Playa Vista People 05/06/2021


Our area City Council member Mike Bonin is proposing sanctioned safe campsites, similar to this one, in Marina Del Rey harbor, Playa Del Rey.

Is this a good or bad and idea and why? Send your comments to:

Lance and Cali getting a little (pandemic) crazy at Ralph’s in Westchester.


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, founder Jeni Bauer
– Playa Vista

Tacos, ice cream and more highlight a new dining and retail center in Playa Vista. The new Free Market Complex is located at 12751 W. Millennium Drive. It features a variety of stores ranging from goods and services such as flowers, paper, jewelry and more. The company behind Free Market has similar centers in Denver and Downtown Los Angeles. The Playa Vista location will open on May 1. In addition to shopping, customers can explore two dining options: Loqui taco shop and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Loqui is a northern Mexico taco joint that first opened in Culver City back in 2016 at the Platform. The restaurant first began out of Tartine Bakery as a weekly pop-up in 2013. The menu features a variety of grilled meats including- asada perrones, carnitas, fish tacos, birria and cemitas. Their tacos are served up in homemade flour tortillas charred on the grill and made to order corn tortillas with fresh masa. 

The owners Ari Ampudia and Cameron Wallace hosted several taco pop ups before the restaurant itself had a brick and mortar. Wallace was a popular baker for restaurant Tartine, while Ampudia had been developing tacos and Mexican street cuisine for several years. Loqui’s second location opened November 2019 in the downtown LA Arts District. 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams offers a unique take on soft serve by incorporating buttercream into their recipe. The ice cream is free of artificial flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes, stabilizers or emulsifiers. Founder Jeni Bauer had been professionally making ice cream for more than 20 years before opening the shop and had also studied art as well as worked at a bakery, before founding Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. 

You can check out the list of brands at the Free Market Complex below:

  • Alchemy Works
  • County Line Florals
  • Joliet
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream
  • Heyday
  • Loqui
  • Natural Rough
  • Nicholas Konert “Spread Love” Project 
  • Period Correct
  • Please Do Not Enter
  • Studio C
  • Teressa Foglia
  • Urbanic

According to their website, the Free market is “an ever-evolving collective that develops and markets curated products, services, and experiences by combining incubator strategy with artistic understanding and infrastructure strength.”


The Wende Museum reopened this weekend in Culver City, sharing Cold War artifacts and history with the public again since it closed during the pandemic. The collection features art, artifacts, personal histories and archival documents that record life and political developments throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union during the Cold War period from 1945 to 1991. The museum has a variety of media and items, including design objects, works on paper, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, textiles, posters, clothing, furniture, photos and films.

It has a collection of more than 21,000 books and periodicals published in East Germany and the Soviet Union, and a portion of the collection is from Erich Honecker’s personal library. Museum admission is free and reservations are required. Private tours and school groups are still on pause due to the pandemic.

“We are unable to accommodate walk-ins at this time and those without confirmed reservations will be turned away,” according to the museum. The Wende Museum is located at 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and reservations are available through May 31. Visitors are asked to continue following Los Angeles County’s health and safety guidelines. Visit the website for more information and to make a reservation.


Oliva daydreaming in Playa Vista.

Fun Fact: Is allergic to dogs and cats.


Apple will be bringing over 3,000 jobs to Culver City. According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple will bring 3,000 jobs over the next few years to Culver City, part of the company’s plan to invest $430 billion in U.S. projects. “At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to US innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states,” Cook said.

Apple’s new Culver City offices have been under construction since 2018 at 8777 Washington Boulevard. It is unclear when the offices will open, but when they do they will serve as the new Culver City headquarters of Apple’s content division, with 128,000 square feet of office space and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. According to Apple, the 3,000 jobs in Culver City will be filled by 2026.

“We’re a city that will work hard to ensure that the benefits of our success are broadly shared, and I look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate that inclusive growth is possible,” said Culver City Mayor Alex Fisch. “Apple’s investment in Culver City shows once again that we live in one of the most desirable places on earth.”

