Playa Vista People 10/08/2020


Jacirara, Farmers Market,
– Playa Vista

Jacirara, Planet Shrooms

“We work with found forest mushrooms and cell culinary and medicinal mushrooms from all over the world. Mushrooms connect everything in the forest and are the internet of the forest. They are not only delicious but also nutritional.”


Rob Mahan (right), CEO at Exer
– Playa Vista

Exer Urgent Care celebrates the grand opening of their 17th urgent care clinic, located in Playa Vista. The facility is an expansion to the clinics in the Los Angeles county, and Exer is excited to provide an increase of medical care in the Westside area. Exer provides the community a clinic built and staffed by ER doctors, offering patients more medical services than most urgent care centers, for a fraction of the cost. “We’re thrilled to expand into the Playa Vista area and we are looking forward to providing patients a place for care that’s convenient, high-quality, and affordable,” said Rob Mahan, CEO at Exer. “Our staff is experienced and passionate about serving our community and with our new protocols in place during the pandemic, we’re proud to provide a safe and clean environment for patients to seek care.”

Across Southern California, nearly one-third of all visits to hospital emergency departments are not true emergencies. As a result, hospitals are finding new ways to help patients access the care they need. Exer Urgent Care’s mission is to become an essential part of every community, with welcoming facilities that are sanitized, clean, and safe for patients to visit. “We want to ensure our patients get the medical attention they need by providing an ER alternative with easy access to a medical provider while easing the strain on emergency rooms,” reiterated Mahan. “We strive to provide a place where patients can manage their health, especially during this time as healthcare systems are overburdened from COVID-19 related visits.”

Exer Urgent Care is Southern California’s fastest-growing ER alternative that’s built and staffed by ER doctors and medical professionals. With on-site x-ray, IV, laceration and diagnostics, Exer offers patients more comprehensive medical services than a typical urgent care. To add to their services, Exer recently launched an online telehealth platform, VirtualCare by Exer, which allows patients real-time access to a medical provider via video chat. Each Exer Urgent Care location is helping to ease the strain on local emergency departments and now offers flu shots and COVID-19 testing with next day results. The recently launched patient portal allows access to test results as well as discharge and other health information, to those who register.

Exer Playa Vista is the 17th new clinic opening since the company began expanding in 2016. This location is available 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last patient seen at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last patient seen at 3:45 p.m.

For more information about Exer Urgent Care visit


After a three-week investigation, a 20-year-old suspect was arrested this week for the August assault and carjacking of an elderly man in Culver City, that left the 82-year-old victim hospitalized with serious head injuries, according to authorities. Video surveillance and forensic evidence led investigators to the male suspect, Jonathan Rosas of Inglewood, who was arrested Tuesday, the Culver City Police Department said today. The crime occurred Aug. 31 at about 4:30 p.m. in a 7-Eleven parking lot at 5495 Sepulveda Blvd., officers said.

The victim was in his vehicle when the alleged assailant walked up and physically assaulted him before “forcibly” pulling the man from the car, getting in the driver’s seat and taking off, police said.  The senior was treated for injuries sustained in the attack at a local hospital for more than a week, and has since been released, officials said. Rosas was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with suspicion of carjacking and elder abuse.


Jerry Greenberg (1 of 3) HiHo Cheeseburger Founders
– Marina del Rey

A trio of popular restaurants is coming to a development underway the Marina del Rey. As reported by, HiHo Cheeseburger, KazuNori and UOVO are coming to The Boardwalk Shops at Marina del Rey development underway.

HiHo Cheeseburger, which currently has locations in Santa Monica (1320 2nd Street) and Mid-Wilshire in Los Angeles (6245 Wilshire Boulevard), is known for their no-frills menu featuring 100 percent Wagyu beef burgers, fries and shakes. Recently the restaurant was named by Eater Los Angeles as one of the 19 essential burgers in Los Angeles.

KazuNori, an offshoot from esteemed sushi restaurant SUGARFISH, is known for its simple yet decadent hand rolls. The mini-chain currently has locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Santa Monica, Westwood and New York City.

UOVO, which boasts pasta dishes made in Bologna, Italy, has LA locations in Mid-Wilshire and Santa Monica. The pasta prepared fresh daily, using a type of egg that’s available only in Italy and is specially produced for pasta.

The Boardwalk Shops at Marina del Rey, expected to open in 2021, will feature 86,000 square feet of space across four buildings, including a Trader Joe’s. The development, located at the intersection of the three main arteries in Marina del Rey, Admiralty Way and Mindanao Way, and Bali Way, will feature waterside dining, shopping and office space off of Mindanao Way. Among the retailers and restaurants will be a flagship West Marine store.


