Playa Vista People 10/07/2021


Two Wanted After Shooting In Playa Vista Tech Center

Two people are wanted in connection with a shooting in Playa Vista that was caught on video. According to the LAPD, a man had parked his car the morning of Sept. 21 on Shared Drive, east of South Center Campus Drive, when a couple parked a few feet away. The man got out and approached the first in an apparent confrontation.

The woman got out of the second car with a bag, out of which her companion retrieved a semi-automatic handgun and fired several rounds, LAPD officials said. Security video shows the first man, who had been sitting in his car, reversing to get away and crashing into a wall before driving away. The gunman and the woman returned to their car and gave chase, but he circled the area and was stopped by patrol officers, police said. The man was not injured in the shooting or the car crash. The shooting happened in an industrial park that’s home to a number of tech and media companies, including Google, YouTube, Fox Sports, Core Digital Media, and WeWork.


Clay has been living and working in Culver City since November 2018.


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Dina Lee, a longtime volunteer at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, adopted Bitsy, a long haired chihuahua mix, in 2018.


Monty’s Good Burger Opens Culver City Location

Even if you’re not vegan, chances are you’ve heard of Monty’s Good Burger, one of the original fast-service burger joints in the LA area. Since opening their first location in Koreatown four years ago, Monty’s has just kept getting better. They just opened the doors to their fifth location in Culver City. The new Monty’s location can be found at 3849 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232 — right across from the famous Culver Steps, giving you plenty of free outdoor space to enjoy a burger. Or loaded fries. Or a milkshake…or better yet, just order all three!

The new location will have all of the same menu items that you know and love from their other locations, including the secret menu item “Dog Pile” fries and their signature, seasonal milkshakes. Also on the menu will be their newest dish — the Charlie’s Chicken Sandwich, which is the brand’s first expansion from the classic menu. The sandwich comes with hand-breaded vegan chicken, Follow Your Heart Vegenaise, and house pickles on an artisan bun.

The new location will have a small outdoor dining area, and the inside will feature all of the classic Monty’s colors and art. They will also have Monty’s merchandise (trucker hats, pins, socks, and crewnecks) available for purchase.



1. Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?

-I’m happy to say I live in the Playa Vista community:) My family and I moved from Venice, CA, over seven years ago, and we welcome our new surroundings like a breath of fresh air. And, although Venice definitely has its unique offerings, the living lifestyle is entirely different. So, that’s how my business landed in Silicon Beach Area; I work from home. I love rising every morning, seeing the joggers and bikers start their day on a positive note as I walk my pups. Plus, experiencing families walking their children to and from school nourishes the soul. The neighborhood reminds me of an upscale, modern-day version of Mayberry, North Carolina, the hometown television setting from The Andy Griffith show. It’s a beautiful, safe area to live in, making it effortless to awake and seize the day.

2. What would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career?

-I believe in my innovative bed sheet design; the concept works beautifully. So, when the odds stack against me, I persevere. Here’s how it works: The oversized fitted sheet buttons mate with our neatly tailored flat sheet buttonholes. As I designed the concept, one dysfunctional detail led me to change another until it captured a synergistic quality like no other linens on the market. The united details work together to keep children comfy covered, and their bed neat, all the while providing lots of wiggle room. Who knew a bed linen design could build self-esteem? We did:)

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area?

-Networking on Instagram, I hear from moms all over the country and world struggling with nighttime wake-up calls, desperate for a good night’s rest. I feel so much joy seeing them light up when they sleep with my sheets for the first time:) It would be great to have distribution in many countries in an ideal world since international shipping is so expensive. What can I say? I’m a dreamer who wants to help people sleep better. As for my family and me, our home base will remain in the tech-savvy, people-friendly little town of Playa Vista. You know what they say, home is where the heart is, and my heart is here 🙂

4. Where are you from?

-Although I landed in Cali 25 years ago joining my husband, I grew up in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, with Charlie Daniels, the famous country music singer. His son, Charlie Junior, was a student at the local high school, so The Charlie Daniels Band would perform in the gymnasium annually. Mt. Juliet is a tranquil place in the country where my imagination kept me entertained for hours. Some days, when my friends weren’t around to play, I would sit in the fields, make flower necklaces, look for four-leaf clovers and catch lightning bugs on warm summer nights. And, although I feel Silicon Beach has so much more to offer my children, I’m happy I grew up in the country.

5. In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?

We moved here before the development of Runway, so there have been some great additions to the community. It’s so lovely having peace of mind as my daughter skateboards to Whole Foods with their friends. And Tech inspiration is all around, right at our fingertips, not to mention the Cinemark movie theaters, the one-of-a-kind shops, and the yummy restaurants. We conveniently get our hair cut at Beauty Beach Lounge:) They do a great job:) My pups and I love the new dog park with the turf and cooling water river. It’s their favorite:).

Annenberg PetSpace, a unique high-tech animal adoption facility for animal lovers, also opened while living here. My son and I volunteer at Annenberg PetSpace most Sundays, nurturing his interest in Veterinary Medicine. My family and I have made so many great memories with all of the new additions at Silicon Beach. 


