Playa Vista People 10/28/2021


DISGRACE – Homeless/RV Encampments Continue to Foul and Endanger the Ballona Wetlands

The photo of this great egret was taken by birdwatcher Lynzie Flynn in August at Ballona. Birdwatchers and those who care about the environment are asking the City and State to save the area for birds and other animals. Millions of birds fly along a 7,500-mile migratory route between northern Alaska and the southern tip of South America. Wetlands, including the freshwater Ballona Ecological Reserve in Playa Vista, provide vital resting points during the journey. With their unique location between salt and freshwater, wetlands shelter more than one-third of the country’s threatened and endangered species, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This year, migrating birds have encountered a Ballona Wetlands that has become degraded by homeless encampments and people living in RVs along Jefferson Avenue, west of Lincoln Avenue. These “residents” are discarding garbage, rubbish and human waste in this area. Bird watchers and residents have complained to Councilman Mike Bonin since May. On October 4, Bonin finally arranged for a $65,000, six-ton garbage collection from the site.

RVs, illegally parked, and other structures are home to people destroying the Ballona wetlands. One resident said, “They [RVs] are parked there illegally, why are we paying for the cleanup when they shouldn’t have been allowed to foul the area in the first place?” A second resident said, “The cleanup didn’t even make a dent in the garbage that’s accumulated there. There is still no plan to move the RVs. This is ridiculous.” Back on May 19, a Playa resident emailed Jennifer Lucchesi, executive officer of the California State Lands Commission, and detailed the problem. “Over the past few years, the residents of the Wetlands area have been dealing with an increase in crime, and with the help of LAPD and the LA Sheriff’s Department it was determined that many of the suspects perpetrating the crimes were homeless people living in the Wetlands.”


Holly has been living in Culver City since October 2019


Do you think Abe Lincoln liked to party?
Do you like to party?
Do you drink coffee in the morning?
Do you cook?
Do you take a bath at night?
Do you like bacon?
Do you snore?
Do you have a tattoo?
Do you want to be living in Culver City in five years?


Powerful oxymoron from Playa del Rey.

Man Held for Allegedly Shooting 4 Homeless Men in Wetlands:

Police announced the arrest of a man who allegedly shot four homeless men in the Playa del Rey area. Los Angeles Police Department officers responded at about 5:40 a.m. on August 18 to a homeless encampment in the Ballona Wetlands area, on Jefferson Boulevard between Culver Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard, on reports of the shooting, according to a department statement. Arriving officers learned that four men had been taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds prior to their arrival, though they were listed in stable condition. LAPD units located and arrested the suspected shooter in Venice on October 7, according to the department. The man was reported to be a parolee and “a known gang member [with] an extensive criminal history,” though no further details regarding his identity were released. A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.


Lance has been living in Culver City since February 2014


Would you rather have a pet tiger or a pet lion?
Would you rather have to always wear heavy boots or have to never be able to wear shoes?
Would you rather have your books read by a few hundred people or a few million people?
Would you rather live in a country with a low cost of living but horrible weather or live in a country with a high cost of living and amazing weather?


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Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Kool people. Kool community.


Maverick Community – Committed to Helping People Help People

1. Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there? 
– Silicon Beach is the perfect first location for Maverick Community for so many reasons. (1) the residents are forward thinking with a desire to be healthy and fit, (2) the family friendly atmosphere is perfect for all of the fitness and wellness professionals catering to moms and young families, (3) the area is very entrepreneurial with a mix of tech companies and local mom and pops located on every corner, and (4) the Runway outdoor mall has excellent foot traffic, parking, and co-tenants that drive traffic.

We found Runway in Playa Vista through our real estate broker, Beta, as YogaWorks had gone out of business. We were looking for ex-fitness space so that our build out costs would be low for our first location and the YogaWorks space turned out to be perfect!

Take a 50-second virtual tour of the space by clicking here
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2. What has been your greatest success in your career? How has it influenced your business?

