Playa Vista People 01/27/2022

SHOCK – BONIN NOT RUNNING:
PLAYA – READER POLL

Are you pleased or displeased that controversial area City Councilmember Mike Bonin has decided not to run for re-election and why?

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PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET JADA

Jada has been living and working in Culver City since April 2017

EITHER OR QUESTIONS:

Singing or dancing:
–DANCING
Football or basketball:
–BASKETBALL
Steak or pasta:
–PASTA
Republican or Democrat:
–REPUBLICAN
Shower or bath:
–BATH
Movies at home or in the theatre:
–THEATRE
Beer or wine:
–WINE
Baja Fresh or Nothing:
–NOTHING

PLAYA – LENS:

On a sunny afternoon on the first Sunday of January, a hundred or so fully COVID vetted jazz fans grooved to beautiful sounds that soared above the outdoor grounds of the Conference Room restaurant bar in Playa Vista, California. The welcome break from the pandemic, held just below the Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University bluff, was hosted by Jazz Phil-USA and featured vocalists Charmaine Clamor, Alvin Reyes, Mon David, Sandra Viray, and Eric Baul.

PLAYA – LENS:

Nails at the beach. Playa del Rey. Send your photos for publication to PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net

PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET NANDO DE STEFANO

Owner of The Good Pizza in Playa del Rey

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PLAYA – INTERVIEW: HATEM DHIAB

Managing Partner At Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management

1. Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?
–Vibrancy, diversity, walkability and sense of community. Nothing like it in L.A. I was living in MDR for many years and didn’t even know about Playa Vista until a friend in Tech called me over in 2014 and said you need to check this place out. I was drawn in right away. I’ve seen the place flourish and develop over the years, truly an awesome transformation. I have made so many awesome friends just being there and that’s why it’s so special ultimately.

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?
–Questioning the status quo. Being in Finance you get told how things need to be done by the big firms daily. We knew being different, thinking for ourselves and being thought leaders as well as community focused and client centric will be the hallmarks of success. In a short 10 years we have built one of the most dynamic, progressive and diverse and successful investment firms with the aspiration to become the best in the world.

Our investment process is founded on the ownership of growing and sustainable businesses. We want to invest in the future and find the best growth opportunities while ignoring the short-term pressures of the stock market. Whether owning Tesla, Nvidia or Netflix, we want to champion and invest in the brands and entrepreneurs that are shaping the future and building the industries that are pushing the boundaries of innovation and human ingenuity. We are lucky to interact daily with some of the smartest entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the world, some of whom are our clients. Playa Vista is home to many of those leaders and exciting success stories which makes it a natural fit for a firm like ours.

3. In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?
–When I first moved, there was no Whole Foods and a lot of construction vehicles. Obviously all the new businesses that have come in since have all added to the sense of community and the vibrancy of the place. You feel like you don’t need to go anywhere. People also know about Playa Vista. You no longer have to explain where it is.

4. Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
–Joliet inside Free Market has become my favorite. You can pick up a sandwich or a croissant during the day or a delicious cocktail after 5:00 pm in their secret tiki-themed speakeasy. Listen to Jazz on Wednesdays or hang out outside to people-watch during the day.


YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

Have you ever been snorkeling?
–YES
Do you have a secret talent?
–DJ House Music
Did you have a pet growing up?
–NO
Have you always lived in the same state?
–3 Continents. Africa, Europe, America
Do you like baking?
–NO but I love pastries

www.gerberkawasaki.com

PLAYA – LENS:

Delicious cannolis from The Good Pizza in Playa del Rey

PLAYA – READER QUESTION – WHO ARE YOU?

Among our 25,000 weekly readers ARE some of the most fascinating people in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester. Tell us who you are.

Name:
City:
Place of Birth:
Favorite restaurant:
Pet:
Cool photo:

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PLAYA – RESTAURANT:

Ritrovo Playa Vista

www.ritrovoplayavista.com

PLAYA – LENS:

A reader sends in a photo of security guards at the Runway in Playa Vista watching videos on their cellphones while they should be working.

PLAYA – PLATINUM – 5 STAR AWARD:

Certified as the Very Best in Our Community

Urban Plates Playa Vista – Urban Plates Restaurant

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian, we have plant-based options for everyone. With a menu that is 1/3 vegan and 1/2 vegetarian, we have plant-based options for everyone. Plant-Based Bowls. Chef-Crafted Sandwiches. Farm-Fresh Salads. Craveable Entrée Plates.