The City of Culver City recently began updating its General Plan. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a roadmap to make Culver City the best it can be for residents, workers, and visitors. From housing to parks, from our cultural vibrancy to our bustling economy, our goal is to make Culver City a place where everyone thrives. To achieve this, we know it takes broad and meaningful community engagement, so everyone contributes to shaping the future.

The City is continuing public engagement during the Safer at Home Public Health Orders through previously planned and new opportunities:

  • A Culver City Storybank that features photos and postcards that residents submit describing their Culver City stories
  • Educational videos on planning and existing conditions in our community
  • Teleconference meetings and study sessions of the General Plan Advisory Committee
  • A Tactical Urbanism1 demonstration project featuring a message board for the community to note ideas, to showcase how changes in our streets, parks and open space, or other public areas can transform our experiences, re-energize and make spaces welcoming
  • and other digital engagement ideas

Volunteer Communications Network
The Picture Culver City Communications Network is a volunteer group of residents and organizations that will support the City of Culver City’s communications efforts to increase engagement of all residents and businesses in the General Plan Update process.

Volunteer Activities
Volunteers commit 4-8 hours per month to

  • Call friends and neighbors to inform and encourage them to participate in engagement activities
  • Forward information on how to participate in engagement activities and opportunities to organizations, community groups, and others whose voices we want to hear
  • Distribute and collect flyers and paper surveys to local community groups and businesses
  • Call seniors to record their Culver City stories and help create a Storybank
  • Help assemble a Tactical Urbanism1 demonstration project
  • Help us build a photo album of Culver City images we can use for the General Plan by sharing your high-quality images of Culver City
  • and more

You can let the GPU Team know if you want to volunteer. Contact us at or by calling tel:1-310-253-5740 if you have any questions.
Visit the City of Culver City’s COVID-19 update page for more information on how the City is responding to the pandemic. 


Several Ralphs and a Food 4 Less store were cited today for health and safety violations during the coronavirus pandemic. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued the citations, which total $104,500 across five grocery stores in Los Angeles and Culver City. The Hollywood Ralphs on Sunset Boulevard, frequently known as the Rock and Roll Ralphs, was among the five stores cited. At least 21 employees at the store tested positive for coronavirus in May.

Jackie Mayoral, one of the workers who tested positive, led the charge for increased safety regulations after the outbreak.
“What happened at my store was terrifying and put too many people in harm’s way. I contracted COVID-19 at work and it wrecked me. I am still recovering,” Mayoral said. “I am happy to see that Cal/OSHA has completed its investigation and found that Ralphs did not do what it was supposed to keep people safe. “People are still getting sick and safety measures are still implemented inconsistently,” she continued. “My hope is that Ralphs will take these citations seriously and do its part to stop the spread of the virus, especially at a time when its profits are record high.”

Two Ralphs in Culver City and Sherman Oaks also received citations. In May, the grocery chain announced that one worker from each store died in a hospital after contracting the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA said both stores failed to report the worker’s illness. Kroger, which owns and operates the five grocery stores, has come under fire for its treatment of employees during the pandemic. Despite releasing second-quarter sales numbers that indicated an increase in profits, the company suspended its “hero bonus” in early June. “If you’re going to put us in harm’s way, then there should definitely be some recognition to the work,” said an employee named Trev. “They want to give us this little bonus, for one week. ‘No dude, I was there every day doing 60 to 65 hour weeks just to make sure everything was on the shelf.”



Bexley loves practicing Yoga in Playa del Rey.


Rachel Thompson,
– Miss Marina del Rey

For 10 weeks, Miss Marina del Rey hung up her sash and put on her scrubs to fight COVID on the front lines. When 2020 started Rachel Thompson was pushing her comfort zone and preparing for her first pageant ever as Miss Marina del Rey. Just over a month after she placed as the third runner-up at the Miss California competition, the COVID-19 pandemic started in the U.S., and Los Angeles went on lockdown. Thompson decided to give back and get back to her nursing roots in the ICU. Before the pandemic, she worked as an aesthetic nurse. But initially, after graduating from ASU’s Mayo Clinic nursing program, she worked as a liver transplant ICU nurse at UCLA Medical Center. In March, Thompson signed up with a nursing placement group that was scheduling nurses to work in centers with great need during the pandemic. Just weeks later, in May, she started a 10-week assignment at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills, working with COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

“At a time where all of us felt really hopeless and scared, I was sitting at home with nothing to do,” she said of her decision. “I want[ed] to go use the skills and talents I have to help during this time because it was fulfilling on my end as well.”
Thompson worked 12-hours a day, four days a week, rotating between patients in critical condition at the hospital. Nurses were limited to two patients a day and worked with a new set every shift. While discussing pandemic training taught in school, Thompson compared the experience of working in a COVID ward to “a fire drill and then if there’s an actual fire,” as health care professionals worked to adapt to the situation constantly. Most of her patients needed constant care and observation, as they were intubated, with tubing and machines helping them breathe. Many others were also in need of intensive medical care, including dialysis, among other measures.

