Playa Vista People 9/16/2021

*PLAYA – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO:

Shocking exclusive video of homeless sites on Glencoe Ave. in Marina Del Rey

https://youtu.be/qqye0qqiiw0

https://youtu.be/cYyQnRdqX6w




*PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET STEPHANIE



 Stephanie Stewart, Playa Del Rey

*PLAYA – LENS:



Tony and Selma enjoy working away in Culver City.



***PLAYA – LENS

 

Butter lettuce and blue cheese dish at Bull and Butterfly, Playa Vista.

https://www.bullandbutterfly.com/



*PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET BUFFY

Buffy has been living in Playa Vista since the day of her birth.

FUN FACT: Buffy eats carrots for breakfast.




*PLAYA – NEWS:


Two businesses – one from Marina del Rey and another from Playa del Rey – are among the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., according to a new list released by Inc.com. The annual list highlights 5,000 of the country’s fastest-growing companies, which are ranked by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. The top 500 are then featured in the September issue of Inc. Magazine. Honorees must apply to be selected. In total, this year’s honorees brought in $248 billion in revenue and added more than 2.5 million jobs to the U.S. economy.  The fastest-growing company in the Playa Vista and Marina del Rey area is ChowNow, which powers online ordering systems for restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, helping them get online quickly and complete delivery and pick-up orders. In all, the company grew more than 414% in the past year.  Here’s a look at other companies in the area that made the list:
ChowNow

  *   Ranked No. 1,170
  *   Location: Playa Vista
  *   Industry: Software
  *   Overall Growth: 414%
AUDIENCEX

  *   Ranked No. 1,894
  *   Location: Marina del Rey
  *   Industry: Advertising & Marketing
  *   Overall Growth: 236%



***PLAYA – VIDEO
Former abandoned site of Jerry’s Deli in Marina del Rey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZzM6g1_eDQ

 

*PLAYA – MEET MINDI:

Mindi has been living and working in Playa Vista since April 2019.

YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

Do you have a secret talent?
-YES, AND MORE THAN IN THE BEDROOM.

Have you ever been arrested?
-NO

Have you ever pranked someone and had it go horribly wrong?
-HELL, YES.

Did you have pets growing up?
-NO, THANK GOD.

Do you believe in life on other planets?
-NO

Have you ever had a bad break-up?
-MANY TIMES

Have you ever created and buried a time capsule?
-NO

Do you smoke pot?
-NO, I USED TO. MADE ME LAZY AND STUPID.

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Mara Epstein, Westchester:

Crime in Playa del Rey/ My citizen’s app hasn’t stopped beeping Can’t walk the hood as I don’t know who will be walking beside me. Honestly, I am from New York, and fear never entered into my life. However, now It’s getting really serious I have empathy and recognize that veterans are homeless and on our streets. Shame on us for not taking care of people that took care of us. I completely understand that it isn’t all veterans but sick people who rely on drugs. I understand lots of steps and financing plays a big part in the solution. I’m not asking for a solution, asking how we can keep our neighborhoods safer. Perhaps we need a neighbor watch. Folks, it’s our problem that isn’t a quick fix but I think we must be more aggressive to live in this hood I welcome all import and would meet with anyone who would like to get on board. Can’t rely on our local government – can we? Be safe!!!



*PLAYA – LENS:

It’s sleep time in Playa Del Rey. 



*PLAYA – INTERVIEW: MEET FERNANDA FERREIRA

Founder at Fernanda Ferreira
https://www.escapedayspala.com/

1.  Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?  
-Because I used to live in Marina del Rey about 10 years ago, and I’ve been watching the growth of the Playa Vista community, now called Silicon Beach. I fell in love with the energy that this place has. 

2. What would you say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?
-I would say believing in myself and working hard work; nothing comes easy. I believe everything can be accomplished when you set your heart to it. 

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from?
-Yes, I do! Hopefully, Escape Day Spa will be a chain in the future, providing quality spa services to people all over.

4.  In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  -Since 2006 I’ve seen Playa Vista expanding tremendously, with nice buildings and now the technology industries. But I always noticed the green areas were preserved, keeping some naturally beauty as the area continues development. 

