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Independent The Taft

September 7 - 13, 2012



September 7 - 13, 2012 • Volume 7 Issue 11

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

Taft Fox Theater Movie Listings and Showtimes Inside

Four Awarded Tenure at Taft College

This Weekend: - ParaNorman - The Campaign - The Expendables 2

Shelly Getty Jessica Grimes Ruby Payne and David Layne Make the Grade

- Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

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Gel Polish • Sea Shell • Glitter Acrylic Metalic Flakes • Rock Star Men & Seniors & Diabetics Welcome

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Monday to Friday In the Save A Lot Shopping Center 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm


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Black Gold Cafe and Deli

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Store Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm Closed Sunday and Monday

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Inside Community Events.........3 News Briefs......................3 Westside Watcher............4 Westside News.................5 Westside News.................6 Westside News.................7 Liberty Under Fire.........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

Taft Chamber Farmers Market Closes The Taft Chamber of Commerce regrets to inform the community that our Farmers Market is finished for the 2012 season. It has been a great summer moving onto Center Street and changing our hours, but unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts we won’t be back until May 2013. We would like to thank all of our gracious vendors and loyal shoppers for supporting Taft’s Farmers Market. Without your dedication, we would not have been able to provide our community with an array of fresh produce, jams and jellies, raw almonds, snow cones, on site supper, and so much more. Be sure to come out for our events in the upcoming months, such as Cruising Center Again on the first Friday of each month, our Rocktoberfest Celebration the first weekend of October, and our Annual Golf Classic on October 13.

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In August a Field Representative for Assemblywoman Shannon Grove will hold office hours in Taft.

The Taft Independent

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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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.

4th District Supervisor Ray Watson has appointed Taft College Professor Dr. David Layne and Taft Chevrolet owner Devinder Bains to the Greater Taft Economic Development Authority, a city-county economic development body dormant since shortly after its inception in 1998. The 5 member authority is composed of 2 members appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, 2 members by the mayor of Taft, and a 5th public member appointed by the 4 authority members. The EDA is a joint powers authority that acts on behalf of the city and the county to promote economic development of the west side of Kern county, including the city of Taft, South Taft, Ford City, Taft Heights and adjoining county areas. Governor Jerry Brown shut down local redeveloment agencies last year taking away a valuable tool used by local governemnts to clean up blight and attract economic development. The EDA was formed in 1998 by agreement between the city of Taft and the Kern County Board of Supervisors. The authority held a few meetings after its formation, but never took any action. According to the Joint Powers Agreement between the city of Taft and Kern county, the EDA has the power to appoint an executive director; make contracts; buy, sell and own property; acquire, construct, maintain and operate any capital improvement; and acquire public property by imminent domain. The EDA can also incur debt, accept contributions, grants and loans from any public or government agency to conduct and finance its activities. Taft Mayor Randy Miller appointed Councilman Orchel Krier and Taft Union High School board member Ken Anderson earlier this year. Now that the EDA members have been appointed, the authority will hold its first meeting in mid-September.

Kern County Farm Bureau to Host 2nd Annual ‘Bounty of Kern County’

It is estimated that 170,000 jobs in the county are supported by agriculture. Kern County is ranked 3rd in California in terms of the value of agricultural crops produced and 1st in the United States when including nurseries and greenhouses. With approximately 144 different commodities grown and coming off our best year ever, there is plenty to celebrate here at home.

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:

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The Kern County Farm Bureau is pleased to once again host an evening in celebration and showcase of Kern County’s agricultural bounty. Please join us for a fun night of cocktails, locally grown food from local businesses, agribusiness networking and exciting horse races!

