Playa Vista People 3.25.2021

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – OUR FIRST READER POLL:

As a public service to our community Playa Vista, Marina del Rey,  Culver City, Playa Del Rey, and Westchester we are conducting our first Playa Vista read a poll please participate to make our community even better we will share the results with our readers in a month.

  1. Have you noticed an increase in crime in the last year?
  2. Have you noticed an increase in homelessness in the last year
  3. Have you noticed an increase in graffiti in the last year?
  4. Do you feel less safe in the last year?
  5. If you were a school teacher, what overall grade would you give Councilman Mike Bonin for meeting the community needs in the last year?

Please send your reply to: PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET CARRIE: NOW YOU KNOW…

Carrie has been living and working in Playa Vista since December 2017.

NOW YOU KNOW……

  1.  Has studied fine art painting since age 12.
  2. Speaks French.
  3. Exercises daily.
  4. Lived in NYC for four years.
  5. Had two affairs with married men at the same time.
  6. Loves rap music.
  7. Doesn’t eat sugar.
  8. Had breast enhancement surgery at age 18.
  9. Wants to write a book.

*PLAYA – NEWS: THE (NEAR) FUTURE OF HOTEL TRAVEL IS HERE

Brian De Lowe, president and co-founder of Proper Hospitality
– Playa Vista

The new Hotel June, located in the beachside Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, was set to open last spring. With 250 guestrooms, two restaurants, a pool, and tons of outdoor communal space, it was poised to be a hip, lively, and relatively affordable option for guests visiting LA’s west side. It was also the introduction of a completely new brand from Proper Hospitality, already known for its namesake upscale properties in cities like San Francisco and Austin. Of course, none of this happened as planned.

Like restaurants, the hotel industry has been hard hit by COVID-19. Large hotel chains have recently reported massive losses — Hyatt lost $703 million in 2020; Hilton said its losses totaled $720 million and triggered permanent cost-cutting measures. A November survey from the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that more than 60 percent of hotels were operating with less than half of their full staff. As of early November, the occupancy rate at hotels in large urban centers was 34 percent, down from nearly 80 percent a year prior. It’s no wonder. A hotel stay these days — with all the plexiglass, masks, sanitizer, plastic-wrapped remotes, and lack of housekeeping ( though some hotels will provide sheets and towels for you to change yourself) — doesn’t exactly scream “vacation.” And the loss of business has led hotels to get creative with what they’re offering beyond a bed, with a slate of perk packages that, at times, feel like a consolation prize for putting up with the realities of hotel stays in a pandemic. Hotel June ended up opening in June 2020 after LA lifted some initial COVID restrictions. “One nice thing about launching a hotel brand during COVID, as opposed to it already being open prior, is that we got to literally completely rethink and reassess every element of how we wanted the hotel to operate with the pandemic in mind,” says Brian De Lowe, president and co-founder of Proper Hospitality. And, of course, figure out a way to operate that could withstand far less business than initially planned.
 

Instead of courting out-of-towners, who in normal times would make up three-quarters of hotel guests, Hotel June introduced partnerships to appeal to its neighbors: rooms for rent during the day, day-rate packages that included outdoor workouts and passes to the pool.“We doubled down on the staycation and daycation packages, and made sure that even if people weren’t coming to spend the night, they were able to benefit from an experience they want to have away from their home,” says De Lowe. A year into pandemic living, just about any experience away from home is a welcome one, even if it comes at a cost. Plenty of hotels have brought back the day rate, repurposing overnight guest rooms into workspaces for daily use, often with quirky and attention-grabbing perks attached. At the Innside (stylized INNSiDE) by Meliá in New York, guests can bring their dog for the day, or even overnight, and get access to in-room perks like dog beds and pet-friendly throw blankets. The hotel’s “day stay” was introduced late last year and updated recently to accommodate animals. Pets can join their humans for dinner outdoors on the heated patio and now even have access to their own menu. For $55, dogs can choose between salmon or grilled chicken with steamed veggies, lemon, and dessert. An extra $3 scores a chef-made peanut butter dog biscuit.


*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY PUSHING TO VACCINATE PEOPLE 65+ WITH UPCOMING CLINIC

– Culver City

There’s still an urgent push to vaccinate the people in the Culver City community. A number of people who are 65+ are still in need of a COVID-19 vaccine and there’s an upcoming clinic this month to help make sure people get their dose. Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will host a one-time-only vaccination clinic for people 65 years old and older from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 at Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. The vaccination clinic is available by appointment only for anyone who lives or works in Los Angeles County age 65 and older.

The clinic is in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health and Curative. Schedule an appointment by calling the PRCS Department at (310) 253-6700 or (310) 253-6650.

“You must speak to someone to make an appointment, please do not leave voicemails,” city officials said in a statement. This vaccination clinic is for first doses only and second doses will be scheduled during the event. Organizers do not yet know if the vaccine will be Pfizer or Moderna. “Vaccines are limited so call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible,” officials said. People can also learn more about the vaccination process in Los Angeles County and scheduling appointments via the county’s website.

