Playa Vista People 1/07/2020


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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has made a decision about the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey, the agency announced Wednesday, approving one option to restore the wetlands but opting not to put a parking garage or visitor center at some of the last remaining marshes along the Los Angeles coast. The state agency selected Alternative 1 for the full-scale restoration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Environmentalists are against this decision, saying it is not a restoration, and that it will damage the sacred land and hurt the species of animals living there. “The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve (BWER) project will enhance and establish native coastal wetlands and upland habitat on 566 of the reserve’s 577 acres south of Marina del Rey and east of Playa del Rey,” the CDFW said. “It will restore ecological function to currently degraded wetlands, preserving sensitive habitat for future generations and build climate resilience on a coast vulnerable to sea-level rise.”

The decision will be in two phases and covers the largest area. Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will complete its engineering plan in a process expected to take approximately two and a half years. During this time, the Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to acquire the necessary permits. “Alternative 1 is the only alternative that adequately adapts to sea level rise, which is one of the biggest threats to the wetlands and California,” Friends of the Ballona Wetlands said in a news release Wednesday. “Without adapting to rising ocean levels, the wetlands will have nowhere to move and will eventually become open water. Alternative 1 allows for marsh habitat to migrate up earthen levees as the ocean rises. This is critical – especially for the endangered Belding’s Savannah Sparrow that relies on pickleweed salt marsh habitat.” Read more HERE

Kevin Miller Co-Founder and CEO of GR0,
– Playa Vista

GR0 has officially rebranded with the launch of their new website. The startup studio based in the Playa Vista area mainly focuses on organic growth for direct-to-consumer startups. Our team has been hard at work cultivating the look and feel that we feel resonates best with our target customer, said Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Miller on the rebrand. We have spent countless hours getting as close to our customer as possible to fundamentally understand their needs, aspirations and business goals. As a result of our rebrand, we now feel that our offerings accurately represent what the market needs and wants to see out of a premier SEO partner.

The new website highlights key results that have been achieved for high-profile direct-to-consumer startups, as well as highlighting the success of a GR0 incubated project, The Word Counter. Additionally, current clients give their take about the experience working with the GR0 team over an extended period of time. The ultimate goal of the studio is to help brands rank #1 on Google by leveraging search engine optimization. If a brand cares about organic visibility on Google, GR0 has the expertise and knowledge to take their brand to the top.


An air pollution advisory will be in effect across the Southland through New Year’s Day due to New Year celebration fireworks. The pyrotechnics are known to cause problems for sensitive groups. Fireworks emit high levels of particulate matter as well as metal air pollutants, all of which can contribute to negative health effects, according to regulators, who warned that Air Quality Index levels may reach the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category or higher over the holiday. Personal exposure to “backyard” fireworks may also create local fine particulate matter concentrations far in excess of regional values in the direct proximity to users, according to the AQMD.

Breathing fine particulate matter can lead to a variety of cardiovascular and respiratory health effects such as heart attacks, asthma aggravation, decreased lung function, coughing or difficulty breathing and may lead to premature death in people with heart or lung disease, officials said. South Coast AQMD has also called a basin-wide No-Burn Day for Thursday due to higher predicted particulate matter levels. Wood burning is prohibited from midnight through 11:59 p.m. for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, including Orange County and non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The no-burn alert does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley or High Desert.


Walter has been living and working in Playa Vista since October 2014.


Best of Los Angeles Award – 2020 Best Electrician
Mike Packham Electric, a local family-run skilled electrician team, provides electrical and lighting needs for Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Venice, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica.

T: 310-4304174


Tiffany Aldaco
Store Manager | Matte Argyle

Q: Why did you choose to be General Manager at Matte Argyle in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?
– I chose to be the manager of Matte Argyle because I really believe in what the store is doing. We are a size inclusive luxury retailer, and as a plus size woman, I find it very challenging to find cool unique wardrobe choices in my size. Here at Matte Argyle, we celebrate every size and that is something I can really get behind. How did I get here? A little background about me is that I’m a celebrity makeup artist. I was working on a show and had to reach out to my friend who is a stylist to get wardrobe for the host of the show. That phone call led to a series of events where I met with the Matte Argyle team, and the rest is history. I’m now the store manager and one half their Brand Ambassador team.

