Playa Vista People 10/29/2020

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET:
JESSICA & ANDREA

Long time associates of Runway Optometry, Jessica and Andrea. 

*PLAYA – NEWS: $120M MIXED-USE PROJECT IN MARINA DEL REY COMPLETED BY CA LANDMARK

CLG founder, Ken Kahan

 

The G8 development is officially done. The California Landmark Group recently completed the $120 million mixed-use project which will contain rental units as well as office space. The building is located less than five blocks from the beach at 4040 Del Rey Avenue near the intersection of Washington and Lincoln boulevards. It’s also near Culver City located just steps away from the City’s western border and also east of Venice.

Overall, the property has 228 rental units and 25,000 square feet of creative office space. 21 of the units will be set aside for low-income and affordable housing and 68 of the units will be used as co-living spaces. The apartments will range in space from 550 to 1,500 square feet. There will also be a combination of single, one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

The three acre property was acquired by CLG back in 2018 at the price of $5.1 million according to records. Even though the building has just been completed, according to CLG founder Ken Kahan, it’s already 80% leased. In addition to the living space, amenities will include a private theater room, game facility, fitness center, yoga studio and rooftop deck all designed by RIOS and PK Architecture.

*PLAYA – NEWS: THEIF CUTS HOLE IN ROOF OF CULVER CITY CAMERA STORE AND STEALS $100K WORTH OF GEAR

Police say a burglar cut a hole in the roof of a Culver City camera shop and stole around $100,000 of equipment. According to the Culver City Police Department (CCPD), on October 18 at 10:14 PM, officers responded to a call of a possible burglary in progress at 4411 Sepulveda Boulevard, the location of Samy’s Camera. Police say the reporting party noticed the suspect on the roof of the business, throwing boxes down toward the suspect vehicle, which was idling in the alley. CCPD established a perimeter and conducted a search for the suspect, utilizing a drone to search the roof of the business.

“While searching the roof with the drone, the officers were able to see that the suspect cut a hole in the roof to gain entry. Ultimately, the suspects were not located as they had fled the location prior to the officers arrival,” CCPD said. The loss was estimated to be approximately $100,000.00, according to CCPD. Police say the suspect fled in a black older model Chevy Trailblazer. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the CCPD’s Public Information Officer at (310) 253-6316.

*PLAYA – NEWS: MARINA DEL REY WOMAN SETS AMERICAN RUNNING RECORD

Marisa Lizak,
– Marina del Rey

A Marina del Rey woman just broke an American running record. Marisa Lizak, 41, ran 243.5 Miles in 48 Hours this month and set an American women’s record, Runner’s World reported. She beat the title by slightly more than a mile. The pandemic changed Lizak’s plans to return to Greece to run the Spartathlon, a 153-mile ultramarathon. So instead, Lizak made the move to run in Three Days at the Fair, a road race offered by NJ Trail Series. That’s where she broke the record. “I wanted to do something big,” Lizak told Runner’s World. “I was intrigued by the 48 and figured why not now? No expectations, don’t have to worry about going fast. This year is already messed up, might as well go for it.”

 

*PLAYA PEOPLE MEET WALLY:

Wally has been living in Culver City since October 2016.

*PLAYA – MOMENT: VERTICAL ADVENTURES

Whether you like your feet touching the sand or the water there is plenty of action in Marina Del Rey. Joggers and paddleboarders alike enjoy the ocean views at the Marina Del Rey North Jetty and Inlet.

*PLAYA – DIY: HOW TO ROAST SEEDS AFTER A PUMPKIN PATCH VISIT IN MARINA DEL REY

Marina del Rey Garden Center

The holidays, including Halloween, will look very different this year thanks to the coronavirus. However, some quintessential fall activities such as visiting pumpkin patches near Marina del Rey and carving jack-o’-lanterns will stay the same.

In 2020, more people are cooking at home and trying to maximize every penny spent. Here’s a simple way to keep that up: Don’t toss out those pumpkin seeds. Instead, turn them into a delicious snack.
First, pick up a pumpkin from the local pumpkin patch.

Here are the pumpkin patches near Marina del Rey:

After you gut the pumpkin for carving, keep the seeds in a bag until you are ready to roast them. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with potassium, packed with fiber and protein, and are the perfect snack to serve your little ghosts and goblins.

Recipe for baking seeds:

Separate the seeds in a bowl as you clean each pumpkin. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Rinse the seeds in cold water and strain. Pat seeds dry with a paper towel. In a bowl, toss the seeds in just enough olive oil to coat.

Spray an edged baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and spread seeds in a single layer. Season seeds with kosher salt to taste. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET ANDREW:

Andrew has lived in Culver City since February 2017.

