Playa Vista People 2/18/2021

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET GABBY: NOW YOU KNOW…

Gabby has been living and working in Marina Del Rey since July 2018

Now You Know….

  • Loves fencing
  • Loves ballet
  • Loves opera
  • Hates fast cars
  • Puts salt on almost all food including eggs
  • Sleeps naked
  • Has scented candles in every room
  • Love old TV shows from the ’60s
  • Hates Halloween

*PLAYA – NEWS: BRIGHTER SMILES AHEAD – SMILEBUS HEADS TO CULVER CITY

SmileDirectClub CEO, David Katzman

SmileDirectClub will bring the SmileBus to Culver City Tuesday, offering complimentary and convenient teeth cleaning. The oral care company offers a telehealth platform for teeth straightening and brings its SmileBus to different cities across California. You can make an appointment in Culver City through 6 p.m. Tuesday at Westfield Culver City, 6150 Slauson Ave. and get a 3D scan of your smile, along with a complimentary whitening.

If you sign up, within 72 hours of your visit, one of the affiliated dentists or orthodontists will evaluate your information and, if you are a good candidate for treatment using our platform, you will receive a customized, doctor-prescribed treatment plan just for you, according to the company. And if you approve, the company will ship your entire set of aligners right to your door. “SmileDirectClub’s mission is to empower everyone through the transformation of a confident smile,” the company said in a news release. “Take on tomorrow and every day after that with a smile that has you feeling like a boss.”

Book your appointment Tuesday at the SmileBus in Culver City.


*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY POLICE CHIEF SHARES MESSAGE ON ‘REFOCUSED POLICING’

Culver City Police Chief Manny Cid
– Culver City

Culver City Police Chief Manny Cid released a message Wednesday about the department’s efforts on “refocused policing,” emphasizing the department’s move to address community concerns that low-level crimes disproportionately impact Black and Latino people.

In December 2020, 20 Latino people and nine Black people were arrested and taken into custody during traffic stops, according to department records. Three white people were arrested and taken into custody and two others, defined as Pacific Islander or Middle Eastern, were taken into custody following traffic stops in December.

The department is now changing its approach. Cid released the following message:

During the second half of 2020, the Culver City Police Department put in place four initiatives to help improve our service and overall effectiveness to the Culver City Community:

  • Reimagining Patrol Deployment and Policing Approach
  • Improving Data Collection, Reporting, and Transparency Measures
  • Increased Mental Health Resources
  • Partnerships to Advance Youth


*PLAYA – NEWS: MARINA DRIVE IN FEATURING UP

Watch movies by the sea and safely in your car at the new Marina Drive-In pop-up cinema featuring Disney/Pixar’s Up (PG). Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Moviegoers are encouraged to buy take-out from local restaurants or bring their own food to enjoy.

Featured shows include a variety of old-school, classic and new films for moviegoers of all ages.  Tickets are $20 per vehicle and must be pre-purchased online. The Marina Drive-In is located at Parking Lot #2 at 13477 Fiji Way (same parking lot as the Public Boat Launch).
  Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Address: 13477 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
More info: https://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/marina-drive-in-movies
*PLAYA – NEWS: HOW TO PREVENT CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS IN MARINA DEL REY

Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station Capt. Joseph Stephen, and sheriff’s

Catalytic converter thefts can take about 60 seconds — and that’s it. Sheriff’s deputies from the Marina del Rey Station are sharing tips on how to prevent these common thefts with some simple suggestions and recommendations.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Park in a protected garage. If you don’t have secure garage parking, then park somewhere that’s easily viewed by others.
  • Park near well-lit areas.
  • Try to park near security cameras.
  • Install motion-sensor lights on your driveway or parking area.
  • Etch your car’s VIN or license plate number on the converter to make it easier to identify potential suspects in the future.

Catalytic converters are an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas. They contain valuable metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. People steal these devices and sell them. In the past, SUVs and trucks have been targeted in catalytic converter thefts, officials said.

Recently, Toyota Prius have been targeted because they are light and it can be easier to lift them with a car jack, deputies said. It can cost anywhere from $500 to $4,000 to replace a catalytic converter depending on the vehicle.

*PLAYA – NEWS: MAGNITE MAKES $1.2 BILLION AD TECH ACQUISITION

Magnite Inc. President and CEO Michael Barrett,
– Playa Vista

Magnite Inc., a Playa Vista-based advertising technology company, has announced plans to acquire video advertising platform SpotX from European media company RTL Group for $1.17 billion in cash and stock.  The acquisition, announced Feb. 5, consists of $560 million in cash and 14 million shares of Magnite stock, according to the companies.
 
