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Playa Vista People 11/19/2020


Urban Plates
– Playa Vista

Chef Felipe & Chef Oscar at Urban Plates-Playa Vista.
Chef Oscar has been at Urban Plates for 3 years, and Chef Felipe has been there a year and a half.


For decades it’s been an environmental jewel wedged between the urban sprawl of Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Rey. But now the Ballona Wetlands State Ecological Reserve, home to diverse plant and animal wildlife, has become a battleground for conservationists and other activists.

Just where the battle lines will ultimately be drawn depends in large part on a decision by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), which is expected to choose, possibly before year’s end, from four alternatives for restoring one of the few remaining freshwater coastal wetlands in Los Angeles County.
After three years of studying, analyzing and receiving thousands of public comments on a smorgasbord of options for rehabilitating the wetlands outlined in a preliminary Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in September four finalists emerged from a dozen original proposals:

  • Alternative 1 – is the most comprehensive of the proposals, involving large-scale restoration designed to enhance the native coastal wetland and habitats with extensive work to lower land levels, remove some existing levees and creating new ones around the Reserve’s northern perimeter, realigning Ballona Creek and reconnecting it with the wetlands marsh and installing new trails, bike paths and educational features along with improvement of existing parking areas and construction of a three-story parking garage.
  • Alternative 2 – would include most of the restoration proposed in Alternative 1, although with less habitat enhancements.
  • Alternative 3 – would create an earthen levee along Fiji Way at the Reserve’s northern boundary, install culverts at two locations and enhance habitat north of Ballona Creek from State Route 90 to the west end of Fiji Way.
  • Alternative 4 – essentially leaves the wetlands as they are, with restoration activities limited to community volunteer groups using hand tools only, no improvements to parking areas and maintaining public access restrictions.

Although initial restoration work proposed in the three alternatives would encompass work over a five-year period, Alternatives 1 and 2 include a second phase of construction that would begin approximately 18 months after the initial restoration was completed.

Ultimately the choice boils down to whether the Wetlands should undergo substantial restoration, be partially restored or left the way it is.


After stealing a car in El Segundo, a suspect led police on a chase that ended in Mar Vista Thursday morning. Law enforcement officials say that the incident was reported in El Segundo around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning when the victim reported a black Honda Accord stolen. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and chase the suspect north towards Venice. The suspect surrendered and was apprehended a little before 7 a.m. in the area of Venice Boulevard and Walgrove Avenue, near Venice High School. Fox 11 reported the suspect was a homeless individual. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department could not immediately be reached to confirm this. No injuries were reported.


Backpacks for Kids Volunteers,
– Culver City

For the second year, Culver City Unified School District will offer a sponsor-a-family program to help district families during the pandemic and holidays, district officials announced this week. District officials expect more than 300 families will be part of the program this year, twice the amount of families that participated in 2019. “Culver City Unified School District recognizes that the holiday season can be stressful for families who are most in need,” officials said in a news release. “Again, this year, CCUSD School and Family Support Services is coordinating various district-wide efforts to support our CCUSD families in need during the holiday season to increase the joy and lessen the stress.”

Families in the district can provide gifts for other families in need. Both families will remain anonymous. “Prior to the Thanksgiving break, sponsor families will receive the list of wishes and needs for each member of one family,” officials said. “Our request is that the sponsor family purchase at least one wish and one need for each member listed.” All gifts will be dropped off at the District Office on Dec. 10 and 11, officials said. School and Family Support Services staff will distribute the gifts on Dec. 14 and 15.

Last year CCUSD invited 120 families to participate and 114 families participated, district spokesperson Geoff Maleman said. “This year we invited 300 families and expect more families will participate,” Maleman said. “Both years, families were asked to indicate a few wishes and a few needs for each family member with the ask that sponsors fill at least one wish and one need. The needs are often clothes, shoes, coats, and household items.” Culver City PTA also continues to facilitate the backpack program, which distributes food to families facing food insecurities each week. That Backpacks for Kids program currently serves more than 430 CCUSD families.

