Playa Vista People 12/23/2021


Diya has been living in Westchester since December 2014


Do you call all dogs “puppies”?
Do you like piña coladas?
Do you ever pick your nose when you think nobody is watching?
Have you ever worn underwear two days in a row?
Have you ever lied about having seen a movie?
Do you ever talk to yourself?
Do you ever talk to your pets?
Have you ever eaten at Baja Fresh?


Playin’ with makeup for the holidays in Culver City. If you live or work in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, or Westchester, please send your photos to us for publication.


Owner of The Format Mobile Coffee Co.

1. Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?
– I chose to conduct business in the Silicon Beach area because of its diversity, lifestyle, and my genuine love of this part of Los Angeles. After growing up in Irvine, CA, I spent some time in Santa Barbara, Hollywood, and San Francisco before coming back to SoCal where most of my immediate family lives and starting my coffee catering business, The Format Mobile Coffee Co.

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?
– Although The Format Mobile Coffee Co. is still a young business venture, I’ve realized that there are no off days. Having a business is like having a child, it requires constant attention and nonstop thought. The process in my work largely stems from my past experience in the catering and customer service industry. I’ve tried to learn as much as I could from my previous roles, finding out what works and trying to implement them as best I can within my own processes.

3. In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?
– As we moved here at the start of the Pandemic, I’ve definitely seen a different side to LA/SoCal than what I had seen growing up here. There has certainly been a lot of social tension in the air, businesses have been struggling, and many families have been having a hard time. I just hope the divisiveness comes to a halt and we can all find our peace so people can start helping each other again and rebuilding our sense of community and trust.

4. Where are your favorite places in Silicon Beach that aren’t well known?
– I really enjoy Dockweiler Beach and watching the planes fly overhead from LAX. I also love the south side of Culver City bordering Playa Vista as it’s very quiet, family oriented, and has a nice neighborly feel with many great shops and restaurants in the immediate area.


Have you ever been snorkeling?
–YES, but only twice. First when I was about 9 or 10, I went to Catalina Island with a friend and his family and attempted to snorkel, I wasn’t very good and sucked a bunch of water through the snorkel pipe. The second time when I was about 26 in Cancun at this awesome adventure park called Xel-Ha. I got the hang of it and saw some cool fish; it was like another world down there.
Do you have a secret talent?
–I like to beatbox sometimes. I’m not sure if I’m very good, but sometimes I’ll just lay down some beats – it sounds good to me.
Have you always lived in the same state?
–YES I have always been a California kind of guy although I could see myself living in New York one day, too.
Do you like baking?
–I am not much of a baker but I enjoy eating baked goods!

The Format Mobile Coffee Co. is an upscale specialty coffee catering company based in Culver City, CA. We service events of all kinds and bring the luxury coffee experience to you! Find us here on Instagram @TheFormatMobileCoffeeCo


Extraordinary seafood pasta at Cantalini’s in Playa del Rey.


The 59th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 11.


The Good Pizza

The Good Pizza in Playa del Rey.

Islands Closes in Marina:

It’s time to say goodbye to the familiar hamburger joint of your youth in Marina del Rey. The Islands restaurant at 404 Washington Blvd. is no more. The Marina del Rey location has ceased operations and now the closest Islands restaurant is the Westchester location at 6081 Center Drive. Yelpers reported that the restaurant had closed and calls to the restaurant are no longer answered. The chain’s website location finder defaults to the Westchester location when you search for the Marina del Rey location. An employee at the Westchester location confirmed that the restaurant closed last week.


Alberto Parada, co-owner of Mo’s Place in Playa del Rey.


by Alice Revel of Playa Vista

Sweet Fish Sushi

There are of course lots of lousy restaurants these days. Sadly, even many of the good ones in the past I’ve seen far better days. However, there’s one restaurant in Playa Vista that is particularly awful called Sweet Fish Sushi. I could complain about the service at Sweet Fish but that presumes there is any service. I felt more hospitality at the DMV during my last visit. In my three trips to the restaurant, each time this service has been mind-numbingly slow, the food quality less than mediocre, and the overall experience worth avoiding at almost all costs.

Paramount & Playa’s Cinemark Team Up for Scream Opening Night Fan Event:

Paramount Pictures and Cinemark Theatres has announced an “Opening Night Fan Event” to celebrate the debut of the Paramount and Spyglass Media Group feature film Scream, the next installment of the hit box office franchise of the same name. The event will take place at Cinemark Playa Vista and XD on Thursday, January 13, and will feature a live Q&A with actor David Arquette, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett, and executive producer & creator Kevin Williamson. This event comes as part of the film’s Scream in the New Year fanfare, in advance of the movie’s nationwide theatrical opening on Friday, January 14. Tickets to see Scream on the big screen are now on sale.


Julia Parker, an Actor in Marina del Rey.


Petals ‘n’ Wax

Jenilee Jimenez and Jessica Delamora of Petals ‘n’ Wax. Playa Vista People thanks everyone who showed up to the first Holiday Season Open House in December. Still time to get last-minute gifts and FREE GIFT WRAP with Purchase.