Now You Know…

  1.   Has no car, only a bike
  2.   Goes to Subway at least once a week
  3.   Favorite food: Chicken Pot Pie
  4.   Hitchhiked across the nation when he was 18
  5.   Went to Woodstock
  6.   Has no sense of smell
  7.   Was a bouncer at an L.A. strip club in the 80’s.
  8.   Gets a flu shot every year
  9.   Did not graduate High School 

*PLAYA  YES OR NO:

 

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1. Hearing young women say OMG over and over and over and over and over again, makes me want to puke.
– No

2. Rap music sounds like music to slaughter cattle by.
– No

3. Thinking about Janis Joplin as an old woman is a disturbing image.
– No.  We’ll all get there eventually.

4. Richard Nixon was a sexy President.
– No

5. I hate when people bring their dog, dress in funny clothes to Home Depot.
– No

6. Baked beans give me gas.
– Yes.  Duh!

7. I would rather starve for a night than eat at the Olive Garden.
– No

8. The homeless problem in Los Angeles is starting to remind me of a Twilight Zone episode.
– No

9. I have smoked at least one cigarette in the last year.
– No

10. Boob jobs are safe.

– No

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*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:

*PLAYA – VIDEO: CULVER CITY GENERAL PLAN 2045’S LATEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM VIDEO ON CLIMATE CHANGE HAZARDS

Culver City has a big opportunity ahead of us: we are coming together to plan an equitable future for our community through a General Plan Update (GPU). The GPU covers topics that affect everyone, including housing, transportation, public safety, equity, arts and culture, sustainability, and more. We want everyone to be involved in the GPU process, which is why we are releasing a series of Educational Forum videos that summarize Culver City’s existing conditions as of 2019 across the range of topics covered in the General Plan Update (GPU).

The information in the videos is based on corresponding existing conditions reports prepared as part of the GPU project, which will be posted on the ‘Resources’ page of the GPU website as they become available.

WATCH HERE 

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET FLEUR:

Fleur enjoys mediating in Culver City.

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:

1. ***May I be bold enough to say that my long-time neighbor in Marina Del Rey is a conceited, boastful old thing, and even misfortune could not humble her. —– Devin T., Marina Del Rey.

2. ***Yogaworks joined Starbucks as familiar Main St. Santa Monica stalwarts shutting down. Customers stopped by the Starbucks at Main and Hill which closed Monday night to wish the baristas well. The 20-year-old location was remembered as the first Starbucks in the City. —- Clarence C., Marina Del Rey.

3. ***Confession time: I have a huge crush on My Pillow’s Mike Lindell. I would love to marry him someday. —– Denise K., Westchester.

4. ***After a life-time of excess drinking and God knows what else, it is so sad for me to see what has become of my older sister, living right here in Culver City. She has a capacity for excess, and a nimbus of exhausted hedonism trailed along with her. Poor thing. —– Lauren S., Marina Del Rey.

5. ***There is now a 4th homeless tent in a growing encampment on Campion Drive behind Bristol Farms and across from my home. This is getting out of hand. Other larger vehicles are parking here at night and sleeping in these vehicles. The local politicians are allowing this problem to grow with no concern for the homeowners on this street or in this area. It appears that people are moving here from neighboring incorporated cities that do not allow this. —– Arnie Victor , Loyola Village.

6. ***Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award – 2020” – Best Computer Consultant – Sean Story —- www.SeanStory.com .

7. ***As a child, I loved reading the dictionary in search of the precise words for everything. Reading this poem, whose title is a Japanese word often translated as ‘‘sunshine filtering through leaves,’’ I felt that wonder again—how the language of poetry can move us closer to naming what is ineffable. —– Koko L., Playa Vista.

8. ***The staff at Italy’s Little Kitchen on Lincoln Blvd. all look so unhappy and sullen at work. —– Tom and Victoria Imprescia, Playa Del Rey.

9. ***Seen now, “The Social Network,” about the founding of Facebook and the lawsuits that followed, feels grimly prescient and perhaps representative of how the past few years since the movie premiered—and the past few months of the pandemic—have changed our relationship to social media and each other. —– Dr. Clarke H., Playa Vista.

10. ***I have learn a lot about our community from this bulletin board section. Thank you sincerely Playa Vista People. —— Trevor C., Westchester.

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Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET EDDY:

 Eddy, General Manager at Urban Plates
– Playa Vista

Eddy has been the new manager at Urban Plates for the past 3 months. He appreciates Urban Palates’ values and the manner in which they treat team members and guests. They offer inexpensive healthy meals that are made from scratch and made to order.

*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY UNIFIED SCHOOLS RANKED TOP IN CA

CCUSD Superintendent Leslie Lockhart
– Culver City

The Culver City Unified School District was named a top school district in the state of California this week and also recognized as the most diverse in Los Angeles County, officials said. CCUSD ranked 19th in Los Angeles County and 37th in California out of 440 districts in the 2021 Best School Districts in California by national academic ranking service, Niche. The website helps parents discover schools and neighborhoods that are right for them and named Culver City Unified School District the third most diverse school district in the golden state. The site also identified CCUSD as the 29th best place to teach in California (among 690 districts).

The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and parent reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Niche ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT and ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more. Niche awarded El Marino Elementary School an A+, and Culver City High School, Culver City Middle School, Farragut Elementary School, Linwood E. Howe Elementary School and El Rincon Elementary School an A for their educational outcomes, a category that includes academic data such as SAT and ACT scores with special consideration given to schools whose students matriculate to high-ranked colleges and universities. The schools also received an A in academics, which includes proficiency in math and reading, and graduation and college enrollment rates. The ranking formula also includes facilities, safety, clubs, sports and other factors.