Families can sign up to help make the holiday season special for another family by completing the form HERE


co-founders and co-CEOs of VENN, Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin
– Playa Vista

VENN, the live 24/7 streaming network for gaming and entertainment, announced today a new syndication deal for its content through Microsoft’s MSN platform. Under the non-exclusive  partnership, clips from VENN’s various series, including Locked In, The Download and Guest House, will be shared under MSN eSports, a new part of Microsoft’s global content ecosystem which reaches over 500M people every month in over 180 countries. The network becomes one of the first content partners for this new initiative. “We set out to create the ultimate home for gaming and esports related content, so it’s very exciting for Microsoft to team with us to utilize our content for their expansion into this exploding space,” said Ben Kusin, VENN’s co-founder and co-CEO.  “We are looking forward to helping create exposure and visibility for the exciting new MSN eSports hub, while at the same time continuing our goal of expanding VENN’s footprint through top tier syndication and distribution partners.”

Esports is one of the fastest growing content verticals worldwide, and our partnership with Venn will help establish the new Esports Hub as the premier destination for Esports news, results, and live content,” said Marcelo de Barros, General Manager of Microsoft Sports & Esports.” “Hundreds of millions of people rely on Microsoft News every month for trusted news, important information and interesting content, and we’re excited to share Venn’s exciting Esports content with them.”

The deal comes following the close of VENN’s $26 million Series A round, which was co-led by Seed round investor BITKRAFT and new partner Nexstar Media Group, Inc. It also comes on the heels of the addition of VENN’s largest US distributor to date, The Roku Channel, as well as the expansion of distribution channels to Plex’s 15 million users and LG’s 45 million households (powered by Xumo), and smart TVs including Samsung TV Plus and VIZIO. The Microsoft partnership further cements the reach of the network’s content across various top level platforms.

Co-CEO and Co-Founder Ariel Horn added, “VENN has significantly grown in just a matter of months, and that’s largely a testament to the wonderful premium content our talented team produces every week. Having partners like MSN on board to amplify our series and talent will only continue to help the network reach new heights.” VENN currently airs over 20 hours of live weekly programming out of its Playa Vista studios flagship location with original content featuring fan-favorite streamers and personalities such as James “Dash” Patterson, Chrissy Costanza, and Sasha Grey.


Penelope has lived in Culver City since September 2018.

Now You know……….

  1. Doesn’t eat bananas
  2. Played softball in High School
  3. Speaks French
  4. Hates French Toast
  5. Loves French Fries
  6. Jogs two miles a day
  7. Is allergic to cats
  8. Loves Bob Dylan
  9. Favorite book: Eat, Pray, Love


A scene of life going on in Marina del Rey.


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“I discovered your digital magazine about three or four months ago and I must say it’s extraordinary. I moved to Playa Vista in December 2018 and I love it here and your weekly publication really adds nice energy to a great community!” —– Edward E., Playa Vista 


The Phoenix Fitness Classes,
– Mar Vista

The Phoenix, an innovative and free sober active community, is hosting free fitness classes three times a week at the Mar Vista Recreation Center this month. The nonprofit organization recently launched in Los Angeles and is offering 20 programs per week at various locations throughout the area. The Phoenix also offers free virtual programming to help maintain connection throughout the recovery community during the COVID-19 pandemic at

Programming includes group fitness for all levels. Classes are held at various times throughout the week and do not require any cost, equipment, or previous experience to participate. The only requirement to participate is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. The Phoenix is a nonprofit organization which has inspired more than 40,000 individuals across America to redefine recovery. Through a unique model of leveraging physical activity and social connection, The Phoenix aims to help people heal from substance use disorder and thrive in recovery.

Mondays, 7:30 a.m. PT – Group Fitness with Campbell
Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. PT – Group Fitness with Campbell
Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. PT – Group Fitness with Campbell

Participants require a minimum 48 hours of continuous sobriety. To sign up for classes, visit the “Find a Class” page at The Phoenix website.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


CC Parking Enforcement, Captain Troy Dunlap,
– Culver City

  As coronavirus cases spike across Los Angeles County, and to encourage people to stay home, Culver City officials announced relaxed parking rules heading into the holidays beginning this week through January. “To make every effort to help people stay home and slow the spread of COVID-19, Culver City will continue relaxed parking enforcement through January 31, 2021. While parking enforcement on street sweeping days has been temporarily suspended, street sweeping services are still occurring,” the city announced.

City officials had announced an extension of relaxed parking enforcement, which was put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic through Nov. 14.

