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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • City to invite Gov. Brown to see the realities of Taft

  • “These politicians have no clue about what's going on in the real world,” says Mayor Paul Linder
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  • Sacramento politicians are a favorite target of the Taft City Council.
    Led by the outspoken Dave Noerr, the conservative quintet often criticizes the goings-on in the state capitol, railing against everything from spending policies and endangered species rules to high-speed rail and gun control.
    The state government is not in touch with the realities of Taft, they say.
    Now they want one of those Sacramento politicians, Gov. Jerry Brown, to visit Taft and see those realities first-hand.
    It started as a joke almost, a tongue-in-cheek comment from Councilman Orchel Krier, but last week the Taft City Council directed city staff to draft a letter to Brown asking him to come to Taft.
    Mayor Paul Linder took Krier's comment and turned it into a full-fledged agenda item.
    The city has seen its community correctional facility closed, its redevelopment agency eradicated and now its enterprise zone may be deleted.
    Enough is enough, they said.
    So city staff will draft a letter inviting Brown to Taft for a face-to-face meeting and a close up look at the community.
    “These politicians have no clue about what's going on in the real world,” Linder said. “Let's invite him down here. Let's send him a letter telling him about Taft and invite him to visit the city.”
    The letter is scheduled to be on the agenda for the council's next meeting on July 2.
    If Brown accepts, he wouldn't be California governor to visit Taft.
    In 1935, then-Gov. Frank Merriam visited the city for the Oildorado celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of its incorporation.

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