PLAYA – YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

1. Are you scared of heights?
-No 

2. Do you listen to The Beatles?
-No 

3. Have you vomited in the last year?
-No

4. Does your car have seat warmers?
-Yes

5. Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?
-No 


***PLAYA – FARMER’S MARKET

 

Yummy fresh food at Playa Vista Framer’s Market on Saturday Morning



*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Andrea Shuf, Playa Del Rey:




Homeless man sleeping inside a play structure at Alla Park.

Absolutely unacceptable for our children to have to dodge someone passed out on their play structure at the park.



**PLAYA – BUSINESS:

A special video message from Petal’s N Wax Owner, Evelyn Taplin



 
*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD: 

1. *****The sad L.A. Times has become a joke! Pathetic. —– Dr. Grant S., Marina del Rey.

2.***I had a lovely experience at Bull & Butterfly last night for dinner. The food was dynamic and even if this difficult time, the service was quite good. —– Jonathan L., Playa Vista.

3. ***There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. —– Alice W., Culver City.

4. *****The Bull & Butterfly seems to me to be a restaurant in transition getting better and better than its rather dreadful opening. —– Claude Q., Culver City.

5. ***My daughter, Olivia, has ebullient spirits were always on tap on the slightest provocation, and, as he was afterward to demonstrate, he could weary a puppy with play. —– Virginia L., Culver City.

6. ***Dude, Ice skating is walking in cursive! —– Heather R., Culver City.

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

8. ***Tragically, President Biden is making Jimmy Carter look good in hindsight. —– Dr. Blair P., Marina Del Rey.

9. ***The police officer in Culver City doubted my clairvoyance until I was able to lead him to the missing woman’s remains. —– Ashley W., Westchester.

10.  ***Playa Vista is a real-life Xanadu boasts its own elite class of intriguing artists! —– Mary M., Playa Vista.

11. ***I am on area Councilman Mike Bonin’s mailing list and I’ve never read so much self-congratulatory BS in all my life! According to him and his marvelous team, they are doing a great job and we should be so so lucky to have them representing us. These people are living in an alternative universe and I can’t wait for the successful recall. —- Darla P., Playa Del Rey.

12. ***Best (most trusted) Electrician in the area – Mike Packham “Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award 2020” Best Electrician. Licensed and bonded. Trusted in the community for decades. Working in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester. Call 310-430-4174

13. ***The construction on Via Marina of the Courtyard Hotel and the LA City underground sewer project ended about three months ago, yet traffic on Via Marina is still restricted to one lane each way. My requests to the offices of Councilman Mike Bonin and Supervisor Janice Hahn to get the road opened were ignored. It is this lack of a constructive dialog with their residents that really reinforces the feeling that they just do not have time for us. Unfortunately, we elected them, but now it most certainly appears time to replace both of them. —– Susan Dingle, Marina Peninsula

14. *****Need a good electrician? Go to the area’s best, Mike Packham. Chosen as the “Best of Los Angeles Award” winner for 2020. He has been working in the area PlayaVista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester for well over a decade and is licensed, bonded, and trusted by your neighbors. Outstanding, reliable service with reasonable pricing. Mike Packham 310-430-4174

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Wanted: Prominent P.R./Branding Firm Seeks Part-Time (Flexible Hours) Intern:

Entry-level Internship at Michael Levine Media, one of America’s premier P.R. and Branding firms having represented *58 Academy Award winners *34 Grammy Award winners, and 43 New York Times best-sellers.

1. Looking for an extremely reliable (6 month commitment) entry team member as an Intern. (Preferably enrolled in school currently, but recent college graduates are encouraged to apply)

2. You must be available for a one hour Zoom call on Friday’s at 3pm Los Angeles time.

3. Must be smart, resourceful, tech-savvy, organized, and hungry to learn. A great opportunity to learn and grow within the world of media and entertainment.

E-mail resume (no attachment) and contact details including a phone number to Ms. Aurora DeRose: boundlessmediajobs@gmail.com

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Playa Vista People 9/9/2021

*PLAYA – PEOPLE MEET JOHN:


 

John Sharpe, Community Activist

*PLAYA – HISTORY:

*PLAYA – LENS:


Fun times in Marina del Rey.