At the time and currently, the public and health care professionals are still learning about COVID-19 and at-risk groups. Thompson said most of her patients were relatively young, and none had the severe pre-existing conditions (e.g., heart conditions, COPD) that many associate with being at greater risk for contracting the virus. But all did deal with “mild” pre-exisiting conditions that many may not think about twice (high blood pressure, diabetes or being overweight). “That to me was a big eye-opener,” said Thompson. “Almost all of us have some type of pre-existing condition.” A recent CDC report confirmed that 94% of people who have died from COVID-19 had some form of “contributing condition,” and only 6% had no health problems before the virus.

“I think what’s frustrating to me… is how political this entire thing has gotten,” Thompson said. “The people taking care of the patients, no one is talking about politics. Everyone’s worried about actual facts about the science behind it.” Due to measures put in place in hospitals, patients weren’t allowed visitors, which struck an emotional chord with Thomspon. “That was really hard,” she said. “It was really hard for me to watch because they were all alone all-day.” Along with pounds of protective material nurses in the COVID-19 ICU were required to wear, the hospital also limited their exposure time spent with patients and the number of medical staff allowed in each room, even in emergency conditions. “It’s not like we can go in there with them for hours on end,” Thompson said. “I felt really bad for the patients…I can’t imagine being hospitalized, and I couldn’t have any family there.”

During her two and a half months working with critical patients, Thompson did isolate herself at home. She sent her boyfriend home to live with his parents as a precaution, “I didn’t know how easy it would be to transmit to his older parents.” After her time in the ICU, Thompson returned home to isolate for two-weeks before returning to a nursing job in aesthetics. “I truly felt really lucky to be in a position that I was able to help,” she said about returning to her “normal” life. “I still have so much appreciation for all the health care professionals still doing it because I was exhausted after just a few weeks.”


Wally has been working in Westchester since August 2019.

Julia Newman Pedraza 
Julia Adele Designs

Q: Why did you choose to be in the design business in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?

— I chose to work in the Silicon Beach area for the same reason I chose to live here.  When I went to LMU I fell in love with the area! Besides it being a beautiful area close to the beach, I was impressed by the sense of community. Being in a big city like Los Angeles, you can struggle to find that feeling of community, and in the Silicon Beach area, you can feel like a real local.

Q: What would you have to say has been at the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?

— I would say at the forefront of my success is wanting to create a space tailored to my client’s lives. It is not enough to simply create beautiful spaces, but importantly, they have to be ones that function properly and in the context of people’s lives.

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

— I work all over Southern California (and the US now with virtual services), but I will always work locally! I am originally from the mid-city area.

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

—I think the biggest change is how many people you see around! The area has always been a gem and I think people are catching on, including noticing the great restaurants we have!

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

—There is a bit of a hidden hiking path between LMU & Playa Vista. I love to go there.

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

— I loved it right away! It was a great combination of nature & city!

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

— I would love to keep the area small, keep the feeling local.

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

— Whenever I can I take Vista del Mar.  I don’t get to the beach nearly as often as I would like, so I like to drive along it in the middle of my workday just to remind myself how lucky I am to live here!

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

—It is such an interesting atmosphere! There is so much industry here but at the same time there is a laid back beach vibe

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area?

— Bacari PDR!  They have amazing food and when everything was on lockdown and getting groceries were difficult to get, they opened up as a pop-up market!

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New shrubs planted at Runway Shopping Center at Playa Vista.