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Watson Appoints Layne, Bains to CityCounty Economic Development Task Force, Miller Appoints Krier, Anderson

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Westside Watcher

Romney is Best Choice for Economic Recovery

Restaurant and Entertainment Guide

Your Guide To The Best Restaurants and Entertainment on the Westside Tumbleweed Café Asian Experience and Steakhouse Asian Food and Pizza

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

Paik’s Ranch House Where Everybody Meets Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 Days Mon. Tues. Thur. 6 am-8:30 pm Sun. Wed. Fri. & Sat. 6 am - 9 pm 765-6915 200 Kern St. Taft Sagebrush Annie’s Restaurant and Wine Tasting Wine Tasting and Lunch Sat. & Sun. 11:30-5 pm 4211 Highway 33, Ventucopa (661) 766-2319

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

Black Gold Cafe & Deli Pastas - Sandwiches Espresso - Beer - Wine Craft Beers Open Monday to Friday 6:30am to 8pm Saturday 7:30am to 8pm Sunday 10am to 2pm 508 Center Street 765-6556

514 Center Street • (661)765-7469 LIKE us on Facebook: Fox Theatre Taft TAFTFOX.COM Week of Friday, September 07, 2012 through Thursday, September 13, 2012 The Expendables 2 (R) Fri & Sat: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 Sun: (1:20), (3:40), (5:50), 8:00 Mon - Thu: (5:00), 7:00 ParaNorman (PG) Fri & Sat: (5:00), 7:00 Sun: (1:15), (3:15), (5:15) Mon - Thu: (5:15 PM) The Campaign (R) Fri & Sat: 9:00 PM Sun - Thu: 7:15 PM Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Fri: (5:30), 7:30 Sat: (4:30), 6:40, 8:50 Sun: (1:15), (3:15), (5:15) Mon - Thu: (5:30 PM)

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The Democrats’ Empty-chair Convention What Democrats Are Not Talking About Speaks Volumes Gas prices are up under Mr. Obama, from $1.85 a gallon to $3.78. Blocking the Keystone XL pipeline and preventing the creation of 20,000 associated jobs. Fast and Furious, which armed Mexican An empty chair in Taft at 209 East drug cartels with Warren Street represents actor Clint Eastwood’s American guns. Budget. It’s been more discussion with President Obama during the than three years since Republican Convention last week. Eastwood the Democrats have pointed out that millions were still without jobs, and that Obama’s shovel ready program did not offered one. Solyndra. The green bring about the millions of jobs Obama said the boondoggle wasted program would produce. hundreds of millions of tax dollars to enrich Democratic corporate cronies and their bankrupt companies as they funneled campaign contributions back to the party. Tax-funded abortions. Barack Obama voted three times to deny medical care to a baby — or as he calls him, “a fetus outside of the womb” — that had survived a botched abortion. So pay close attention to the Democrats’ empty-chair convention. Print out or cut out this column and use it as a checklist. Do the Democrats care enough about America — do they care enough about you and your children — to address our nation’s looming threats? Or are they simply trying to distract you from them? Dr. Milton R. Wolf is a radiologist and President Obama’s cousin. He blogs at

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Like the country we have been privileged to serve, we remain fundamentally optimistic about the future. We have endured a financial collapse, a protracted recession, a fiscal crisis that threatens the creditworthiness of the U.S. government, and polarized politics that makes it ever more difficult to govern. Pundits regularly remind us how other great powers, from Rome to Great Britain, all fell into eclipse. We reject such pessimism. The United States remains the world’s most powerful and, above all, the most indispensable country — diplomatically, militarily, even economically. American leadership remains critical to global peace and prosperity. No other country has used its resources to accomplish so many positive changes around the world. From the Cold War to the collapse of the Soviet challenge, from Bretton Woods to NAFTA, from NATO to the freetrade agreements with Korea and Colombia, America has promoted democratic values and vindicated our interests in global security. The stakes are high. International terrorism remains a threat to the safety of each and every one of us. The same is true for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The dynamics of global power are shifting. The system ushered in by the end of the Cold War ended with the implosion of the Soviet empire. Countries like China, India and Brazil have emerged as shapers of international politics. Together with allies and partners, we need to construct a world of peace, justice and security. But we cannot be strong militarily, politically or diplomatically unless we are strong economically. These past few years, we have experienced an anemic economic recovery, one that has weakened our influence in the world and shaken the confidence of our friends and allies. We need pro-growth strategies that will renew our ailing economy, just as they did when Ronald Reagan took over in 1980. If the U.S. economy continues to stagnate, then predictions of an American retreat from greatness could come true. That is why we have endorsed Mitt Romney for president. He has the experience, strategy and temperament to lead a robust economic recovery and rein in the mounting federal debt that threatens our future. And he fully understands that our prosperity at home is inextricably linked to our influence abroad. Mr. Romney has laid out a strong and mature vision of American leadership during his campaign. It is based on a consistent theme that peace abroad depends on American vitality. Mr. Romney understands that the world remains a dangerous place. He is a staunch supporter of our alliances around the world. He believes in maintaining our military strength. He is committed to expanding free trade and investment. He will oppose the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. And he knows that no American president should ever be ashamed of espousing the democratic principles upon which our nation was founded. Most of all, he recognizes that America is at its best when it assumes a leadership role on the world stage. Mr. Romney will devote himself to building an America that remains the hope of the world — a world of peace, justice and democracy. Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state under President George W. Bush. James A. Baker was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush. George P. Shultz was secretary of state under President Reagan. Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford.