Q: Would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?
– The forefront of the success of my career is that I truly love making people feel beautiful and enjoy finding creative ways to connect with individuals. The process I’ve developed has come from 20 years of doing what works, avoiding what has been proven doesn’t work, and taking chances with new experiences.

Q: Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area. Where are you from?
– Well, of course any businessperson would love to grow their business and branch out to other locations. But for right now, I’m excited to grow this seed into a fruit bearing tree here in Playa Vista. I grew up in the South Bay but I now live in Culver City. We’re practically neighbors.

Q: In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?
– To be honest, I’m quite new to this area so while I can’t speak to the changes that have taken place, I will say that I am happy we are a part of this community now.

Q: Where are your favorite places in the Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
– Is it well known that TMZ is here in Silicon Beach? That’s my favorite place. I used to work there and they had free lunch on Fridays. Who doesn’t love free lunch? Fun times

Q: What was your first impression of the Silicon Beach, was it love at first sight or did it take time to adjust?
– First impression of Silicon beach was “how much are these condos because I’m definitely moving here one day”. I love this little hidden oasis.

Q: What area would you like to see improved the most?
– I’d like to see more of a retail presence here in the community.

Q: Are there any scenic routes you like to take when going out for the evening or for a regular trip to work?
– I love to drive down Jefferson and look at the beautiful wetlands.

Q: How would you best describe the atmosphere of the Silicon Beach, is there anything that stands out to you? I’d best describe the atmosphere as laid back and family oriented. Definitely positive vibes all around.

Q: What are your favorite restaurants in the area? Favorite restaurant is Dans Modern Chinese. Have you tried their crab fried rice?

Make sure to check out our welcome event for the community on January 16th, at Matte Argyle
~ Tiffany Aldaco

Matte Argyle
12775 Millenium Dr Suite 130
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(Across from Whole Foods)

T: (310) 751-6054

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Abbey has been living and working in Playa Del Rey since August 2019


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Olivia (Pepper) has been living in Playa Vista since December 2019


Is it the friendly staff, the quality food, or the top-notch customer service that makes you love a business? During the coronavirus pandemic, shopping small has become of utmost importance as businesses, restaurants and local stylists struggle to make ends meet.

Here are the Marina del Rey businesses that rose to the top, according to Patch readers:

Dr. Michael Billauer & Dr. Marci Reiss, 2901 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey

What people are saying: “Dr. Billauer is an excellent Chiropractor who cares about his patients. They go out of their way to help their patients.”

Creative Chakra Spa & Yoga, 3401 Pacific Ave #2a, Marina Del Rey

What people are saying: “The owner was the pink power ranger in the early 90’s doing stunts and she teaches chakra yoga & has had this business since 1998. Sandie works in the film business and has a niche clientele in that business in addition to having created the product line that has made Creative Chakra Spa famous for all these years.”

Petals ‘N’ Wax, 13432 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey

What people are saying: “Great scented diffusers, candles and cards. Items for fun, gifts, one of a kind items and MASK for a personal badge. Evelyn hands out mask and gloves as you shop, social distancing enforced and a great local person to chat about anything of the day. Gift wrapping is a plus too. Next to Barnes and Noble and the Coffee Bean and located in the Marina Marketplace off Maxella and Glencoe Ave. In Marina del Rey.”

Mercedes Bar & Grille, 14 W Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey

What people are saying: “She has always catered to her customers offering all that she could during this pandemic. She is local and has been here for us a long long time.”

Garrison has been living and working in Culver City since January 2017

Now You Know…

  1. Loves Janis Joplin
  2. Can’t ride a bike
  3. Was a High School champion swimmer
  4. Once ate 4 Dodgers Dogs at one baseball game
  5. Became a vegan for two months and quit
  6. Hates the smell of pot
  7. Fired his flakey friends
  8. Loves the salmon at Urban Plates in Playa Vista
  9. Once dreamed of being a Chippendale’s dancer in Vegas


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2. ***Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools. —- Richard G., Playa Vista.