“We are honored to be recognized for the incredible learning environment our students, teachers, staff and community have created on our campuses – and even online as we deal with distance learning,”CCUSD Superintendent Leslie Lockhart said in a news release. “We believe academics are only part of the equation and work hard every day to address all of our students’ social-emotional needs, mental health and physical health. It is nice to be recognized for our efforts, and we will continue to be focused on equity, inclusion and preparing our students for lifelong learning.”

Lockhart added that she is especially proud of the district’s diversity. “We know, and live, the diversity of our schools and community each and every day,” she said. “This ranking affirms the value we place on our differences and the beauty of our teaching and learning experiences together.” CCUSD students are 51% male and 49% female. The district is also 37.2% Hispanic, 26.5% white, 12.9% African-American, 12.1% Asian, 10.8% multi-racial, 0.2% Pacific Islander and 0.2% Native American. CCUSD has always celebrated its diversity. The district was the first in the nation to create a Spanish Immersion program and among the first to create a Japanese Immersion program. Culver City High School offers a slew of student clubs and organizations that celebrate diversity, including the Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Intercultural Student Union, Latinos Unidos, Korean Culture Club, Multi-Ethnic Club, Muslim Student Association and more.

“Though our schools are diverse, the best way to honor our diversity is to dive into the work that we as a school community must do to promote equity in all of our practices and policies,” Lockhart said.”There is much work to be done. We have adopted an Equity Plan, which was the collaborative effort of our various stakeholders, students, parents, and staff. This plan will outline the steps that we as a district will take over the next three years which will make CCUSD an even better district or all of our students.”

*PLAYA – NEWS: A TEQUILA OF OUR TIME

Subir Singh and his father AJ owners of Mico Tequila,
– Playa Vista

Monkey Thyme
Ingredients
1.5 oz. Mico Tequila
.5 oz. Gran Classico
.25 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. lemon juice
A spoon full of fig jam

Instructions
Add ice and all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously (10 to 15 seconds), and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with charred thyme sprig.

That cocktail is courtesy of Mico Tequila, a premium brand launched out of Playa Vista in 2018. President and co-founder Subir Singh has been a PV resident since 2009, but the story of how he got into the tequila business stretches back over decades and hundreds of miles. The Singh family emigrated from Fiji in the early eighties, and Subir’s father, Ajendra “AJ” Singh, found himself living in Los Angeles with $1500 to his name. As Subir tells it, after working his way up as a CPA, AJ was approached by Martin Crowley, the co-founder of Patron Tequila, and was asked to help bring production of Patron’s tequila in-house. AJ moved to Guadalajara, became an executive in the growing Patron empire, and put it on the path to becoming the king of modern upscale tequilas. At the same time, the Singh family became close with the Nuñez family, who have been in the tequila business for more than 80 years.

So what distinguishes Mico Tequila from the rest of the pack? Most importantly, it’s the tequila itself. “[The Nuñez family] and AJ worked together to produce the formula, and they harvest the agave from local farmers they have relationships with,” Singh says, “but the third component is Karina. Karina Rojo is our master distiller, and she’s one of very few female master distillers in Jalisco. She and AJ are very close, and they work together to produce tequila that really reflects the highlands and is authentic.” Although the tequila is authentic, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some experimentation in Mico’s take on the three tequila varieties: blanco (“white”), which is typically not aged, reposado (“restful”), aged at least 60 days, and añejo (“aged”), which has been aging for at least a year.

“When you get into our reposados and our añejos, typically when you age tequilas, you use American oak,” Singh says. “What we did was, we’re aging first in American oak, that’s whiskey casks and bourbon casks, and then as an experiment, we’re like, let’s finish these off in cabernet casks… I don’t know if there are any tequilas out there that are finished off in cabernet casks like we are.” In the spirits business, however, an interesting idea can easily be overtaken by an interesting marketing campaign. Ryan Reynolds became a stakeholder in Aviation Gin in 2018 and helped sell the company for upwards of $600 million this year. George Clooney’s Casamigos brand sold for a cool billion two years ago.

“The celebrity thing is super cool,” Singh says, “but I don’t think it would be a great fit for us. People have stories and ours is just a natural story, and it’s something that’s real. But I think there are definitely consumers looking for brands… with real stories that resonate with them.” Of course, some cool packaging couldn’t hurt. For those interested, Mico’s Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo tequilas come in suave inverted-teardrop bottles, with a well-dressed monkey man on the front (mico is Spanish for monkey). The back of the bottle even has some hometown love: Imported by way of Playa Vista, California.

*PLAYA – NEWS: YOGAWORKS CLOSING ALL STUDIOS DUE TO PANDEMIC

Brian Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of YogaWorks
YogaWorks, one of the largest yoga chains worldwide, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close all its U.S. studio locations, citing the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The chain has more than 60 U.S. studios YogaJournal reports. And now, the company will shift its focus to online classes and teacher training. The group entered a purchase agreement with Serene Investment Management last week, announcing that Serene has agreed to purchase the company in an expected auction, which will then be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Fitness studios are taking a major hit financially, with many locations closing across Los Angeles County and throughout the country, forcing companies to focus on online platforms and new business models.