Magnite operates a sell-side advertising platform, meaning that it helps websites, mobile apps and connected TV, or CTV, channels sell advertising space on their content. The company is a relatively new entity created last year in a merger between Playa Vista-based advertising technology company Rubicon Project Inc. and New York-based Telaria Inc.  According to Magnite, its latest purchase will create “the largest independent CTV and video advertising platform in the programmatic marketplace.” Programmatic advertising is the automated buying and selling of advertising on digital platforms. It uses computer algorithms to price and auction advertising space based on factors such as viewership.
 
The SpotX purchase is part of a push by Magnite to strengthen its position in the CTV advertising market. That segment has been a bright spot in the advertising industry over the last year, remaining strong throughout Covid lockdowns as other advertising budgets have dwindled. “Sellers have been looking for a scaled independent alternative to the giant companies who dominate the CTV marketplace,” Magnite President and Chief Executive Michael Barrett said in a statement.
 
“The combination of Magnite and SpotX will make this a reality by bringing together the best CTV technologies and teams at a critical time,” Barrett said. “Ad-supported CTV is just beginning to draw budgets from linear TV and we will be well-positioned to participate in the strongest segment of industry growth for the foreseeable future.” Mike Shehan, co-founder and chief executive of SpotX added, ““As CTV flourishes and the media industry continues to turn to programmatic, there is a huge opportunity for an independent scaled company to offer the single most comprehensive technology in the market.” Magnite’s stock closed up more than 26% to $54.95 on the day of the announcement.

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET MILKSHAKE

Milkshake has lived in Culver City since September 2018

*PLAYA – READER COMMENT:

“I thoroughly enjoy your spirited Playa Vista People digital magazine each week. Cool people, cool area. Thank you.” —– Oliva H., Culver City

*PLAYA – INTERVIEW: YES/NO WITH CARRIE

Carrie has been living in Westchester since August 2017.

YES OR NO INTERVIEW………..

  • Wants to be a stand-up comedian: NO
  • Has a crush on Sarah Silverman: YES
  • Working on a documentary on the history of bi-sexuality: YES
  • Loves pizza: NO
  • Loves hot dogs: NO
  • Takes 10 vitamins a day: YES
  • Sleeps only 5 hours a night: YES
  • Hates camping: NO
  • Loves tuna-fish: NO



*PLAYA – MONTHLY COLUMN:
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*PLAYA — VIDEO: 

A brief walking tour of a beautiful street in Playa Vista on Martin Luther King Day

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET KENNETH:



Kenneth has been living and working in Playa Vista since April, 2015

Now You Know …

  • Has been working in advertising since age 19.
  • Loves green beans.
  • Hates Mexican food.
  • Excellent ice skater.
  • Plays the guitar.
  • Loves sail boating.
  • Never been fishing.
  • Plays chess not checkers
  • Smokes a pipe occasionally.

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:


1.*** “The medical forms you have to fill out at Exer Urgent Care in Playa Vista are so stupid and bureaucratic. You fill out your name on the front and then you have to fill your name on the back even though you are an existing patient and signed the forms before. Who runs this place? The DMV?” – Olivia G., Playa Vista

2. ***”Have you considered See’s Candies for Spring BUSINESS GIFTS? Purchases $500+ receive FREE shipping and up to 30% discount-the more you purchase, the more you save! We also offer a virtual, contact free FUNDRAISER option for these pandemic times! Easter candy ships 2/22/2021-3/19/2021.
Email for more information: sfreeman@sees.com.

3. ***Person looking into cars. I approached a person who was looking into cars around 7:15 pm on Ramsgate. Tall thin white male 5’10, black pants and trench coat with a red tee-shirt. I followed him for some time until he turned and headed toward 79th St. Careful if you decide to walk tonight. —– Bill Dominquez, Westchester.

4. ***Truck Stolen. My husband had his truck stolen from in front of our house last night. He had all of his work tools locked in the back. He is a contractor. We are located on Campion. This was a huge loss.  —– Margie Sofer, Westchester

5. ***Hockey is a sport. Fighting is a sport. Hockey is the only sport that allows you to take a break and play another sport in the middle of a game. —- Cal T., Playa Del Rey

6. ***Hello I have been to a few dog parks but my dog recently was attacked (he’s okay) … I keep noticing aggressive dogs in the parks I have been to. I have a husky who plays a little rough but wouldn’t hurt anything or anything. He loves the parks and is a way for him to burn energy off. —- Rachel Duffy, Westchester.