***PLAYA – RESTAURANTS

 

California Bouillabaisse dish at Bull and Butterfly, Playa Vista.

https://www.bullandbutterfly.com/


*PLAYA – PEOPLE MEET BROCK:

Brock, owner of Sizzling Ginger San Marino
www.SizzlingGinger.com



*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – DID YOU KNOW?:


Did you know the 25,000 of your neighbors in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester read Playa Vista People each and every week?

 

***PLAYA BUSINESS: Welcome to Escape Day Spa

https://www.escapedayspala.com/

Escape Day Spa was started in 2008 by a Brazilian native with the purpose of utilizing the award-winning techniques from her hometown. These techniques are known throughout the world, like Lymphatic Body Shaping, and the legit Brazilian wax, among our many others services. Our Spa prides itself in having skilled therapists and products from Brazil, to give you a unique experience. More than a decade has passed since our debut, and ours dedication to our commitment is still strong. We’ll always strive to provide a one of a kind service. We are most known for our Brazilian Lymphatic Body shape massage as well post op treatments and body contouring. We take pride in our work by creating affordable prices and outstanding services. We are always staying updated with the new up and coming techniques and services, to not only expand our knowledge but provide the latest services in the beauty industry.

 

*PLAYA – MEET PAOLA:

Paola Womac, owner of Send Flowers By Mail
www.Sendflowersbymail.com

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Dr. Sandra Z., Playa Vista:

HopDoddy Burger Bar in Playa Vista could well be the worst run restaurant in Southern California and when you think about it, that’s quite a statement! Sadly I’ve been to the restaurant twice in the last month and each time had to wait nearly 30 minutes for my hamburger, which cost about $11. When I asked why things took so long the unfriendly staff member offered no apology and said “yeah, food hasn’t been coming out too fast lately” with an apathetic shrugged shoulder. There’s also a sign at the door that says no pets allowed inside and the place was loaded with dogs. Bottom line the food is merely fair, the prices are high and the service is below McDonald’s and much, much slower.

*PLAYA – INTERVIEW: MEET ALICE KAO

Founder at Sender One
https://www.senderoneclimbing.com/

1.  Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?  -Embedded in our company’s foundation is the need to keep challenging ourselves to improve and innovate–which, not coincidentally, is one reason people are drawn to the sport of climbing.  Each of Sender One’s first two locations did something new and unique for indoor climbing spaces–both for our company, but also indoor climbing as an industry.  At the same time, Sender One’s purpose is to create and foster communities using indoor climbing spaces.  Described this way, bringing a Sender One location to the Silicon Beach area made almost too much sense.  Our company’s DNA harmonizes with many of the other companies that call Silicon Beach home.  The location at Runway gave us the opportunity to challenge ourselves again in new and different ways: introducing a small format location to our family of indoor climbing facilities; and embedding a location in a pre-existing, intimate community of families and professionals.

2. Would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?
-Sender One’s success comes from the combination of our building beautiful climbing walls and spaces; and then fostering discovery and connection once people’s curiosity or passion has brought them through our doors.  In short, people come for the climbing, but they stay for the community.

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from?
-Our location in Playa Vista is actually Sender One’s third.  Our first location, which opened in 2013, is in Santa Ana, in Orange County.  We opened our second location near LAX in 2018.  Our next location, which will follow the model of our Playa Vista location, is going to be in Westwood Village, in the old Festival Theatre.  With a little luck, that will open when UCLA students arrive to start their fall semester in 2023.  That space will have its own unique challenges, first and foremost, building a climbing gym in a historic building.

4.  In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  
-Since we signed the lease for our space at Runway, we have seen the Runway mall undergo some pretty dramatic changes, particularly to the spaces right next to our gym—and for the better.  Changing the central corridor from a road to a public, green space has really transformed Runway into a community space.  The addition of the Free-Market area a short walk away does that also.  Runway is no longer a place where you go from shop to shop and leave.  Instead, it is a place to linger or just stay, with friends and family.  And we think our location there contributes to and builds on that, synergistically.  

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PLAYA – YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

1. Are you scared of heights?
-Yes, I’m a climber and I’m still scared of heights (but I feel better when I’m on a rope.)