A delicious slice of pizza from Lenzini’s Pizzeria in Culver City.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


Now you know Phil…

  1. Loves artichokes
  2. Phil has a crush on Bill Clinton
  3. Phil refuses to turn on the air conditioning
  4. Fantasy Rock N Roll sex partner: Jimi Hendrix
  5. Loves wearing hats
  6. Doesn’t know how to ride a bike or swim
  7. Hates Starbucks coffee
  8. Doesn’t wear underwear
  9. Brushes his teeth with baking soda

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1. ***Aviation Models – Dust ‘Em Off & Donate Them
Help support Flight Path Museum LAX by donating airline/aircraft models in any scale, in good condition, for our fundraiser. Donations are tax-deductible and we can arrange local drop off or schedule a contactless pick up. Funds raised support curatorial upgrades ensuring our relevance and survival going forward. Contact

2. ***Wanted: Cashier for the landmark Hank’s Pizza in Playa Del Rey. Contact: or 310-497-6897

3. ******The P.R. Revolution is underway. Witness here:

4. ***Long before eco-anxiety became a national ailment this year, a strong environmental ethic seemed to come naturally to people in Playa Vista —— Dr. Crandall R., Playa Vista

5. ***I just read that being a porch pirate in TX is going to be a felony. Hope this gets to CA soon.  —– Laura Michaels, Playa Del Rey
6. ***Anyone expressing delight at the President getting COVID has a psychology illness greater than the virus itself. ——- Doris G., Marina Del Rey


7. ***”I love your Playa Vista People interviews. Well done and almost always interesting.” – Gabriel H., Culver City.

8. ***”The first visit to Jerry’s Patio Cafe in Marina Del Rey allowed me to have a cheeseburger and fries for $17. Seems very pricey for an unimpressive burger to me. Won’t be back.” – Pierce O., Marina Del Rey.

9. ***As a former L.A. Time reader, long gone, I do wish the paper would publish letters from readers who discuss the diminishing pleasure or usefulness of the L.A. Times. —– Hazel O., Playa Del Rey

10. ***The new fancy steakhouse in Playa Vista, Bull, & Butterfly has no off-line menu. Boo! —– Wendy G., Playa Vista

Playa Vista People 10/01/2020


Zoey has worked in Westchester since December 2019

Now you know……

  1.   Has mild arthritis
  2.   Hates exercising
  3.   Thinks that anyone who goes to Comic-Con is a weirdo
  4.   Only smokes weed on weekends
  5.   Is sad to hear the Cafe del Rey in Marina del Rey went out of business
  6.   Thinks the Runway Shopping Center in Playa Vista sucks
  7.   Is never late to meetings
  8.   Makes weekly resolutions but seldom keeps them
  9.   Hates flakey people

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This year’s Monster Bash, a benefit for Meals on Wheels West, is going virtual for 2020 with a live Dj, dancing, Halloween costume contests for kids and grown-ups, cocktail kits, a celebrity host and entertainment from The Rembrandts.
Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels West, the meal-delivery and support program serving homebound individuals of all ages in Marina del Rey and LA’s coastal communities of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Venice.

“Witching hour” begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and viewers can join in via Zoom and YouTube. Also on the agenda is a silent auction, with such offerings as a Lake Tahoe ski getaway, a hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque, NM, “staycations” at local, luxe hotels and dining experiences. Donate and you’ll receive a special Monster Bash experience: $60 Champagne Toast Kit; $60 Witch’s Brew Cocktail Kit; or $100 VIP Kit, which includes both.


Culver City Mayor, Göran Eriksson 
In response to rising complaints about roaring jet noises over Los Angeles and Culver City, the operator of LAX has announced it launched an interactive website providing access to information about aircraft operations and how they affect air traffic noise in the Southland. “I have been working for years to compel the FAA to effectively regulate low-flying air traffic over our community,” said Culver City Mayor Göran Eriksson. “This website is a major step towards giving us the information we need to continue the fight against low-flying air traffic over Culver City and the noise and disruption these flights cause.”
The announcement of the LAX noise website – — came two weeks after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order that the FAA must fully comply with all applicable federal environmental laws in regard to three flight paths for arriving aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.

Last year, Culver City joined the City of Los Angeles in its lawsuit against the FAA, claiming the newly-implemented flight paths were put in place without separate environmental review of noise levels caused by planes flying over communities under the flight path towards LAX and without public comment. The lawsuit was prompted by growing complaints about jet noises, specifically in the early morning hours, by Los Angeles and Culver City residents for the last four years. The new noise portals for LAX and Van Nuys airports offer the public an interactive site, driven by data and multimedia content, to understand how different aircraft operations affect noise levels within neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles and surrounding communities, according to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operator of LAX and Van Nuys airports.

“We are committed to being a great neighbor and to providing transparent information about how aircraft noise changes based on aircraft routes, weather conditions, runway maintenance and more,” said Samantha Bricker, Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer of LAWA. “These unique online portals provide a new level of insight and education into when and why certain neighborhoods experience aircraft noise.” The sites offer neighborhood-specific details about how changes in aircraft takeoff or landing directions, as well as other procedures implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), can change aircraft noise levels in certain areas. Visitors to the site can enter a specific address, or select a general area, and see diagrams of normal aircraft activity and more information.