7. ***Be careful out there. I’ve been following the Spot Crime app. for years. It is only fairly recently that assaults were reported, and then these reports were rare. Take a look at today’s report. Two of these “assaults” may have involved gunshot wounds. These were reported in the Citizen App. One was in the CVS parking lot in Venice, where a cyclist had numerous gunshot wounds to his leg. The other was in Santa Monica, near Lincoln and Ash, also someone who was shot. I post this only, with sadness and alarm, to make those who are unaware of what is going on in our neighborhoods realize how serious the situation is. —- Elizabeth Weinberger, Del Rey.

8. ***I don’t know one person, not one, who still reads the L.A. Times. —— Gary A., Playa Vista.

 9. ***I have fond memories of my childhood home, but I would never trade Playa Vista city life to go back to the boondocks.

— Ashley W., Playa Vista.

10. ***Your “Yes or No” interviews are weird but fun! —– Walt V., Culver City

11. ***Hello Neighbors. There is a young, non-neutered orange male cat that has been hanging out in our backyard space. He howls a lot and also harasses the neighbor’s cat much. He entered my space one night, a few weeks ago … when I picked him up to put him out, he clawed me in the face. I still have a scar. Then tonight, he was lying on a backyard couch. When I prompted him to leave, he clawed me in five different areas on my right hand and arm. Cat scratches and bites are serious, and can easily become infected. I am a veterinarian. Whoever owns this cat needs to keep him inside immediately. If I see him around the house again, I will call animal control. —- Samala Van Hoomissen, Culver City



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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET DESTINY: NOW YOU KNOW…

Destiny has lived in Westchester since April 2011

Now you know…

  1. Sucks at math.
  2. Loves poetry.
  3. Favorite singer – Van Morrison.
  4. Gives a great foot massage.
  5. Loves pickles.
  6. Friends think she is a bad-ass.
  7. Loves Reality TV.
  8. Mother died when she was 10.
  9. Carries no cash.

*PLAYA – NEWS: CVS TO START GIVING CORONAVIRUS VACCINES NEAR MARINA DEL REY

CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Karen S. Lynch

The Pharmacy giant CVS will begin vaccinating Los Angeles residents against the coronavirus as early as next week. One confirmed location will be the CVS in Playa Vista. The announcement represents a major step in the effort to vaccinate as many people as possible in the hard-hit Los Angeles region, but the supply shortage will remain a hurdle for the effort. Approximately 81,900 total doses are on “limited rollout” to CVS, sourced directly from the federal pharmacy partnership program. CVS will follow the state eligibility rules in setting appointments, starting Feb. 9, and will begin vaccinations on Feb. 11, they reported Tuesday.

In Los County, CVS Pharmacies vaccination clinics will be located in three Los Angeles locations, West Covina, Playa Vista, Norwalk, Granada Hills and Agoura Hills. Elsewhere in California, residents can find vaccines at CVS Pharmacies in Orange County, Bakersfield, Carmel, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Clovis, Eureka, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Modesto, Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, Sonoma, Sunnyvale, Ventura, and Yuba City. More local locations will be made available as the chain is allotted more doses, a spokesperson says.

“One of our greatest strengths as a company is our presence in communities across the country, which makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner,” said CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer Karen S. Lynch. “We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has allowed us to deliver care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic.” To get the shot, patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app on or after Feb. 9. People without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided. CVS already has played a significant role in vaccinating California’s most vulnerable by vaccinating residents and staff at more than 15,000 long-term care facilities.
*PLAYA – NEWS: MARINA DEL REY TRADER JOE’S WORKERS TO GET HAZARD PAY RAISE

– Marina del Rey

Trader Joe’s is raising its workers’ pay by an additional $2 an hour during the coronavirus pandemic, as Los Angeles weighs an ordinance that would mandate an extra $5 an hour for many workers at large grocery stores and pharmacies. The pay bump will bring hazard pay up by $4 an hour for Marina del Rey Trader Joe’s workers. The raise follows a similar $2-an-hour bump that the Monrovia-based company began offering last year.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trader Joe’s has provided all hourly crew members with an additional $2/hr `thank you’ wage, in recognition of the outstanding, inspiring work they do every day, in our stores and communities,” the company announced on its website. Effective Feb. 1, “the `thank you’ premium for all hourly, non- management crew members, was increased by $2, for a total of $4 an hour. Moreover, during this time, we have offered crew members a few additional ways to qualify for and maintain health insurance. We want crew members to have the opportunity to take extended time off without repercussions to their benefits.”