Petals ‘n’ Wax
Villa Marina Marketplace Mall
13432 Maxella Ave.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Hours 10 to 6 Every Day
(310) 305-8883


Smile, you’re on Candid Camera. Nicki from Playa del Rey. If you live or work in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, or Westchester, please send your candid photos to us for publication:


Purple Rain in Culver City.


Tony Gurra has lived in Playa Vista for the last three years.

Homeless Encampments Near Playa Vista School Horrify Parents:

Parents in Playa Vista were once again horrified after an RV caught fire on the street near where a week before a man’s body was discovered as they took their children to school. “Last week it was a tragic death. This week a fire,” said parent Brenna Vincent. It’s a concern for some residents as well: encampments growing close to the campus of Westside Neighborhood School. “It’s really sad to tell your child that these people are not being taken care of,” Vincent said. “And just kind of shocked and took it as a learning moment, took the time to pray and make sure there was no one in there,” Paula Gerez of the neighborhood council said. “It just can’t go on.”

Gerez heads up a nearby neighborhood council. She spotted the smoke Monday and came to see what was going on. It turned out the burning RV was in the same location a week before when a body was discovered on the sidewalk. “Since when did the rights of the unhoused supercede our children’s rights, the law-abiding citizens’ rights?” parent Jeremy Dicker said. Some parents want the new city code that forbids encampments within 500 feet of school enforced. But they say their councilman Mike Bonin won’t support them. “It just continues to fall on deaf ears,” Gerez said.


Outstanding Lasagna at Ritrovo in Playa Vista.


Christi C., a Media Buyer in Playa Vista.

Nude Suspect Breaks Into Mar Vista Home

A naked suspect broke into a home in Mar Vista this week, police said. Two adults and a child were inside a Westside home about 7 a.m. Wednesday when a naked person threw a rock into a window, opened the front door, and walked inside the home in an undisclosed location, according to Lt. Ensley of the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division. The victim took his child and ran outside, Ensley said. The other victim locked herself in an upstairs room. Both called the police for help. “The crime in this city is out of control!” said one police officer. “The criminals are convinced that they are in charge and sadly they are correct,” said Leslie G, a long-time area resident, and business owner.


Smile, you’re on Candid Camera. Having fun at night at the beach in Playa del Rey. If you live or work in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey or Westchester, send your candid photos to us for publication.


1. ** What I value most is that I feel like I get the most unfiltered, unbiased news available, with all sides of the story with the LBN Examiner – —- Rory S., Playa Vista

2. ** Phone stolen. My daughter was waiting at the bus stop at 5:30 last eve at Manchester and Market. She was on her phone. There were other people waiting also. A young man just grabbed her phone from her hand and ran off. Just sayin,’ Be careful. Be aware. —- Beth Rubenstein, Westchester

3. ** I left my home for 20 minutes and saw this gold minivan parked up against my garage door. When I turned the corner, I clicked the garage door opener and luckily it didn’t open because it would have smashed this minivan and whoever was outside the sliding door. I thought it was strange but unfortunately, I give people the benefit of the doubt. It took about a minute before they finally drove off with the sliding door open. I then noticed that they had used a tool to cut through the steel bars so that they could break into the garage and take whatever they wanted. —- Goose J., Del Rey

4. ** Santa Monica is depressing! I go to Glendale/Burbank, they all have backbones to stand up for justice. Santa Monica in contrast has a spineless cesspool of overpaid liberal brainwashed politicians & administration patting each other on the back & quitting when convenient. Every other storefront is empty: businesses have left forever because they know neither the majority politicians, nor the SMPD, nor the community supports businesses! —- Yeva M.

5. ** My motherly intuition senses that my baby is an old soul, recalling many past lives. —- Heather P., Playa Vista

6. ** California State University is poised to drop the SAT and ACT as an admissions requirement. The move would put California in the disgraceful vanguard of a national movement to eliminate standardized testing, natch. —- Clarence C., Marina del Rey

7. ** Although everything about my next-door neighbor was theoretically perfect, personally I hadn’t been particularly impressed. Okay, maybe it was sour grapes. —- Elizabeth Y., Playa del Rey

8. ** Dead body on the sidewalk on morning commute taking my daughter to school 12220-12230 West Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles —- Danny Carrillo, Del Rey

9. ** “Porcupines must be delicious, or they wouldn’t need their quills for protection.” —- Pedro O., Playa del Rey

10. ** Someone saying you’re gaslighting them when you’re not is them gaslighting you into thinking you are. —- Lenny R., Culver City

11. ** Andrea from Escape Day Spa in Playa Vista is an extraordinary massage therapist. Highly recommend. —- Darlene M., Playa Vista

12. ** I can’t stand when restaurants charge for things and don’t tell you. Unethical, not to mention tacky. —- Waldo W., Culver City

13. ** The $7 Oreo Cookies N’ Cream shake at Hopdoddy is awful. Threw it out. —- Kate M., Playa del Rey

14. ** If my wife ever discovered I dress in drag, she and the kids would kill me. —- T.K., Westchester

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