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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET:
CASEY

Sit n’ Sleep Culver City, Assistant Manager Casey Thayer

*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY UNIFIED PROVIDING FREE GRAB AND GO MEALS FOR ALL CHILDREN

The Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) is providing free grab-and-go meals to all children, not just CCUSD students. According to CCUSD, the grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches are now available to all children 18 and under (not just CCUSD students) at all CCUSD school sites. Elementary School Sites are serving 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. Secondary School Sites are serving 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the district says. In addition, free weekend meals are available as well. Weekend meals can be picked up with Friday meals. There is no pick-up on Saturday or Sunday, according to CCUSD.

*PLAYA – NEWS: SEX OFFENDERS IN MARINA DEL REY 2020 LOCAL SAFETY MAP

This fall season, whether or not you plan to take the little ones trick-or-treating, is a good time to take an inventory of who is living in your neighborhood. Did you know that Marina del Rey currently has nearly 26 registered sex offenders living in the region? Far more are transient sex offenders, according to public information listed on the California Department of Justice’s Megan’s Law website. The state runs the website, which provides information on registered sex offenders, pursuant to California Penal Code § 290.46, “… so that members of the public can better protect themselves and their families.” The information is pulled from California Sex and Arson Registry.

VIEW INTERACTIVE MAP
Here’s how to find a map of registered sex offenders in your California community. First, visit the Megan’s Law home page. On the right hand side of the page, you can enter an address and hit “search.” There’s some information and a disclaimer you’ll need to read; scroll to the bottom, click that you’ve read the info (once you have, of course) and reCAPTCHA, and click “continue.” Once you’ve arrived at the search page, you can use the menu on the left side of the screen to search by name, address, city, ZIP code or county. If you’re doing a city search, click on “city” and start typing the name in the empty field on the right-hand side. Click “search.”

NOT ALL OFFENDERS LISTED
It’s important to keep in mind that the Megan’s Law site does not list every sex offender living in the community. Under California’s Penal Code section 290, the DOJ is only authorized to display certain types of sex offenders online, according to the agency.
People who have been convicted of a registrable sexual offense that falls into one of the following categories can apply for exclusion from Megan’s Law website:

  • Felony sexual battery by restraint (Pen. Code § 243.4, subd. (a))
  • Misdemeanor child molestation (Pen. Code § 647.6), or former section 647(a)
  • Any offense which did not involve penetration or oral copulation, the victim of which was a child, stepchild, grandchild, or sibling of the offender, and for which the offender successfully completed or is successfully completing probation
  • Felony child pornography conviction (Pen. Code §§ 311.1, 311.2 subd. (b), (c) or (d), or Pen. Code §§ 311.3, 311.4, 311.10, or 311.11) where the victim was at least 16 years of age or older

What’s more, on any given offender profile, take note of the statement which reads “The Department of Justice has no information about a subsequent felony incarceration for this registrant.”

*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY ADDRESSING WEAK BUILDINGS VULNERABLE TO EARTHQUAKE

Culver City is considering a new seismic strengthening law to address buildings of wood construction that have soft, weak, open walls at the ground floor that are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. The Culver City City Council may take up a new seismic strengthening ordinance to address “Soft Story” buildings in Culver City and will be holding a series of virtual meetings to gather input from the community (see more below). In earthquakes, many multi-story buildings with weak and/or open front wall lines creating a “soft-story” (i.e. buildings with tuck-under-parking) performed poorly and collapsed. Under a City of Los Angeles ordidnace on soft-story buildings, buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:

  • Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
  • Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
  • Contains ground floor parking or other similar open floor space

Culver City Virtual Meeting Info

WHERE: ***ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND**
See below for instructions

WHEN:Tuesday, November 03, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so before 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 03, 2020, and/or may attend the follow up meetings scheduled on November 10 and 19, 2020.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so before 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so before 12:00 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2020

WHY: The purpose of the public outreach meeting is to engage in an informational discussion to help inform the City Council on the potential draft ordinance. Persons may submit comments BEFORE 12:00 PM on the day of the hearing by LETTER to the Culver City Community Development Department, Building Safety Division, Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd., 2nd Floor, Culver City, CA 90232,
E-MAIL to lukas.quach@culvercity.org, or Phone at (310) 253-5802.

How to Attend the Meeting Remotely: All attendees mustregister to Attend on Webexafter which you will receive an email with directions and a link to join the meeting, once it has begun. Watch a video tutorial on how to register on Webex.
No Internet or computer? Please call (310) 253-5700 to request call-in information, no earlier than two days before the meeting.

*PLAYA – NEWS: WESTCHESTER PARENTS UPSET OVER HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT NEAR SCHOOL

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin

Drive down Coral Tree Place in Westchester and there are RV’s on both sides. Some are obviously not going anywhere. One is dismantled and torn apart. Trash and junk are strewn about and blocking sidewalks. And all of this just a few feet from the Westside Neighborhood School. “One of my families did drive by one morning with her child in the car, and there was a man fully unclothed by his vehicle, which was an unsettling situation for a 4-year-old,” says school principal Brad Zacuto.