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed emergency ordinance that would require grocery and pharmacy retailers with 300 or more employees nationally and 10 or more employees on site to add the $5 hazard pay to all hourly, non-managerial employees’ wages for 120 days. The council directed the city attorney to prepare the ordinance and the chief legislative analyst to report on potential economic impacts of the measure and potential legal challenges.

*PLAYA – NEWS: TIKTOK WILL HAVE UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’S ENTIRE ARTIST CATALOG

– Culver City

Santa Monica-based Universal Music Group and TikTok are getting in sync with a joint licensing agreement announced Monday, adding even more music to the growing platform. UMG and TikTok, the video app with offices in Culver City, reached an agreement that company officials on both sides said is designed to enhance their existing relationship and benefit musicians. Users will now have access to UMG artists’ work and the label’s full catalog. It’s a big move for the app and the format of these real, short videos that focus on community-building, creativity and new music discovery for loyal users, TikTok said in a news release.

The deal, they said in a joint statement, “delivers equitable compensation for recording artists and songwriters” and will be used to help promote “the development of new innovative experiences and the ability to forge deeper bonds between fans and the artists and music they love.” The agreement covers recorded music from artists at UMG’s labels and songwriters with Universal Music Publishing Group. Universal Music Group recently removed its entire music library from video app Triller, a TikTok competitor, alleging Triller withheld payments to the music giant’s artists. Triller officials have denied those claims.

“UMG and TikTok will now work more closely than ever to promote ambitious experimentation, innovation and collaboration — with the shared objective of developing new music experiences and features,” said Michael Nash, executive vice president of Digital Strategy at UMG. “Driving new and deeper connections with fans, this agreement delivers equitable compensation to our recording artists and songwriters, as well as a commitment to develop industry-leading tools, A&R (artists and repertoire) insights and models necessary to advance their careers,” he said.

TikTok pledged to experiment with new features that will allow its users to incorporate clips from UMG’s entire catalog of music. “We are excited to enter this new era with UMG and UMPG to continue supporting artists and songwriters, by working together to help reach music fans on TikTok,” TikTok Global Head of Music Ole Obermann said. “Our platform has been a driver in creating chart hits, and licensing the world’s biggest catalog of tracks will continue to inspire our community,” Obermann said. “In turn, we are proud to partner with UMG and UMPG to be a source to help new talent emerge and to re-introduce legacy acts to a new audience.

*PLAYA – NEWS: CBRE ACQUIRES LA-BASED ADVISORY FIRM, BEEZLEY

– Playa Vista

CBRE has announced that it acquired Beezley Management, a Los Angeles-based construction management and advisory firm. Beezley focuses on real estate for sectors including hospitality, entertainment, sports, tech, education and health care. The firm’s projects include a training facility for the National Basketball Association’s L.A. Clippers in Playa Vista; earthquake renovation for L.A. Memorial Coliseum; and L.A. Valley College’s Monarch Stadium and Track & Field Complex. CBRE declined to share terms of the acquisition.

Jonathan Levy, Beezley’s principal and founder, will take on a senior leadership role with CBRE’s project management business in the Pacific Southwest, the brokerage said. Further, Beezley’s 25 professionals will join CBRE’s project management team. Beezley was founded in 1997 in the city of Calabasas. The firm’s portfolio also includes such projects as an 83,000-square-foot, mixed-use retail center on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, and the student bookstore at Los Angeles Pierce College. Sean Conry, senior managing director of project management for CBRE, said the acquisition strengthens the brokerage’s project consulting capabilities in Southern California.
*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET LONNIE:


Lonnie loves laughing in Playa del Rey.

*PLAYA – IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
MARINA DEL REY OFFERS DRIVE-IN MOVIE SERIES IN FEBRUARY



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A pair of romantic comedies bookend a drama about one of history’s greatest rock stars starting next week, during Marina del Rey’s Marina Drive-In movie series. The first screenings start on Friday, February 12, with Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic, The Princess Bride, followed by 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody on February 13, and 2004’s The Notebook on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The drive-in movie nights are a spiritual successor to the popular Marina Movie Nights and annual summer concert series, all of which were canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

“So we thought that at drive-in would be a good way of still bringing the community together, but separately and safely,” said Nicole Mooradian, a spokesperson for L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors. DBH is sponsoring the event alongside the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re giving people an opportunity to get out of the house and go to a movie.”