3. ***Mail theft – by the post office! Unbelievable … I received a card from my aunt yesterday, and somewhere en route a postal worker ripped open the envelope, took out her cash gift yet had the “generosity” to leave the card inside. I told my aunt to never send anything in a red envelope and to mail any kind of monetary presents electronically from now on. —– Teacher David, Mar Vista.

4. ***Lost Kitty. If anyone has seen Puma please get back to me. She s timid and might run. Grey and white long hair, about 2 years old. She was last seen on our Ring app climbing a tree in our backyard. We suspect her jumping into the neighbor’s yard to explore. We are worried and hope she will return for her safety. Our other kitty misses her dearly.  Between Cowan and Firebrand St. —– Alex Sturman, Playa Vista.

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6. ***My late Mother was not impulsive, she was not romantic, she was accustomed to viewing everything from the strong dispassionate ground of reason and calculation. —– Randy T., Playa Del Rey

7. ***I regrettably had dinner at Bull & Butterfly in Playa Vista with my girlfriend and her family. We ordered three plates of Spanish fried rice, a pan-roasted seabass, and two other dishes. After waiting for half an hour, we were informed that the Spanish fried rice and the seabass were suddenly unavailable. I literally thought it was a joke. It was not. Our waitress then stood right next to our table expecting everyone to instantly locate their second choices. We told her we needed a bit more time, so she left us alone for another 30 minutes. By then everyone was hungry and extremely annoyed. —- Atticus B., Los Angeles

8. ***Coyotes and other animals. Hello, I was walking near the sports park in playa vista at the sunset and one of the security patrols advised me against coyotes. I am not from LA, and now I am a little in a panic about coyotes and other animals since I walk everywhere with my child also in the Balloona wetlands path and the path next to LMU. —– Luana Rezaie, Playa Vista.

9. ***Gunshots at Howard Hughes this evening. Went to Kabuki this evening at 7:30 pm to pick up dinner. As I parked the car I noticed a man in the middle of the street watching something beyond my view. I got out of the car and I started towards the stairs when I heard what sounded like a firework go off and a bunch of children ages 9-12 came running around the corner and one child ended up on the steps with me and I asked if it was a firework. He was looking towards the street and I turned to see what he was looking at and there was another child probably no more than 16 walkings with a gun! I ran quickly up the stairs and told kabuki to lock the doors. I’m not sure they believed me at first until another customer came in and he too saw the gun. Several police showed up within minutes and took my report. Stay safe neighbors! I’ve been here for 5 years and have never been scared to pick up dinner. This is just a PSA to be aware of your surroundings. —– Lisa Galansky, Westchester.

10. ***Politically correct L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti now refers to the homeless as “unhoused”! How ridiculously  “woke” of him! —– Lauren W., Playa Vista.

11. ***Happy New Year from Fantastic Sams Westchester!! Happy New Year neighbors!! We have missed you all and wish everyone good health and much happiness in 2021!! —– Jennifer Genadry, Westchester.

12. ***It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that criminals are becoming bolder and bolder! They are convinced that police can’t or won’t do much of anything because they (the police) are both fearful and demoralized. The criminals are of course right and therefore crime has risen tremendously and will continue to rise. This is all the work of the radical liberal politicians that have been voted for time and time again in Los Angeles. We get what we voted for. —– Sandra B., Playa Del Rey.

 13. ***Found a pair of golden labs. Neighbors found a pair of golden labs; I currently have them in my back yard. Please call 562-818-3243 and ask for Ari —– Aristotle Angangco, Playa Vista. 

14. ***Let the buyer beware at J Nichols Kitchen in Marina. We ordered the Smokey Boar scramble, I added spinach at .75 which the menu reflects .50 to add, what’s worse is that our other order was with ham added that is $1.00 per the menu to add, and we were charged $7.00. This is absurd and the Manager (Michelle) couldn’t make logic of the upcharge since needless to say we didn’t get 7 times the amount of ham. The lesson here is to question everything and look at your bill. LET THE BUYER BEWARE!” —- Tina S., Los Angeles.

15. ***This woman came to our house on NYE wanting to “play music”. We are on Berger Ave in Playa Del Rey. Did this woman come to anyone else’s house? Very suspicious —- Vida Mahrouyan, Playa Del Rey.

Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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