*PLAYA – NEWS: VANESSA BRYANT BEAMS OVER DAUGHTER NATALIA’S ACCEPTANCE INTO LMU

Vanessa Bryant with daughters Natalia, Bianka, & Capri
– Playa Vista

Vanessa Bryant is a proud mom. Bryant, 38, took to Instagram Stories on Thursday with a happy message touting the news of eldest daughter Natalia’s acceptance into Loyola Marymount University, which is located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Playa Vista. ‘So glad you got accepted but … Too far j/k,’ she wrote of the 18-year-old with a shot of the front of the educational institution.

In January, she shared a shot of Natalia donning a New York University top, noting that she was pulling for her to stay on the West Coast. Vanessa wrote: ‘@nataliabryant chose not to apply ED to her top 5 schools. I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,’ she wrote, adding the hashtag, #CaliGirlForever. After Natalia turned 18 this past January, Vanessa paid a special birthday tribute to her oldest daughter, nearly a year after her father Kobe Bryant, 41, and sister Gigi Bryant, 13, perished in a helicopter crash.

‘You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives,’ said Vanessa, who is also mother to daughters Bianka, four, and Capri, 20 months. ‘Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters.’ Kobe and Gigi died with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. Also killed in the crash were pilot Ara Zobayan, 50, Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 46, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, John Altobelli, 56, and Christina Mauser, 38.

*PLAYA – NEWS: GRAY WHALE ASHES UP ON DOCKWEILER BEACH

A gray whale washed up on shore at Dockweiler Beach just south of Marina del Rey last week. It was alive — thin and malnourished — but then it later died. Lifeguards reported the beached whale about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Experts say the whale was about two years old and sick, Supervisor Janice Hahn said. It died around 6:30 p.m. Peter Wallerstein, president and founder of Marine Animal Rescue, said the whale likely washed up because it was sick.

“When they get sick, they beach themselves to prevent from drowning,” Wallerstein said. “But they don’t know that beaching themselves is even worse because it puts a lot of pressure on their bodies.” Wallerstein said the whale’s corpse will likely be left in place until Thursday morning, at which point investigators will perform a necropsy before it is towed away. A crowd gathered near the whale Wednesday, where lifeguards had created a barrier space between people and the whale as it struggled and the National Marine Fisheries determined what action to take.

*PLAYA – MEET SUZI: TAKE THE SUZI QUIZ


Suzi has been living and working in Culver City since April 2018.
Are you ready to take the Suzi quiz?

The Suzi quiz:

  1. Does Suzi hate ice cream?
  2. Does Suzi love balloons on her birthday?
  3. Does Suzi carry mace with her?

Send your Suzi quiz answers to us at: PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net

*PLAYA – HISTORY:

-Culver City  

The Meralta Theatre opened in March 1924. It closed in the early-1980’s and was demolished.

*PLAYA – PLATINUM APPROVED:
” BEST ELECTRICIAN IN THE AREA”

Best of Los Angeles Award – 2020 Best Electrician
Mike Packham Electric, a local family-run skilled electrician team, provides electrical and lighting needs for Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Venice, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica.

T: (310) 430-4174
E-mail: MikePac6453@gmail.com

*PLAYA — RESTAURANTS: CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN IS THE DODGERS’ OFFICIAL PIZZA

CPK president/ceo Jim Hyatt (left),  Brian Sullivan, senior vice-president Culinary Innovation (2nd Right) are joined by former Los Angeles Dodgers Steve Garvey (2nd Left) and Eric Karros (R)
– Playa Vista

California Pizza Kitchen is extending its partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Playa Vista-based restaurant chain has signed a multi-year deal to be the official pizza of the 2020 World Series champions, according to a news release. CPK will have concessions at four places within Dodgers Stadium, according to the release. They are on the Field, Loge and Reserve levels and the Left Field Pavilion.

The Dodgers’ first home game of the year will be at 1:10 p.m. April 9 against the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers will be allowed to admit a limited number of attendees to games at Dodgers Stadium beginning April under the state’s current novel coronavirus guidelines. Founded in 1985, California Pizza Kitchen is known for its West Coast creations such as BBQ Chicken Pizza.

*PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET ABNER:


Abner has been living in Culver City since January 1989

Would You Rather Questions…
  1. Would you rather have the aliens make first contact be robotic or organic? – Robotic.

2. Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak? – Read, but if you strongly swing introvert or extrovert, this might be pretty easy for you.

3. Would you rather have a golden voice or a silver tongue? – Silver Tongue.

4. Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales? – Fur, baby, fur.

5. Would you rather be in jail for a year or lose a year off your life? A year off my life. The food in prison sounds dismal.

6. Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early? – Early. I come from a military family.

7. Would you rather have one real get out of jail free card or a key that opens any door? – Get out of jail.

8. Would you rather know the history of every object you touched or be able to talk to animals? Talk to animals, which I already do.

9. Would you rather be married to a 10 with a bad personality or a 6 with an amazing personality? 6. The thought of spending an hour with a bad personality has my stomach sick.

10. Would you rather be able to talk to land animals, animals that fly, or animals that live under the water? – Animals that fly. I wish I could fly.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – MEET CARNI:


Carni has been living in Culver City since August 2018.

*PLAYA – SEE IT: POP’S BAGELS EXPANDING IN CULVER CITY

Zach Liporace, Owner of Pop’s Bagels
– Culver City

When it comes to bagels, there’s a rivalry between the East Coast classics and the new school, West Coast creations. As the Los Angeles bagel scene grows in the pandemic, one baker has become even more popular: Pop’s Bagels in Culver City.Their mission is simple — make sure bagels don’t suck in L.A.