Students can continue practicing from home with YogaWorks using the YogaWorks Live and MyYogaWorks digital platforms. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our industry and business, including mandatory studio closures and social distancing-imposed attendance restrictions even where studios have been permitted to reopen,” Brian Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of YogaWorks, said in a news release. Teachers are now trained to be virtual instructors, focused more on digital classes and workshops. “We have been taking action to adapt to these challenges, including expanding our digital platform that now offers YogaWorks students over 40 live streaming yoga classes per day and over 1,000 hours of pre-recorded classes and yoga workshops – all from the best teachers in the business,” Cooper said.

YogaWorks has three locations in Santa Monica, including the studios at 2215 Main St. and 1426 Montana Ave., along with the Strand Street teacher training center. Other Los Angeles-area studios are in Brentwood, Koreatown, Larchmont, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Playa Vista, South Bay, Studio City, Tarzana, Valencia, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Westwood and Woodland Hills. At the studio in Santa Monica, all the merchandise was gone from the window at the Main Street location by Monday morning. All that remains are the building.

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to our employees and teachers for their tireless commitment to YogaWorks over the past several months, years, and in many cases decades,” Cooper said. “We are so impressed by the passion and love that our teams have displayed despite the many challenges faced. We have also been humbled by the support and dedication that we continually receive from our students as we’ve fought through these uncharted challenges together, displaying the amazing impact that YogaWorks has had in the communities we serve. We will continue to make decisions that provide the most benefit to our team, students, and partners, and we are confident that we will emerge from this process a stronger organization.” 

*PLAYA – NEWS: GAS PRICES DROP AGAIN IN CULVER CITY, TIME TO FILL ‘ER UP

Gas prices across the Southland have hit lows not seen since 2017, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. California’s average gas prices are at $3.199 per gallon, a full $1.023 more than the national average, a spokesperson for the AAA says. In Los Angeles County, gas prices dropped two-tenths of a cent Friday for the second consecutive day to $3.189. In Culver City, www.gasbuddy.com reports gasoline at the Costco on Washington Boulevard and Glencoe Avenue selling for $2.85 per gallon.

The average price for a gallon of regular, self-serve unleaded gasoline has dropped seven of the past eight days, decreasing 1.1 cents, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 1 cent less than one week ago, 3.1 cents lower than one month ago, $1.034 cheaper than one year ago, and has decreased 42.6 cents since the start of the year. Across Orange County, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline dropped a half-cent to $3.151, one day after decreasing two-tenths of a cent.

That price is 1.1 cents less than one week ago, 3.7 cents lower than one month ago, and $1.03 cheaper than one year ago. It has decreased by 39.4 cents since the start of the year. “Supplies of the ‘summer blend’ of California gasoline are still plentiful, but prices are still just inching downward,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager. “However, fall gas prices have not been this low since 2017, and the 80 percent of fall travelers who plan to drive to their destinations will save about $16 per fill-up compared to last year at this time.”

*PLAYA PEOPLE MEET SKY & JESSICA:

Sky and Jessica (right) owners of Jessie and Sky,
– Playa Vista

Sky and Jessica (right) owners of Jessie and Sky, clothing they design

Vist Their Store Online: Jessieandsky.com 

*PLAYA – BUSINESS: PETALS ‘N’ WAX

Socks Galore at Petals N Wax in Marina Del Rey!

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Villa Marina Marketplace Mall

13432 Maxella Ave
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
T: (310) 305-8883

*PLAYA – VIDEO: SOCCER MOM CANDIDATE LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY IN CULVER CITY

Many moms can relate to dropping off their daughter at soccer practice, but most moms are not like Yasmine McMorrin.

McMorrin, who is running for a City Council seat in Culver City, works on her campaign while in the car at the soccer facility. If elected, she would become the first Black woman to serve as councilmember in Culver City.

“I’m showing up wholeheartedly. It matters who makes these decisions and who they have in mind,” said McMorrin.

Her candidacy qualification is about more than diversity. McMorrin is an attorney, and the interim dean of equity and inclusion at the University of Southern California’s School of Law. Congresswoman Karen Bass and California State Senator Holly Mitchell have endorsed her.

“All of those endorsements are incredibly important to me. They let me know that folks see me. They see my heart,” said McMorrin. If elected, McMorrin hopes to bring better rent control to Culver City, including more affordable housing.

WATCH HERE 

*PLAYA  INTERVIEW:

 Bartolome Graziana
Art Director | 72andSunny in Playa Vista

Q: Why did you choose to have your art directing career in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?

— I was born in France, raised in Cameroon and I studied Cinema and Performing Arts in the south of France. After 8 years in Montreal as an art director, I wanted to try something new. Because of my background in cinema, living and working in Los Angeles has always been a dream of mine. I am currently working as an art director for 72andSunny in Playa Vista.

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?

