Playa Vista People 10/14/2021


A Shocking Photo Exposé of the Homeless Encampment at the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey


Robertson+Rocha Design Studio

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

-I live in Playa Vista, however I conduct my business in Pacific Palisades. I’ve decided to move to Playa Vista to be in a safe and quiet community where I could focus primarily in growth and expand my business. 

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?

-A few years ago, I changed the way I was designing spaces to create more meaningful solutions for my clients where they can reconnect with themselves and each other. Today I design with a purpose in mind and a unique eye & approach to create interiors that inspire new ways to live and work by influencing behaviors.

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

-Where are you from? Absolutely. I am from Brazil.

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

-New developments (condos instead of homes), new restaurants and nightlife which have been attracting more young professionals, entrepreneurs and investors.


Are you scared of heights?
Do you listen to The Beatles?
Have you vomited in the last year?
Does your car have seat warmers?
Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?


Smile, you’re on candid camera in Playa Vista.


Café Bohème

The long-awaited opening of Café Bohème in Playa del Rey. 

An extraordinary selection of sweet treats at Café Bohème Playa del Rey. The beautiful interior of Café Bohème. A beautiful breakfast at Café Bohème at Playa del Rey.

Pierre, co-owner of Café Bohème.


Owner of Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant


Are you scared of heights?
Do you listen to The Beatles?
Have you vomited in the last year?
Does your car have seat warmers?
Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?


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Patricia Cardin’s daughter with Cookie the Cavapoo and Teddy the nine-year-old Cavachon at Dana Point. Patricia and Teddy live in Playa Vista. 


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Home Prices in Marina Del Rey Area Continue to Rise:

National home prices broke another yearly growth record as buyer demand remained strong and housing supply stayed tight. Prices increased 1.3% from June to July in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division, according to the latest data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, one of the leading trackers of the housing market. Prices were up 17.9% in July 2021 over July 2020. Prices in the bottom third of the local market — homes priced under $731,000, often designated as starter homes — increased 19.7% year over year. The top third of the market (homes over $1,111,000) saw a 17.8% increase. Nationally, home prices increased 1.3% from July to August 2021, according to CoreLogic data. Price growth was slower than in June to July 2021, when prices rose 1.8% nationally. On a yearly basis, prices increased 18.1% from August 2020 to August 2021, the highest increase in 45 years. Prices for single-family homes grew by 19.8% over the past year; attached properties such as condominiums grew by 12%.


A new and unusual vendor at the Farmers’ Market in Playa Vista.

PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Vanessa Kw, Mar Vista:

Be Careful Neighbors. I live a few blocks from the Lincoln and Washington intersection, and even closer to the intersection in front of Costco just East of there. I am writing to urge you all to be extremely careful when driving, walking, and biking around that part of our neighborhood. I have heard an uptick in accidents happening, and from the sounds of them, they are fairly serious. We heard them throughout this past year, but nothing like the frequency I am now hearing. Something should be done to make the traffic snake pit safer between Redwood past Lincoln and the sprawl of cars on the side streets rushing to buy their TP in bulk etc. at the big-box store. Maybe more turning lights or longer lights? If there is anyone who reads these that has power or ideas of how to get people in power to help make that part of our neighborhood safer, please pass the message along! In the meantime, stay safe everyone.


Acclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll photographer Jimmy Steinfeldt at dinner at J Nichols Kitchen in Marina del Rey.


Italy’s Little Kitchen at night in Westchester.

PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Angela Pina, Westchester:

Mentally ill harassment. Today as I was walking into CVS by Trader Joe’s, a woman was being verbally attacked by another woman. As people walked by and did nothing! Someone was laying on their car horn but did nothing to help the “victim.” I walked up to the victim and took hold of her hand and guided her away. The verbal attacker then stopped us in our tracks and began verbally attacking me for being a Latina. With all my might I just stood there silent all the while with my pepper spray in my hand. A larger woman appeared and stood between us and commanded us to go inside, we did. About two minutes later the verbal attacker appeared inside CVS shouting loudly, looking for us. A CVS employee shared words with her and it became silent. I called my family, told them of the situation and carried on with my business. My husband rushed over to escort me to my car! When I finished up, I did not notice the woman inside and I left. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, I just want people to be aware of what is going on in our community. This woman did not appear to be homeless, in fact, she was dressed casually and looked clean. Why CVS has no security I don’t know. I’m frustrated that I felt the need to grasp my pepper spray for protection just to pick up a prescription! 8601 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA .


Pacific Electric Railroad in Playa del Rey, 1939.


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Mo’s Place (left) Kay Flowers, Christopher Williams, and Jinji Smith, regulars at Mo’s Place (middle) Ken Toman and Karyn Srazeur (right) Kate Strachan, Dasha Moroz and Ingrid Eggertsen.

PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Jeanne Hook, Westchester:

This fellow was sitting outside our window at 7:30 am this morning! Happy October :). A rather large owl 🙂 7610-7620 Cowan Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

By day, Angie is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and charity-giving Culver City resident. But once a week, she lets loose with things that piss her off. Buckle up.

– Given the quality of the staff in Yummy, I think they should change the name of the store to Dummy.

– Half the people I look at in the area who are health-food addicts look sickly to me. Somebody who is fat should force a big fat Hopdoddy burger down some of these people’s jaws because they look a little pale and pathetic to me.

– Do you think Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the slutty girls live?

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1. ** “A new restaurant called Neighbors was supposed to open in Playa Vista at the Runway Shopping Center in the fall but has been vacant for months and shows no sign of life. I wonder what happened.” —- Gregory B., Playa Vista

2. ** Coyotes. At 4:30 am this morning 2 coyotes were right in front of my house on Slauson between Culver Blvd. and Braddock Dr. I feed feral cats and 3 seem to be missing. I knew this was coming closer. Please be careful again with your pets. I wish I had the money to build a Catio for my ferals to try and keep them safe. I just pray they are alright. —- Connie Lumsden, Del Rey

3. ** I like the food at Dan Modern Chinese in Playa Vista but wonder why all the staff working there always looks constipated. Never a smile. —- Laura N., Playa Vista

4. ** Bike Attack in Playa Vista has a great bike mechanic named Eddie. I call him the Bike Whisperer. —- Clarence G., Culver City

5. ** The flower prices at Country Line Florals in Playa Vista are a total rip-off. I can buy better flowers at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s at half the price. —- Bette M., Playa Vista

6. ** I love your free Bulletin Board section! —- Daisy P., Culver City

7. ** It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. —- Claire S., Marina del Rey

8. ** Before my death, I want to exist as a pariah, living outside the herd and throwing bombs into it. —- Nicole C., Culver City

9. ** After reading Harry Potter, I spent hours on end trying to bewitch a broomstick to fly. —- Toni N., Westchester

10. ** The sped-up culture that delivers that novel to your doorstep overnight is the same culture that deprives you of the time to read it. —- Toby U., Marina del Rey

11. ** We must learn to honor excellence in every socially accepted human activity, however humble the activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however, exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. —- Fern G., Playa Del Rey

12. ** My best friend Jane, who had dabbled in vegetarianism during high school, became an environmental zealot while at L.M.U. —- Cody Z., Westchester

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