Pop’s pop-up is at the Platform at 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. The company now has plans to expand even more in 2021, taking over the former Alfred Tea Room in Brentwood at 11928 San Vicente Blvd. In August, the group plans to open a new location near the Culver Steps, owner Zach Liporace said. Expect even more menu items — more options and other pastries — and expanded outdoor seating. The group will also keep offering its homemade butter and cream cheese, with vegan cheese and gluten-free bagels coming soon, too. Until then, Pop’s will still serve up its light and chewy signature bagels at its pop-up location on Washington Boulevard. Pop’s even delivers to New York — or anywhere else with Goldbelly. Check out their plain, everything and cinnamon raisin bagels and visit their website.  

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET VIVIANE (Nickname – Vivi):

Vivi has been living in Playa Del Rey since December 2019  

*PLAYA – BULLETIN BOARD:
1. *** “Coming very soon, lots of cool candle making workshops at Banter & Bliss Candle Co. in the Runway Shopping Center in Playa Vista. Stay tuned.” – Natalie T., Playa Vista   2. *** We need faster action on removing the DDT graveyard off the L.A. coast. —– Randi T., Marina Del Rey.

3. *** Suspicious Silver Ford pickup, 8000 blocks of Holy Cross. I observed a silver Ford Lobo pickup parked in the middle of the 8000 blocks of Holy Cross, the individual sat in the truck for over an hour and a half (I got home from work at 8:40 so they may have been there much earlier)with no lights on and leaned back in the driver seat so that they were blocked from view by the pillar there was also some trash they had dropped out of the passenger side door (chik-Fila bag) so they were parked there for some time. I drove around the block so that I could park behind them and take down their license plate. Please stay vigilant for this Silver Ford Lobo pick-up. They may have been casing the neighborhood either looking for empty houses or catalytic converters to steal. —– Christopher Dunham, Loyola Village

4. ***Lorraine Ali, Television Critic for the once important L.A. Times, wrong a review about the recent HBO Woody Allen biased “kill” job that had all the fairness of a Nazi tribunal. Evidently Ms. Ali has heard of the legal term “due process”. No wonder the L.A. Times is such a disaster. It should change its name to the Woke Times! —- Jennifer Q., Playa Vista.

5. ***I was stressed and unhappy with my life, so I moved to Los Angeles. Now I have SoCal anxiety —– Dr. William H., Marina Del Rey.

6. ***We’ve been to Dan Modern Chinese in Playa Vista three times. And we will not come back. It boils down to the horrendous wait time to get food. With only one other table occupied on a Sunday morning, we should not have to wait 20 minutes for cold seaweed salad, followed by another ten minutes for scallion pancake (not tasty, lukewarm, tasted heated up); and then the dumplings, yes, tasty, but the wait for those….way too long.  Every time we’ve walked in, there has never been a host to greet us. We stand and wait and hope someone will come out and seat us. You feel awkward and unattended to the minute you enter here.  When we sit down, we hardly think a server knows we are there, and we know that no matter how few customers there are, that the food will take at least 20 or more minutes to arrive, and then you will not be looked after when you need to more, or to re-order, or to get your check.  Someone who has restaurant experience, in both the kitchen and the front of the house, needs to step in here and get the game going. —- Andrew H., Los Angeles.

7. ***The new clothing store, Matte Argyle in the Runway shopping center in Playa Vista always looks closed. Is it out of business already? —– Wendi K., Playa Vista.

8. ***The audio-only Clubhouse app has risen quickly in popularity, but keeping toxicity out is the hard part. —– Fabian L., Playa Vista.

9. ***Did you know that this free Bulletin Board in Playa Vista People reaches 25,000 people all in the area each week. Sell. Barter. Hire. Comment. Promote. Send in your free Bulletin Board posting to: PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net

10. ***Dog poop not being picked up. A couple of months ago I saw a gentleman with an English bulldog walking his dog and let his dog pooped but didn’t pick it up after at the corner of Osage and 76th street. I looked from the window and came out to tell him to pick up the doodoo after his dog but he yelled out in an English accent that I should mind my own business. I saw him again recently walking the same routes, and this time I mind my own business and guess what. he must have not liked me or didn’t like the fact that he got caught, because I now see a big fat amount of turd left in front of my house. I’ve lived for so many years and never got anything like that to happen to me. shame on this neighbor who lives in our neighborhood. 7700-7710 Osage Avenue, Los Angeles, CA —- Christine Phan, Westchester.
11. ***The two-story shack on Thatcher. Looks like the shack is about to add another addition. A guy is unloading a ton of planks as we speak. This feels a little insane to me. —– Kathleen Archer, Marina Del Rey.

12. ***Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world. —– Lola P., Westchester.

13. ***Stolen packages. I just noticed on my Nest camera that someone stole a package from me. This person is riding through the neighborhood on a bike with a backpack taking packages from doors. He seems to come just after delivery trucks and USPS. I live in La Villa Marina. —–Sheila Ruhfass, Del Rey

14. ***Honest to God, if Councilman Mike Bonin were paid a dollar a year, he would be grossly over-paid. —– Darlene M., Marina Del Rey.