During relaxed parking rules, the city will not enforce the following:

  • Street sweeping restrictions in residential areas
  • Parking restrictions around closed schools
  • Ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines.

Culver City officials are also extending the city’s freeze on parking fine increases for 60 days after the initial citation and the grace period for people dropping off and picking up groceries and goods.


Waldo has been living and working in Marina del Rey since February 2016.


  1. ***During the workweek, here in Marina del Rey, when we are earning the money to pay for all those expensive gardening implements, it’s not possible to do much outside until dusk. Then, with the fireflies, we emerge into the gloaming armed with an arsenal of rakes, pitchforks, and spades, like some medieval rabble on its way to battle. Onward. —– Davis R., Marina del Rey.

2. *** I had heard a rumor that Bull & Butterfly Steak House in Playa Vista was going to open for lunch. I wonder what went wrong, too bad.” – Dominick L., Playa Vista

3. ***During the holidays, New Orleans diners discover a lagniappe (little something extra) at their favorite fine-dining restaurants. When is the last time that happened in our community? How about never. —– Jessica H., Playa Vista.

4. ***In the afternoon (November 2), I was driving down Mesmer Avenue under the 90 freeway, and I saw a man sweeping up all of the trash and garbage that he found on the sidewalk. He had accumulated a full garbage bag of stuff when I saw him, and he wasn’t finished. Almost certainly not getting paid. —– Elizabeth Pollock, Westchester.

5. ***Baltaire Steakhouse in Brentwood is the real deal. Great food, excellent service. ——- Lois V., Marina Del Rey.

6. ***Coyote at W85th & Berger Ave. At 3:30 am, my camera caught a coyote running eastbound past my front door. This is the first time we’ve had one this close and several cats like to sit on our porch at night. Please keep your pets safe. Thank you. —– Kathryn Lee, Playa Del Rey

7. ***If Mayor Eric Garcetti takes a post in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration – as there is widespread speculation he might – he would leave Los Angeles at a moment of profound crisis. Tourism has dried up, homicides are rising, city revenues are plunging and the possibility of layoffs looms. Garcetti has been a disgrace and yet another failed hack politician. —– Ernie S., Playa Vista.

8. ***A vacant commercial building the Palms area of Los Angeles was damaged by a fire Thursday.The fire was reported about 11:20 a.m. in the single-story building in the 10800 block of West Venice Boulevard that apparently used to house a dental office. Firefighters went into a defensive operation, working to prevent the flames from spreading to other buildings, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was assisted by Culver City firefighters. —- Dr. H.F. Pollack, Culver City.

9. ***We found a cat last Sunday, very sweet and loves to be with people! We live in the Del Rey area The cat has a chip but we have not heard back from the vet, Thanks You can reach us at or call Barbara at 310 990 2852

10. ***Hey, do you want to, maybe, I dunno, buy my product or whatever? No, of course, you don’t. Not if I ask like that. But so often, the language in your website’s “call to action” button is just as passive. A well-written press release can create confident, clear calls to action that will turn your website into a revenue machine. – .

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Playa Vista People 11/12/2020


Zelda has lived in Marina del Rey since December 2008

Now You Know…

  1.   Believes in the legalization of all drugs
  2.   Loves silent movies
  3.   Hates all frozen foods
  4.   Loves strawberries
  5.   Still has a crush on Johnny Carson
  6.   Has fallen asleep in the bathtub many times
  7.   Reads three books at a time
  8.   Thinks the L.A. Times has become a joke
  9.   Never wears socks


Police Saturday sought the public’s help in identifying an armed suspect who robbed a Trader Joe’s in Culver City of approximately $1,000 during a money transfer, also snatching cash from four separate cash registers. Officers received a radio call at 8:45 p.m. Friday of a robbery in progress at a Trader Joe’s at 9290 Culver Blvd., just south of Venice Boulevard, the Culver City Police Department reported. They arrived at the scene within seconds, police said, however the suspect had already fled the location.

He had walked into the store and approached the manager, who was in the process of conducting a money transfer. The man pointed a gun at the manager and demanded money. “After robbing the manager, the suspect approached four separate cashiers at gunpoint and demanded money from their respective registers,” according to a police statement. “The cashiers complied, and the suspect then exited the store and ran towards the parking structure, where he entered an unknown type vehicle, white in color.”