The February screenings are a kind of pilot program, Mooradian said. If it’s successful, similar drive-in screenings could be added throughout the year. Screenings then continue every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month, at 6:30 p.m each night. Tickets are $20, plus a service charge, and must be bought online at MDRmovies.com. Tickets must be bought online in advance — no drive-up tickets will be offered. Food will be offered on-site but must be purchased ahead of time. Food orders can be made during ticket check-out.

*PLAYA – YES/NO INTERVIEW: MEET MINDI

Mindi has lived and worked in Playa Vista since January 2016  

  1. Knows how to ride a motorcycle: YES
  2. Loves Japanese food: YES
  3. Love belly dancing: YES
  4. Cuts her own hair: NO
  5. Thinks wearing wigs are sexy: YES
  6. Refuses to eat at Subway: YES
  7. Stopped drinking beer three years ago: YES
  8. First got drunk at age 16: YES
  9. Studied Latin: YES

*PLAYA — SEE IT: GORGEOUS VIEW OF
MARINA DEL REY



Eric Geffner captured this gorgeous, sunny view of Marina del Rey.

*PLAYA – EATS: CHICKEN POP-UP COMING TO CULVER CITY-AREA

A chicken wing pop-up, from the family of Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant, is coming to the Culver City-area. As reported by What Now Los Angeles Crenshaw’s Chicken Spot will be coming to two local locations: the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Stocker St. on weekdays and at the Crenshaw Farmer’s Market in Leimert Park on weekends. The operation will be helmed by Erin Crenshaw (who also grew up in Crenshaw), who used to cook at her parents’ restaurant Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant. According to Crenshaw, to begin with, the restaurant will offer just buffalo, barbecue and jerk wings and french fries. For more information,

*PLAYA VISTA PETS – MEET HARLOW:

  • Age: 10 months on 1/30
  • Breed: Short Haired Tortie
  • Gender: Female
  • Likes: lounging in her cat tree, watching YouTube videos of birds, playing in empty Amazon boxes,  a good close-up (looking into the pet cam at night; see photo above), putting her face in the humidifier steam, the weekends (because that means she gets even MORE attention!)
  • Dislikes: the sound of the AC unit, when her dad yells at the TV while watching soccer, when her mom sings to her in a weird voice
  • Latest obsession: pulling her mom’s charger out of her laptop while she’s working
  • Was adopted from: spcaLA Long Beach
  • Her wish: For everyone to consider adopting a pet during this time!

There are tons of animals that are in need of a good home/family right now – especially during Covid because their owners passed away or just can’t take care of them anymore now that we’re staying home. Not only will these animals’ lives change for the better, but so will yours – having Harlow has made each day so much more fulfilling during these challenging times 😊

spcaLA was great and the staff was so kind, communicative, and professional – they have both a South Bay and Long Beach location. While I personally had a great experience with this organization, there are tons of others in the area that are awesome as well. Adopt!

*PLAYA – URBAN PLATES:

Planning #valentinesday is hard enough without a pandemic on top of it. Let’s all help each other out, shall we? Drop your 2021 Valentine’s Day suggestions in the comments, and we’ll randomly select a winner next week for a complimentary #vday dinner for two!

You can pre-order our Valentine’s Day at Home 3-Course Dinner for 2 until Feb 11th. It includes a choice of two starters, two entrees, and two desserts – add a bottle of wine for just $20. Available for takeout only 2/12-2/14.

https://urbanplates.com/valentines-day/

Urban Plates – Playa Vista
12746-3 W. Jefferson Blvd
Playa Vista, CA 90094
P: (424) 256-7274
urbanplates.com

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET HAILEY:

Hailey has been living and working in Playa Vista since August 2017.

*PLAYA – BULLETIN BOARD:


 1.*** Dog waste does not go in the green trash can. The green trash can is for grass, tree branches, plants, etc… This kind of recyclables is turned into composing. If dog waste is mixed in with the green recyclables, then the entire batch of recyclables is ruined and must be transferred to the garbage landfill. Dog waste should be placed into a biodegradable trash bag and placed in the black can. —- Sharon Mills, Westchester

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3. ***What would you do? So back in March, my neighbor, due to Covid, moved his entire machine shop from Inglewood to his home here in Del Rey. He constructed an outdoor fabrication area off the back of his garage in his back yard for metal fabrication. What I thought was a temporary situation has turned into endless days of grinding, welding, air compressors, power machinery, mills, lathes, etc. His entire back yard has turned into storage for old motorcycles and machinery. Is this legal? —– Derek White, Del Rey

4.*** “The once great Main Street in Santa Monica is so deloptated and dead, the whole street could be turned into a morgue and no one would notice.” – Abby J., Marina Del Rey.
  5. ***I placed an order with Truxton’s American Bistro for delivery and didn’t receive any utensils in which I requested. Had to throw food away as I was in a hotel and they didn’t have any utensils on hand. —- Johnathan H., Los Angeles.