Parents feel this is dangerous for their children. Jeremy Dicker has children at the school. “When you see drug deals taking place and dogs off of a leash and people tapping into powerlines and water, it’s very concerning,” Dicker said. Right now they are only a few students at the school as allowed by the county department of health. But officials worry about what will happen when the entire school reopens. “We have a great deal of empathy especially at this time for vehicle dwellers but we have this situation and it’s incompatible with the health and safety of our school,” Zacudo said.

“I can go, I got family, I can go with my mom, I could go plenty of places,” said William Harrison, who lives on the street. We asked him if he and others would go to shelters. “They’re ready to go, and I understand about the kids that are here,” Harrison said. Zacuto had a conversation with Harrison, telling him, “We want to be a part of the solution and our school community will do whatever we can do to be supportive of these folks and help them find resources.” Parents and the school say they’ve reached out to the city and Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office.

Bonin’s office sent Eyewitness News a statement, which says in part:

“I’ve heard the concerns from neighbors and school officials… LAHSA has conducted outreach to the residents of the encampment, Sanitation has provided frequent service there, and DOT has issued citations to vehicles that are in violation of the existing 4-hour parking restrictions. No one deserves to live on the street, and the ultimate solution to this problem is to build more housing, and provide better Safe Parking alternatives in the area.”

Parents say that really doesn’t do anything to take care of their issue now and that’s upsetting. “I find it incredibly concerning that their needs, their rights are being put before our children’s and our most susceptible to concern, our children’s concern. It’s a big deal,” says Dicker.

*PLAYA – NEWS: AUDREY WOOLLEN’S URBANIC PAPER BOUTIQUE COMING TO FREE MARKET AT RUNWAY

Founder of Urbanic Paper, Audrey Woollen,
– Playa Vista

If you’ve been to Runway in Playa Vista recently, you’re probably aware that Free Market, a modern retail collective of high end permanent and pop-up tenants, is set for a soft opening this November. And, if you’re a fan of Urbanic Paper Boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, you’ll be thrilled to discover that the unique stationery store will be setting up shop inside Free Market’s 21,000-square-foot space alongside Alchemy Works, County Line Florals andMexican eatery Loqui, just to name a few. Founder of Urbanic Paper Boutique, Audrey Woollen, can’t wait to come to the tight-knit community of Playa Vista. Originally from Philadelphia, Woolen began her career in the fashion industry. But after a while, she wanted something in her life that felt more meaningful.

“I’ve always loved stationery and desk accessories, gift wrapping – all the little details that make someone’s day when they get something special in the mail. I had an aha moment in 2005 that I wanted to open a paper boutique. I was living in Venice Beach at the time and took a leap of faith in this idea,” she says. Surprisingly, Woollen was met with resistance when she told the people around her about her business idea. “People at the time told me – literally so many people told me – that it would never, ever work. At that time there was only bigger box stationery like Papyrus and I think Crane. The concept of what I’m doing now has since then spread out, there are others; it was definitely a new idea for something this niche to be there,” she says.

Abbot Kinney was gaining in popularity at that time and Woollen was eager to take advantage of that upswing. While freelancing in the fashion industry, “I was designing stationery out of a rented garage in Venice and selling it at Farmers Markets and we had an excellent response to it. It was not a dying art – opposite. People wanted more of it and to have accessibility to it,” she says. Woollen’s secret to success was not relying on just American designers, she also looked to Europe, Japan and Korea. “There were so many amazing lines [of stationery] that weren’t represented in these more chain stationary gift shops. I really wanted to put together something that was special and had an interactive experience to it,” says Woollen.

In addition to a retail shop with carefully selected merchandise, she sees Urbanic Paper Boutique as “a lifestyle establishment because we love doing events, workshops and super interactive and experimental things to bring people together. Woollen is confident her business will survive the pandemic, because it’s made it through rough times before. “In 2009 or 2010,” says Woolen, “we had the economy collapse. I did not know how we were going to get through that time. But we did. This time, as scary as it is, is exciting because I love a good push. When things get agitated, new opportunities and creativity start to bloom.”

Urbanic Paper Boutique is slated to open in November at Free Market in the Runway Playa Vista (12775 Millennium Drive.) Visit the original at 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice or urbanicpaper.com to learn more. This story originally appeared in Playa Vista Direct.

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET RHONDA:


Rhonda has lived in Playa Vista since September 2014

*PLAYA – CHARITY:

Incredible Playa Del Rey Trash Fairies who made it out for our Social Distance Group Fairying. They spread out to clean: the park, pacific, convoy, and esplanade. More love, less trash.

 *PLAYA – LENS:


The sun sets over Marina del Rey (unretouched).

