In regards to the Ventura City Council’s decision on January 24: I am glad they are spending $75,000 from the Westside Pool Fund to move forward with the Canada Larga annexation.

It is refreshing to know that our City Council will still fight for the dreams of one man, no matter how much money he has or how much land he owns. I agree with Deputy Mayor Mike Tracy: the so-called environmentalists and “common folk” of Ventura aren’t being as objective as they could be.

In an effort to support our council, I have started a grass-roots organization to combat the propaganda of socialist cells like SOAR, Audubon Society, and Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation. I urge all right-minded citizens to support me. Please visit our founding document here:

Stephen “Reverend Stevo” DeBaun
Founding Member
Ventura Citizen for Saving Buzz’s Dream

Nature vs. bulldozer
The last unspoiled, easily accessed canyon of old Ventura is now at stake. Cañada Larga not only holds the last remaining sections of the original aqueduct that brought water to the city, but is home to one of the largest Indian settlements in the area. I can say this because I saw firsthand the old grinding stories and other Indian implements dug from the ground yearly by the men who lived and plowed that area in the 1990s. You don’t have to be a specialist to conclude that finding many artifacts annually means that the Cañada Larga canyon is filled with native Chumash history.

Name one other place in Ventura that has stood the test of time and provides anyone who travels it easy access to a glimpse of unspoiled old Ventura, with its rolling hills and winding river. Any bike rider who has traveled this road will tell you about the rare tranquility only found in such unspoiled areas. Now all this is at stake with the talk of building executive homes in the canyon.

Back in the 1980s, this same property owner wanted to allow a full-scale dump in these canyons. Naturally, after much controversy and protest, that plan never came to fruition. Next came a proposed golf course. At that time, it was also turned down. Now, years later, this city is ready for the development of this priceless canyon. It took a while to get here, but now the fruit seems ripe for the picking.

Unfortunately, most cities and property owners of vast underdeveloped lands don’t have the foresight to realize that their most valuable long-term assets are their very own unspoiled natural beauty. As the city becomes more densely populated, people will want to return to unspoiled nature to recharge and enjoy tranquility. When that element is gone, it is gone for good. No amount of development will bring it back.

Larson Richardson

An ancient secret for Valentine’s Day
As Valentine’s Day approaches, people across the globe are impassioned by the acute awareness of love during the month of February. Not only are we thinking about how to celebrate our loved ones with determined effort, but we also become more aware of our desire to invoke new love into our life — usually in the form of a perfect mate! The ancient art of perfuming with essential oils to attract love is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

While everyone is familiar with the use of perfume and cologne as a tool for alluring a mate, most people don’t realize that pure plant-based essential oils were the original form of perfume and much more potent.

Rose oil is used in the finest perfumes on the market today, which was the most predominant oil used throughout the centuries in the art of perfuming and was chosen for its powerful ability to attract love. Traditionally, the rose has been the flower and symbol of love because of its ability to attract love with its inherent aphrodisiac properties. Not only has rose oil been used for thousands of years to enhance beauty in women, but the inhalation of rose oil is carried by the olfactory system into the limbic system, a set of brain structures that support a variety of functions including emotions, behavior, long term memory and hormonal secretions, which all govern the sexual attractant portion of our brains.

Because it takes 40,000 hand-picked roses to create one ounce of pure rose oil, it tends to be a very expensive oil, but worth its weight in gold, or in this case, worth its weight in love! However, there are other oils that have been used as aphrodisiacs and love attractants that are more accessible and affordable such as ylang ylang, jasmine, vanilla and cinnamon.

By anointing (applying essential oils with intention) the heart, the crown of the head, the shoulders and belly with these fragrant elixirs, you will not only begin to experience an opening of your own heart, but everyone you come in contact with will be enticed by the fragrance. Blending rose, jasmine and ylang ylang essential oils makes a delicious and highly intoxicating fragrance that is sure to turn heads and hearts!

Anointing with essential oils is an incredible ritual to open our hearts and minds to bring an abundance of love into our lives. If we begin each day centered in the heart of love, life is most assuredly going to respond by bringing more and more love to us in each and every moment.

Allison Stillman
Aromatic alchemist
Author of The Sacred Art of Anointing