Selecting the North and Northeast Communities area on the LAX Noise Portal, which covers neighborhoods from Playa Del Rey to View Park, will provide explanations about “early turns” and where aircraft fly during westerly or over-ocean operations.
The sites also offer “by the numbers” sections, which provide interactive reports including details about the types of aircraft and operations, runway usage during different times of day and more. For more information, you can visit


Georgina Garcia, Senior Vice President-
West Los Angeles


Kaiser Permanente has stepped up its health care game by opening a new, cutting-edge ‘s and also mirror what the doctor or nurse sees on their computer, which can be helpful when looking at X-rays. Tracy Fietz, Chief Administrative Officer at KP West Los Angeles, also spoke during the event, touting the facility’s 40 exam rooms, full-service laboratory, radiology and mammography department, and a certified “green cleaning program.”

“Our new Playa Vista medical offices,” said Fietz, “puts our members at the center of everything we do by offering care and service experiences truly like no other. The building is designed to be flexible, efficient, productive and vibrant while promoting provider team collaboration, technology innovations and enhanced community integration.” Dr. Kirk Tamaddon, urologist and area medical director for Kaiser Permanente, West Los Angeles, said not only will the facility service the 20,000 existing Kaiser members in the Playa Vista area, but has the potential to add new members as well. “We added four new specialty care services: behavioral health, occupational medicine, pediatrics, and a complete care nursing clinic,” said Tamaddon, adding that, “29 physicians and more than 100 healthcare professionals will also offer adult primary care and OB-GYN [services]. The new facility also features an on-site pharmacy.”

Jerry Yu, COO for Kaiser Permanente, West Los Angeles, was the last to take the podium. He reiterated the value of the pediatric services being offered at the new facility. “I mention that because as I walk around the community, I see a lot of young families with very young children walking around. Now you can have all your services in this building,” he said.
Yu also mentioned Kaiser Permanente’s connection to the local community and that many doctors and staff, including himself, live just “a stone’s throw from here.” “Our employees and physicians are a part of this neighborhood,” he continued. “They shop, play and work here. We are deeply rooted in Playa Vista and look forward to building our relationship with Kaiser Permanente members in this area and the neighboring communities. We work hard to make sure our Playa Vista medical office building reflects the community that we are a part of.”

Kaiser Permanente’s new offices are located at 5300 McConnell Ave. Call 1-833-574-2273 or visit for more info.


Culver City Council will vote Tuesday to begin adopting rent control and tenant protections for residents. If adopted at 7 p.m.meeting Sept. 29, then the rent control and tenant protection ordinances would go into effect on Oct. 30, city officials said. The city council considered permanent rent control and tenant protections ordinances during its meeting Monday. “After considering public comment and extensive discussion, the city council voted to introduce both ordinances,” officials said. The rent control ordinance is expected to include several provisions. Learn more about rent control and tenant protections in Culver City.


A homeowner chased down a residential burglary suspect Tuesday and detained him until Culver City police officers arrived to take him into custody. The burglary occurred about midnight in the 4100 block of Lafayette Place, one block from Culver Boulevard, according to the Culver City Police Department. The suspect entered the home through a kitchen window, where the homeowner confronted him. Officers arrived on scene less than a minute after receiving the call, but the resident ran after the suspect and “detained him in the area of Lafayette Place and Lucerne Avenue,” police reported. Officers took the suspect, who was not immediately identified, into custody.


Blair has been living in Marina del Rey since July 2017.


With flu season bumping up against the coronavirus outbreak, health officials are warning Los Angeles County residents about the threat of a “twindemic” overwhelming hospitals this fall and winter. Officials are encouraging residents to get their flu shots now in hopes upon improving upon last year when only half of Americans got a flu shot. Free flu vaccines are being offered by the county and in the City of Los Angeles. Residents can find a flu vaccine through their doctor or at local pharmacies. To find the nearest flu shot clinic, search

Teams from USC’s School of Pharmacy will administer free flu shots to people in Los Angeles beginning in October, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday. Garcetti said he wanted people to remember what life was like in April when restrictions were tight on going anywhere in public. “I want us to recall the horrors that we saw playing out on the news, the fears that we had, the scenes that we saw playing out around the world from Manhattan to Milan,” Garcetti said. Garcetti said the teams from USC would rotate around the city to places in need of flu shots.
Garcetti said although the city’s numbers are going down, he said health officials are worried about a “twin-demic” between influenza and COVID- 19.