2. Do you listen to The Beatles?
-Nope

3. Have you vomited in the last year?
-Nope

4. Does your car have seat warmers?
-Yes.

***PLAYA – RESTAURANTS

 

Heirloom tomato and cantaloupe salad at Bull and Butterfly, Playa Vista.

https://www.bullandbutterfly.com/


*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Daniel Sharkey, Playa Del Rey:



RVs on Trolley way Street. RVs are now parking on Trolley way Street in the Jungle. I am sure one belongs to a resident; I am unsure of the others. I think that parking an RV and taking up two or three parking spaces each is rude and inconsiderate We do not have the parking to have someone to take up multiple spaces and not moving until ‘Street Cleaning Day’ Perhaps the owners would consider taking advantage of the TWO secured RV storage lots and park their RVs there. If you agree, let me know and I will work with Bonin’s office to get signs posted. The signs should be sufficient to deter RV parking. I am confident that enforcement will occur as this is a high-density neighborhood with well-known critical parking shortage. PLEASE NOTE: The RVs are NOT parking overnight. They park six days a week until ‘street sweeping’ day, Wednesday.


**AMAZON RECOMMENDS BUSINESS BOOK CLASSIC “BROKEN WINDOWS, BROKEN BUSINESS”

 

Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller has recommended the revised edition of the business book classic “Broken Windows, Broken Business” —– Broken Windows, Broken Business: The Revolutionary Broken Windows Theory: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards.

     

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD: 1. **We are now added to the stolen catalytic converters from our Prius club. Waiting to hear if it will be a total loss on the car but it happened either Sunday or Monday night. We are on Cowan Avenue and the car was right in front of our home. The tow truck operator said that’s what he does all the time, tow Prius, Jeeps, and Fords. Those are the vehicles the thefts are targeting. I could have driven the car to the shop but the sound is terrible so I was fine using my AAA tow. —– Lisa Starr, Westchester.

2.*****Meet the media – radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and Internet. —– www.PRPrime.net.

3. ******Coyote Alert. I just saw a Coyote walking on Hammack St between Centinela Ave and Grosvenor Blvd. It was 2:30 am and it was standing in front of my neighbor’s house then it went down the alley and made a right turn and went West on Aneta St towards Grosvenor Blvd. Please keep your pets indoors and be careful when walking your pets stay safe. 5320-5330 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA —– Irene Martinez, South Del Rey.

4. **** Best (most trusted) Electrician in the area – Mike Packham “Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award 2020” Best Electrician. Licensed and bonded. Trusted in the community for decades. Working in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester. Call 310-430-4174

5. *****The construction on Via Marina of the Courtyard Hotel and the LA City underground sewer project ended about three months ago, yet traffic on Via Marina is still restricted to one lane each way. My requests to the offices of Councilman Mike Bonin and Supervisor Janice Hahn to get the road opened were ignored. It is this lack of a constructive dialog with their residents that really reinforces the feeling that they just do not have time for us. Unfortunately, we elected them, but now it most certainly appears time to replace both of them. —– Susan Dingle, Marina Peninsula

6. ***”Word on the street is that the new pizza restaurant, Cacioe Pizza, will be opening in March 2022.” – Gaylord H., Playa Vista

7. *****A visit to The Kettle in Manhattan Beach is always a delight! —- Carrie M., Westchester.

8. ****I am on area Councilman Mike Bonin’s mailing list and I’ve never read so much self-congratulatory BS in all my life! According to him and his marvelous team, they are doing a great job and we should be so so lucky to have them representing us. These people are living in an alternative universe and I can’t wait for the successful recall. —- Darla P., Playa Del Rey.

9. ***My father Oscar, born and raised in Culver City, was an interesting and unique man. Often he would look back on his day of toil, and castigate himself for failing to fulfill his true purpose of the day. —- Dolly V., Playa Del Rey.

10.  **Airport Noise. Has anyone noticed that the plane noise has been getting a lot worse lately? Last night, we heard continuous plane noise (probably international flights) starting around 10 pm. It felt like it was one large plane after another that was taking off. It kept waking us up. —– John Lee, Playa Del Rey.

11. ***$181,000 for an M.F.A. in film from Columbia? I wish I were kidding. —– Arthur L., Playa Vista.

12.  *** In his contempt for cheap moralism, Ralph Waldo Emerson was the mirror opposite of today’s preening leftist intellectuals. —- Debra S., Playa Del Rey.