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Letters to the Editor

Ronald McDonald House at Memorial Hospital My name is Jessica Martin and I used to work with the Ronald McDonald House at Memorial Hospital. I am from Taft and currently a fourth year student at UCSC, majoring in Pre-Med (Pediatrics). Last summer, I came home to work with the RM House and what witnessed there really touched my heart. I decided that when I came home for this summer, I really wanted to do something that would make a difference for the house. If you don’t know what the RM House is, it is a home at Memorial Hospital where families can stay close when their babies or children are sick. It really is an extraordinary place because the people there do so much for the families in a dire time of need. I came home for two weeks and I decided that I wanted to do a town wide “fundraiser” by collecting pop-tabs and by collecting these tabs and turning them in, the RM House recycles them and uses the money to keep the house going and to help the families in need. I just went into the high school ASB and got them going on raising tabs around the campus but like I said, I want this to be town wide. If you could inform the town of Taft about this, I know that we can have an amazing outcome. Just have them turn in their tabs to the Taft High ASB. I want to prove that small towns can do big things for a great cause. I know that Taft can do something great. Thank you for your time. Jessica Martin

The Nose Knows There has been much press, literally, as well as time spent on radio and TV news programs talking about the dangers of our country’s growing problem with obesity, especially as related to our children. The coverage goes to great lengths about the dangers that obesity poses, especially as a root cause of Diabetes. What the coverage does NOT do, is educate people that there is more than one type of Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes, which we used to call “Adult Onset,” is caused largely by lifestyle factors. Type 1 Diabetes, which we used to call “Juvenile Diabetes,” is NOT CAUSED by lifestyle factors. It is an autoimmune disease and can strike at any age, without rhyme or reason. So in actuality, young or old can be diagnosed with either type of Diabetes. Most people are aware that chronically high sugars lead to some horrendous complications, such as blindness, amputation and kidney failure. These complications can affect Type 1 or Type 2 diabetics. Low blood sugars tend to occur in Type 1 diabetics far more often than Type 2s. The scary news is that the longer you have diabetes, the less you are able to feel the symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness, weakness, tingling or confusion. 150,000 Type 1 diabetics lose their lives in the United States EACH YEAR. That’s equal to 1 in 20 Type 1s dying every year. Or put another way, 411 every day. I have had Type 1 for 47 years, and I have hypoglycemia unawareness. I cannot tell when my sugar “crashes.” This is especially scary given how much time I spend in my car: 100-400 miles per day for my job as a social worker. In fact, one of my former clients is now in prison for killing someone when he could not feel his low sugar symptoms while he was driving. That’s not my idea of retirement! I am turning to Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers for help. They have been scent-training a female black lab to alert me whenever my blood sugar begins to go out of range, so that I can make an immediate correction and avoid a dangerous situation. Their non-profit arm of the company, Guardian Angel Service Dogs, INC, is helping me raise the funds for Tzaylie, which is $19,000. So far, I’ve raised ½ of Tzaylie’s costs. Please support me by coming out to a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, hosted and sponsored by the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church (Harrison & Date) on Sunday, September 9 at 5:00 PM. A $10 donation to Guardian Angels gets you in the door for a delicious meal. There will also be a baked goods auction for an additional donation. Come and learn more about how these amazing animals do their jobs and hear stories of these furry life savers. To learn more, please visit: or You can also call GASD at 540-5432307. If you’d like to support me in paying for Tzaylie, you can call that number and mention my name or visit the GASD website and when you receive your tax-deductible receipt, please reply back that your gift was for me, Patti Kasper. I hope to see you Sunday! Patti Kasper