The suspect was described as a male Black, from 20 to 30 years old, approximately 6-feet tall with a thin build wearing a dark blue hoodie and black pants. His vehicle was described as a white four-door sedan. Culver City police urged anyone with information regarding the robbery to call them at 310-253-6316.


Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar, Marina del Rey

Capri Gelato & Coffee Barhas brought the taste of the Amalfi Coast to Marina del Rey. With fresh and unique gelatos, sorbettos, a coffee bar and bites, the waterfront community can enjoy a special part of Italy through the delicious and natural menu. The Italian eatery opened its doors to the Marina del Rey community on Oct.17 and served free cups of gelato and sorbetto. Customers not only got their first taste of Capri, Italy, where some of the best gelato in the world is made, but they were also immersed in the scenery and culture.

“It’s such a beautiful thing when you can share something that makes people happy,” says Remi Zimmerman, marketing & events manager and gelato chef at Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar. “I think ice cream and gelato have that ability.” Back when Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar was a catering company, it debuted its mobile gelato and espresso carts at the Golden Globes in 2019 and 2020, which proved to be a big hit and ultimately paved the way for the successful storefront. According to Zimmerman, the owner of Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar, who visited Capri every summer, decided to open in Marina del Rey because he felt the waterfront community shared many similarities with the island in Italy. “It has that similar vibe to Capri,” Zimmerman says.

Zimmerman explains that Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar has a whole gelato case in the store dedicated to sorbettos. These sorbettos also highlight the taste of the Amalfi Coast as they are made from fresh fruit, aren’t frozen and don’t have any purees. They are also vegan and non-dairy. All of the ingredients are fresh and locally grown, as many ingredients are from farmers markets. Because Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar is dedicated to making its dishes with fresh items, the gelato menu changes every two weeks so that everything remains in season. Not only do Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar’s menu items take you to Italy, but so does the atmosphere of the store. Zimmerman says that opening during the pandemic had presented some opportunity as they were able to provide a vacation-like experience during a time when there is no travel.
“We just wanted to create this vacation-inspired spot for locals,” Zimmerman says.

On opening day, some customers said that they had either planned to go to Italy for the summer or had just returned from visiting there. “They were really excited to have gelato flavors and coffee that reminded them of a place or experiences that they have really enjoyed,” Zimmerman adds. The store shows a map of Capri, along with plants and paintings of the Italian island and Los Angeles to demonstrate the best of both worlds. It also showcases lemons on tables and in its food, as lemon trees are prominent in Capri. Aside from ice cream, the store has a variety of other menu items including coffee, pastries, toast and more to garner the authentic experience of dining in Capri. However, your passport to Capri extends beyond your store visit. If you subscribe to their mailing list, you can receive updates twice a week on coffee specials, breakfast items, new menu items, loyalty programs and coupons. They are also currently launching a delivery system with Uber Eats .

For more information on Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar, visit or their Instagram page @caprigelato.


Lincoln has been working in Playa Vista since December 2018.


This 1970 Plymouth GTX, recently seen in Culver City, was restored in 2005 and was given a second repaint in its current black in 2015 by Oceanside Kustoms at a cost of over $15k. Power comes from a 440ci V8 that sends power through a 3-speed automatic transmission.


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Sit n’ Sleep Culver City,
Assistant Manager | Casey Thayer

Q: Why did you choose to work for Sit N Sleep in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?
— I grew up here in Los Angeles, and when I heard about what a great business Sit ’n Sleep was, I had to come check it out.This location is our top performing store, so I had to prove myself working in other Los Angeles stores before being promoted to Assistant Manager here.

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?
— I grew up with strong values instilled in me by my father, and I’ve been able to excel in my field using the ideals I’ve been taught.

Q: Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area. Where are you from?
—I was born and raised here locally, and plan to live here forever!!!

Q: In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  
— We have noticed a big increase in clients of ours who work in the tech space..they are more online savvy now, which has helped me become very well versed on every type and style of mattress for their needs.

Q: Where are your favorite places in the Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
– Walking through the Playa Vista area, I love all of the little parks and walking trails, there’s some great little restaurants that my girlfriend and I frequent regularly.