— In advertising it’s important to be able to reinvent yourself often, to stay excited and never get bored with the work. Always be curious and interested in arts, culture, movies, music, design, etc.

Q: Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area.

— Yes, I love travelling but right now I like the Silicon Beach area, it’s cool, dynamic and everything I’m looking for in terms of work / life balance.

Q: In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  

— I’ve only been here for 4 years but what I like about the area (and LA in general) is that you can really feel the influence of the different past eras. The 1920’s/30’s with the big studios and movie industry growing, we are working in the old Howard Hughes office. The 1960’s/70’s hippie, counterculture vibes. And now with tech companies, start-ups and innovations, it feels like it’s always evolving.

Q: Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known? What are your favorite restaurants in the area?

— SachiLA coffee, Dear John’s, Ginger’s Divine Ice cream, Night+Market, Mike’s Deli, and Jackson’s market and deli.

Q: What was your first impression of Silicon Beach, was it love at first sight or did it take time to adjust?

— It was love at first sight. The different cultures blending together, the balance between nature and cityscapes, makes it so unique.

Insta: @BartolomeGraziana

*PLAYA — KIDS:

Runway is partnering with So Fly Kids to bring to you our October Edition of our kid’s club at Runway.

What: Come join us for a fun-filled craft led by with So Fly Kid’s Miss Michelle. We’ll be creating a paper pumpkin craft!
When: Thursday, October 22nd 4:30pm-5:30pm

Age: Kids Ages: 5-8 years old

How We’re Keeping You Safe:
The Kid’s Club will be held outdoors, right in the middle of Town Center Drive, which will provide ample room for distancing and will be led by trained So Fly Kids’ employees. Each household will have their own table and chairs available to them. We will also be enforcing all necessary COVID protocols.

  • Kid’s club will have a limited attendance, with 1 accompanying parent per household.
  • All adults must be wearing a mask
  • Kids 2 and under are not required to wear a mask.
  • All kid’s from different households, will be socially distanced with 6ft or more
  • We will provide hand sanitizer and wipes and will be conducting temperature checks upon entry.

** Due to COVID, our spaces are limited. Please only sign up if you intend to join. Otherwise, please leave spots open for others.

Date and Time

Thu, 22 October 2020
16:30 – 17:30 PDT
Location
Runway Playa Vista12775 Millennium Dr.
Playa Vista, CA 90094

SIGN UP HERE

*PLAYA – LENS:

Spanish rice at the new Bull and Butterfly, Runway Shopping Center Playa Vista.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:

*PLAYA – IN THE  NEIGHBORHOOD: FAMILY HARVEST

Family harvest at Runway is officially here! Come stop by and snap that IG-worthy shot of you and your family (or your pup)! 

*PLAYA  PEOPLE – MEET ABNER:
NOW YOU KNOW

Abner has been living and working in Westchester since January 2011.

Now You Know Abner….

  1. Loves the food at Urban Plates in Playa Vista
  2. Has had two stomach surgeries
  3. Does Pilates daily
  4. Has six dogs
  5. Smoke cigars on weekends
  6. Doesn’t drink soda
  7. Read countless books about American history
  8. Love Paul Simon
  9. Loves rap music

If you would like to be featured, send us your contact info to PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:
1. ***As I was driving into the lower parking garage on Fiji Way. I noticed 2 people walking towards the gate. I stopped to let them cross by me. Something told me they hadn’t carried on walking. I stopped and waited for the gate to close behind me. At the very last second they tried to run in. Which of course then made the gate re-open. I beeped my horn and started reversing back towards them. Fortunately, it worked and they ran out. I made sure they didn’t get back in before going to my parking space and called the building security. —–Andrea Bell, DelRey.

2. ***Give the horrid state of the People’s Republic of Santa Monica, anyone voting for an incumbent should do themselves and the world a favor and check themselves into a psychiatric ward immediately. —– Tony D., Marina Del Rey.

3. ***Thank God for Zen Foods during this pandemic. I don’t know what I would do without them. —— Dr. Lawrence G., Playa Vista.

4. ***The P.R. Revolution is underway. Witness here: www.PRPrime.net .

5. ***Our condo building at 8001 Redlands had two cars broken into in during the past 3 days. The burglar was able to gain access to locked cars without breaking the window. LAPD will not come out to investigate without charging a service call fee. So be on alert for more car burglaries now that burglars know that LAPD will not respond to burglar calls. —– Tony Ching, Playa Del Rey.

6. ***I’ve always appreciated having a nice grocery store in the area like Bristol Farms. Because it’s pricey I can’t do my entire shop there but I do go often for lunch and small items. The sandwiches used to be $7.99. They are now $9.99. Today I ordered a white meat turkey sandwich and later found out there is a surcharge for white meat. When the cashier rang up the item and $11.49 displayed I was surprised. I went back to the woman in the deli who made it to see if this was an error. She was dismissive and rude. In the end, the sandwich was good but I won’t be rushing back there anytime soon, especially for a price gauged sandwich.—–Greg Davis, Westchester

7. ***I’m a freelance writer but am starting a group called: (Kids Write LA). It is a creative writing tutoring service that I’m starting to help kids find their voice, get creative with their writing assignments, and mostly … Have fun with writing. Does your child need help with sentence structure, essay formatting, or grammar? I can assist and make it educational in the process. Pls. email for additional info. elisabethkatie@yahoo.com.

