Playa Vista People 11/5/2020


Born in Sweden, Maja has been living in Marina del Rey since January 2001.

Now You Know….

  1. Prefers baths to showers
  2. Doesn’t eat breakfast
  3. Has been on 15 different cruises
  4. Only listens to classical music
  5. Refuses to use dating apps
  6. Loves classic movies
  7. Does Yoga daily
  8. Has no cell phone
  9. Has no pets


The Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) is providing free grab-and-go meals to all children, not just CCUSD students. According to CCUSD, the grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches are now available to all children 18 and under (not just CCUSD students) at all CCUSD school sites. Elementary School Sites are serving 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. Secondary School Sites are serving 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. the district says. In addition, free weekend meals are available as well. Weekend meals can be picked up with Friday meals. There is no pick-up on Saturday or Sunday, according to CCUSD.




Culver City is considering a new seismic strengthening law to address buildings of wood construction that have soft, weak, open walls at the ground floor that are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. The Culver City City Council may take up a new seismic strengthening ordinance to address “Soft Story” buildings in Culver City and will be holding a series of virtual meetings to gather input from the community (see more below). In earthquakes, many multi-story buildings with weak and/or open front wall lines creating a “soft-story” (i.e. buildings with tuck-under-parking) performed poorly and collapsed. Under a City of Los Angeles ordidnace on soft-story buildings, buildings that are most vulnerable have been identified with the following criteria:

  • Consist of 2 or more stories wood frame construction
  • Built under building code standards enacted before January 1, 1978
  • Contains ground floor parking or other similar open floor space

Culver City Virtual Meeting Info

See below for instructions

WHEN: Tuesday, November 03, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so before 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 03, 2020, and/or may attend the follow up meetings scheduled on November 10 and 19, 2020.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so before 12:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Persons who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to submit written comments may do so before 12:00 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2020

WHY: The purpose of the public outreach meeting is to engage in an informational discussion to help inform the City Council on the potential draft ordinance. Persons may submit comments BEFORE 12:00 PM on the day of the hearing by LETTER to the Culver City Community Development Department, Building Safety Division, Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd., 2nd Floor, Culver City, CA 90232,
E-MAIL to, or Phone at (310) 253-5802.

How to Attend the Meeting Remotely: All attendees must register to Attend on Webexafter which you will receive an email with directions and a link to join the meeting, once it has begun. Watch a video tutorial on how to register on Webex.
No Internet or computer? Please call (310) 253-5700 to request call-in information, no earlier than two days before the meeting.


Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin

Drive down Coral Tree Place in Westchester and there are RV’s on both sides. Some are obviously not going anywhere. One is dismantled and torn apart. Trash and junk are strewn about and blocking sidewalks. And all of this just a few feet from the Westside Neighborhood School. “One of my families did drive by one morning with her child in the car, and there was a man fully unclothed by his vehicle, which was an unsettling situation for a 4-year-old,” says school principal Brad Zacuto.

Parents feel this is dangerous for their children. Jeremy Dicker has children at the school. “When you see drug deals taking place and dogs off of a leash and people tapping into powerlines and water, it’s very concerning,” Dicker said. Right now they are only a few students at the school as allowed by the county department of health. But officials worry about what will happen when the entire school reopens. “We have a great deal of empathy especially at this time for vehicle dwellers but we have this situation and it’s incompatible with the health and safety of our school,” Zacudo said.

“I can go, I got family, I can go with my mom, I could go plenty of places,” said William Harrison, who lives on the street. We asked him if he and others would go to shelters. “They’re ready to go, and I understand about the kids that are here,” Harrison said. Zacuto had a conversation with Harrison, telling him, “We want to be a part of the solution and our school community will do whatever we can do to be supportive of these folks and help them find resources.” Parents and the school say they’ve reached out to the city and Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office.

Bonin’s office sent Eyewitness News a statement, which says in part:

“I’ve heard the concerns from neighbors and school officials… LAHSA has conducted outreach to the residents of the encampment, Sanitation has provided frequent service there, and DOT has issued citations to vehicles that are in violation of the existing 4-hour parking restrictions. No one deserves to live on the street, and the ultimate solution to this problem is to build more housing, and provide better Safe Parking alternatives in the area.”

Parents say that really doesn’t do anything to take care of their issue now and that’s upsetting. “I find it incredibly concerning that their needs, their rights are being put before our children’s and our most susceptible to concern, our children’s concern. It’s a big deal,” says Dicker. 


Founder of Urbanic Paper, Audrey Woollen,
– Playa Vista

If you’ve been to Runway in Playa Vista recently, you’re probably aware that Free Market, a modern retail collective of high end permanent and pop-up tenants, is set for a soft opening this November. And, if you’re a fan of Urbanic Paper Boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, you’ll be thrilled to discover that the unique stationery store will be setting up shop inside Free Market’s 21,000-square-foot space alongside Alchemy Works, County Line Florals and Mexican eatery Loqui, just to name a few. Founder of Urbanic Paper Boutique, Audrey Woollen, can’t wait to come to the tight-knit community of Playa Vista. Originally from Philadelphia, Woolen began her career in the fashion industry. But after a while, she wanted something in her life that felt more meaningful.

“I’ve always loved stationery and desk accessories, gift wrapping – all the little details that make someone’s day when they get something special in the mail. I had an aha moment in 2005 that I wanted to open a paper boutique. I was living in Venice Beach at the time and took a leap of faith in this idea,” she says. Surprisingly, Woollen was met with resistance when she told the people around her about her business idea. “People at the time told me – literally so many people told me – that it would never, ever work. At that time there was only bigger box stationery like Papyrus and I think Crane. The concept of what I’m doing now has since then spread out, there are others; it was definitely a new idea for something this niche to be there,” she says.