Taft City Council Still Waiting on Los Angeles To Sign Prison Contract By Kent Miller The most important item at Tuesday evening’s Taft City Council meeting wasn’t something on the agenda; it wasn’t something that happened. It was something that didn’t happen. The council didn’t finalize an agreement with Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Department to house prisoners in the Taft’s Community Correctional Facility. The reason why the council didn’t – couldn’t – take action on the agreement was that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has delayed agreeing on the proposal for a couple of weeks, Taft Mayor Randy Miller announced. Taft is ready to go and has spent money to have the facility ready to have LASD prisoners moved into the jail, Miller said. But the Los Angeles supervisors aren’t ready yet, he said. The item was taken off the supervisors’ agenda but could be back for their Sept. 25 meeting, he said. Contract awarded P&J Electric Inc. was awarded a contract for $75,622 by the council to upgrade the electrical feed at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The funds will come from the WWTP Capital Reserves, City Manager Craig Jones told the councilmembers. Several months ago the plant suffered a loss of electrical power due to damage to one of its Pacific Gas and Electric Co. meters, Jones told the council. The power loss affected the portion of the plant that operates the aeration blowers, he said. The council voted 4-to-0 to award the contract, with Councilmember Dave Noerr absent. Over-hires approved The council approved two temporary over-hires and a change in classification for a full-time position. The over-hires were for the classifications of: account clerk I/ II, not to exceed three months, recommended by the Personnel Committee; and community services officer (animal control), not to exceed six months, recommended by the director of human resources. The account clerk III/computer systems administrator has announced her intent to retire in December, prompting the need for the temporary account clerk over-hire, HR Director Lonn Boyer informed the council. And the community services officer has been off work for several months and will not return until March, Boyer said. The council also okayed the change of administrative assistant (assistant to the city manager) to administrative technician. The change was needed due to the restructuring of city operations and the combining of the city manager and public works director positions with Jones, he told the council. Lien placed The council approved expending $907.35 for nuisance abatement to the property at 105 North St. The property owner was notified that the action would take place but didn’t appear at the council session to comment. At the same time, the council gave the property owner five days to refund the city for the expense or have a lien placed on the property. Contract change The contract between the city and the Board of Administration, California Public Employees’ Retirement System was amended. In a cost-savings effort, the retirement rate for miscellaneous employees was changed from the 2@55 formula to 2@60 for future employees.

Hayden’s Hope celebrates 1 year on Center Street Local thift store Haydens Hope is celebrating it 1st year of business on Center Street. “Business is awesome,” said owners Mike and Angela Hayden. Downtown is a great location. We want to thank everyone for the support of the community.” The shop is located at 428 Center Street and open 5 days a week, Monday thru Saturday. The store is closed Sundays and Wednesdays. “It been great serving the community at the peddlers fair, the back to school connection, and the antibulling program,” said Angela. “We look forward to another great year. God bless.”

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Four Taft College Instructors Earn Tenure By June Woods Taft College awarded tenure to four of its instructors this year: Shelley Getty, Jessica Grimes, David Layne and Ruby Payne. According to Patricia Bench, interim vice president of instruction, tenure at Taft College is not just given but earned through extraordinary work with colleagues, students and administration.