*PLAYA  RESTAURANTS: EXCLUSIVE PLAYA VISTA FAMILY MEAL AT URBAN PLATES

We are offering ourever-popular Braised Beef and Mushrooms, Moroccan Chicken Braise, and Curry Tofu and Vegetable Braise, served with your choice of organic brown, white rice, or mashed potatoes, exclusively at Playa Vista for just for $39. Like you’ve come to expect from Urban Plates, our chefs have put a tremendous amount of care into ensuring these revamped recipes are unique, delicious, and better than ever.It’s the perfect way to feed a family and is a nice homey touch as the weather cools.

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12746-3 W. Jefferson Blvd
Playa Vista, CA 90094
P: (424) 256-7274
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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET: SELASIE


Selasie, has been a pharmacist at CVS in Playa Vista for 8 months. 

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


*PLAYA – POLITICS:


Satire signs posted on light poles are throughout the community attacking Councilman Mike Bonin.

*PLAYA – SPORTS: CULVER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ARE BACK IN ACTION

The California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) is proceeding with its proposed July schedule and fall sports teams will resume respective practice schedules in early December. Winter and spring sports begin their respective seasons once fall sports conclude in late March and early April. Boys’ and girls’ cross country, football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ water polo are training now, will begin official practices in December and will start competing in January. Divisional playoffs and championships will be determined in late March and early April at the conclusion of regular season play.

Baseball and softball, competitive cheer, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ track and field and boys’ and girls’ wrestling will begin official practices in March and will start competing in April. Divisional playoffs and championships will be determined in late May and early June at the conclusion of regular season play. CIF considered canceling the entire year of prep sports but ultimately decided against that option and condensed the three sports seasons into two. Each sport season has 72 days to complete their respective regular seasons and prepare for postseason play. It’s certainly a lot to take in but C.I.F. is determined to have high school sports in 2020-21.

Culver City has already begun “pod training” – each pod includes 12 students and one coach. Cross-country began with two pods this week and will expand to six pods in a few weeks. Football currently has 10 pods: seven for varsity and JV, and three pods for the freshman team. Water polo started with four pods and will increase to six pods in a few weeks. “A lot of happy students training with their fellow classmates,” said CCHS Athletic Director Tom Salter, who added that workouts are spread out over different days during the week and teams are fully complying with COVID-19 protocols.
*PLAYA – NOW YOU KNOW: MAJA
 Born in SwedenMaja has been living in Marina del Rey since January 2001.

NOW YOU KNOW….

  1. Prefers baths to showers
  2. Doesn’t eat breakfast
  3. Has been on 15 different cruises
  4. Only listens to classical music
  5. Refuses to use dating apps
  6. Loves classic movies
  7. Does Yoga daily
  8. Has no cell phone
  9. Has no pets


*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:

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2. ***What a wonderful, spirited Halloween celebration at the Runway shopping center in Playa Vista! Nice to finally they doing something positive for the community. —— Nancy W., Playa Vista.

3. ***Someone shot a BB Gun and a pellet went thru our bedroom window and broke the glass and made a hole in the screen. Not sure if there are others it was done to in the neighborhood- Playa Del Rey near Manchester and Pershing. —– Laura M., Playa Del Rey.

4. ***Handyman: Westchester resident No job too big or too small, I do them all. I work alone, so you know it’s done right. Text or call, and leave a message. Feel free to send me a project list and include pictures if you can, it really helps. cell 818-424-9048 – Steve Crofts.

5. ***My cousin is in agriculture and finally got married. When asked how he found his wife he replies “ I tractor down” —- Frank Channel, Playa Vista.

6. ***We just moved to this neighborhood, and we love that it’s so family-friendly. So, what’s with the extremely loud bass parties? Is it college students? First of all, so disrespectful and kids are sleeping. Second of all, I’m gonna guess that mask-wearing is not happening. So isn’t this exactly how COVID-19 continues to spread? —– Tenley Hardin, Westchester

7. ***Do you have a story to tell (sell)? —– www.PRPrime.net .

8. ***WANTED for a legendary pizza restaurant in Playa Del Rey. Hank’s Pizza is looking for a cashier. If you are interested, please call 310-497-6897 or email hankspizza@yahoo.com

9. ***The Free Bulletin Board in your Playa Vista People is a real and valuable community service. Thank you. —– Loretta S., Culver City.

10. ***Another request: homeowners in the HOAs of Villa Vallarta, Villa Villetri ,Villa Alicante, Villa Marina IV, and V: Demand that your HOA Board write to Bonin’s office on behalf of all homeowners that these homeless trash piles risk our health (Covid19, rats, etc) and safety…not to forget our property values and endangering the kids, families & dog lovers who enjoy the Park. Act! Email or call Bonin’s office: 213/473-7011. Don’t wait until it looks like Brentwood & Venice…they are lost. —– Linda Healey, Marina Del Rey

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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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WAM
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  

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.

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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!

Petals N Wax

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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