13. Go to the Playa Del Rey beach to get drunk in the sun or crash into a wave. Whatever you do, don’t bring a book! —– Sue S., Playa Del Rey.

14. *The Ultimate B—S—t buster – www.LBNExaminer.com

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Wanted: Prominent P.R./Branding Firm Seeks Part-Time (Flexible Hours) Intern:

Entry-level Internship at Michael Levine Media, one of America’s premier P.R. and Branding firms having represented *58 Academy Award winners *34 Grammy Award winners, and 43 New York Times best-sellers.

1. Looking for an extremely reliable (6 month commitment) entry team member as an Intern. (Preferably enrolled in school currently, but recent college graduates are encouraged to apply)

2. You must be available for a one hour Zoom call on Friday’s at 3pm Los Angeles time.

3. Must be smart, resourceful, tech-savvy, organized, and hungry to learn. A great opportunity to learn and grow within the world of media and entertainment.

E-mail resume (no attachment) and contact details including a phone number to Ms. Aurora DeRose: boundlessmediajobs@gmail.com

Playa Vista People Disclaimer: 1.) Playa Vista People accepts no liability for the content of this email, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Playa Vista People is not associated with any commercial or political organization and is transmitted via the web for the sole benefit of its subscribers. 2.) Unfortunately, computer viruses can be transmitted via email. The recipient should check this mail and any attachments for the presence of viruses.

Playa Vista People 9/2/2021

*PLAYA – PEOPLE MEET ANDREY:

 Andrey Bubukim – Aida’s Baking Company
www.Aidabakes.com
aida@aidabakes.com

*PLAYA – HISTORY:


Playa Del Rey, 1939.


*PLAYA – LENS:

Girl Power in Marina del Rey.

Meet Zoey and Charolette.


*PLAYA – PEOPLE MEET GALLAGHER:

Gallagher has been living and working in Culver City since December 2020

FUN FACT: Has an awesome Batman book collection.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE:


Kool people, Kool community.

*Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, Westchester.

25,000 readers per week. 

***URBAN PLATES OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM, PLATE PASS


 A first for the fast casual industry, Plate Pass is a monthly subscription that makes all entrées $10 or less.

Urban Plates Grilled Grass Fed Steak Plate, normally $14.50, is $10 with Plate Pass

(SAN DIEGO, CA; Sept 2, 2021)- Urban Plates-the chef-driven, fast casual restaurant brand offering healthy, made-from-scratch meals at affordable prices-officially launches its subscription membership program, Plate Pass. The first of its kind in the industry, Plate Pass is a monthly subscription that makes every menu item $10 (or less) for a fee of just $10 a month.

Available exclusively on the Urban Plates app download for iPhone and Android for dine-in and takeout orders, Plate Pass offers the entire breadth of the Urban Plates menu, which includes over 30 individual entrées (average cost $13.50) across four sections (plates, salads, sandwiches, and bowls) for $10 or less. Plate Pass memberships are valid for one month from the date of purchase and automatically renew unless canceled.

Following a pilot program run, members saw an average savings of $42 per month using Plate Pass. To mark the official launch of the program and make the savings that much greater, Urban Plates is pricing its $10 Everyday Menu items at $9 exclusively for Plate Pass members. All of this is part of the brand’s mission to make craveable, wholesome, and healthy food accessible to all.

“Everyone wins with Plate Pass,” says Urban Plates Co-Founder and CEO Saad Nadhir. “Members get any of our entrees for $10 or less and save an average of $42 per month for a low $10 monthly fee.  The quality, variety, and great taste of Urban Plates is now accessible to all.”

For more information about the Plate Pass program, how it works, and how to sign up, visit https://urbanplates.com/plate-pass/.