15. ***Garbage, Rats, & Bedbugs, Trash, mattress, water heaters, and infested furniture. All this is on THE MOBILE STATION PRIVATE PROPERTY. Several attempts have been made to explore them to have at least the trash removed, if not the homeless persons in residence there responsible. Our surrounding area is now Rat & BEDBUG INFESTED AS A RESULT, not to mention how unsightly our community has become. BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, their gas, and convenience store. BOYCOTT MOBIL @ 8600 Manchester & Emerson. —- Bob Finston, Westchester.

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET ELLIE: YES/NO

Ellie has been living in Marina Del Rey since November 2019

YES OR NO INTERVIEW:

  1. Both parents died: YES
  2. Loves Dr. Pepper soda: YES
  3. Modeled nude in college: YES
  4. Loves audiobooks: YES
  5. Hates Tattoos: YES
  6. Smokes Cigars: NO
  7. Gained 10 pounds last summer: YES
  8. Collects political buttons: YES

*PLAYA – NEWS: BELKIN INTERNATIONAL SIGNS LEASE TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS FROM PLAYA VISTA TO EL SEGUNDO IN Q4 2021

Steve Malony, CEO, Belkin International
– Playa Vista

Belkin, a global consumer electronics leader, today announces its move to a new headquarters location later this year. The future move from its office in Playa Vista, Calif. to 555 Aviation in El Segundo, Calif. marks its commitment to adopting a hybrid and flexible workplace of the future. Since the company’s founding in 1983, not far from its future El Segundo headquarters, Belkin has prided itself on its entrepreneurial and startup mentality, and a culture that prioritizes collaboration and innovation. 

Belkin will be incorporating a human-centric, inspiring and intuitive design. New sustainability features will also help the company continue its march towards achieving its corporate goal of becoming carbon neutral in scope 2 emissions by 2025.  “The traditional ways organizations operated yesterday simply may not work in the new normal of today or tomorrow,” said Steve Malony, CEO, Belkin International. “A successful flexible work culture requires a foundation of trust, accountability, and an increase of communication at all levels, and I have no doubt that our Belkin team will fully embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of this transition.”   

The new space will offer a state-of-the-art fitness center, coffee shop, outdoor lounge areas with fire features, bike storage and ample parking. Just a short walk away from major retail destination Rosecrans Corridor, 555 Aviation is in a highly sought-after area that is accessible by all modes of transportation. Tishman Speyer is the owner and operator of the property and is an active developer and investor in the Los Angeles market. Belkin previously worked with Tishman Speyer to develop its Playa Vista office space in 2009. 

*PLAYA – NEWS: GET VENEZUELAN STREET FOOD WITH LA VIBES AT THE AREPA STAND

The Arepa Stand is a pop-up food stall that sells traditional Venezuelan cuisine with a twist at farmer’s markets around L.A., like the one that takes place in Playa Vista on Saturdays. Mercedes Rojas, chef and owner of The Arepa Stand, said business is good these days and thankfully has help from family members and friends.
*PLAYA – NEWS: REBORN RAT PACK HANGOUT DEAR JOHN’S FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE AFTER LOSING LEASE

Dear John (pre-pandemic)
– Culver City

Trouble may be brewing for Dear John’s, the popular throwback restaurant and bar that hails from LA’s Rat Pack era. The Culver City destination was always tiny, always cramped (pre-pandemic), and always had an expiration date on it, as the building it currently inhabits has long been slated for demolition and redevelopment. That construction was set to begin next month, which would have marked the natural end of the restaurant run by the Rockenwagners and Josiah Citrin, but the pandemic shifted everyone’s timelines and effective took away half of the Dear John’s lease.

Now ownership is trying to stay, at least for a little while. “April 1st is the official end of our lease,” says the team in a newsletter and social post sent out to fans. “We have been and are still in negotiations with the landlord about extending the lease.” They add: “The good news is… we are not closing on April 1st. While we negotiate, we will be on a month-to-month extension.” As for the future of the place long-term, Dear John’s is almost certain to ultimately disappear under the developer’s wrecking ball at some point; the question now is when.

*PLAYA – NEWS: 5 OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS TO CHECK OUT NEAR MARINA DEL REY

Culver City Stairs,
– Culver City

If you’re looking for a quick, outdoor escape, then there are several local getaways to consider. From the sand and beachfront biking to hiking gorgeous trails, Los Angeles offers tons of options for staycations and escapes. Here are five spots to check out in Los Angeles County:
 

Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center/Upper Point Vicente Park, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes

This trail offers hikes to the Alta Vicente Reserve, which features great views of the coast and has a bathroom, dog park and physically distanced park benches. Check out the stunning views of the native restoration habitat, Point Vicente Lighthouse and Terranea Resort. It’s a cool stop with plenty of natural views.

Three Sisters Reserve via the Salvation Army Trail, 6270 Ocean Terrace Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes

If you’re looking for adventure, then check out the Three Sisters Reserve. This trail is more intense, for people interested in connecting to this more challenging workout from the Alta Vicente trails. Enter the Civic Center/Upper Point Vicente Park/Alta Vicente Preserve from Hawthorne Boulevard north of Palos Verdes Drive West.
 