6. ***Why are CVS receipts so looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong? Annoying! —– Ashley P. Playa Vista.

7. ***The staff at Yummy’s is about as much use as a condom machine in the Vatican. —– Mary Q., Playa Vista.

8. ***Best area electrician: Electrics by Mike Packham: Mike Packham – Electrician – www.electricsbymike.com .Mike Packham Electric, a local family-run skilled electrician team, provides electrical and lighting need. Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award – 2020” – Call 310-430-4174.

9. ***Did you know? Did you know that approximately 25,000 of your neighborhoods in *Playa Vista *Marina Del Rey *Culver City *Playa Del Rey *Westchester read Playa Vista People each week?

10. ***I dig your cool, free Bulletin Board. —– Jerome H., Culver City.

11. ***Driving an old car is indicative of being poor, while driving a REALLY old car is indicative of being wealthy. —– Dr. Herschel W., Playa Vista.

12. ***Children behaving badly in Loyola Village around LMU/Altavan Park.  Over the last several months groups of kids from St A’s and Visitation gather almost every day at the little LMU park on Altavan. Many of them ride their bikes around recklessly (no helmets, no masks, cell phones in hand), some ride electric scooters – sometimes 2 kids to a scooter (again no helmets/masks). I’ve now witnessed 2 kids running into cars, 3 fights, and tons of trash being tossed around. Many of these kids have no respect for safety, the environment, and unfortunately their neighbors. Parents where are you, and why is it your kids are so entitled?!?! —- Lynne McCoy, Loyola Village

13. ***Candy’s Meat Market at Robert’s Market. Wow, I just grabbed some Tomahawk Steaks at Candy’s in Robert’s Market. I went to get some of their famous carne asada (they have it seasoned) but when the Candy mam showed me those tomahawk steaks @ $24.99 lbs I had to grab some. This man has been in the meat business for 40 years!! He knows his stuff. On weekends you’ll catch him BBQ in the parking lot, ready to go ribs, sausage, and chicken. Candy’s is bringing QUALITY meats to us in Westchester. —- John Reyes, Westchester.

14. ***Raise your profile. Low cost. High impact. – www.PRPrime.net

15. ***I helped my parents secure appts for their vaccinations, and was wondering if people know of any neighbors who may not be internet or smartphone savvy (or even users). Wondering if there is a group doing this, or if people know someone who needs help. I have some extra time so hopping online to book would be easy to do. Some sites require a good deal of health info as you book, but otherwise, it’s not a ton of info. And with 65+, all they need is their ID and appt QR code. And if anyone is looking for themselves, online, Thursday seemed to show a lot for the upcoming weekend, as well as checking in the afternoon around 4-5 pm, probably when cancellations for the next day roll in. —– Mel Der, Playa Del Rey

Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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Playa Vista People 2/4/2021

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET SHARON:

Sharon, owner of a fantastic pot pie company, at the Playa Vista Farmer’s Market.

*PLAYA – NEWS: JERRY’S CLOSES IN MARINA DEL REY

Jerry’s — the destination for Matzo ball soup and Jewish deli sandwiches — closed its Marina del Rey location, EaterLA reports. It had recently reopened during the pandemic.
Current owners closed the deli at 13181 Mindanao Way and plan to find a new location that can help sustain the business during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Jerry’s Deli has been part of the Westside community for more than 40 years. Other restaurants across the city have closed in the pandemic, including the Sherman Oaks location. It closed in October.

The owner shared this statement about the closure:
“This is only goodbye for now, as we shutter the doors to Jerry’s Patio Cafe & Bar. We endeavor to regroup and return to serve all of you, our loyal customers, again. Meanwhile, from all of us at Jerry’s and our affiliates, we thank you for your support over the past 42 years and look forward to sharing many more happy moments with you in the future.”

*PLAYA – NEWS: ROSARIO DAWSON SELLS WATERFRONT MARINA DEL REY

Actress and activist Rosario Dawson is moving on from her Marina del Rey home, selling the waterfront location for $2.28M, The Los Angeles Times reports. Dawson moved to New Jersey in 2020 to be with her boyfriend, Sen. Cory Booker. Dawson will next star in the Disney+ series “Ahsoka,” which is set in the “Star Wars” universe. She purchased the three-story home for $1.83M in 2015, The Times reports.