Dr. David Layne Bench described the process of receiving tenure as complex. “It takes four years for a tenure-track faculty member to earn that status and have their title changed from associate professor to that of professor,” she said. To earn tenure, respective division chairs put together a peer group that observes the associate professor’s teaching and evaluates his or her performance each semester over the four years, and they are evaluated by students and administration. The associate professors also complete self-evaluation packages outlining goals, growth and progress toward tenure. “It’s quite an extensive report they have to pull together.” Bench said. The newly tenured instructors starting their first year as professors at Taft College have a connection not only to staff and students at the college but they also have a positive connection to the community.

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learning and cooperation he finds at Taft College. “I really enjoy the way people at the college work together to achieve goals,” he said. Professor of Mathematics Ruby Payne, a graduate of Maricopa High and a former teacher at Taft High, has been on the Westside for much longer than the other newly tenured professors. She also attended and graduated from Taft College. “I knew then that I wanted to work here,” she said. She taught nights at Taft College while teaching fulltime at the high school. Payne also has a connection to the community. She has served as director on the board of the National Health Services, which oversees rural medical and dental clinics, since ’98. She has been a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for about 10 years. “I only serve children on the Westside,” she said. “These instructors are so dedicated,” Bench said. “I think we’re fortunate to have drawn so many good instructors, and these four individuals love it here.”

Dr. Jessica Grimes Professor of English Jessica Grimes loves the diversity of students found at Taft College. “The whole idea of a community college is more democratic; you get students with varying backgrounds and experiences, and that really enhances classes,” she said. Grimes has enjoyed being involved in the community outside the college. The first year she was in Taft, she started a book club that meets at Ben’s Books. But it’s not all books and work, Grimes said she enjoys attending the multitude of celebrations held in the community and supporting the local businesses. “I love the food here,” Grimes said. “I like to eat at Mi Casitas and Asian Experience.” Professor of Business Administration David Layne is involved in the growth of the downtown business corridor with his ownership of “Used to be Paul’s Bike Shop” on Center Street. He said he likes the downtown atmosphere. “The landlord thinks we rock and we think the landlord rocks.” He admitted, however, to missing some of the business owners at the shop’s old location. Layne moved to Taft from Colorado and appreciates the spirit of

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BLM Seeking Nominations for Carrizo Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting nominations from the public to fill three positions on the Carrizo Plain National Monument Advisory Council (MAC). MAC members provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on the management of public lands in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Show citation box The deadline for submitting nominations is November 5, 2012. Nominations should be sent to Johna Hurl, Monument Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Bakersfield Field Office, 3801 Pegasus Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308. The MAC provides representative citizen counsel and advice to the Secretary of the Interior through the BLM with respect to the revision and implementation of the comprehensive plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. This notice constitutes an open call to the public to submit nomination applications for the following positions on the MAC (1) A member of, or nominated by, the Carrizo Native American Advisory Council; (2) A member representing individuals or companies authorized to graze livestock within the Monument; and (3) One member with recognized backgrounds reflecting: i. The purposes for which the Monument was established; or ii. The interests of other stakeholders, including the general public, who are affected by or interested in the planning and management of the Monument. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of the counties or neighboring county in which the MAC has jurisdiction. The BLM will evaluate nominees based on their education, training, experience, and their knowledge of the geographical resource. The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists from being appointed or re-appointed to Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils. The following must accompany nominations received in this call for nominations: - Letters of reference from represented interests or organizations: - A completed background information nomination form; and - Any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations will be accepted for a 60-day period beginning the date this notice is published.