Venice Canals, Venice Boulevard, and Dell Avenue

The Venice Canals are a historic walkway nestled between spectacular architectural gems just blocks from the beach. The iconic LA-spot was designed and created in 1905 by Venice developer Abbot Kinney. The canals and walking area stretch about 2.9 miles along a paved walkway. It’s a great city stroll and perfect for an afternoon or morning simple getaway. It’s a few blocks from the Venice Fishing Pier and Venice Beach Boardwalk. Start your walk near Venice Boulevard and Dell Avenue.
 

Culver Stairs, 6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City

Let’s talk about views. If you’ve watched HBO’s “Insecure” or ventured above Culver City into Baldwin Hills, then you’re probably familiar with the Culver Stairs and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. You can climb up the 282 outdoor stairs and catch some incredible views of the city. Be warned though — the stairs are uneven — but the views are worth it.

*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY PUTS PRESSURE ON STATE TO CLOSE NATURAL GAS STORAGE FACILITY IN PLAYA DEL REY

Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of Ballona Institute
– Playa del Rey

Culver City lawmakers are calling on the state of California to develop a timeline and plan for closing the SoCal natural gas storage facility in Playa Del Rey. On March 8th, Culver City City Council voted to approve a resolution calling on the state to present a timeline and plan for the closure of the facility, one known for leaks and blowouts. The facility had to shut down for a year in 2011 due to several leaks found by state officials. The most recent incident happened in 2013 when a vent stack exploded causing visible flames to shoot up in the air.

“We’ve known for years that natural gas storage facilities like the one at Playa del Rey do not have a future in our energy system or in our neighborhoods,” said Ethan Senser, Southern California Organizer for Food & Water Watch. “It’s time that we started planning for that reality at Playa del Rey. While SoCalGas squeezes out profit from the gas field, residents, workers, and the public at large are left as afterthoughts. Governor Newsom has a responsibility to put the needs of the community first by following Culver City’s lead and committing to building real solutions for the safe, fair and equitable transition away from natural gas.”

The Playa del Rey oil field was converted to a gas storage field by the SoCalGas in 1955. Although primarily used for gas storage, SoCalGas continues to produce oil and gas from the oil field. The proximity to residential areas has also remained a point of concern. The facility, once located far away from residents, is now in the vicinity of homes. This increases the possible amount of harm caused if natural gas were to leak opponents of the facility say. The trend of municipalities moving towards renewable energy is also a force behind the move. “Most decision-makers get overwhelmed with the enormity of the necessary task of moving away from fossil fuels, but Culver City shows the way, taking one step at a time,” said Marcia Hanscom, Executive Director of Ballona Institute.

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET HAILEY:

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

*PLAYA – IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

If you’ve ever wanted to check out a drive-in movie, then now is the time. The Marina Drive-In hosts a movie series in Marina del Rey and locals don’t even have to leave the comfort and safety of their car. Watch movies on the big screen by the sea, which is hosted by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors at Parking Lot #2 Public Boat Launch, 13477 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey.

Nearby restaurants are also open for outdoor dining, so it’s the perfect way to enjoy dinner near the waterfront or grab a takeout order. You can even make it a staycation with your quarantine crew and enjoy kayaking, whale watching or take a sunset stroll along the water at Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park.

Here are two of the upcoming film screenings to check out this month:

Tickets are $20 per vehicle (plus service fee) and must be purchased in advance at MDRmovies.com.

*PLAYA – HISTORY:

*PLAYA — EATS: IKE’S SANDWICHES COMING TO CULVER CITY

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches
– Culver City

Things are about to get even tastier in Culver City with Ike’s Sandwiches opening. The sandwich giant will bring its menu of over 800 unique sandwiches in March to 3895 Overland Ave., Culver City. The company has plans to expand across Los Angeles County. “Our goal is to open 21 locations in 2021 and we’re on track to do so in our home state,” Michael Goldberg, CEO of Ike’s Love & Sandwiches said in a statement. “Nothing compares to a delicious Ike’s sandwich on Dutch Crunch bread. If you haven’t had Ike’s before, get ready because chances are, we’re opening near you soon.”

Ike’s opened its first El Segundo location in early February, the first of several new locations across Los Angeles County including Manhattan Beach, Carson, USC — and next — Culver City. The grand opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but stay tuned for free and discounted sandwiches. There will also be a meet and greet with founder Ike Shehadeh at the Culver City shop. The sandwich company opened its first small shop in 2007 in San Francisco under the name “Ike’s Place.”

The brand has been defined by innovative offerings and iconic flavor pairings, the company said, including the Dutch Crunch bread with “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce” — a duo unlike any other. Every location comes with exclusive sandwiches that are eclectically named as a tribute to local celebrities and icons. The company has more than 800 original sandwiches on the menu, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free styles. “There is a sandwich for every tastebud at Ike’s,” the company said. Learn more about Ike’s Love & Sandwiches by visiting loveandsandwiches.com.

*PLAYA – LENS:

Westchester resident and Y board member John Sharpe came up with the idea for the community pantry, which is available at the Westchester Family YMCA 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – VIDEO:

A stroll through the Playa Vista Farmers Market.
Watch Here

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET EMMIE:


Emmie has been living in Westchester since April 2009.