*PLAYA – NEWS: GOOGLE SHUTS DOWN EFFORTS TO PUBLISH FIRST-PARTY STADIA GAMES AS JADE RAYMOND DEPARTS

– Playa Vista

Google has announced that it is winding down Stadia Games and Entertainment, shutting down efforts to develop first-party games. In an announcement on the Google Blog, Phil Harrison, Google’s Vice President and GM of Stadia, has shared that Stadia Games and Entertainment, a wide-reaching effort to develop first-party games for Stadia as well as publish games from other developers, is coming to an end. First announced at GDC 2019, eight months before Stadia’s formal launch, Stadia Games and Entertainment was a new division of Google led by industry veteran Jade Raymond. Since its inception, Stadia Games and Entertainment has been involved with publishing a small handful of exclusive titles, specifically GYLT, Orcs Must Die! 3, Submerged: Hidden Depths, and Outcasters.

The division had locations throughout the world, including a studio located in Playa Vista, CA, where another industry veteran Shannon Studstill, best known as executive producer on the God of War series, was said to be working on “delivering exclusive games.” According to today’s announcement, Google is shifting its focus away from creating first-party titles and instead helping developers get their games onto Stadia, with efforts like the Stadia Makers program. With the shift in focus and shutdown of Stadia Games and Entertainment, Jade Raymond is leaving Google, while most of the rest of the team will be moving into new roles.

However, Stadia Games and Entertainment’s efforts are not being immediately shut down, but are instead winding down. Any “near-term planned games” should still see release, with Kotaku reporting that any first-party Stadia games that were intended for release past 2021 will likely be cancelled. Closing out the announcement, Harrison re-commits to Stadia’s continued future, serving as a home to third-party games. Google will continue its efforts to bring third-party developers and their games into the Stadia roster while simultaneously making strides to drive the cloud gaming industry forward. One such effort is for Google to partner with other companies to offer Stadia’s technology to create “a gaming solution built on Stadia’s advanced technical infrastructure and platform tools.”

*PLAYA – NEWS: SONY PICTURES ANIMATION’S CULVER CITY CAMPUS SELLS FOR $160 MILLION


– Culver City

The Sony Pictures Animation campus in Culver City has been acquired for about $160 million by Hackman Capital Partners, which has emerged as one of the region’s largest studio landlords. The three-building office complex at 9050 Washington Blvd. is across the street from Culver Studios and office and retail complex Culver Steps, which are also owned by Hackman Capital. The Art Deco-style Sony Pictures Animation facility dates from the 1990s and is leased to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s animation team as an extension of Sony’s neighboring studio lot in downtown Culver City. Its three buildings house 182,000 square feet of offices.

“The campus is uniquely situated in an area that has become a hotbed for creative industries,” Chief Executive Michael Hackman said. Investment in properties catering to the thriving entertainment industry has been one of the bright spots in the local office market, which has struggled with occupancy during the pandemic. The previous owner was H&R Real Estate Investment Trust in Toronto. Hackman co-owns its entertainment properties with Square Mile Capital Management, a New York real estate investment firm.

Among the partners’ holdings are Television City Studios in Los Angeles, MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach and Silvercup Studios in New York. Hackman Capital announced last week that it has taken over management of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood as part of a venture with Raleigh Enterprises.

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET FATIMA:

Fatima has been living in Westchester since January 2001

 
*PLAYA – INTERVIEW:


Laura Mitchell Wilde
CEO, Sports MetaPhysics, LLC
NBA Elite Mental Performance Trainer


Q: Why did you choose to conduct your practice in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there? 
– I chose this location because I work with pro athletes, and when I moved here, the Chargers were in town and for the proximity of the Lakers and Clippers.

Q: Would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?
– Working in the NBA as a mental performance coach. I developed my process through decades of training and experience in mind body medicine, sports coaching and

Q: Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area. Where are you from?
– I will probably always keep a place here but I will end up being bicoastal with an East Coast Place too

Q: In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?   – Covid shut things down. The water fountains have been removed. The new walking area outside bull and butterfly was great!

Q: Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
– The area past Blue Bottle coffee with the basketball court and hilly picnic area. Shh! Also, the basketball courts that are way down at the end of Bluff Creek at the corner of Centinela next to the Clippers’ facility.

Q:  What was your first impression of Silicon Beach, was it love at first sight or did it take time to adjust? – Love AT FIRST SIGHT!