Q: What was your first impression of the Silicon Beach, was it love at first sight or did it take time to adjust?
— It has been cool to see the changes take place here, growing in the area I got to watch it be built from the wetlands up.

Q: What area would you like to see improved the most?
— Obviously anyone driving under any freeway pass or beach area, you can’t help but notice the influx of homelessness increasing at a dramatic rate..there’s a new encampment set up almost daily, and it is heartbreaking to see.

Q: Are there any scenic routes you like to take when going out for the evening or for a regular trip to work?
Vista Del Mar will provide some of the most beautiful views in Southern California, that’s the route I take when I need to relax and find gratitude for the place I live.

Q: How would you best describe the atmosphere of the Silicon Beach, is there anything that stands out to you?
— Silicon Beach would best be described as a high end area with a laid back beach vibe..very successful people have decided that the beach areas is where they prefer to reside, and that space is continuing to grow all the time.

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area?
— I love some of the staples, Panini Grill and Blaze pizza are a couple off my go to’s, there’s also amazing poke spots spread all over.



What once was marshland, Marina Del Rey is now North America’s largest man-made small-craft harbor.  It currently holds around 5,000 boats and is a popular sunning spot for seals along the docks.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


Oyster’s appetizer at the new, Bull and Butterfly in Playa Vista.

Rebel has been working in Culver City since January 2019

Now You Know…

  1. Has been married twice to women and divorced twice
  2. Favorite snack food: Cracker Jacks
  3. Gets Botox for migraines
  4. Loves bowling
  5. Refuses to wear underwear
  6. Danced one night in a Gentlemen’s club and quit
  7. Drove one night for Uber and quit
  8. Favorite President: Reagan
  9. Went to school for massage therapy


  1. *** The food at Urban Plates in Playa Vista is always fresh and extraordinary. And the prices are very reasonable. My whole family loves the place. —– Rhonda T., Playa Vista

2. ***I can appreciate a sentimental or romantic film, but syrupy “chick flicks” are another thing altogether. —- Karen K., Westchester.

3. ***”Several years ago, I was blessed to get the best chiropractor in Los Angeles, Dr. Robert Jeffrey ( I can’t recommend him more strongly.” – Darla Jennings, Marina Del Rey.

4. ***I am so sick of the noise coming from the homeless at the Lagoon. It’s 2am and they have a white van backed in by the restrooms. They’re blasting their music and talking loudly. You can hear glass bottles hitting the parking lot pavement after consumption. Enough already. Go somewhere else and be disruptive. Honestly. —— Monique La, Playa Del Rey.

5. ***Did you know that 25,000 people who live or work in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, or Westchester read this digital magazine Playa Vista People every week.

6. ***Reliable Handyman: 30 years’ experience on Westside. Experience in Playa Vista area. All repairs and upgrades. No job too small. Free estimates. Call or text:  Bill (310) 487-8201

7. ***”A selection of the coolest, color coordinated, humorous, and unique face masks anywhere at Petal N’ Wax in Marina Del Rey. 310-305-8883″

8. ***Coyote sighting Tuesday 11/3 at around 5:00 AM on Cowan Ave between 77th & 80th. —– Phyllis Farrell, Playa Vista.

9. ***Fireworks of any kind, are illegal in Los Angeles County. Annually, fireworks cause brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries, and even death as it happened in the recent fires that swept CA. Please encourage residents to report any illegal fireworks to law enforcement. Possession or use of illegal fireworks can range from a fine of up to $1000 to one year in county jail. Certain products like m-80’s and m-100’s are considered explosives and are a felony to possess with penalties as high as 16 months in state prison. Parents are also liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks. —– Gigi Lopez, Westchester.

10. ***Anyone experiencing low water pressure in the area north of Palms and west of Centinela? —- Leslie Lee, Mar Vista.

Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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Playa Vista People 11/5/2020


Born in Sweden, Maja 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


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.




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

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, or Phone at (310) 253-5802.

How to Attend the Meeting Remotely: All attendees must register 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.


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. 


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 and Mexican 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 to learn more. This story originally appeared in Playa Vista Direct.


Rhonda has lived in Playa Vista since September 2014


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.


The sun sets over Marina del Rey (unretouched).



We are offering our ever-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.

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


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

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


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.



Sit n’ Sleep Culver City, Assistant Manager Casey Thayer


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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)? —– .

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

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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