8. ***Save Ronnie’s Diner! Calling all locals! Our local beloved Ronnie’s Diner is in danger of closing forever ! Please consider Ronnie’s for your next meal. Ronnie’s has a very cozy outdoor dining area or you can order your favorite meal to go. Don’t let this Family owned, small business become the next victim of Covid. 12740 Culver Blvd. To order please call 310-578-9399 —– Lisa Packham, Culver City.

9. ***Did you know? Did you know that this Bulletin Board is read by 24,000 people per week in the community – Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, Westchester.

10. ***For reasons I can’t fully explain and against the spirit of the times, I have grown more clement toward a greater fulness and variety of life. —– Lance H., Marina Del Rey.

Help Wanted: New, creative, photographer to test for P.R. firm clients and event. Send some photo samples and complete contact details. Must be available to Westside of L.A.

E-mail: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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Playa Vista people 10/15/2020

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET VIRGINIA: NOW YOU KNOW…

Virginia has been living in Westchester since April, 2017

NOW YOU KNOW…

  1. Never eats tacos.
  2. Was born in Alaska.
  3. Has traveled to 9 states in America.
  4. Used to get migraine headaches.
  5. Has had a library card since age 14.
  6. Loves audiobooks.
  7. Has no children but has 6 nephews.
  8. Takes 15 vitamins a day.
  9. Favorite movie of all-time: The Godfather.
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*PLAYA – NEWS: SOCALGAS THREATENS BALLONA WETLANDS ACTIVIST WITH ARREST

LA City Council candidate, Molly Basler

A SoCalGas security guard threatened activist and LA City Council candidate Molly Basler on Monday, calling Los Angeles police and threatening to arrest her for appearing at the Ballona Wetlands. Basler is one of many locals, activists and environmentalists calling for answers about what’s happening at the site, accusing the company of pursuing the project while the public is focused on the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis. Locals believe there is increased activity at the ecological reserve, alleging the gas company is pushing ahead on a project that hasn’t been approved yet by California Coastal Commission officials.

Basler was on a Facebook Live video hosted by Jane Unchained News—hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell—with local activists and environmentalists, documenting crews working in the oil fields and standing along the road when a security guard at the oil field site approached her. “That woman was accusing me of going on the property that I was aggressive,” Basler said on the video. “I’ve been on the public street the whole time.” The gas company then called the cops. Three police cars arrived at the location along Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey to question Basler. The officers said that they received a call that she was trespassing. Basler told the officers that she was on public property and that the Facebook Live video shows that.

“That’s the whole reason why we’re here,” an officer said in the video. “I want the person reporting to come here and tell me what they saw.” The wetlands are considered state property.
Residents have noticed workers digging and drilling inside the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in recent weeks, just feet away from where endangered birds have been documented, activists from Defend the Ballona Wetlands said. Activists argue that a proposed project to restore the site is not a real restoration. It’s backed by Heal the Bay, SoCalGas Company and Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, but locals are questioning the project and who profits. According to public records, in 2019, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands received $30,000 from SoCalGas Company. Heal the Bay received $8,000 from the company in 2019.

Defend Ballona Wetlands and the Sierra Club are voicing concerns over the project, and have filed a lawsuit to stop the project and protect the area, a habitat that remains home to hundreds of species of wildlife. “It’s very, very telling that they’re calling the police,” Velez-Mitchell said. “I am shocked.”
“I’d like to call the police and ask SoCalGas to be arrested,” activist Marcia Hanscom said. Environmentalists are demanding to know if the permits for crews to work there are approved and questioning SoCalGas over activity in the wetlands area. They believe the project—if approved—could create major traffic around LAX, Playa del Rey, Westchester, Marina del Rey, Culver City and Venice.

*PLAYA – NEWS: BEST MARINA DEL REY – AREA PUMPKIN PATCHES 2020

Not even pumpkin patches are escaping the coronavirus in 2020. The ongoing pandemic means many of the region’s pumpkin patches have had to adjust hours, regulations and activities as they head into fall. Fortunately, the coronavirus has only changed — not completely closed — your favorite pumpkin patch and its offerings this fall. Below is a list of some of our favorite pumpkin patches near Marina del Rey.

Pumpkin patches are expected to look somewhat different this year. Shawn’s Pumpkin Patch will have one location this year in Mar Vista and will not open in Culver City. Mr. Bones in Culver City will also not open ahead of the holiday.

“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Pumpkin Patch will be much different and smaller than previous years,” organizers said. “We are making changes and downsizing this event to ensure the safety of everyone. When the Pumpkin Patch reaches capacity, as one family/group exits, another family/group will be allowed to enter.”

Face coverings and masks will be required to enter and many of the rides and attractions will not be available. Trains, petting zoo and some game booths will be in use and sanitized after every use.

There will be no field trips or parties at the location.

