most visitor spending with $312 million, followed by food and beverage services ($272 million), retail operations ($190 million), lodging ($180 million), and entertainment and recreation ($138 million). A total of 19 California counties exceeded the $1 billion mark in visitor spending. Kern County’s rate of growth ranks in the upper half of California’s 58 counties.

Photos from Old’s Cool Grand Opening, Continued from Page 7

Old’s Cool owners Greg and Renee Hill.


Taft Independent Kelle Black, Tammy Noerr and Maggie Blackwell.

Alexis Cervantes

Carolyn Anderson

REALTOR DRE #01408418

Buying or Selling a home? Get the right professional advice from Century 21 agent Carolyn Anderson! Hometown Realty 4800 Easton Drive Suite F Bakersfield, CA 93309 Cell (661)747-8595 Fax (661)215-5364 Each office is independently owned and operated

City Council, Continued from Page 4

City Manager, Continued from Page 6

general election. The council seats of Dave Noerr and Orchel Krier and the positions of city treasurer (held by Bill LeBarron) and city clerk (held by Louise Hudgens) will be on the ballot. There will also be a city measure to make the part-time position of city clerk appointed rather than elected. Making the position appointed will ensure that a qualified person fills the position, Mayor Randy Miller said. Most cities in California have an appointed rather than an elected city clerk, Miller said. Hudgens is both city clerk and municipal records administrator.

position. It is easier to have one contact to get your questions answered rather than having to shuffle through a list of staff looking for the right person, he said. According to Jones, there was a time when investors and developers couldn’t get answers very easily or were told simply no that they couldn’t do what they wanted to do. Most of them just gave up and went somewhere else. “We don’t like to say, no,” Jones said. “We can’t always say, yes, but we can give them options of what they can do.” He said the new business-friendly attitude has brought new industry-related interest to the area. “Those are the ones that come in and are profitable and tend to stay here a long time.” Jones’ ability to see and correct potential impediments to city growth is one of the reasons the city council appointed him. Over the 15 years that Jones has been with the city, Miller said, he has stepped up to do a lot of jobs. “Craig has proven he’s up to the job. He’s been doing some innovative, out-of-the-box thinking,” Miller said. “We’re confident he can lead us forward.”

Fireworks Taft Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Independence Day Community Picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, on Rails to Trails, Chamber Executive Director Kathy Orrin told the council. But there will be no Fourth of July fireworks show this year in Taft. “It costs about $1,000 a minute for a fireworks show,” Orrin said. But the chamber will be holding citizens’ committee meetings to plan for a fireworks show for Fourth of July in 2013, she said. Councilmember Noerr pledged $1,000 toward the 2013 fireworks show, which he said would be doubled to a $2,000 donation if Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney prevails in November against President Barack Obama.


Andy’s Septic Tank & Sewer




June 22 - 28 2012

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

Used to be Paul’s Bike Shop


Bikes Are Here! 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

Qik Smog & Tune

Black Gold Cafe and Deli


608 Center St.

Devon’s Body Shop


508 Center Street 765-6556

No Appointment Needed for Smog Check! General Automotive Repairs

• 661-763-4445 • 500 S. 10th Street

408 Main Street • (661)765-4337

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

western shop & PET Wash



Full Grooming Salon LARGE DOGS

Summer Wash & Shed Or Full Coat (hard to handle dogs always welcome)


ALL Women’s Shirts & Tees 30% - 50% OFF

Select Men’s S/S Shirts 25% OFF

(661) 763-4773 1050 Wood Street

Men’s Western Boots Sale Priced As Marked

Cut To Breed Style

Flea & Tick Products Available! Some Saturday Appointments & Nail Spots Available!

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

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

The Tumbleweed Bar and Restaurant

Located in the Heart of Oil Country On the Petroleum Highway We Cater Your Place or Ours Full Bar Available For Your Special Event

Open 7 Days a Week


Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Full Bar - Catering - RV Parking Available 24870 Highway 33 in Derby Acres • (661) 768-4655

Owner Orchel Krier Welcomes You and Your Family - Dinner Reservations

City of Taft Appoints Craig Jones As New City Manager  

Craig Jones Appointed As New City Manager