In addition to the offices at 8777 Washington Boulevard, last December Apple purchased another block of warehouse and office properties in Culver City. The properties, reportedly valued at $162 million, include office space at 8771 Washington Boulevard, storefront and office space at 8876-8888 Venice Boulevard and warehouse and storage space at 8825 National Boulevard.


Ringo has been living in Marina Del Rey since April 2017

Fun Fact: Ringo hates bull-shitters.


Library reopenings are coming to Los Angeles County, including Lloyd Taber-Marina Del Rey Library. The Los Angeles County Library announced Sunday that 30 of its 85 libraries will reopen for in-person service beginning May 10, bringing the total number of reopened libraries in the county system to 60. Libraries will reopen at limited capacity — only 75%. People are still required to maintain six feet of physical distance as a precaution against COVID-19.

The goal is to prioritize equity and consider reopening libraries in underserved areas where residents use in-person services.

The following libraries scheduled to reopen starting May 10 include:

  • Lloyd Taber – Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way
  • A C Bilbrew Library, 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Hermosa Beach Library, 550 Pier Ave.
  • Pico Rivera Library, 9001 Mines Ave.
  • Artesia Library, 18801 Elaine Ave.
  • La Canada Flintridge Library, 4545 North Oakwood Ave.
  • San Gabriel Library, 500 S. Del Mar Ave.
  • Baldwin Park Library, 4181 Baldwin Park Blvd.

Outdoor programming for a limited number of participants will begin in early summer 2021 and will be available at select libraries. County residents can visit for library hours, services, additional openings, safety protocols and scheduled events and programs. The city of Los Angeles Public Library system will begin a phased reopening of the Central Library and 37 other branches for in-person services beginning Monday.

To learn more about that reopening and see which 37 branches are participating, see


Undated photo of the incline railway from the beach to the bluffs at Playa del Rey. Note trolley car in foreground. (Courtesy Malcolm Atwill Collection, via The Electric Railway Historical Assn. of Southern California website)


Bull & Butterfly,
– Playa Vista

Playa Vista neighborhood spot, Bull & Butterfly, is launching an all-new brunch menu.

Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the extensive brunch menu is an ode to Bull & Butterfly’s Californian inspiration and is broken down into eggs, boards, sweets, salads, and sandwiches, with highlights including a Steak and Cheddar Eggs, Jumbo Blue Crab and Poached Asparagus, Avocado Toast, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, 10 oz. Hickory Patty Melt, and an Eggs and Cheddar Cheese Panade.

In addition, they will also be offering a few sweeter items including Sticky Toffee Pancakes and Bread Pudding French Toast. To wash it all down, Bull & Butterfly will also be serving brunch cocktails—including the classics like Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, and sangria in addition to a few housemade creations—beer, and wine. Only a short drive away from the beach and an expansive patio, Bull & Butterfly makes the perfect brunch setting to safely enjoy with friends and family.  


Things started getting a bit nuts in the middle of the pandemic in Culver City for Leslie and Willson.


Severe staff shortage hits Playa Vista restaurants.



Abraham has been working in Marina Del Rey since October, 2015

  1. ***If you want your community represented by a leftist radical, please vote for Mike Bonin for City Council. — Sarah W., Marina Del Rey.

2. ***At the start of the pandemic, here in Westchester, there were vague hopes of an artistic flourishing—that ultimately specious “Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear’ in quarantine!” trope—but for me, at least, it was difficult to focus on much more than the ways in which my friends and neighbors were suffering. —- Amanda Q., Westchester.

3. ***Barber –  Experienced barber needed with good customer service, communication, organization and time management skills. Please contact Fernando 424-268-7578.

4. ***Beware of 76 at Sepulveda and Manchester. Just a heads up. Our gas card got skimmed twice at that gas station a couple weeks ago. We noticed it on our statement. Whoever got the info filled up their car twice in the valley for $300 in total. According to the manager at Jiffy Lube, LAPD was out there a couple weeks ago investigating a skimming incident. Whatever card you use make sure you check your statements!  —– Hayden Elder, Westchester.