Q:  What area would you like to see improved the most?
– Add back the water fountains and the fire pit chairs!

Q: Are there any scenic routes you like to take when going out for the evening or for a regular trip to work?
– I work from home or I head down Centinela Ave via Bluff Creek.

Q: How would you best describe the atmosphere of the Silicon Beach, is there anything that stands out to you? – NYC meets clean streets mixed with young families with dogs vibes

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area?
– Tocaya!  Erewhon’s hot deli (ok Venice)

*PLAYA – HISTORY:


The shopping district, located near the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Overland Avenue, opened for business in September of 1949. Some of the new stores at that time included: Wellington Culver Center Drugs at 3839 Culver Center St., J. C. Penney’s department store at 3824 Culver Center St., and Mode O‘ Day women‘s store at 3847 Culver Center St.

*PLAYA – BUSINESS: PETALS ‘N’ WAX


❤❤Valentines Day ️❤❤
We want to help you find your loved one or potential loved one a gift and greeting card at Petals ‘N’ Wax for this special Sunday February 14th! Needless to say this is not all we have that she or he may enjoy!

Come and check it out and we will try our utmost to make the final decision with you!  After all we do the free gift wrapping on whatever you purchase and will let you buy a decorative gift bag if you so desire😀❤

Let us assist you in making Valentines Day a day to remember
Petals N Wax Villa Marina Marketplace Mall 13432 Maxella Ave
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Hours: Mon-Sun 10am- 6pm T: (310) 305-8883


*PLAYA – IN THE  NEIGHBORHOOD:

Bikes and more bikes at BikeAttack.com in Playa Vista.

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET ANNA:


Anna has been living in Marina Del Rey since July, 2018  

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:

  1. ***Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice. —– Foster D., Playa Del Rey.

2. ***Violence. A man threw an iron rod at me in front Italy’s little Kitchen I dodged but hit my car did little risk. I live for 4 years in Playa del Rey and it never happened to me. I called the police and nothing. “Be careful everyone” —- Clayton Lima, Playa Del Rey

3. “The reason that the Whole Foods in Playa Vista is well run is because they have a  great manager named Johnny.”  – Allan Ascher, Playa Vista.

4. ***Now in the black hole of the pandemic, my husband and I groused constantly about what teenagers always grouse about: that there is “nothing to do.” —– Selma A., Playa Vista.

5. ***Our current insane system of criminal justice -Catch-and-release, is like running down pedestrians in your car and then, when they get up and limp away, saying — Off you go! That’s fine. I just wanted to see if I could hit you. —– Dr. Clark L., Marina Del Rey

6. ***STOLEN VEHICLE PLAYA VISTA – WATCH OUT. My Sur Ron electric dirt bike got stolen in the past 24hrs inside my parking space 13200 Pacific Promenade Playa Vista CA 90094. Unbelievable. Police are on the way to file a police report. Anyone that knows anything or see this bike anywhere please contact me Carlo 323.377.5401 —– Carlo Astuti, Playa Vista.

7.*** “The help I have gotten from Tod and the gang at Bike Attack in Playa Vista has been impressive.” – Mike B., Playa Vista.

8. ***”Did you know that every week hundreds of hundreds of your neighbors join the Playa Vista People mailing list? Sign up to receive Playa Vista People each Thursday at PlayaVistaPeople.com. Now read by over 25,000 people each week including Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Westchester, Playa Del Rey, and Culver City.” – Lisa P., Playa Vista

9. ***”In an age of apathy and frowns, Mary is a very lovely team member at Urban Plates in Playa Vista.” – Gallagher G.,Culver City

10. ***”Sean James is the best hair stylist in Los Angeles. Insta: seanjameshair.”, Bailey Z., Playa Vista

11. ***The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw. —- Ellis Palmer, Playa Del Rey.

12. ***I love this free Bulletin Board section in your Playa Vista People. —– Selma A., Culver City.

13.***On 1/27/21 approximately around 7 pm, I had someone break into the back of my house. The bottom lock was broken, so it was easy to break the upper lock and gain entry. However, the timing of the incident happened exactly as I was approaching my house from walking my dog. I cannot verify this, but I think they had a look-out car (white, 4 door sedan looking type) because as soon as I opened the front door, my dog wanted to run towards the back of the house, still on the lease. By the time I let him off then walked back there, the door was wide open, the lock broken, and absolutely nothing was taken from my house. I have reported this information to the police. —– Kerri Watt, Playa Del Rey.

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