*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET AIKO:
Aiko has been living in Playa Vista since June 2017
*PLAYA – NEWS: THANKSGIVING FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. We understand your holidays will look much different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow Public Health guidelines in addition to our fire safety tips to keep everyone safe.
- Correctly wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread when outside your home and around others that are not part of your household.
- Avoid confined spaces – Actively stay away from indoor and outdoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others.
- Avoid close contact – Stay at least 6 feet away (3 or more adult steps) from all other people who are not part of your own household, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
- Remain outdoors as much as possible when socializing with people not in your household.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often.
- Clean frequently touched items regularly.
- If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, away from others, and get tested.
The Culver City Fire Department encourages you to be safe when preparing your holiday meal. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- The leading cause of fire in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stand by your pan when you are cooking on the stove top. If you leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove.
- Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Then no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire.
- Stay in your home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. Set a timer so you will not forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- Keep anything that can catch fire (e.g., oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packages, towels and curtains) away from your stovetop.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
- If you are frying your turkey, use a fryer with thermostat controls to ensure the oil does not become over heated. Thaw your turkey completely; ice on the bird will cause oil to splatter. Don’t’ overfill the pot with oil. Always use a turkey fryer outdoors.
*PLAYA – NEWS: ELECTRONIC ARTS RELOCATES LA STUDIO HQ TO NEW DEL REY CAMPUS
CEO of Electronic Arts. Andrew Wilson
– Playa Vista
Continental Development Corporation and Mar Ventures, Inc. signed a 10-year lease with Electronic Arts for the entire 58,034-square-foot building at Del Rey, a new office campus in the Del Rey neighborhood on Los Angeles’ Westside. The unique, contemporary office structure at 4820 Alla Rd. will serve as EA’s new studio headquarters, which is currently located in Playa Vista.
The campus was completed this fall and includes three, two-story buildings totaling 162,031 square feet on roughly 5.7 acres. The defining feature of the buildings is a 22-foot-high clerestory space on the second floor that is virtually column free, resulting in flexible, open floor plans and abundant natural light. All buildings include private balconies and patios that overlook a spacious common courtyard, Zen Garden, an outdoor BBQ and large fireplace area as well as a Yoga Deck and Great Lawn. JLL’s Blake Searles and Tony Morales represented the tenant. CBRE’s Jeff Pion, Drew Pion and Michelle Esquivel–Hall represented the landlord.
*PLAYA – NEWS: CULVER CITY RECEIVES GRANT FOR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY EDUCATION
OTS Director Barbara Rooney
– Culver City
The City of Culver City’s Public Works Department has received a $47,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that focuses on the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. “Traffic safety is a valued City goal. The City is presently developing its first Local Road Safety Plan including safety education. This grant will assist the City in developing and deploying a comprehensive traffic safety education program for community members of all ages and physical abilities,” the City said in a press release.
Grant funds will be used for a variety of activities promoting bicyclist and pedestrian safety:
- Education workshops geared toward youth, adults and seniors.
- Development of traffic safety education materials in multiple languages.
- Education on the importance of safety equipment that improves visibility such as reflective armbands, bicycle headlights and taillights.
- Distribution of bicycle helmets to those in need following education presentations.
The grant program runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.
“Our goal is that education will change poor behaviors and make our roads safer,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “This funding will help ensure the safety of those out biking or walking.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
*PLAYA – NEWS: PLAYA VISTA FARMERS MARKET GOING STRONG
Playa Vista Farmers Market
The Playa Vista Farmers Market is still open, but with precautions! Elderly or endangered individuals may enter at 9 a.m. and everyone is required to wear a mask. Online ordering is available. Live music, handmade jewelry, fresh produce, and more is available every Saturday at 12775 W. Millennium Drive.
Playa Vista Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit farmermark.com/playavista
*PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET KENT:
Kent has lived in Playa del Rey since September 2014
Now You Know……..
- Loves Tito’s Tacos
- Learned to ice skate at age 5
- Has never taken an Uber ride
- Loves finger painting
- Had a crush on Meg Ryan in High School
- Has high cholesterol
- Is allergic to cats
- Loves ballroom dancing
- Favorite TV show: 60 Minutes
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*PLAYA – SPORTS: CULVER CITY’S HIGHLY RANKED FOOTBALL TEAM IS TRAINING AND HOPING AT THE SAME TIME
Culver City High School’s head football coach, Jahmal Wright
CityCulver City’s football team is training hard and everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that their will be a season played despite the coronavirus. The Centaurs have a lot to lose if their season is cancelled. They are ranked 24th in the State of California and 16th in Southern California. These are the highest rankings in Culver City history. “Our physical distancing workouts are going well so far,” said Centaur head coach Jahmal Wright last week during a telephone interview. “It’s very different from what we are used to but we are following all of the protocols and attendance has been well. Guys are excited and team camaraderie is good and our senior leaders are really leading the way working hard. I pray that the season goes well.”
Although Wright is the head varsity coach he is responsible for two other teams, the Junior Varsity and the Freshman team. All three are working out at different times. “We are treating these workouts like our summer workouts,” said Wright. “We are just trying to get our guys in shape physically.” Their first game is January 8, 2021. Like sports all over the world you can throw the calendar out the window. Teams are trying to play whenever and wherever they can. “Coaches are kind of creatures of habit, so our calendar is kind of topsy-turvy,” said Wright. “It’s new to us so we are adjusting as we go.”