“Here in this city of angels, you have helped us prevent the worst- case scenario that we saw play out in other places,” Garcetti said. “But we are not immune from the nightmare that we saw, as we head into the fall, there are things we need to be conscious of right now to make sure that we do our part to protect one another.” Garcetti said at the USC flu shot sites, people will be asked to provide their medical insurance card, but no one will be turned down for not having one. Los Angeles Residents can check for flu shot availability in the City of Los Angeles and information at

According to the city, each site will apply the necessary precautions to protect all staff and patients. These include strict masking requirements, additional disinfecting between vaccinations, physical distancing, and other measures to maintain health and safety. USC Pharmacy teams will also be screening to ensure you can safely receive the flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are widely available across Los Angeles this fall, outside of City-run sites. Residents can receive a flu vaccination at L.A. County Public Health Clinic Community Clinics. The Los Angeles County Library will be hosting flu clinic events this season. For more information on the flu, please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health Flu Season website.

According to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, it is especially important to get a flu vaccine if you:

  • Are 6 months through 18 years of age
  • Are 65 years of age and older
  • Are pregnant or just had a baby
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care home
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Have chronic medical condition (asthma, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer)
  • Live with or care for someone who is more likely to have flu complications
  • Are a healthcare provider.


Q: Why did you choose to have your daycare business in the Silicon Beach area?

— Brella’s location at the Runway in Playa Vista is central to where families live, work, and play. By placing child care in the heart of a vibrant community like Silicon Beach, we can be there for all the ways families need support, from offering full-time preschool to last-minute care so they can run an errand or have a date night.

Q: What would you say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?

— Building beautiful brands and high quality, customer-centric experiences have been a driving force in my career. I started my career in advertising, where I learned the importance of understanding the customer and their needs. It takes time and thoughtful questioning to understand what people want. And it takes a discerning eye and creativity to build branded experiences that solve their problems. I am lucky to have worked for some incredible companies like Johnson and Johnson, NBC/Bravo, and Amazon that combine that research-driven and design-focused approach to building brands.

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

— I am from New Jersey, but consider myself a California girl. Brella will definitely expand beyond Silicon Beach. Our vision is to create a network of support for families within their city, state, and country. Families move around all of the time, and we want Brella to be everywhere they go.

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

— Playa Vista feels very dynamic. Since we opened Brella in November 2019, we’ve seen an incredible physical transformation at the Runway. We are very excited for the new community spaces and energy that a finished Runway will bring. We also see so many families moving to the area from all over the world. This location has a wonderful appeal to young families as it is a real community in the heart of a big city.

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

— Love at first sight. When I saw so many families walking through the neighborhood and how many incredible businesses were located here, I knew this was the place to be.

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

— I’m so excited to see the Runway’s outdoor community areas completed. We’ve watched them transform and I can’t wait to see the community enjoy all of the beautiful spaces.

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

— Everyone at Brella loves the walking and hiking paths that surround Playa Vista. We take our older children on nature walks regularly to see the incredible wildlife and plant life. We use these spaces as inspiration for many of the projects and activities our children do at Brella. They are a wonderful part of living and working in this area.

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

— I love the strong sense of community. It has a true neighborhood feel. I love how often I bump into someone I know as I’m walking to work. It feels small and welcoming, while still a part of this big bustling city.

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area?

— I am excited for Bull & Butterfly to open- they have been great supporters of Brella. My co-founder and I celebrated the opening of Brella at Sol and it will always hold a special place in my heart. My children adore Nice Cream- we go every Friday for a treat.

Brella Playa Vista
12746 W Jefferson Blvd Suite 3-3100
Playa Vista, CA 90094
T: (424) 425-7500


“In these times of uncertainty and fear, the owners of OTE, (On The Edge Dance Studio) in Culver City have found a way to provide for the children and teens of the westside. Here is a picture I took last week in the park. Some days are in a parking lot that one of the parents donated or when there is no other choice, zoom.”- Limor  Zamir (Homes By Limor)


L.A. Clippers owner, Steve Ballmer, along with 24,000 other living and working in:

Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, & Westchester

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


“…’cuse me while I kiss the sky”

Bebe lives and works in Playa Vista.