*PLAYA – BULLETIN BOARD:

1. ***Hi Neighbors, I just went to a new Salon on Lincoln Boulevard called “The Mane on Lincoln” yesterday and had a great haircut done by Sandra Ramirez. I would highly recommend this stylist and Salon. The atmosphere was really inviting, charming and clean. The products used on my hair were great! Sandra did my friend and my hair yesterday and did a fantastic job! The address is 8355 Lincoln Blvd. in Westchester. Sandra‘s direct number is 323-571-7640. Tell her Donna sent you! —- Donna Jensen, Playa Vista

2. ***It’s great to be here. I’m Nancy. My husband, Joseph, and I have lived here for just over 30 years. We came with two kids, Michael and Mary, but they left the nest a long time ago. I was a professor at LMU until I retired in 2012.  We love living in Kentwood and enjoy our walks around the block. And we have great neighbors. —– Nancy Jaabra, Playa Vista

3. ***The FBI has arrested two brothers from Southern California in the Capitol riot case. Yeah! —– Micky S., Culver City.

4.*** Yesterday. Westchester Park. New problem. Another problem this afternoon, police had to be called again. One of our Pros teaching some girls had a problem with one of the homeless on court 6. Tent and stuff less than 8 feet from courts. The homeless got violent, abusive and were swearing a blue streak. The little girl was so frightened she was crying. Police were called. What will it take? Someone sent to the hospital or something even worse! Enough! —- Tom Brewster, Westchester.

5. ***Make sense of what happened and what’s to come. Check out the “fearlessly independent” – www.LBNExaminer.com .

6. ***Sadly, politics is a new religion. As faith has declined, the political-ideological intensity has risen. Will the quest for secular redemption doom the American idea? —– Claire Y., Playa Vista

7. ***Window shot with BB gun. Our windows facing out to the backyard were shot multiple times last night with a bb gun. One pellet actually shattered the outside pane of one of our double-pane windows. LAPD showed up to examine our windows and took a police report.  —- Ayden Elle, Westchester.

8.*** In 10 or 20 years imagine how hard it will be to get a username online without a ton of numbers at the end. —- Howard Z., Playa Del Rey.

9. ***Screaming when falling off of a cliff does nothing to change the end result, but you will probably do it anyway.—- Joanna P., Westchester

10. ***Human beings can sustain at most 150 acquaintances, of which only five are intimate. —– Dr. Devin Q., Playa Vista.

 11. ***Remember the televangelists? We now have the Instavangelists, hawking a blend of self-care, wellness, astrology, and left-wing politics. —- Reno T., Marina Del Rey.

 12. ***Dan from D&J Locksmith is incredible. He’s so professional, I received texts confirming the appointment, another giving a 30-minute head up upon his arrival time, and another with an easy way to pay the invoice. He provided great advice and a solution on my faulty handle and helped me with my cylinder on a different door and key copies! Thank you so much! If you need a locksmith, call Dan! You can call or text Dan at all times of the day – 818-485-1354 —- Jeremy Trent.

13. ***Looking for part-time or live-in Caregiver for 92-year-old man:Duties include light house cleaning, light cooking, and driving locally(car provided.) Must have references, be friendly and responsible. You will have your own private bedroom and bathroom. The location is in Manhattan Beach. Must have valid driver’s license and current Car Insurance. Please call Jamie at 310 909-6805 or email at spacetimejkoxman@gmail.com.

14. ***Newly listed, a gorgeous penthouse in Playa Vista! 3 bedroom/2.5bathroom, laundry room, open floor plan, tall ceilings, private location, and 2 car private garage. Must see!  5837 Village Drive #6 Playa Vista CA Listed at $2,300,000 contact me for a private showing- suzhogi@gmail.com.

15. ***We are a market research company looking for men to participate in an in-person study at our Marina Del Rey research facility. This study will require you to test out the fit and comfort of vehicle seats and controls within a vehicle. We are looking for men who will spend about 45 minutes with us taking part in this study. You will not be asked to drive the vehicle. Participants will receive $100 as a thank you for taking part in this study. If you are interested in participating in our research, please complete this short questionnaire so we know more about you and the best way to contact you. This study has specific height and weight requirements. https://app.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?87A3CFD087C4D6DD83

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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET CAMPBELL:

Campbell has been living in Culver City since July 2017

*PLAYA – NEWS: DEUTSCH LA LAUNCHES VIRTUAL BRAND-BUILDING PROGRAM

Deutsch LA
– Playa Vista

Deutsch LA, one of the largest advertising agencies on the West Coast, Tuesday announced the public launch of its free four-week virtual brand building program designed to assist Black-owned businesses in Los Angeles. Applications are being accepted to participate in the spring program beginning April 1. The Blackness in Full Bloom program was first introduced in February 2020. Founded by former and current Deutsch LA executives Maya Thompson, Gurbani Chadha and Justin Brown, the program aims to arm local Black entrepreneurs with the tools to help their businesses fully “bloom.” Providing access to world-class marketing expertise and resources, Blackness in Full Bloom consists of weekly, two-hour virtual workshops covering different facets of marketing, such as branding, design, paid and earned media and content production.

“After launching this initiative during Black History Month last year, we quickly realized the importance of making this an ongoing program to continually uplift and support Black businesses in Los Angeles,” said Kim Getty, CEO of Deutsch LA. “As an agency, we draw inspiration from Los Angeles, while also finding ways to contribute to and magnify its cultural richness in all that we do. Blackness in Full Bloom helps us achieve this in a unique way by assisting Black entrepreneurs thrive in a city we all call home.” In February, the program’s first cohort was hosted in-person at Deutsch LA’s Playa Vista office with Cazza, natural hair care products, Behind the Sneaker, a platform highlighting creatives and culture and Nappily Natural Apothecary, a health and beauty store.