About Urban Plates

Urban Plates began in 2011 with a single restaurant in Del Mar, California; there are currently 19 locations, with more to come in 2021. Headquartered in Encinitas, CA, the brand has locations throughout San Diego, Orange County, and the greater Los Angeles area, with additional restaurants in Northern California and Washington D.C. Urban Plates’ expansive menu items are made fresh in-house, from scratch, every day and feature clean (organic whenever and as much as possible) ingredients. Recipes feature exclusively GMO-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free, grass-fed, and finished steak; line-caught tuna; sustainably sourced seafood; and humanely raised and sourced, cage-free, hormone-free chicken. The group works exclusively with farmers and ranchers that meet its ethical and environmental standards. With menus that include gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, pescatarian, low-carb, or any combination of the above, Urban Plates is committed to bringing variety and honest value to its guests. Follow Urban Plates on Instagram at @urbanplates<https://www.instagram.com/urbanplates/>, visit the brand online at www.urbanplates.com<http://www.urbanplates.com>, or on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/urbanplates/>.
 

*PLAYA 
 MEET SAANVI:


Saanvi has been living and working in Westchester since April 2017

YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

Do you have a secret talent? YES, BUT IT IS SECRET

Have you ever been arrested? NO

Have you ever pranked someone and had it go horribly wrong? no

Did you have pets growing up? YES

Do you believe in life on other planets? NO

Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year? YES.

*PLAYA – READER COMMENT


 “I’ve been living in this area for over 30 years and I must say you’re Playa Vista People digital magazine has brought to life and spirit our community. I look forward to reading Playa Vista People every Thursday and it’s brought joy to me and many of my neighbors.” —– Marvin H., Culver City.

*PLAYA – INTERVIEW: MEET MICHAEL FISHMAN

Founder at Maverick Community
https://www.bemav.co/

https://www.instagram.com/bemav.co/

1.  Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?

Silicon Beach is the perfect first location for Maverick Community for so many reasons. (1) the residents are forward thinking with a desire to be healthy and fit, (2) the family friendly atmosphere is perfect for all of the fitness and wellness professionals catering to moms and young families, (3) the area is very entrepreneurial with a mix of tech companies and local mom and pops located on every corner, and (4) the Runway outdoor mall has excellent foot traffic, parking, and co-tenants that drive traffic.

We found Runway in Playa Vista through our real estate broker, Beta, as YogaWorks had gone out of business. We were looking for ex-fitness space so that our build out costs would be low for our first location and the YogaWorks space turned out to be perfect!

2. Would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?

All three co-founders have achieved success in our careers and the common link is that we are all entrepreneurs. I think the biggest key has been focusing our passions (whether it be sports, exercise, mental training, giving back, etc) and turning work into something that we love. 

Here is a brief snapshot of our Co-Founder team:

-Michael Fishman
Co-founder, CEO @ Pure Cycles, a bicycle company started in college that amassed $50M+ in revenue over ten years. Acquired in April 2020.
Forbes 30 under 30
Non-profit board chair at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

-Christian Straka
Mindfulness coach and facilitator 
Mindsize Co-founder, CEO
Adidas Runners Global Mindset Coach, Adidas Runners Mindset Coach LA
Former professional tennis player and coach

-Steve LePore
Founded three successful non-profit organizations – My Friend’s Place, The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, 1in6
30 years of experience as a non-profit Executive Director
Speaker and storyteller with audiences including at the Pentagon

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from?

Yes, we see Maverick Community going well beyond the Silicon Beach area. It is our goal to build a network of fitness and wellness studios across Los Angeles and then eventually across the nation and the world. The network of studios will allow wellness and fitness entrepreneurs that flexibility to access different client bases across different cities and truly monetize their clients and fans from all over the world.

I (Michael) am from Tarzana and I currently live in Sherman Oaks.
Christian is from Czech Republic but grew up in Germany and Spain. He currently lives in Lake Hollywood.
Steve is from Houston, TX but has lived in LA for the last 30+ years. He currently resides in Valencia.

4.  In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  

We are very new to Playa Vista but we are looking forward to having a large impact on the community. We are not only the first wellness and fitness business to create an equitable workforce model by encouraging and creating more entrepreneurs, but are also the first to pledge to make fitness and wellness more accessible. We do not take our success and privilege for granted. Obesity rates have risen to 42% despite the $4.2T wellness economy boom, and poor and underserved community are the most impacted. To help solve this, we’ve created ‘Maverick Forward,’ our 501(c)(3) nonprofit initiative, committed to supporting professionals in their fields, helping more individuals in poor and underserved communities live more free, healthy, and happy lives. We pledge to build 20% of our facilities in poor, underserved communities. 

