It came to our attention one morning several weeks ago that the theme and color scheme of our wonderful working fishing village and shops were rapidly changing from the Southern California/Spanish (whites, blues and turquoises) to a Tuscany vineyard (dark browns, olive greens, etc). It is not only the colors that are being changed, but also the overall “look and feel” of the buildings by subtle removal and changes to the basic architecture.

One of the poor building occupants has had that building nicknamed “baby-poop” as a way to find it in the marina.

I have spoken to many of the residents who live on their boats in the harbor, as well as several shop, restaurant and business owners in the harbor, and not a one likes the new scheme and all would like to see a reversal of Oscar Pane’s decision to change the “look and feel” of our village from basic Mexican/Spanish to Italian/Tuscan.

I question Mr. Pane’s authority to change the “look and feel” of our village. I am under the impression that the Coastal Commission has to approve any changes of this magnitude. The California Coastal Commission has a rule that roughly states that the theme or style of a coastal property cannot be changed from it original style.

Phillip J. Seaman, Ventura

Human waste — liquid gold?
Tonight, I watched glaciers melting at an alarming rate. Oil and gas don’t cut it anymore. Microbial fuel cells that produce electricity using microbes found in sewage are a better choice.

National Science Foundation-supported efforts are producing promising results. Watch for Secretary Salazar to announce expanded plan.

Roy Barnett, Camarillo

New GOP member
So, out of an 834-word column about the complete and utter failure of the Obama administration (Power to Speak, 3/26), all Mr. Jensen can rebut is a couple of line items in the pork stimulus bill? I’ll assume he agrees with everything else and send him a Republican Party voter registration. Welcome to the GOP, Chris.

Forrest Mize, Ventura

Clarification of crude
I’d like to tell you about the individual pictured on the cover of your April 16 edition. He is a 35-year veteran of Ventura’s oil industry. As a production operator, he is on the front lines in the oil field, getting as up-close and personal to oil wells and pumping units as anyone. While your cover uses the modifiers “down and dirty,” as a production operator the key focus of his job is keeping the oil field clean and safe.

As a production operator, his daily routine is to conduct an environmental check of every well in his area, verifying that the wells are in compliance with rigorous internal requirements and external regulations. He checks for leaks, makes sure protective berms around well cellars are in good shape, listens for noises that might suggest a potential mechanical problem, inspects valves, and monitors safety measures. He also looks after the upkeep of his wells, performing routine “autonomous” maintenance, including painting and labeling piping, adding lube oil to the pumping units, confirming adequate corrosion treatment and more — all to keep the wells in safe, operating condition.

Among the tools in the toolbox of a production operator is also a computer to handle maintenance orders and write standard operating procedures to promote continuous process improvements. And everything the production operator does at the field level is backed up by some of the most highly trained engineers and sophisticated technology in the world.

The down and dirty about Ventura’s oil legacy is that it is made up of hundreds of men and women like the individual on the cover, who are dedicated to helping California meet its energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible way … every day.

Susan Hersberger, Aera Energy LLC, Ventura

Editor’s note: The sub-headline in question was used as a double entendre to describe the issues in the cover story as well as the process of accessing oil. The headline was not meant to imply anything negative about Aera Energy, those who work in the industry or the man in the photo.

Divine inspiration at City Hall
Thank you for writing your beautiful article about Bill Jeralds (Arts and culture, 3/26). He is an amazing person and his story needs to be told. I know this will be the first of many articles about the miracles in Bill’s life.

Mayor Christy Weir has agreed to accept one of Bill’s angels at the Ventura City Council meeting on May 4. Bill plans to give the City of Ventura a 24-inch angel holding the world in its hands; he calls it “The Angel of Peace.”

Thanks again for everything.

Keith Richardson, Ventura