Abbot Kinney was gaining in popularity at that time and Woollen was eager to take advantage of that upswing. While freelancing in the fashion industry, “I was designing stationery out of a rented garage in Venice and selling it at Farmers Markets and we had an excellent response to it. It was not a dying art – opposite. People wanted more of it and to have accessibility to it,” she says. Woollen’s secret to success was not relying on just American designers, she also looked to Europe, Japan and Korea. “There were so many amazing lines [of stationery] that weren’t represented in these more chain stationary gift shops. I really wanted to put together something that was special and had an interactive experience to it,” says Woollen.

In addition to a retail shop with carefully selected merchandise, she sees Urbanic Paper Boutique as “a lifestyle establishment because we love doing events, workshops and super interactive and experimental things to bring people together. Woollen is confident her business will survive the pandemic, because it’s made it through rough times before. “In 2009 or 2010,” says Woolen, “we had the economy collapse. I did not know how we were going to get through that time. But we did. This time, as scary as it is, is exciting because I love a good push. When things get agitated, new opportunities and creativity start to bloom.”

Urbanic Paper Boutique is slated to open in November at Free Market in the Runway Playa Vista (12775 Millennium Drive.) Visit the original at 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice or to learn more. This story originally appeared in Playa Vista Direct.


Rhonda has lived in Playa Vista since September 2014


Incredible Playa Del Rey Trash Fairies who made it out for our Social Distance Group Fairying. They spread out to clean: the park, pacific, convoy, and esplanade. More love, less trash.


The sun sets over Marina del Rey (unretouched).



We are offering our ever-popular Braised Beef and Mushrooms, Moroccan Chicken Braise, and Curry Tofu and Vegetable Braise, served with your choice of organic brown, white rice, or mashed potatoes, exclusively at Playa Vista for just for $39. Like you’ve come to expect from Urban Plates, our chefs have put a tremendous amount of care into ensuring these revamped recipes are unique, delicious, and better than ever.It’s the perfect way to feed a family and is a nice homey touch as the weather cools.

Urban Plates – Playa Vista
12746-3 W. Jefferson Blvd
Playa Vista, CA 90094
P: (424) 256-7274


Selasie, has been a sales associate at CVS in Playa Vista for 8 months.

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


Satire signs posted on light poles are throughout the community attacking Councilman Mike Bonin.


The California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) is proceeding with its proposed July schedule and fall sports teams will resume respective practice schedules in early December. Winter and spring sports begin their respective seasons once fall sports conclude in late March and early April. Boys’ and girls’ cross country, football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ water polo are training now, will begin official practices in December and will start competing in January. Divisional playoffs and championships will be determined in late March and early April at the conclusion of regular season play.

Baseball and softball, competitive cheer, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ and girls’ track and field and boys’ and girls’ wrestling will begin official practices in March and will start competing in April. Divisional playoffs and championships will be determined in late May and early June at the conclusion of regular season play. CIF considered canceling the entire year of prep sports but ultimately decided against that option and condensed the three sports seasons into two. Each sport season has 72 days to complete their respective regular seasons and prepare for postseason play. It’s certainly a lot to take in but C.I.F. is determined to have high school sports in 2020-21.

Culver City has already begun “pod training” – each pod includes 12 students and one coach. Cross-country began with two pods this week and will expand to six pods in a few weeks. Football currently has 10 pods: seven for varsity and JV, and three pods for the freshman team. Water polo started with four pods and will increase to six pods in a few weeks. “A lot of happy students training with their fellow classmates,” said CCHS Athletic Director Tom Salter, who added that workouts are spread out over different days during the week and teams are fully complying with COVID-19 protocols.



Sit n’ Sleep Culver City, Assistant Manager Casey Thayer


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2. ***What a wonderful, spirited Halloween celebration at the Runway shopping center in Playa Vista! Nice to finally they doing something positive for the community. —— Nancy W., Playa Vista.

3. ***Someone shot a BB Gun and a pellet went thru our bedroom window and broke the glass and made a hole in the screen. Not sure if there are others it was done to in the neighborhood- Playa Del Rey near Manchester and Pershing. —– Laura M., Playa Del Rey.

4. ***Handyman: Westchester resident No job too big or too small, I do them all. I work alone, so you know it’s done right. Text or call, and leave a message. Feel free to send me a project list and include pictures if you can, it really helps. cell 818-424-9048 – Steve Crofts.

5. ***My cousin is in agriculture and finally got married. When asked how he found his wife he replies “ I tractor down” —- Frank Channel, Playa Vista.

6. ***We just moved to this neighborhood, and we love that it’s so family-friendly. So, what’s with the extremely loud bass parties? Is it college students? First of all, so disrespectful and kids are sleeping. Second of all, I’m gonna guess that mask-wearing is not happening. So isn’t this exactly how COVID-19 continues to spread? —– Tenley Hardin, Westchester

7. ***Do you have a story to tell (sell)? —– .

8. ***Wanted for a legendary pizza restaurant in Playa Del Rey. Hank’s Pizza is looking for a cashier. If you are interested, please call 310-497-6897 or email

9. ***The Free Bulletin Board in your Playa Vista People is a real and valuable community service. Thank you. —– Loretta S., Culver City.

10. ***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

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