Playa Vista People 03/03/2022

PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET ASHLEY

Ashley has been living in Marina del Rey since December 1999

WOULD YOU RATHER QUESTIONS:

Would you rather walk through Disneyland wearing a shirt with your most embarrassing childhood nickname on it or go to your class reunion with a big zit?
–DISNEYLAND, ANY DAY AS LONG AS I DON’T HAVE TO PAY THE $2,000 ENTRANCE FEE.
Would you rather speak only in a baby voice for a day or only be spoken to in a baby voice for a day?
–BOTH SOUND POSITIVELY DISGUSTING BUT I REFUSE TO SPEAK IN A BABY VOICE.
Would you rather be captured by pirates or Old West bad guys?
–I LIKE OLD WEST BAD GUYS.
Would you rather wear sweatpants every day for the rest of your life or never wear sweatpants again?
–I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE WEARING SWEATPANTS. PINK IS MY FAVORITE COLOR BY THE WAY.
Would you rather burp soap bubbles when you’re drunk or have your hair turn green when you’re drunk?
–I HAVEN’T BEEN DRUNK IN OVER FIVE YEARS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TRY GREEN HAIR FOR A DAY.

PLAYA – LENS:

Father and daughter climbers at SenderOne Climbing in Playa Vista.

PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET IVY

Ivy has been living and working in Marina del Rey since January 2016

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PLAYA – LENS:

Fireplace Grande in Playa Vista. Feel free to send in your photos to us for publication.

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PLAYA – INTERVIEW: DR. WOJCIECH KOCYAN

LMU Accomplished Professor and Passionate Pianist

Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?
–I started teaching at LMU 20 years ago. It is a great University and a great place to work but I must say that the beautiful location and the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Beach make every workday even better for me.

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 work and my life is music. I am just happy trying to get people to fall in love with it as much as I have… through my performances, recordings, teaching and now bringing a world-class International Piano Competition to our neighborhood. (That is the newest thing, happening in March, so I must brag about it!) I cannot imagine my life or as matter of fact anybody else’s life without music. Simply cannot. That is the engine that drives me.

In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?
–When I got here there was no Silicon Beach. I remember the empty fields down the LMU bluff. And then this tremendous growth happened so quickly. Coming from Europe myself, I appreciated the careful city and community planning evident in Silicon Beach. It is clearly a very unique and a very livable part of L.A.

Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
–I enjoy going to the Tongva Memorial Circle on LMU campus. It is right in front of the dorms, overlooking Silicon Beach, with the views from the ocean all the way to Baldwin Hills and beyond. I appreciate the history of the place and its special meaning, its spirituality and its sense of peace.


YES OR NO QUESTIONS:

Have you ever been snorkeling?
–YES
Do you have a secret talent?
–YES
Did you have a pet growing up?
–YES
Have you always lived in the same state?
–NO
Do you like baking?
–YES!

WOJCIECH KOCYAN

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PLAYA – LENS:

The feet of one of our readers from Westchester. Send your photos in for publication.

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PLAYA – RESTAURANT:

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE WOOD-FIRED MAKES

MidiCi wood-fired pizza brings Italy’s original Neapolitan pizza recipe to Marina del Rey. Taste the freshness of quality ingredients – pizza made with Italian flour in authentic wood-fired ovens. Experience our Italian-style courtyard with a glass of wine under the olive tree. Enjoy with MidiCi’s signature appetizers, salads, and desserts made with fresh, natural and mostly non-GMO ingredients. So when you want to really love your pizza, meet at MidiCi. Neapolitan pizza is art. So are the ovens that bake it. The wood-fired oven is a key element in the baking of Neapolitan Pizza. The moisture and aroma of the wood allows the crust to maintain its internal softness, as well as ensuring large bubbles inside the dough, and the typical aroma of cooked bread. All of these are hallmarks of true Neapolitan Pizza. Our ovens were hand-built by a third-generation family company in Naples. Weighing 7200 pounds, our oven burns at the dome at about 1000º Fahrenheit, the temperature needed to bake Neapolitan Pizza to perfection in just 90 seconds.

Villa Marina Marketplace Mall
13488 Maxella Ave • Marina del Rey
Tue-Thu 1pm-9pm  /  Fri-Sat 1pm-10pm  /  Sun 1pm-8pm
Closed Mondays
www.midicimdr.com
(424) 289-8485

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6 Loyola Marymount Students To Meet Virtually With Pope Francis:

Six students from Loyola Marymount University will get the chance to meet virtually with Pope Francis. The students will take part in an event titled “Building Bridges,” along with students from other Catholic Universities from North and South America. Pope Francis will discuss the “contributions of students who are migrants or children of migrants.” The event will begin at 10 a.m. The students are being divided into regional delegations, and each will pick a spokesperson to speak with the Pope. “We are honored that Loyola Marymount University students will be able to join the Holy Father in this honest sharing of experiences and hopes,” said Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, LMU professor of Theological Studies, in a statement. “Pope Francis’s commitment to justice resonates greatly with college and university students seeking to make their own positive impact on the world, and this event inspires us all to think of how best to build such a world.”