5. ***To my ex-wife Diane: If your disdain is my humiliation, I shall ill be able, albeit I am well furnished with longanimity, to suffer a grief that is not merely intense but protracted. Good luck. —— Michael Y., Playa Vista.

6. ***Recall Bonin officially started. A campaign has started in earnest. Msg me if you are interested in assisting. Details to follow. —- Matt Stayner, Westchester.

7. ***Catalytic converter sawed off and stolen from garage parking. It happened around 10 PM on 04/16. Two thieves, driving a nice white Infinite SUV, stole it from a Honda accord and took off within 5 minutes leaving a jack underneath the car. It seems to happen a lot recently in West LA. Please watch out and be safe! I have reported this information to the police. Person 1 Hair: dark curvy Top: red jacket Age: 23 Sex: male Build: slim Person 2 Hair: dark short Top: grid shirt Age: 35 Sex: male Build: medium Vehicle 1 Color: white Make: Infinite Model: SUV. 5940-5950 Sea Walk Drive, Playa Vista, CA —–John Wang, Playa Vista.

8. ***I vividly remember my old roommate in Culver City when I first arrived in L.A. from Miami. The fragrancy of her perfume seemed to attract every man in the room, drawing them to her like flies to honey. Fun to watch, honestly. —— Claire Z., Culver City.

9. ***My father, who used to live in Marina Del Rey but moved a first ago to Florida,  just completed his memoir and asked me (actually begged) to read it for him and provide comments. As a published author myself I can tell you the book is sentimental rubbish and I couldn’t show you one page that contains even a modest idea. However, as a daughter, I will tell him it’s wonderful and how proud I am of him. —– Renee P., Playa Del Rey.

10. ***We’re in very desperate need of a foster for this boy Charlie, like right now. His current foster was just informed by her HOA that she exceeded the 20lb limit and is being fined for each day she has him. He’s super sweet, fixed, and housetrained, loves people and kids, not sure about dogs or cats. Of course, he’s also available for adoption too. If you remember Marco from a few months back, they’re pretty similar, but trust me, not the same dog. Please pm or email, or call 310-362-0321 if you can help, or share. —– Andy Pearlman, Del Rey.

11. ***Front yard intruder at 3 am. A man entered our front yard and looked around for something to steal (Short Ave near Chase). —– Jeremiah Garcia, Del Rey

12. ***Another catalytic converter theft. A white van parked on 82nd just east of Hindry had its catalytic converter cut off and stolen early this morning. My husband and another neighbor came out and yelled at them and chased them off the first time when they started loudly cutting off the converter with a power grinder. -They started cutting at about 2:30 am.- At 5:30 am another car showed up and they continued cutting. When we heard the sound we came out again and yelled etc. again. This time they were driving a dark blue/silver Pontiac sedan. With us yelling at them, they finished cutting, removed the converter from the van, and drove away west on 82nd street. —– Ingrid Harsh, Westchester

13. ***Coyote on Weir and Mesmer. Coyote spotted on Weir and Mesmer. Time to cull the herd. As with all things lately, the city has ignored this for years, refusing to cull the packs to what the wild areas can maintain. How many of our beloved pets must die so the “animal lovers” feel good about themselves. A lot of domesticated animals will die on the altar of Their “love” for animals. —- Greg Turquand, Del Rey

14. ***For the person who left me a lovely note on my dusty car. We have been going through a lot for the last year. I live at 7537 W 85th Street. Please do me a favor, do not leave me cowardly words on my car. You can tell me face to face to clean up my yard. If you would have come up to me and asked, I would have told you why my yard looks like it currently does. We are all neighbors here. Don’t be a Karen……….Karen. —– Sori Pritikin, Playa Del Rey

15. ***”The homeless now invading the Ralphs on Lincoln Boulevard and Westchester are putting their filthy hands all over the produce, which unknowing shoppers then purchase hours later. I have talked to the Manager. Yuck!” – Loretta Y., Playa Del Rey

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