– All three co-founders have achieved success in our careers and the common link is that we are all serial entrepreneurs. I think the biggest key has been focusing our passions (whether it be sports, exercise, mental training, giving back, etc.) and turning work into something that we love all the while focusing on giving back.

Here is a brief snapshot of our Co-Founder team: 
Michael Fishman – Co-founder, CEO @ Pure Cycles, a bicycle company started in college that amassed $50M+ in revenue over ten years, and raised over $100K to local non-profits. Acquired in April 2020. – Forbes 30 under 30 – Non-profit board chair at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Christian Straka – Mindfulness coach and facilitator – Mindsize Co-founder, CEO – Adidas Runners Global Mindset Coach, Adidas Runners Mindset Coach LA – Former professional tennis player and coach

Steve LePore – Founded three successful non-profit organizations – My Friend’s Place, The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, 1in6 – 30 years of experience as a non-profit Executive Director – Speaker and storyteller with audiences including at the Pentagon

Learn more about our process of developing Maverick Community via our build in public site here.

3. What is your favorite business in the Silicon Beach area? What makes them special?

– My favorite business in the Silicon Beach area is Loqui. I eat there a couple of times per week. I like it because the food is healthy and tasty, and the people who work there are friendly.

4. How has working in Silicon Beach influenced the way you approach your business?  

– While it has only been ~3 months working in Silicon Beach, I’ve found the people very friendly and extremely health conscious. I’ve also noticed a lot of strong entrepreneurs operating in and around the area which has been very inspiring and encouraging for me.


Do you believe in ghosts?
Have you ever travelled outside of the US?
Are you scared of rollercoasters?
Have you ever been skydiving? 
Do you like hiking?
–YES, hiked Mt. Whitney this year!

PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Philip Greenfield, Del Rey:

LA Sheriffs. Was leaving Islands Restaurant in Venice and noticed about 10 LA County Sheriffs eating at a nearby table. Did not want to bother them too much like asking for a pic but stood up and saluted them and said, “I want to thank you guys for cleaning up some Venice beach of the homeless tents.” Villanueva rocks! They all had broad smiles as they should for a job well done. Sheriff V. has a five-step process to fix this issue. He asked 5 questions to each person (I only remember 3 right now:) 1. Are you drug-addicted? If so, he arranges for them to get into Rehab. 2. Are you mentally hurting? If so, he gets them into a mental health facility. 3. Do you have relatives in another state who can help you out? If so, he contacts them, gets an agreement to take them back in, and gets the person a plane ticket back to their family. Not a complicated process – just common sense. Why it took our councilman 5 years to prove that he could do nothing about the issue is just incompetency and corruption.


Paradise Theater on Sepulveda in Westchester opened on August 23, 1950.


Many readers have complained recently about the dirty tables left at Hopdoddy in Playa Vista.


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** Using a new law, the L.A. City Council banned homeless encampments at 54 spots. Why it took these morons six years to act is a question worth asking. My 10-year-old daughter knows better.

** Ride-sharing services were supposed to make things better. Prices are now higher than taxis. If you can’t save money, time, or the planet with Uber and Lyft, what is the f–king point?

** Let’s be honest, “Don’t Text And Drive” signs are most likely being missed by their target demographics. I see scumbags, mostly women to be honest, texting while driving constantly.

** “Lifetime warranties really mean the company’s lifetime, not yours.”

** Watching President Biden on television try to function seems like watching video of “elder abuse.”

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6. ** Roads closed everywhere! What gives?!!! I’m trapped in my own town! I couldn’t get to my health club because every part of Del Rey is closed off!! —- Wendy Berger, Del Rey

7. ** A young man living in a white van outside of Starbucks on 84th pl and Lincoln. Does anyone have any updates on the ~21~ yr old man who was gifted a van by people on this app? I drive by him a lot and I just see him sitting in the driver’s seat with a dog and other people. Van reeks of weed. —- Megan Angelena, Westchester

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