12746-3 W Jefferson Blvd in Playa Vista
Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
(424) 256-7274

www.urbanplates.com

Nick Duymayan Wins Best of Los Angeles Award “BEST COMPUTER CONSULTANT – 2021”

Nick Duymayan is the President of Computer & Network Expert, serving the areas of Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester. He specializes in managing information technology and computer systems, controlling and evaluating IT and electronic data operations, and installing and configuring software, hardware, and networks. Additionally, Nick and his company monitor system performance and troubleshooting issues and ensure the security and efficiency of IT infrastructure. READ

www.comnetexpert.com

PLAYA – LENS:

I wake up an hour before my family (Not lately) to do my meditation and stretching for half an hour and my coffee. Only then I am ready to look at my phone for work, social media etc. Here is a picture from Monday morning…Sunrise. —- Limor Z.

PLAYA – LENS:

Vanessa, a Pomeranian living in Playa del Rey.

PLAYA – LENS:

Rose E., server at The Good Pizza in Playa del Rey.

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PLAYA – BUSINESS:

When she’s not hiking the many trails in Culver City and Playa Vista, Autumn Angel is a freelance designer and art director, from print design to websites and e-mail campaigns for small businesses or other freelancing entrepreneurs in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester.

www.autumnangeldesigns.com

PLAYA – BULLETIN BOARD:


1. ** Did you know that 25,000 of your neighbors read Playa Vista People each and every week?

2. ** A good idea was to use law enforcement officers to henpeck some of the local troublemakers so they’d move along and know they’re being watched but will never, ever, ever happen today. Sad. —- Derrick W., Westchester (Brother is a police officer in Culver City)

3. ** Car rifled through, some stuff stolen. My car, which I am 99% sure was locked, was rifled thru overnight. Some stuff missing, some good stuff left behind! I will report to police for informational purposes. Don’t keep anything you value in your car!!!! I have reported this information to the police. —- Jody Onorato, Loyola Village

4. ** Strange experience at Sage on Sepulveda and Washington. I went for dinner and asked the host if they were checking for Vax proof, and he said no. I asked why not, and he said that there was no requirement in Culver City even indoors. That seemed odd so I looked it up and what I found is that the city passed an ordinance in October making Vax proof required for indoor dining. I showed the host the article online and he said that the owners told him not to check because Culver City doesn’t have a law. —- Daniel Zivetz

5. ** Joe Biden is in over his head. Way, way over his head. —- Clarence L., Playa Vista

6. ** Humans are creatures of habit. WTF does that mean in a world increasingly dominated by automation? —- Emma S., Playa del Rey

7. ** It’s not a mystery. When criminals are emboldened because they are minimally prosecuted and sentenced, if at all, when police officers are vilified and attacked for doing their jobs and start looking the other way instead of doing proactive enforcement because they believe their work is futile, society swiftly descends into chaos and anarchy. —- John Hudson

8. ** C’mon. Really? Where do you find such out of reality people? The staff at CVS are incredibly nice and helpful. —- Irwin Mehlman

9. ** I love Playa Vista People. A weekly dose of intriguing news and information about my community and the interesting people in it. —- Ava S., Culver City

10. ** The music at Hopdoddy in Playa Vista is way, way, way, way, way, way too loud! —- Logan C., Playa del Rey

11. ** Main Street in Santa Monica is a pathetic ghost town. —- Elin P., Marina del Rey

12. ** In Santa Monica, trash fires are a code word for unhoused human-caused arson events. We have to regain control of our city and L.A. County must step up to actively assist every city in controlling illegal activity and behavior. —- Santa Monica City Councilman Phil Brock

13. ** Spectrum did a news piece that aired last evening showing what is happening at the Ballona Wetlands, and the ecological destruction of the Wetlands. https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/news/2022/01/16/rv-encampment-is-impacting-the-ballona-freshwater-marsh?cid=id-app15_m-share_s-web_cmp-app_launch_august2020_c-producer_posts_po-organic# —- Debra Huston, Westchester

14 ** Images of a blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes, and paper packaging on L.A. train tracks have generated national attention. Los Angeles is a national disgrace. —- Dr. Grace P., Playa Vista

15. ** Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow…with a gentleness, a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come. —- Oliva Z., Westchester

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