1. ***Starks is now Jerry’s again. Looks like the foray into rebranding Jerry’s Deli in Marina Del Rey as a high end steakhouse is over. It is now called Jerry’s Patio Cafe and Bar. There is a limited menu (i.e. is doesn’t take an hour to read through it any more) but the old faves are still there. Hopefully once the pandemic is over they can expand the menu with more choices. —–Chris Yewdall, Playa Vista

2. ***I just would like to warn everyone that our neighborhood has become increasingly more riddled with theft. My motorcycle was stolen out of my Parking Garage, which is also patrolled by a security guard, I felt my Bike was safe there and assumed it would be out of the way of thieves who I wouldn’t have guessed would have targeted my bike in particular. I was all too wrong so off it went to I don’t know, where it was tortured and mutilated by I still don’t know who. I had come to terms with the fact that it was gone after I filed my police report just for formality sake and to my surprise a couple weeks later it was found. After paying hundreds of dollars to get it back this is what it looked like… the one thing in my life that I enjoyed to work on and spent hours customizing and all the $$$ I put in, I had to pay even more just to get my property back because it was stolen (Just Wrong In My Eyes). So please let my story be a cautionary tale to take extreme measures to keep your things safe because apparently that’s the world we are living in today! —– Michael Richards, Playa Del Rey.

3. ***”Six or seven years ago, I used to live in Santa Monica, which was once a beautiful community. Now, during a recent visit, it reminds me of Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, only more decayed. What happened?” – Nancy N., Marina Del Rey.

4. ***Confirmation bias is a well-researched psychological phenomena. It distorts evidence-based decision making and, as a result, Trump supporters remain steady. The facts don’t matter as long as their opinions are confirmed and reinforced. Trump keeps his supporters’ confirmation bias well-fed with his steady flow of tweets and public statements. — J. Max August, Playa Vista

5. ***Did you know? Did you know the 24,000 people per week read this Playa Vista people weekly digital magazine in the communities of Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City Playa del Rey, and Westchester? It is by far the fastest-growing digital magazine in Los Angeles and read by influencers in the community every week.

6. ***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.

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.***Out and about in Marina Del Rey, I spotted drowsy or dozing people everywhere; and I realized that a kind of mechanized mass somnambulism is, sadly, an essential component of modern life. —– Nancy Bruno, Culver City.

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Darin has lived in Marina Del Rey since October 2014

Now you know…….

  1.   Only dates vegans
  2.   Loves tattoos
  3.  When he was a drug addict, he stole money from his best friend and then helped them look for it
  4.   Hates the New York Yankees
  5.   Goes skinny dipping every year
  6.   It’s PB&J for breakfast every day
  7.   Loves the Grateful Dead
  8.   Stopped dating someone because of smelly feet
  9.   Takes over 20 vitamins/day.
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Farm Dog execs Alon Shmueli, Bar Galditzky and founder Liron Brish.

While plenty of tech companies are interested in filling up consumers’ feeds, some are more interested in feeding consumers. And Los Angeles, with its rich pool of tech talent and its extensive legacy of agriculture — L.A. County ranked as the nation’s top farm county from 1909 to 1949 — has become a rising hub for these agricultural technology companies.  “One of the very exciting things is that … we are very close in proximity to our stakeholders along the food value chain,” said Milena Bogdanova Bursztyn, a Venice-based investor at Germin8 Ventures, a venture capital firm that specializes in foodtech and agtech investment.

In addition to farmers and growers, L.A. is home to food processing companies like El Segundo-based Beyond Meat Inc., traditional grocers such as Monrovia-based Trader Joe’s Co. and ecommerce food marketers including Marina del Rey-based Thrive Market Inc. 


The search is on for two suspects who allegedly stole an ATM containing an undetermined amount of cash early Wednesday from the Public School 310 gastropub in Culver City, according to authorities.Two men at about 1:23 a.m. entered the restaurant, at 9411 Culver Blvd., through an unlocked rear door, the Culver City Police Department said.

After spray-painting several surveillance cameras, the duo removed the ATM and its money from the restaurant and then took off in an unknown direction, police said.The suspects were described as either white or Hispanic males and between 20 to 30 years old. One had a medium build at approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, and was wearing a black hoodie and black jean. The other wore a black and gray shirt, black jeans, a black “CR” baseball cap and was described with a “skinny” build at 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall.

The department released surveillance video from the incident. Anyone with information on the case or suspects can call the Detective Bureau at (310) 253-6300.


Matthew Kenney, of Sestina
Culver CIty

Matthew Kenney, the internationally-known plant-based chef with restaurant locations across the globe, is opening a vegan pasta restaurant in Culver City soon. Sestina will open at 9725 Culver Boulevard in early November, taking over the former Wildcraft Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown there. Reps for the restaurant say that Sestina will have a glassed-in pasta bar area, a wood-fired oven, and lots of patio seating to meet the current moment. Sestina will also offer meal kits, takeaway items, and a marketplace. 



