Playa Vista People 01/20/2022

PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET RHONDA

Rhonda has been living and working in Culver City since August 2017

EITHER OR QUESTIONS:

Hamburgers or Hot Dogs?
–HOT DOGS
Shower or Bath?
–BATH
Cigarettes or Cigars?
–BOTH
Beatles or Rolling Stones?
–BEATLES
Tinder or Bumble?
–TINDER
Wine or Brandy?
–WINE

PLAYA – LENS:

David Ehrenberg, Alan Stuart, and Cash Warren are longtime friends and founders of Pair of Thieves, a Culver City-based line of high-quality and affordable basics for men.

PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET LOLI

Loli has been living and modeling in Culver City since March 2018

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PLAYA – LENS:

A dream kaleidoscope room in Playa Vista.

PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET DESTINY

Destiny has been living in Westchester since April 2007

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PLAYA – INTERVIEW: MARIA GALLI

Insurance Agent Galliagency.com

1. Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?
–I love this area. It is where I live and where my kids have gone to school for years. I love the community that exists in the Playa Vista/Silicon Beach area and I wanted to contribute to the community where I could.

2. What would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?
–My biggest career success has been finding key hires, training them well, and developing their confidence and leadership potential so they can do a stellar job and take care of my clients with or without me. I started my business at the same time as I started building my family. I started my business and got married in the same month! Three kids later, I’ve had to be out of the office for up to six weeks at a time, even while my young business was in heavy growth mode. This wouldn’t have gone well unless I had a strong team to take the reins in my absence. It has fostered an amazing culture of professional and personal empowerment, which continues to this day. In fact, it worked so well that it inspired me to continue taking six weeks off every two years to reset, reflect, and truly connect with my family as we travel the world and become global citizens.

3. In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?
–I personally moved to the area back in 2007 so I have seen an immense amount of growth and change! I have been lucky enough to witness multiple phases of the Playa Vista community and watch it expand and grow into what it is today. My favorite part is the addition of the new parks and restaurants that I can visit with my kids. There is always something to entertain them!

4. Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
–Last year I discovered trail access to Playa del Rey beach from One West Bluff off of Falmouth. My kids and I can now ride our bikes to the beach and avoid the busy streets!


YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

Have you ever been snorkeling?
–YES!
Do you have a secret talent?
–If I told you then it wouldn’t be a secret!!
Did you have a pet growing up?
–I did! When I was really young we had a cat, but after she passed I didn’t have another pet until last year when we welcomed our new golden doodle, Twix, to the family.
Have you always lived in the same state?
–YES! I grew up in Rowland Heights, went to UC Berkeley, and then moved back down to Los Angeles.
Do you like baking?
–I do! But I enjoy cooking more than baking. Baking is so precise and I like to add new things to old recipes – which is easier in cooking.

www.galliagency.com

UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal Partners with Marina del Rey Company:

Live-stream shopping platform Whatnot, headquartered in Marina del Rey, has partnered with UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal will have his own channel on the platform called The BRKRZ, auctioning off items such as UFC trading cards and his own merchandise collection. He will also feature behind-the-scenes moments from his travels, training, and cameos from other UFC fighters.

PLAYA – READER QUESTION?

Which neighbor has taught you something in the past year? What did you learn?

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PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Aida Mannino, Playa del Rey:

Homeless Tents on PDR beach. I just emailed Bonin’s office to have this encampment removed. It is on PDR beach next to the bathrooms. This has been there for quite some time. There is no overnight camping and why do they get to camp for days?? Obey the law like we have to. I hope their office does something about it. And don’t even get me started on the encampment on Jefferson!

PLAYA – RESTAURANTS:

Cantalini’s Salerno Beach

A local landmark for over 50 years, Cantalini’s Salerno Beach restaurant has been under its current ownership since January 2000 and is proud to present the Best in Traditional Italian Cuisine.

MAKE A RESERVATION
310-821-0018
www.salernobeach.com

PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Irwin Mehlman, Playa Vista:

One of the best eateries as well as staffed restaurants in beautiful (no sarcasm) Playa Vista is without a doubt…drumroll…“GULP.” Al has put his heart, soul, and innate class into this establishment. Throughout the darkest days of the Pandemic Pandemonium, he and has staff, worked with necessary changing guidelines to provide the proverbial neighborhood watering hole and place to hang your “Sinatra” hat! And managing to make THEE best steak sandwich, I’m not kidding or exaggerating for miles around. Knocks it out of the park every time. True. Like the old saying goes, ”if I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.“ That’s why Gulp gets my vote. And a shout out to Sandoval is in order!! Al can’t do it all by himself, for God’s Sake!