Are you scared of heights?
-Never! Bring on the heightened perspective, and I’ll welcome the challenge:) Going skydiving is on my bucket list:)
Do you listen to The Beatles?
-Doesn’t everybody? I mean, as I’ve matured, I do enjoy escaping with classical music, but I’m always game for a Beatles tune:)
Have you vomited in the last year?
-You know, come to think of it, I’ve been Vomit Free this past year. I wish I could say the same for my dogs:/
Does your car have seat warmers?
-Oh. So that’s what you call that butt and back warming feature. I thought it was the “tension therapy“ feature;). Yes!! I do have seat warmers:):)
Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?
-I can’t say that I have; It gets in the way of my yoga;)


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Construction for the new Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital starts in October and the hospital has selected the contractor to build the new technologically advanced location, officials announced. “After years of community outreach efforts — gaining support from key community leaders, organizations and the city of Los Angeles — we’re excited to begin building a new hospital that will allow those who live and work in the Marina del Rey area to receive the highest-quality healthcare without having to leave their neighborhoods,” said Joanne Laguna-Kennedy, MSN, RN, vice president and chief operating officer of Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. Hospital staff has stepped in to provide major community care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new nine-story building will expand the hospital’s surgery and emergency services, which have been critical to the community as health experts work to stop the spread of the virus. Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. is the contractor and will build the new facility along Lincoln Boulevard, allowing the existing hospital to remain fully operational during construction. Once the new building is completed, the old building will be demolished. No exact date for demolition was announced. To make space for construction activity, a new lobby and main entrance opened on the north side of the hospital on Oct. 4. Patients and visitors can also access the new north lobby entrance by entering the hospital campus from Mindanao Way and parking in the North Lot. The south lobby entrance will close later this year.


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PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Robert Hansen, Westchester:

Westchester Park. After yet another violent gun death last week in Westchester Park and a proposed plan to use the Airport site adjacent to Visitation as a homeless encampment, a group of neighbors has decided enough is enough. Our Council member listens to no one, and with the fact that this neighborhood group has confirmed housing waiting for everyone in the park through the organization SHARE! it’s time to ask the Sheriff to come to Westchester Park and offer each homeless person shelter and safety while freeing up our park for use by all of us once again. We will be asking neighbors to sign a letter, and it will be delivered to Sheriff Villanueva directly. You do not need to be a registered voter, just a signature if you believe that enough is enough. Additionally, a letter to the FAA and LAWA will shortly follow with neighbors going door to door, asking for our signatures regarding the visitation site not being used by Mike Bonin as a homeless camp. If successful in getting the Sheriff involved, and he is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Entire County, we finally have a chance to clear Westchester Park and house the individuals living there.


The Hull Building, at Culver Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, was built by Dr. Foster Hull in 1925 and served as the first hospital in Culver City


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.



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PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Nick Natale, Playa del Rey:

Litterbugs. Spotted a couple of individuals that looked strung out from a night of partying sitting in their car smoking and enjoying some McDonald’s breakfast around 6:30 am. About 30 minutes later they were passed out and had decided to throw all their trash in the street, about 20 feet away from a bunch of trash bins. Classy move. Not sure why people love doing this at the beach and on Trolley Way — especially with so many trash bins nearby. Playa del Rey, CA



1. ** Coyotes spotted moving along 82nd near Alverstone. [11:45 pm] just encountered two coyotes while walking my pup; one appeared to be a juvenile, trotting along the sidewalk of 82nd heading east toward Alverstone, the other a large adult in the street, hugging the parked cars at 6320-6330 West 82nd Street, Los Angeles, CA —- April Kacena, Westchester

2. ** Should Big Tech have the power to control what we see, hear, and even…think? Online censorship shouldn’t be a partisan issue. —- Melissa S., Playa Vista

3. ** We know that CA is an anti-gun state. How many of you are recently converted pro-gun owners or you’re considering buying your first gun? I’ve never been for or against guns. Was a lil nervous about them until now. Recent changes across the nation and world helped me make my mind up real quick! Bought my first gun last year. Have acquired multiple more since then. —- Renee Williams

4. ** “Eating grapes with milk is trashy but wine with cheese is classy.” —– David S., Marina del Rey

5. ** My father was raised in Culver City when it was crawling with rough, hardfisted men, who had been weaned on skinned knuckles and a swift kick to the balls. Very different world today. —– Gloria V., Playa Vista

6. ** We must have universal free and low-cost facilities to house thousands of addicts. Yes, this is mandatory. How about underused military bases being repurposed for treating addicts? Medical, not criminal solutions are a must. Also, big pharma must be compelled to provide low-cost long-term medical treatments for drug addicts. —- Angus MacDonald, Culver City

7.** Professional muggers reveal the number 1 technique they use to mug people is asking people alone ‘what time is it?’ Beware. —- Allison M., Westchester

8. ** Alan Jackson, owner and chef at Bull & Butterfly, is now a standing true visionary and pioneer. —- Clayton M., Culver City

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