Summertime and the livin’ is easy for Jacki in Playa Del Rey.


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“This little neighborhood newspaper has become so much more! Congratulations on getting bigger and better every time you publish!” —– Nancy Peligrino, Marina Del Rey.


Warren Magness
Director of Public Safety/PVPAL

Q: Why did you choose to start your fitness training for dogs business in the Silicon Beach area?— I am a Vet, where Security and Law Enforcement were parts of my duties, I came to Playa Vista just working and supervising and training security personnel.

Q: Would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your training skills and your craft?— I believe that I am good with people, I can be very direct, but I am always fair to everyone.  I try to be firm but fair.

Q: Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area. Where are you from?— I plan on being here as long as I can, I hope to make this be the last place that I work before retirement.  I am from the state of Oklahoma.

Q: In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here? — Growth, I have watched this area grow and grow, it has been very beautiful and simply fascinating

Q: Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?— Kenneth Hahn park is not technically in silicon beach, but a 10 min drive. It’s great for hikes with dogs.

Q: What was your first impression of Silicon Beach, was it love at first sight or did it take time to adjust?— This place was not love at first sight, but it has really grown on me since working here.  The people are simply fantastic, I call them “MY RESIDENTS”.  They are the reason I come to work everyday.

Q: What area would you like to see the improved the most?— No one area in particular, there is so much growth happening right now, let’s just wait and see how everything turns out.

Q: Are there any scenic routes you like to take when going out for the evening or for a regular trip to work?— No not exactly, I come the same way to and from work most of the time.

Q: How would you best describe the atmosphere of Silicon Beach, is there anything that stands out to you?—Very laid back, the parks are beautiful and the security private patrol teams are great.

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area?— Pannini Grill was my favorite place to eat, I also like to sneak away to Dinah’s.

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Stay cool with fresh Cantaloupe & Watermelon juice from your local Whole Foods Market in Playa Vista.


If you have not been to Hank’s Pizza in Playa del Rey you have missed a legendary spot in Playa Del Rey. Compact, nostalgic mainstay filled with local characters each worthy of a documentary selling counter-serve pies, slices, burgers, subs & pasta since 1969. The owner Phil, a former boxer, has an endless series of stories if you are lucky enough to talk with him there.

442 W Manchester Ave, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
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Calm waters on a clear COVID day. The Pacific Avenue Bridge connects the bike path from Marina Del Rey to Playa Del Rey and onward to Redondo Beach.
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Toni has been living in Culver City since January 2008.

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3. *** Hi, my name is Dusty and there was an incident around 10:25 am at my house. Someone knocked on my door, I figured it was Amazon delivery but when I opened a girl was wearing an orangish hoody claiming this is her house. Then a Latino guy walked up from behind her wearing a bandanna and holding a half bottle of some booze so then I shut the door and locked it on them. The girl opened my mail slot telling me this is her house and shoved some food through it. I called the police (been an hour still no sign of them) I talked to a couple of other neighbors and they jumped in the backyard of 2 of them. Our gardener in front gate got a good look at them and they were trying to get the gate code from him but told them no and that’s when they jumped the fence. Be on the lookout they seemed out of it and on something. Be safe! —– Dusty Seeman, Del Rey.

4. *** “Dale’s Market. —  Dale’s just added a 3.5% surcharge to all purchases made with debit or credit card. Just lost my business. —– Michael Rocha, Playa Del Rey.

5. *** The best gift shop in the area by far is Petals N Wax. Run by the delight Evelin, it is a treasure of unique gift and the very best selection of great, unique candles anyway. —– Michelle L., Marina Del Rey.

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7. ***The yogurt prices in Nice’ Crème has gone way, way too high! I stopped going after they raised their prices and did away the prices by weight. Too bad. I would go there almost every day. —— Sharon Beyers, Playa Vista.

8. ***Please everyone just look at the website for Joe Collins running for Congress District 43. His credentials are exemplary. Thank you. —- David Mitzman, Playa Vista.

9. *** The sales associate Alfonso at CVS in Playa Vista is a good guy. Rare in today’s world. —— Harley B., Playa Vista

10. *** Hello! It’s been quite difficult for me to find a place to run sprints. Playa Vista has its soccer fields roped off. I drove around today looking for space but couldn’t find anything :/. Does anyone know of an open field or track that I can run sprints at? Thank you! —–Ashley Gomez, Playa Vista

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