Due to the pandemic, its next iteration was hosted virtually in December with wine distributor O&M Wines and organic gardening company, The Plant Plug LA. For the first time, Deutsch LA is expanding the program by accepting applicants via online registration. Blackness in Full Bloom is now open to Black-owned business owners and entrepreneurs in the greater Los Angeles area. Free online registration can be completed at Deutschla.com/Blackness-In-Full-Bloom.


*PLAYA – NEWS:

Stadia boss, Phil Harrison
– Playa Vista

In news that will shock very few of you Google’s Stadia streaming service apparently did not hit expectations. That’s according to a report from Wired, which says that two sources claimed that the platform had not met the forecasts set out for it by the search giant. Since its launch in November 2019, Google parent company Alphabet has not mentioned Stadia once in its financial reports or its call with investors; nor has it publicly said anything about how well the cloud games platform has performed.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that Stadia boss Phil Harrison courted big name publishers like Take-Two and Ubisoft and that Google paid of “tens of millions of dollars” to bring games like Red Dead Redemption 2 to the platform. Apparently, the amount of money the company was willing to pay to bring big names to the service even shocked industry vets.

First-party down

This news comes in the wake of Google closing down its first-party Stadia Games and Entertainment development studio at the start of February. This reportedly came just days after Harrison had praised the development teams and had seemingly made it seem like they had a future ahead of them.

The decision to close Stadia Games and Entertainment was in-part due to anxieties about Microsoft’s continued studio spending spree, not least the purchase of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media. Wired also reports that while Google announced the opening of a Playa Vista in March 2020, the following month the search giant put a hiring freeze into effect. The company was not able to bring new blood in, save for some “strategic areas,” of which game was not one.

*PLAYA – NEWS: POLICE ASK PUBLIC’S HELP TO FIND SUSPECT WHO STOLE CAR PAINTINGS


Los Angeles Police detectives were asking the public’s help to identify the suspect who stole a car in Westchester containing two original paintings from artist Jack Armstrong. The auto theft happened sometime after 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 near West Kenyon Avenue and 80th Street, where the victim parked his four-door Lincoln MKZ and left it for the night, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The victim noticed about 11:30 a.m. the next day that the car was stolen, police said. Two 2-by-3-foot original Jack Armstrong paintings were in the stolen vehicle.

*PLAYA – NEWS: CITY FAILURE – HOMELESSNESS SUIT – PLAINTIFFS SAY IT’S TIME TO STOP THE CRISIS:

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to force the city and county of Los Angeles to quickly deal with the homelessness crisis have filed a notice of intent with the court for a preliminary injunction, which would require thousands of beds in the coming months to be opened for indigent people, according to court papers obtained.  It is a first step toward placing the city and county into a court- supervised receivership in the matter, according to the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of downtown businesses and residents.

“Undoubtedly, both the city and county will feel that such an order is diminishing their powers,” according to a statement released by the L.A. Alliance. “Yet, in the absence of a consensual agreement by the parties, court intervention becomes necessary.” Playa Vista People continues to receive many, many comments from residents and business owners complaining about the city’s inaction. “The City of Los Angeles should be ashamed of itself. Years and years and years of failed promises. Our own Councilman, Mike Bonin has the leader is “big talk – no action”. Look around. Crime, filth, homeless, graffiti!. Many have re-named Lincoln Blvd, “Stinkin Blvd.” – said Marina Del Rel long-time resident and business owner Darla Yarrow.

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET: REGINA

Regina loves kick-boxing in Culver City.

*PLAYA – SPOTTED: Jessica Alba

The 39-year-old beauty boss mixed business with pleasure as she stepped out in a pair of jeans with a trusty blazer while making her way through the Playa Vista campus of her Honest Company brand.

*PLAYA – EATS: URBAN PLATES

All that the light touches is yours.

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

*PLAYA — RESTAURANTS: ORDERING DELIVERY DURING PANDEMIC? IT MIGHT BE COMING FROM A GHOST KITCHEN

Culver City-
Holy Cow BBQ

Delivery and takeout grew exponentially last year. According to the National Restaurant Association, 71% of restaurant owners say off-premise sales represent a higher proportion of their total business than they did before the pandemic.

One Playa Vista resident scrolls through the plethora of options on one of the many delivery apps. She has always ordered food but does it even more during the pandemic. “I order about three times a week,” Emily said. Emily noticed many new restaurants over the last year, which she said is exciting. “I definitely try to order stuff that’s close in proximity to where we are because you will get it, and it will be hot out of the box. It will be ready to eat and ready to go, so you don’t have to worry about microwaving or anything like that,” Emily said.

The increase in demand is exactly why the founder of popular restaurant Holy Cow BBQ, Rob Serritella, decided to expand his brand by opening Creative Cloud Concepts this year, a ghost kitchen that houses multiple businesses to complete orders for pickup and delivery. He started thinking about this even before the pandemic changed the dining landscape. It is more vital than ever to adapt to the takeout and delivery model because it is what the customers want, he said.

