Playa Vista People 2/12/2021


Destiny has lived in Westchester since April 2011

Now you know…

  1. Sucks at math.
  2. Loves poetry.
  3. Favorite singer – Van Morrison.
  4. Gives a great foot massage.
  5. Loves pickles.
  6. Friends think she is a bad-ass.
  7. Loves Reality TV.
  8. Mother died when she was 10.
  9. Carries no cash.


CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer, Karen S. Lynch

The Pharmacy giant CVS will begin vaccinating Los Angeles residents against the coronavirus as early as next week. One confirmed location will be the CVS in Playa Vista. The announcement represents a major step in the effort to vaccinate as many people as possible in the hard-hit Los Angeles region, but the supply shortage will remain a hurdle for the effort. Approximately 81,900 total doses are on “limited rollout” to CVS, sourced directly from the federal pharmacy partnership program. CVS will follow the state eligibility rules in setting appointments, starting Feb. 9, and will begin vaccinations on Feb. 11, they reported Tuesday.

In Los County, CVS Pharmacies vaccination clinics will be located in three Los Angeles locations, West Covina, Playa Vista, Norwalk, Granada Hills and Agoura Hills. Elsewhere in California, residents can find vaccines at CVS Pharmacies in Orange County, Bakersfield, Carmel, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Clovis, Eureka, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Modesto, Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, Sonoma, Sunnyvale, Ventura, and Yuba City. More local locations will be made available as the chain is allotted more doses, a spokesperson says.

“One of our greatest strengths as a company is our presence in communities across the country, which makes us an ideal partner for administering vaccines in a safe, convenient, and familiar manner,” said CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer Karen S. Lynch. “We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues whose dedication has allowed us to deliver care and peace of mind throughout the pandemic.” To get the shot, patients must register in advance at or through the CVS Pharmacy app on or after Feb. 9. People without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided. CVS already has played a significant role in vaccinating California’s most vulnerable by vaccinating residents and staff at more than 15,000 long-term care facilities.

– Marina del Rey

Trader Joe’s is raising its workers’ pay by an additional $2 an hour during the coronavirus pandemic, as Los Angeles weighs an ordinance that would mandate an extra $5 an hour for many workers at large grocery stores and pharmacies. The pay bump will bring hazard pay up by $4 an hour for Marina del Rey Trader Joe’s workers. The raise follows a similar $2-an-hour bump that the Monrovia-based company began offering last year.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trader Joe’s has provided all hourly crew members with an additional $2/hr `thank you’ wage, in recognition of the outstanding, inspiring work they do every day, in our stores and communities,” the company announced on its website. Effective Feb. 1, “the `thank you’ premium for all hourly, non- management crew members, was increased by $2, for a total of $4 an hour. Moreover, during this time, we have offered crew members a few additional ways to qualify for and maintain health insurance. We want crew members to have the opportunity to take extended time off without repercussions to their benefits.”

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed emergency ordinance that would require grocery and pharmacy retailers with 300 or more employees nationally and 10 or more employees on site to add the $5 hazard pay to all hourly, non-managerial employees’ wages for 120 days. The council directed the city attorney to prepare the ordinance and the chief legislative analyst to report on potential economic impacts of the measure and potential legal challenges.


– Culver City

Santa Monica-based Universal Music Group and TikTok are getting in sync with a joint licensing agreement announced Monday, adding even more music to the growing platform. UMG and TikTok, the video app with offices in Culver City, reached an agreement that company officials on both sides said is designed to enhance their existing relationship and benefit musicians. Users will now have access to UMG artists’ work and the label’s full catalog. It’s a big move for the app and the format of these real, short videos that focus on community-building, creativity and new music discovery for loyal users, TikTok said in a news release.

The deal, they said in a joint statement, “delivers equitable compensation for recording artists and songwriters” and will be used to help promote “the development of new innovative experiences and the ability to forge deeper bonds between fans and the artists and music they love.” The agreement covers recorded music from artists at UMG’s labels and songwriters with Universal Music Publishing Group. Universal Music Group recently removed its entire music library from video app Triller, a TikTok competitor, alleging Triller withheld payments to the music giant’s artists. Triller officials have denied those claims.