PLAYA – LENS:

Photo taken by Soraya B., Westchester. Hummingbird in the backyard. Send your photos to us for publication.

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PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Gigi Costa, Westchester:

Someone just broke in through our back bathroom window. Please, neighbors, be aware of the bold moves of thieves around us. They are watching us and know what is going on. My husband and I left our house this afternoon and as soon as the bad guys saw that no one was at home, they broke-in. Be aware. Watch out. We reported to the police a couple of weeks ago a person that trespassed our neighbor’s gate. They are out there watching us, waiting for an empty house to get in and rob our belongings. Keep yourselves safe. 8400-8410 Naylor Avenue, Los Angeles.

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Stabbing, Killing 77-Year-Old Stepfather in Playa del Rey:

A man was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 77-year-old stepfather and injuring a woman recently in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles police officials said. The stabbing occurred around 6 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Redlands Street, police said. Alonzo Mansel, 23, is accused of stabbing his father after a verbal argument, injuring a woman in her 50s who was also at the home, then fleeing in a vehicle. The woman’s relationship to the men was not disclosed. KCBS-TV Channel 2 reported that the suspect struck a light pole at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard, about three miles from the home, and fled on foot. He was eventually arrested by Los Angeles Airport Police and the LAPD near Sepulveda Eastway and Westchester Parkway. The 77-year-old, identified Wednesday as Harvey Lee Huddleston, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The Los Angeles Police Department did not have an update on her condition.

PLAYA – LENS:

From Lana Antonova, who caught this beauty the other night #nofiltersunset Marina Peninsula, Marina del Rey.

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PLAYA – BULLETIN BOARD:


1.** Dinner at J. Nichols Kitchen in Marina del Rey was in part ruined by blaring loud music in a near-empty restaurant. The food was fine but the atmosphere less so. I could not hear my guest, the music was so obnoxiously loud. —- Karen L., Marina del Rey

2. ** “From the sun’s point of view, there are no shadows.” —- Graham N., Playa del Rey

3. ** For a long time, dear friends, a primary goal of the artist was to violate taboos. Then the culture simply ran out of ways to shock. —- Dr. Herbert K., Playa Vista

4. ** The stakes have never been higher. If we lose America, the whole world will be lost. There is no other country with as much liberty as the United States of America. If we lose our freedoms here – there will be no one left to fight. —- www.PragerU.com

5. ** Dear God, Removing Councilman Mike Bonin is the objective, first and foremost! Amen. —- Oliva B., Marina del Rey

6. ** Good – L.A. has become an utter shithole – sad – and deserves so much more. —- TJ Montemer

7. ** In need of a caregiver for a 75 year old woman who lives in Mar Vista. Please respond to mary-sam@ca.rr.com if interested so we can discuss details.

8. ** The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is looking for an Events & Programs Manager. Do you thrive on bringing people together for a spectacular event or program that will help provide value to someone’s business? Seeking a faster-paced environment where no two days are ever quite alike? Want to be a part of a workplace and culture that is driven by relationships and quality interactions, and committed toward being a leading DEI innovator? Learn more about the Chamber and the Events & Programs Manager position at https://laxcoastal.com/about-the-chamber/

9. ** How about this for a nickname? “Bonehead Bonin.” —- Charlotte S., Playa del Rey

10. ** Americans – especially young people – have been brainwashed by the left into believing big government cares about them and will keep them safe. The slide to socialism is getting steeper by the second. Pathetic. —- Roland F., Marina del Rey

11. ** I was in Playa del Rey last week and looked overhead and then scanned the horizon. In the north, above the shade of the trees, there were a lot of crows. —- Zoey M., Westchester

12. ** Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to India was confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Thank God. We are getting closer to getting rid of the worst Mayor in L.A. history forever. —- Hailey W., Playa del Rey

13. ** Since everybody in the community seems so interested in marshes, I wonder if they know that in early November 1783…[Tom] Paine and [George] Washington got to talking with two colonels about the will-o-the-wisp, the fiery globe that people sometimes claimed to see floating over marshes. —- Derrick H., Playa del Rey

14. ** You could destroy your entire life in less than 10 texts if you wanted to. —- Fern B., Culver City

15. ** Harry Potter was way too emotionally stable for a kid raised by people who hated him. —- Jasmine Z., Marina del Rey

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