California Defunded Higher Education as Prison Costs Soared Los Altos, CA (September 6, 2012). Today, California Common Sense (CACS) released an extensive comparative analysis and accompanying interactive data visualizations of California’s higher education and corrections systems over the last thirty years. CACS compared higher education and corrections because over the past three decades, they are the only major program areas of the California budget that relied mainly on discretionary funding. Focusing on State funding, salaries, expenditure, and population trends, the analysis examines how two of the State’s largest systems have changed over time. In particular, the analysis compares how the two program areas have fared during economic downturns. Last night, NBC Bay Area News featured the research in their 11pm newscast. CACS found that Higher Education and Corrections have experienced more change in their State funding than any other major public service. As Corrections’ share of the State General Fund budget increased steadily, Higher Education’s share declined almost as quickly. Furthermore, during every major economic downturn, Higher Education experienced major State funding cuts, and until the current recession, Corrections’ budget was left virtually untouched. “Over the past 30 years, the State has dropped the ball when it comes to funding Higher Education,” said Mike Polyakov, Research Director of CACS. “In light of its diminished support for Higher Education, we cannot ignore the state prison system’s rapid expansion during the same period because the two systems compete for State money from the General Fund.” The following were among the findings of the analysis: · Bigger Corrections Slice, Smaller Higher Ed Slice. As the Corrections portion of the General Fund grew steadily from 2.9% to 9.7% over the last three decades, the Higher Education portion shrank from 15.7% to 10.3%. Once receiving five times more funding than Corrections, Higher Education now receives about the same amount of funding as Corrections. · Security Personnel Earning More than Faculty. In 1980, an average California prison security employee made $25,858 a year while a CSU faculty member earned $29,015 annually. In 2006, the average security personnel salary peaked at $94,518 while the average CSU faculty salary was $70,615.

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Gas Prices Continue to Rise California, September 4- Average retail gasoline prices in California have risen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.15/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in California during the pastweek, prices yesterday were 21.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 32.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 20.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "With the conclusion of the summer driving season, we can expect gasoline prices to go on a diet," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Like all diet programs, you may not see immediate loss in the short term, but we'll likely see some loss in the longer term, say the next several weeks, as factors align in motorists favor- specifically as Isaac has exited without much ado, demand to see seasonal decline, and with cheaper to produce winter-spec higher RVP gasoline coming, there's light at the end of the tunnel," DeHaan said.

Law and Determinant Sentencing contributed to the rapid inmate population growth during the 1980s and 1990s. · Higher Tuition, Fewer Professors. In 1980, there was one faculty member for every 16 students at the University of California. In 2010, there was one faculty member for every 21 students. At California State University, that ratio has gone from 21:1 to 32:1 during the same period, a 33% decline. Since 2007, student tuition fees have more than doubled for UC and CSU students. The full analysis and associated interactive data visualizations can be found on California Common Sense’s website at http://cacs. org/ca/article/44 and, respectively. The NBC Bay Area News piece can be found at http:// ABOUT CACS: California Common Sense is a non-partisan non-profit founded by Stanford students and alumni to open government to the public, develop data-driven policy analysis, and educate citizens about how their governments work.

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House Hunters in South Taft You really have to look closely to find this home. We’re not sure if someone lives here or not, but a tree trimmer to trim these trees might be a wise choice given all of the sudden fires and the high temperatures that we have been experiencing lately, not to mention the few suspected house arsons. Code Enforcement and the fire department should take note of this one.

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Liberty Under Fire Because we are not a Democracy the Electoral College Selects Our President. By Dr. Harold Pease A recent ABC News-Washington Post poll disclosed that President Barack Obama leads challenger Mitt Romney by three percentage points in the race for president of the United States—well within the margin of error. If this race remains this close in November chances are the Electoral College, will once again, make the choice as it has in the past. For those who do not know, the Founding Fathers opposed a democracy and hoped that descendants would never turn what they created into such. The word democracy is not in any of our original governing documents. Benjamin Franklin referred to democracy as two wolves and a lamb voting on what they would have for lunch; the well armed lamb contesting the vote. Realizing that the majority is not always right and, as such, could trample the rights of the minority becoming very tyrannical, they created a republic instead, thus we pledge allegiance to “the republic for which it stands.” A lynch mob is a democracy; everyone voting to hang the accused except the one proposed to be hung. The vote system they created, referred to as the Electoral College, spread the vote geographically, and favored the informed over the less informed. Spreading the vote geographically was not easy, as everyone knew that the popular vote could be won by a few populated states, (today a few as ten, some say four), and that rural states or sections would never see the candidate nor would he make an appeal to their interests. To equalize the population advantage and encourage candidates to make a larger geographical appeal, the College gave population-deprived states disproportion-