Additionally, we plan to use our facility in Playa Vista to help support local nonprofits, such as Free Arts, who we already partnered with on our launch event.

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PLAYA – YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

1. Are you scared of heights?
No

2. Do you listen to The Beatles?
Yes

3. Have you vomited in the last year?
No, thankfully! Barfing is my least favorite activity.

4. Does your car have seat warmers?
Yes

5. Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?
No

***DO YOU WANT TO BE A VIDEO STAR ON “BEST OF LOS ANGELES”?

 

We are looking for two (2) fresh faces to do video segments for our large, passionate, and influential “Best of Los Angeles” community. Must be able to produce and edit your videos. Must also be reliable and ready to take our audience on an intriguing video tour of Los Angeles. Become the new male or female Anthony Bourdain of L.A. This extraordinary opportunity is currently paid only in promotion but could be the start of something big.

Contact Aurora DeRose at: Aurora411@TimeWire.net

*PLAYA – EATS: MOE’S PLACE AT THE BEACH

We hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!💥
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*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Wendy Zacuto, Playa Del  Rey
  

What is going on in the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council? A shocking thing has just occurred. After decades as an important committee on our council, supporting both public and private schools, the Education Committee has been disbanded by the president of the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council. Since its inception, the Education Committee has been the axis among all educators and families in our community, coordinating with ease with the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce in support of all schools in our boundaries, public and private. At the last Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council meeting, the president of the Council disbanded the Education Committee, a position that had been filled by an unopposed person. The person who was unopposed happens to be a person of color. Was racism the motivation? It’s hard to imagine that a committee that has been a core component of work for our schools for decades would be erased if not for some insidious reason: racism or some political desire to change the balance of politics on the council.

This action displays that the current Neighborhood Council is a bad actor. They hold no power in our city but act as a potential option for people to join forces for the good of our neighborhood as ideas are sent on to the City Council. Over the last few years, the council has allowed dangerous discussions such as the explosive arguments against creating more safety for Culver Boulevard.

As was exhibited last night in a blazing automobile accident, this artery through our community does need the kinds of safety changes that were suggested, given the danger posed by a fire that blew up when a car ran into a wooden power pole. I hope this action on the part of the council is a huge mirror reflecting the destructive nature of our current council and that our community will rise up in favor of our schools (public and private) serving our children and educators. Our children need our support now more than ever as we begin our path forward in the new year with many health challenges to boot. We, in addition, need to ask: What is going on? Is it time to disband the council and take another, harder look at how we garner leadership for our community?

            *PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:
 1. **Coyote at Chase and 80th. Coyote running down Chase Ave at 7:40 pm 6910-6920 West 80th Street, Los Angeles, CA. —- Todd Omotani, Westchester.

2.****Dead cat on lawn. I found a dead cat on my lawn this morning. It seems like Coyotes got to it. It’s a light brown/white striped cat. Unfortunately, only the tiny head of the cat is left so I can’t really describe the cat. Rest of the body is not there. The question I have is who do I call to have it picked up? We called waste management and they said that they can’t help us with that. We do not want children walking on the street to see it because it is brutally killed 🙁 —— Urvi Pa, Westchester.

3. ******$181,000 for an M.F.A. in film from Columbia? I wish I were kidding. —– Arthur L., Playa Vista.

4. ****** In his contempt for cheap moralism, Ralph Waldo Emerson was the mirror opposite of today’s preening leftist intellectuals. —- Debra S., Playa Del Rey.

5. ****Go to the Playa Del Rey beach to get drunk in the sun or crash into a wave. Whatever you do, don’t bring a book! —– Sue S., Playa Del Rey.

6. ******Did you know the 25,000 of your neighbors read Playa Vista People (www.PlayaVistaPeople.com) per week in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester?

7. *****Why are most of the firepits NOT working at the Runway Shopping Center? —– Harv L., Playa Vista.

8. ***My Dreams in Playa Vista heed no borders; the eyes need no visas. With eyes shut I walk across the line in time. All the time. —– Linda R., Playa Vista.

9. The “unbiased” stories you missed today are the insights defining tomorrow. —– www.LBNExaminer.com

10.  I wish hack politicians like Councilman Mike Bonin would spare me the tommyrot and just get to the point! —– Dr. Clarke Z., Marina Del Rey.

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