“You are welcomed to pick your own pumpkins and take pictures,” Shawn’s Pumpkin staff said. “We strongly recommend visiting us during the week or early morning on the weekends to avoid lines and ask for cooperation and patience when visiting. We hope to make the best of this Halloween season for everyone to enjoy.”

*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY HOMEOWNER TAX

Karen Dolce, Culver City

The city council has managed to put a measure on the ballot that would unfairly charge Culver City Homeowners 5 times and sometimes even more than what we are currently paying!!! It’s Measure RE, and it is regarding the transfer tax at the time of sale. Currently, we pay $5.60 per thousand, with $1.10 going to the county and $4.50 to Culver City. So, now on a sale of $1,500,000, the transfer tax amount at close of escrow would be $8,400. If this measure passes, it would be $25,150!!!

It’s disgraceful that the council is trying to slip this through without the Homeowners even being aware of it in most cases. Even more disappointing is that the Democratic Club is supporting it. I called the President of the Democratic Club to ask him why he would support a measure that would do such financial damage to a Homeowner. Here was his answer…he hung up on me! Please show the council that you are on to their sneaky scheme to rip us off. Send the message loud and clear that you don’t want their greedy hands on your equity. Vote No on Measure RE.
— Karen Dolce

*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY WILL HOST A VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Culver City’s Economic Recovery Task Force will present a free virtual job fair on Oct. 16, city officials announced Wednesday. The event, which is being produced as part of the city’s economic recovery efforts in collaboration with the local Chamber of Commerce, various nonprofits and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, is open to anyone seeking employment or training as well as businesses seeking to hire in the near- and mid-term for internships, seasonal, temporary and full-time positions. “We are excited to partner with JVS SoCal to provide this important employment opportunity,” said Culver City Mayor Goran Eriksson. “As we adjust to a `new normal,’ it is critical that we continue our focus on the health and safety of our community, while also supporting our businesses and local workforce, to ensure our residents’ and Culver City’s long term economic recovery.”

Anyone interested in participating should visit Culver City’s Economic Recovery Task Force website to register and view details of the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon.
JVS SoCal, located in Culver City, will provide the event platform, and all candidates will be vetted through its system. As the operator of the West Los Angeles America’s Job Center of California, JVS SoCal is a free local resource for individuals who wish to go back to work, whether they have been laid off, furloughed or are looking for a career change.

Officials said the event will be focused primarily on entry- to mid- level positions and will feature opportunities with several companies offering wages between $15 and $20 per hour.
Culver City businesses that are currently hiring and wish to participate should contact Elaine Warner at elaine.warner@culvercity.org or 310- 253-5777.

*PLAYA PEOPLE MEET MERCEDES:

 

Mercedes at the Playa Vista Farmers Market

Mercedes at the Arepa Stand, a Venezuelan corn sandwich made with local, organic corn from SD

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*PLAYA – POP-UP: ABC’S ‘SUPERMARKET SEEP’ HEADING TO CULVER CITY:

ABC’S “Supermarket Sweep” Host, Leslie Jones
ABC’S “Supermarket Sweep” has a stop planned in Culver City and West Hollywood this month to help kick off the series reboot with host Leslie Jones, which airs on Oct. 18.
ABC will hit the road in the “Shopper Chopper,” an 18-foot street-legal shopping cart stopping at Sprouts in Culver City on Oct. 17 and at Gelson’s in West Hollywood on Oct. 18.

Shoppers will receive surprises, including “Supermarket Sweep” shopping bags containing gift cards up to $100 each to help cover the cost of their bill at checkout. Fans can also snap photos with the giant shopping cart and share the moment.

Here’s where to check out the “Shopper Chopper” pitstops:

  • Oct. 17: Sprouts, 5660 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City
  • Oct. 18: Gelson’s, 8330 W. Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood

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Life Adjustment Team | Chief Operations Officer

Q: Why did you choose to work at the Life Adjustment Team in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?

—I was waiting tables at a restaurant in what would eventually become silicon beach while in college, and met the owner of LAT while he was having lunch there.  LAT was looking for office help and I went in for an interview…The rest is history!

Q: What would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? 

—A lot of years of hard work with a lot of good will and integrity thrown in.  We have always provided superior clinical care, but learning how to grow a practice from private pay to securing other streams of reimbursement has been a real learning curve.  Also, we are still consistently told by new customers that they didn’t even know we existed before, so we are trying to really put ourselves out in the community.  The more people we can help, the better – people struggling with mental illness face challenges most cannot understand and to see them overcome the obstacles life has put in their path is amazing!

How did you develop your process in your work?  When I was hired the owner had a lot of great ideas but needed help putting them into practice.  We developed a kind of mentor relationship where I would help him to take his concept and use whatever skills I had to make them a reality.  We operated this way for 20+ before he semi-retired, and I utilize the skills I learned during that time every day.

Q: Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from? 

—Personally, no way. I love living in Westchester and my commute to our office in Marina del Rey is a dream! But as far as our business is concerned, the thing that separates LAT from other mental health services is that we do the work in the community with our clients, rather than them coming in for an office visit.  Wherever our clients live, from the valley to Long Beach, we have a Team that can meet them where they are. I’m a local, grew up in Venice and went to Venice High School (Go Gondos!).  My kid goes there now.