A HELLISH EVENING AT THE AMC THEATRE – CENTURY CITY by Steve Revel, Culver City:

Like most people I haven’t been to a movie theater in over a year and was looking forward to seeing the 50th-anniversary screening of The Godfather at the AMC theater in Century City recently. The experience taught me why so few people go to the movie theater anymore and why I won’t be returning. First, the ticket price to see the 50th-anniversary screening of The Godfather, a movie I’ve probably seen 10 times or more and continue to love, was a mere $25 for adults with a $6 convenience fee, whatever the hell that means. My guest and I parked our car in the Century City shopping center parking lot which is about as pleasant and welcoming as the DMV in a bad neighborhood. There are no signs and even finding a parking spot reminds me of my last visit to Dodger Stadium only worse. The cost of this delightful parking experience to watch a movie is a mere $8. Once you leave your parking spot, assuming you can find one in under a half-hour, you then try to find your way up to the movie theater which is also miserably inconvenient with no signs and no shopping center staff to ask. That adventure took another 20 or 30 minutes to find the theater and then alas we were at the AMC theater.

Before the movie started, I thought perhaps I’d get a small bottle of water. If you guessed it cost $6.90 you were spot on and then I even dared to think about getting a small popcorn for $8.90. No that’s not a typo. I must say the seats in the AMC were delightful and the screen was terrific and of course, The Godfather might well be the best movie ever made. However, the experience left me feeling quite clear about why people don’t go to the movie theaters anymore and choose instead to watch them in a much more convenient way at home. I’d love to know what the AMC theater chain thinks is so great about visiting them. The experience is dreadful, and I am being kind. As for the Century City shopping center, they should also be embarrassed at their presentation and it is clear why shopping centers are also failing business models.

PLAYA – EATS:

Mo’s Place

Outdoor Dining • Indoor Dining • Takeout

Try Our Ribeye Steak!

Mo’s Place

203 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 822-6422
www.mosplacepdr.com

PLAYA – RESTAURANT REVIEW

by Alice Revel of Playa Vista

A quick breakfast at the new Café Bohème in Playa del Rey was made even more pleasant by the delightful French music played in the background at a moderate level. Often in restaurants today they seem to think that blaring music helps their ambiance when it has exactly the opposite impact. Café Bohème is a small and charming new location in Playa del Rey with French food and a community, beach atmosphere. Service options: Dine-in • Takeout • Delivery • 8428 Pershing Dr, Playa del Rey • (310) 439-2242

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PLAYA – RESTAURANTS:

Urban Plates’ Grilled Grass Fed Steak Plate, normally $15.95, is $11 with Plate Pass.

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PLAYA – READER POLL:

What is your favorite supermarket in the area?

Playa Vista • Marina del Rey • Culver City • Playa del Rey • Westchester

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PLAYA – BULLETIN BOARD:


1. ** The Coffee Bean in Playa Vista – Poor service, slow service, inconsistent help, young, not friendly people. The African American girls are the best. The guys are worthless! Slow, not friendly. The best part – great location. But could be user-friendly / Neighborhood friendly. Whew! —- Cheryl McMichael

2. ** You have matching underwear with lots of strangers. —- Cindi Y., Playa del Rey

3. ** Dist. Atty. George Gascón is the most dangerous man in L.A. County and must, must be removed. —- Harris A., Playa Vista

4. ** Having a sore throat is probably way worse for some languages compared to others. —- Alberto W., Culver City

5. ** George Gascón puts criminals above their victims. He needs to be recalled. He turned San Francisco into a sewer. —- Scott Cunningham, Westchester

6. ** IMMEDIATE BUYER NEED! Up to $1.4M, 3 bedrooms, 1-2 baths, Buyer is looking in Westchester area preferably west of Sepulveda. Let me know if you have any OFF-MARKET or coming soon with these criteria. Limor Zamir, Realtor. (310) 866-3778

7. ** Part-time Production Bookkeeper (est. 15/hrs week). Office Production Assistant with bookkeeping skills, or a bookkeeper with office media production experience needed on-site in Marina del Rey. Duties: Some Quickbooks and general bookkeeping; light office management and paperwork organization; filing and data management. This is not an on-set production or filmmaking job, but knowledge of the commercial production industry is helpful. We’ll train the right bookkeeper in office production skills if that’s not a native skill. Contact us at operations@cortezbrothers.com

8. ** Bonin’s Bridge Home In Venice is an abject failure, yet Bonin now has a motion pending in City Council to allow such facilities in residential areas, including those zoned R-1, and on land owned by churches and nonprofits, and to make sure there’s virtually no “red tape,” such as code requirements of all kinds. —- Debra Huston, Westchester

9. ** What are the “Broken Windows” in your business? Find out – www.BrokenWindowsBook.com

10. ** Heck yes, recall D.A George Gascón and then lock up. —- Carolyn Clites, Westchester

11. ** Yes!! Recall Gascón! —- Kim Risk, Westchester

12. ** ABSOLUTELY!!! Recall Gascón. —- Michael Z.

13. ** In charging a molester as a minor, Los Angeles D.A. George Gascón is helping critics. It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the Hannah Tubbs case won’t help the recall effort against George Gascón. —- Anitia C.

14. ** D.A. George Gascón’s devotion to his radical and dangerous criminal justice agenda has created a public safety crisis. He treats criminals as the victims, not the individuals who were robbed, assaulted, raped or even murdered. —- Alice Kim, Marina del Rey

15. ** Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. —- Darius W., Culver City

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