Helping the Centaurs adjust is a team full of talented seniors. “Having the amount of seniors that we have on the varsity team defiantly has eased the transition into what we are doing,” said Wright. “It’s going to be a lot less practices and a lot less preparation time before the season starts. Having senior leadership has really helped us.” Some of those seniors are offensive lineman, Dylan Nichols, defensive back and wide receiver Emari Pait, strong safety and corner back Quinton Chapman, wide receiver Makai Cope, outside linebacker Antonio Moten, wide receiver and defensive back Legend Waring, quarterback Zevi Eckhaus, running back and defensive back Ayinde Bankole and defensive lineman, Adrian Simon.
Although the coaching staff has a senior laden team led by one of the best quarterbacks in the state in Eckhaus they are also excited about some of the younger players. “We know we have some talented young people, but they are unproven,” said Wright. “We won’t know how good they are until we start doing more football related activities. It’s early right now. We are still in the physical distancing mode, so we are not doing normal football activities.”
One young player that a lot of people will be watching is Wright’s freshman son. “I want him not to think about being the coach’s son and just have fun.” Culver City quarterback Zevi Eckhaus is a three year starter. Having fun is what Wright wants all his players to do, especially his all-everything quarterback Eckhaus. “Zevi is doing awesome. He is so much stronger and he has put on a few more pounds and Makai is really looking good. They will be one of the top quarterback-receive tandems in the state this year. Also, Ayinde is really looking like a senior running back and he should have a breakout year. Wright and his coaching staff are excited about the offensive and defensive lines. The offensive line will have three returning starters and they are one of the biggest lines ever at Culver City. Wright is beginning his 12th year as the Centaur head coach and his 21st season overall coaching football at Culver City. “We are adjusting and making it happen,” said Wright.
*PLAYA – YES OR NO: TANDY
Tandy has been working in Westchester since August, 2019
- Loves the L.A. Dodger – NO
- Mother was a bad cook – YES
- Loves the smell of gasoline – YES
- Sings in the shower – YES
- Smokes cigars – YES
- Only drink coffee on Christmas – YES
- Sleeps naked – YES
- Favorite reality TV show – Cheaters – YES
- Hates the smell of pot – YES
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*PLAYA – HEALTH: FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR INDIVIDUALS COPING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
The Life Adjustment Team in Marina del Rey is offering a free Zoom support group for people with mental illness experiencing increasing anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group is run by Cari Coulam, LMFT, Eric Carlson, LMFT, and KD Donovan, MA and is on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
For more information, call us at 310-572-7000 or sign up on meetup at the link below!
*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:
*PLAYA – READER COMMENT:
“I have been living in this area For over 20 years and your weekly digital magazine is a breath of fresh air unlike anything I’ve seen thus far I love Playa Vista People and the photos are always memorable with a great attitude. Thank you for an outstanding job had creating hey dynamic weekly forum for a dynamic area.” —– Gloria Demotte, Playa del Rey.
1.***My first year in Culver City I was a night-shift worker and naturally struggled with sleep. The problem I learned was because weren’t getting the environmental and social cues that help adjust the circadian clock. The most important of these cues, called zeitgebers (German for ”time givers”) is sunlight. —– Pamela C., Culver City.
2.***A divided government can mean measured change—and that is typically good for investors. But the end of political acrimony is nowhere in sight. —— Terrace Knight, Marina Del Rey
3. ***Can someone please explain to me why people on the West Side run/walk in the street, on the “outside” of parked cars when there is a perfectly good sidewalk on the other side of said cars? I find it to be an annoyance and hazard when driving, I simply don’t get it! —– Lynne M Osterman, Marina Del Rey.
4. ***Good news. A motorist who led authorities on a chase in a reportedly stolen car in the Venice area Thursday was taken into custody outside Venice High School. The chase ended about 7 a.m. when the woman pulled over and stopped near Venice Boulevard and Walgrove Avenue. The suspect’s name was not immediately available.The black Honda Accord was allegedly stolen in the El Segundo area around 6:30 a.m. —– Devin L., Marina Del Rey.
5.***Anxiety and depression naturally arise when we perceive we have no power over a situation. Doing something, such as documenting seasonal changes, is a way to restore a modicum of control and a sense of well-being. —– Dr. Emily Rosenblum, Culver City.
6. ***I can appreciate a sentimental or romantic film, but syrupy “chick flicks” are another thing altogether. —- Karen K., Westchester.
7. ***Another request: homeowners in the HOAs of Villa Vallarta, Villa Villetri ,Villa Alicante, Villa Marina IV, and V: Demand that your HOA Board write to Bonin’s office on behalf of all homeowners that these homeless trash piles risk our health (Covid19, rats, etc) and safety…not to forget our property values and endangering the kids, families & dog lovers who enjoy the Park. Act! Email or call Bonin’s office: 213/473-7011. Don’t wait until it looks like Brentwood & Venice…they are lost. —– Linda Healey, Marina Del Rey
8. ***My family now calls Lincoln Blvd. – “Stinkin’ Blvd”, for what I hope for all that are reading is obvious. The endless army of homeless, screaming, harassing others, lying in filth, urinating, shooting up, spitting, vomiting has been permitted to be so common most force themselves not to notice. And the City and police under their control, of course, do nothing, while watching hack politicians like Councilman Mike Bonis give speeches telling all who will listen how great he is. The street reminds me and many others of a scene out of central Appalachia that is haunted by the sort of sanity-draining eldritch monsters found in a Stephen King novel, or in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” —– Dr. Joanne W., Marina Del Rey.
9. ***”Several years ago, I was blessed to get the best chiropractor in Los Angeles, Dr. Robert Jeffrey (https://www.drrobertjeffrey.com/). I can’t recommend him more strongly.” – Darla Jennings, Marina Del Rey.
10. ***Burnouts in Westchester? Anyone hear any crazy burnouts near Loyola? It’s smokey on my street with burnt rubber. —- Thierry Guetta, Westchester