ately at least three votes. Although candidates could probably still ignore the rural states, the College made it decidedly less tempting to do so. The College system intentionally favors the informed. Those less informed tend to vote for leaders who can give them the most from their vote but the Constitution is designed to give nothing to anyone except the opportunity to maximize their talent in an environment of freedom from excessive government. The moment government takes from one and gives to another, recipient voters henceforth expect something from their vote and politicians have shown that they can be purchased. It becomes a “blood sport” as to which candidate can give the most “goodies” to get elected. I ask my students how many months they spent studying the propositions on the last California ballot prior to voting? Months? Days? Hours? Seldom was it more than the least amount possible to give them a “gut” feeling. I than ask why they should have the same vote power as one who did spend months studying an issue? When put this way they better understand the principles of a republic, which rejects a popular vote for the president, having the states make that decision instead. States select a number of voters for the president equal to the number of members of Congress (both House and Senate) they have. These non-governmental individuals, selected by the state legislatures presumably for their integrity, experience, success, and wisdom, are presumably less emotionally driven (they have seen it all) and less susceptible to the emergence of a tyrant. Remember, Adolph Hitler was elected. Presumably this would have been thwarted had Germany a functioning electoral college to mitigate the emotion or ignorance of the masses. The citizens chosen to be Electoral College voters do so in their separate state capitols usually sometime in late November and that vote is sent to, and read by, the vice president of the United States before a combined session of both Houses of Congress usually the first week in December. Normally there is little coverage of the real election of the president and this, usually negative. This process is certainly not without its problems, but when the ill informed have the same vote strength, or higher, as the well informed the Electoral College offsets this by placing the weight of government in favor of reason and experience. It remains the best system in the world. I realize that in a day when we have high-speed communication it is easy to assume that, as a result, we have high-speed knowledge and experience as well. As a college professor in the subject area, I can emphatically argue otherwise. Nothing replaces the benefits of reason and experience and these don’t come high speed. Given our history it is likely that the Electoral College will be called upon, once again, to go against the popular vote when the seasoned voters of the College have reason to distrust the peoples’ choice. It is there duty. It is decidedly undemocratic but we are not a democracy. Hopefully they won’t have to do so this year. 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

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Arthur Julius Rector August 2, 1931 - September 4, 2012 Mr. Arthur Rector, age 81 of 1941 Blackwater Court in Las Vegas, Nevada passes away from complications due to a series of illness’s in Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada. Arthur was born and raised in Blaairsville, Ga. to Oliver Monroe Rector and Katie Bell Brackett Rector. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Elon and Amon Rector and his sister Elizabeth Carringer. He served in the military in Ft. Hood, Texas. He established himself in Taft, California working with Standard Oil from 1956 - 1972. He moved to Saudi Arabia working with Aramco Oil from 1972 - 1990. He retired in 1990 from Aramco settling in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Rector is survived by his wife Noha Rector, four daughters and son in laws Beverly and Dennis Wooton, Grove, OK., Nancy and Charlie Snyder, Taft, Ca., Linda and Mike Hickey, Jacksonville, Fl., and Rebecca Day, Las Vegas, NV; eight grandchildren; Tausha Rector, Rebecca Dupeire, Brandy Dupeire, Nathan Williams, Christopher Williams, Jennifer Bright Echols, Nicholas Wooton, Nichole Wooton; Thirteen great-Grandchildren and one GreatGreat Grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: New Union Baptist Church 4159 Jones Creek Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512

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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