Q: In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?

—Well, there has obviously been a lot of development since I was a kid.  The schools seem to have gotten a lot better and more diverse. There are a lot more local options for shopping and dining, which is fantastic.

Q: Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?

—I’m not sure if places like that exist, but the bluff trails above the wetlands are a favorite place to walk!

Q: What was your first impression of the Silicon Beach, was it love at first sight or did it take time to adjust?

—”Silicon Beach” didn’t exist when I grew up here, so it gradually just unfolded before my eyes. I do miss shopping for Halloween pumpkins at Lopez Ranch!  It used to be on the south side of Jefferson where there is now a Public Storage.

Q: What area would you like to see improved the most? 

—Traffic.

Q: Are there any scenic routes you like to take when going out for the evening or for a regular trip to work? 

— Driving Vista del Mar to the South Bay is always nice, but biking down there is even better!

Q: How would you best describe the atmosphere of the Silicon Beach, is there anything that stands out to you?

—Energetic, fun, lots of new families and furry friends!

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area? 

—The Shack and Kaya Sushi!  I miss The Mar Vista dearly and hope they reopen.  And crab and lobster are my kryptonite so if anybody can find me a great shellfish restaurant that will be on the list too 🙂

Life Adjustment Team
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialists
4551 Glencoe Avenue, Suite 255
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 572-7000
http://www.lifeadjustmentteam.com/

LAT Intensive Outpatient Programs
4551 Glencoe Avenue, Suite 255
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 572-7000
http://www.latiop.com/

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*PLAYA – LENS:

View over LAX. You can see the upper left dark area at the end of the LAX runway is where Surfridge Playa Del Rey Ghost Town is located at. The upper area to the right is Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET PEDRO:

Pedro likes taking daily strolls in Playa Vista.

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:
1. ***”The Playa Vista Medical Center (Urgent Care) is an outstanding community resource. I hope the new owners of Exer don’t screw it up.” – Darleen M., Playa Vista.

2. ***On Beacon Place in Playa Vista this afternoon I was walking our dog towards Village Drive. I saw a gray BMW with no rear license plate pull into the designated guest parking space to the right of the garage at #12687 Bluff Creek. I thought it was odd because the home has been sold but is not yet occupied. On our way back on Beacon Pl, I saw lots of water and soap suds on the street. As I passed the BMW, I saw a woman squatting in front of her car, bathing herself using the hose bib in the parking space. I remembered seeing something either here or in another forum about a woman in a gray BMW who was spending the night in various parking spaces with a warning that she should not be approached. —– Patricia Steuer, Playa Vista.

3. ***”The Matzah ball at Jerry’s Cafe was terrific.” – Justine G., Marina Del Rey

4. ***2br 1 bath. Patio. New kitchen and bath. Wood floor driveway paring for one car. Near creek, beach, bike trail, duplex. Only one other apt. Tropical plants and trees. Use as office or home. More like a cottage than apt.  Grow vegetables. Between marina del rey and Culver City. Available October. Send questions to pacificsunset7@msn.com

5. ***Best Local Electrician – Licensed # 859256 – Electrics by Mike Packham. Lives and works in the area for decades. Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award -2020”- Phone 310-430-4174 or E-mail: MikePac6453@gmail.com

6. *** Your Playa Vista People digital magazine is so much better than the boring Argonaut. Thank you P.V.P for bringing great energy to our community. Long over-due. —– Daisy W., Playa Vista.

7.  ***A good writer must search for the cause, find the impetus that bids you write. Put it to this test: Does it stretch out its roots in the deepest place of your heart? Can you avow that you would die if you were forbidden to write? —– Lilly T. (Author), Marina Del Rey.

8. ***So sick of seeing teens on skateboards pulling their dogs down the street. A couple of weeks ago, a golden retriever was being pulled in 100-degree heat middle of the day and it was pretty clear it was in distress. The teen could care less. It appeared to be more of a duty than caring for a beloved pet. In the last couple of days, I have been “tiny” dogs being dragged down the street (via skateboard) in the same manner. What is wrong with people? It needs to stop! —- Rose P., Westchester.

9. ***We provide personal training, semi private (2), beach classes, self-defense, corporate wellness. We are city approved and fully insured and implement strict covid 19 precautions. We have been providing our services to the westside for over 20 yrs. www.MarinaAthleticClub.com .

10. ***Receive a free color service & full-sized product for your time at the L’ANZA test salon.Ready to cover your pesky gray hairs? Want to see if blondes really do have more fun? Looking for a semi-permanent, wash out fashion color like magenta, blue or purple to really stand out from the crowd? You will need to be available approximately 2 hours during regular business hours. Appointments available on Tuesday at 2 pm & 4:30 pm; Wednesday & Thursday at 12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm. To schedule, please email marketingintern@davexlabs.com (quickest method) or call 310-899-4643. FREE PARKING.

11. ***Missing Dog Reward / REWARD
If you find him, please call Yuki at (310) 804-2578.
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Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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