“Eating habits changed. Everyone wants everything to be portable, so a virtual kitchen and cloud kitchen lets you do that. We have seen a shift in our industry, and I don’t think we will be going back at this point,” Serritella said. The Creative Cloud Concepts hold three of Serritella’s businesses, including Holy Cow, Rooster’s fried chicken, and his new vegan option Ciao Verde. But other ghost kitchens act as landlords for completely different restaurants, from staples such as Canter’s to new ventures. It is a way for any chef to test their food without putting the time and money into a brick and mortar. They can lease space from one of these kitchens.

“The cost of entry into a cloud kitchen is much lower, revenue is much quicker, and labor footprint is smaller. It’s like having a big house and renting out all the rooms,” Serritella said. According to Technomic, restaurant sales from virtual venues are expected to increase 25% a year through the next five years. Serritella agrees, saying even celebrities have recently hopped on the trend. Guy Fieri, Tyga, and more have launched their own virtual restaurant brands.

“I think we are going to see some unique new food trends. I think we will see freshness be the forefront of what we are doing. Our industry is blossoming, and I think cloud kitchens are part of it,” Serritella said. According to the National Restaurant Association, 65% of adults surveyed ordered takeout or delivery for dinner weekly within four months of the pandemic. Emily said the ghost kitchen expansion doesn’t impact her decisions but only leads her to trying new cuisines. “I haven’t noticed if it is a cloud or not. I might not know where Benny’s Tacos is, and I don’t know if I would go there in person, but I ordered from them a bunch since the pandemic,” she said. There are many ghost kitchens operating in Los Angeles and many virtual concepts selling out of other restaurants or even home kitchens. All selling through third-party apps.

*PLAYA – SIGN OF THE TIMES:

Councilman Mike Bonin

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – MEET KIM:

Kim has been living and working in Playa Vista since April 2016.

*PLAYA – HISTORY:

The Marina del Rey skatepark in the late 1970s.  

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET KAMAR:


 Kamer has been living in Culver City since April 2003  

*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:
  1. ***As an artist and sculptor here in Playa Vista, I am not very handy with a chisel, so when I sculpt, I prefer to use malleable materials that I can bend and shape as I please. —– Zara K., Playa Vista
 
2. ***Is it just me or do the Police seem very passive of late. —— Dr. Karen G., Marina Del Rey.
 
3. ***I feel like HBO is turning into the National Enquirer. —– Lance W., Westchester.

4. ***The service and the food at Truxton’s American Bistro leave a lot to be desired. —– Mr. and Mrs. Grover, Westchester.

5. ***When Mark Kelegian was looking for a business he might run with his wife and three daughters back in 2015, he came across a listing for what turned out to be Randy’s Donuts. Since then they’ve gone beyond the single storefront in Inglewood to expand the customer base (and waistlines) around Southern California and with overseas franchisees. I love Randy’s Donuts. Bravo, Mark. —– Jon P. Westchester.
 
6. ***For the third time in four months–another senior has lost their life to a violent act. 76-year-old John DeCindis passed away on Saturday, February 27, from injuries he sustained after being assaulted while walking on or near or the Venice Boardwalk, according to DeCinids sister, Diana Wieckowicz. Crime is completely and totally out of control. And yet idiots call for de-funding the police! —– Lynn N., Marina Del Rey.

7. ***Southern California Edison scam. I received a call from a Beverly Hills number today 310-688-3242 and was told they were calling from the Southern California Edison Co. my bill was delinquent and my electricity was going to be shut off today unless I contacted them at 1-866-213-3138. Please know DWP will never contact you by phone for any kind of payment and this is a total scam I did not return the phone call. My bill is not delinquent. And I also have Solar. This has been reported but I wanted Everyone to be aware. And remember don’t ever buy gift cards for any calls over the phone that is for sure a scam. —– Sherri Muro, Westchester.

8. ***Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else’s religion practiced on us. —– Rev. Elijah L., Westchester
 
 9.***The customer service at the pharmacy department at CVS in Playa Vista reminders me of a poorly run post office in a bad neighborhood only worse. Very frustrating.  —- Shane S., Playa Vista

10. ***Ready to laugh???. 1. The dumbest thing ever purchased was a 2020 planner. 2. I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone. He asked me what I was wearing. 3. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people. 4. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors! —- Gary Klein, Westchester.

11. ***My car was sideswiped. Hey everyone. I live on the corner of Pacific Ave and Moore Street. I was parked on Moore from 5 pm to 7 pm and my brand NEW car was sideswiped resulting in a broken driver side mirror and several scratches. The person who did it kept going. My neighbor obtained footage from his camera. Looks to be a gray SUV. I had to pay $663 to get the damages repaired. It’s pretty disappointing that the person who did it didn’t stop and leave their information. Just a heads up. —- Flora Eskander, Culver City.

12. ***Did you ever consider that one period stops a sentence, but three extends it. —– Jacki S., Playa Vista
 
13. ***It is most appreciated when Weddings and WiFi have full bars. —– Toby B., Culver City.
 
14. ***There is only one thing that New York City and San Francisco can agree on: 1) LA is not a “true city” —– Dr. Lance H., Marina Del Rey (Former resident of both San Francisco and New York City.
 
15. ***I honest wonder why all the young staff at Hopdoddy in Playa Vista seem so unhappy. All of their faces show nothing but stolid indifference. —-  Staci W., Playa Vista. 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.