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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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Classified Adsare are$3.00 $2.00per perissue line. for Phone, fax, maillines, or drop off Classified Ads up to three $5 per issue ad for to upthe to Taft 5 lines, and $7 per issue for up to 10 lines. Yard your Independent. Sale ads are free. Phone, fax, mail or drop off your ad to the Taft your Independent. Ad photograph for $5. Ad your company logo for $5. Boxed ads are $5 additional. E-mail us (or bring to our Boxed\outlined\bolded classified ads start at $12.00 for 8 office) a for photo of your home, car, truck motorcycle and lines, $16 12 lines, $20 for 15 lines, $25 for 20orlines. we’ll do the rest. Photo Ads. Car, truck or house for sale ads are $5 per week, Yard Sale ads are $2 for 3 lines, lines $2 each. or $10 with a photo. Email us (oradditional bring to our office) a photo of your home, car, truck or motorcycle and we’ll do the rest. Classified ad deadline is Wednesday at 12 p.m. (noon) Classified ads deadline is now Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Phone: 765-6550 Phone: 765-6550

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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 760-3790848 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.





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Which Of These Neuropathy Symptoms Do You Suffer From?

If You Suffer From A Single One Of These Torturous Symptoms - Numbness, Tingling, Or Sharp Nerve Pain - THEN THE FACTS BELOW MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT YOU HAVE EVER READ Neuropathy affects every part of your life -- walking, sitting, and even sleeping. Maybe you’ve had multiple tests, only to find out no one has any idea what you have. Maybe you’ve even been put on a drug with heavy side effects. My name is Dr. Keith Sparks, owner of Sparks Chiropractic. Our practice has been helping people with neuropathy and nerve problems for more than 15 years. More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a problem caused by damage to the nerves that supply your arms and legs. This painful condition interferes with your body’s ability to transmit messages to your muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. If ignored or mistreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible health conditions. Why not get help by those trained to correct the major cause of peripheral neuropathy? Data from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ Job Analysis of Chiropractic lists arm and leg neuropathy as the second most common nerve problem treated by chiropractors. Often neuropathy is caused by a degenerating spine pressing on the nerve roots. This can happen in any of the vertebral joints from the neck all the way down to the tail bone.

Do you have any of the following symptoms... • Pins and needles feeling • Numbness in the hands or feet • Tingling or burning sensations • Weakness in the arms or legs • Sharp shooting or burning pains

If so, you may have a condition called peripheral neuropathy The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neuropathy By using gentle techniques, I’m able to release the pressure that has built up on the nerve. This allows the nerve to heal and the symptoms to go away. Numerous studies have proven chiropractic’s effectiveness in helping nerve conditions... “Manipulation [chiropractic adjustments], with or without exercise, improved symptoms more than medical care did after both 3 and 12 months.”– British Medical Journal

Our Patients Say It Best....... This was my first visit to a chiropractor; I am now pain free and have taken back the walker I had to rent. I have full mobility and the improvement to my neuropathy in my hand and feet has been amazing. Patients showed an 85.5% resolution of the nerve symptoms after only 9 chiropractic treatments. - Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008 With chiropractic care, patients had “significant improvement in perceived comfort and function, nerve conduction and finger sensation overall.” – JMPT 1998 “Significant increase in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were noted. Orthopedic tests were negative. Symptoms dissipated.” – JMPT 1994 What these studies mean is that with chiropractic care, you could soon be enjoying life...without those aggravating nerve problems. How To Find Out If This Will Work For You It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic will be your neuropathy solution. For 10 days only, $29 will get you all the services we normally charge new patients up to $250 for!

Don’t let neuropathy hold you back from enjoying life. You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like it has been for so many other patients. The appointment will not take long at all. And you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either. Here’s What To Do Now The offer is only good until September 17th, 2012. Call today 661-765-2225 and we can get you scheduled for your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening. Our office is located at 1107 Kern St. #7 (next to Chicken of Oz). When you call, tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Neuropathy Evaluation so she can get you on the schedule and make sure you receive proper credit for this special offer. Sincerely, Keith L. Sparks, D.C. P.S. At our office, we have specialized treatment programs for treating patients who suffer from neuropathy. Why suffer with years of misery?

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