“UMG and TikTok will now work more closely than ever to promote ambitious experimentation, innovation and collaboration — with the shared objective of developing new music experiences and features,” said Michael Nash, executive vice president of Digital Strategy at UMG. “Driving new and deeper connections with fans, this agreement delivers equitable compensation to our recording artists and songwriters, as well as a commitment to develop industry-leading tools, A&R (artists and repertoire) insights and models necessary to advance their careers,” he said.

TikTok pledged to experiment with new features that will allow its users to incorporate clips from UMG’s entire catalog of music. “We are excited to enter this new era with UMG and UMPG to continue supporting artists and songwriters, by working together to help reach music fans on TikTok,” TikTok Global Head of Music Ole Obermann said. “Our platform has been a driver in creating chart hits, and licensing the world’s biggest catalog of tracks will continue to inspire our community,” Obermann said. “In turn, we are proud to partner with UMG and UMPG to be a source to help new talent emerge and to re-introduce legacy acts to a new audience.


– Playa Vista

CBRE has announced that it acquired Beezley Management, a Los Angeles-based construction management and advisory firm. Beezley focuses on real estate for sectors including hospitality, entertainment, sports, tech, education and health care. The firm’s projects include a training facility for the National Basketball Association’s L.A. Clippers in Playa Vista; earthquake renovation for L.A. Memorial Coliseum; and L.A. Valley College’s Monarch Stadium and Track & Field Complex. CBRE declined to share terms of the acquisition.

Jonathan Levy, Beezley’s principal and founder, will take on a senior leadership role with CBRE’s project management business in the Pacific Southwest, the brokerage said. Further, Beezley’s 25 professionals will join CBRE’s project management team. Beezley was founded in 1997 in the city of Calabasas. The firm’s portfolio also includes such projects as an 83,000-square-foot, mixed-use retail center on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, and the student bookstore at Los Angeles Pierce College. Sean Conry, senior managing director of project management for CBRE, said the acquisition strengthens the brokerage’s project consulting capabilities in Southern California.

Lonnie loves laughing in Playa del Rey.


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A pair of romantic comedies bookend a drama about one of history’s greatest rock stars starting next week, during Marina del Rey’s Marina Drive-In movie series. The first screenings start on Friday, February 12, with Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic, The Princess Bride, followed by 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody on February 13, and 2004’s The Notebook on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The drive-in movie nights are a spiritual successor to the popular Marina Movie Nights and annual summer concert series, all of which were canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

“So we thought that at drive-in would be a good way of still bringing the community together, but separately and safely,” said Nicole Mooradian, a spokesperson for L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors. DBH is sponsoring the event alongside the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re giving people an opportunity to get out of the house and go to a movie.”

The February screenings are a kind of pilot program, Mooradian said. If it’s successful, similar drive-in screenings could be added throughout the year. Screenings then continue every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month, at 6:30 p.m each night. Tickets are $20, plus a service charge, and must be bought online at Tickets must be bought online in advance — no drive-up tickets will be offered. Food will be offered on-site but must be purchased ahead of time. Food orders can be made during ticket check-out.


Mindi has lived and worked in Playa Vista since January 2016  

  1. Knows how to ride a motorcycle: YES
  2. Loves Japanese food: YES
  3. Love belly dancing: YES
  4. Cuts her own hair: NO
  5. Thinks wearing wigs are sexy: YES
  6. Refuses to eat at Subway: YES
  7. Stopped drinking beer three years ago: YES
  8. First got drunk at age 16: YES
  9. Studied Latin: YES


Eric Geffner captured this gorgeous, sunny view of Marina del Rey.


A chicken wing pop-up, from the family of Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant, is coming to the Culver City-area. As reported by What Now Los Angeles Crenshaw’s Chicken Spot will be coming to two local locations: the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Stocker St. on weekdays and at the Crenshaw Farmer’s Market in Leimert Park on weekends. The operation will be helmed by Erin Crenshaw (who also grew up in Crenshaw), who used to cook at her parents’ restaurant Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant. According to Crenshaw, to begin with, the restaurant will offer just buffalo, barbecue and jerk wings and french fries. For more information,


  • Age: 10 months on 1/30
  • Breed: Short Haired Tortie
  • Gender: Female
  • Likes: lounging in her cat tree, watching YouTube videos of birds, playing in empty Amazon boxes,  a good close-up (looking into the pet cam at night; see photo above), putting her face in the humidifier steam, the weekends (because that means she gets even MORE attention!)
  • Dislikes: the sound of the AC unit, when her dad yells at the TV while watching soccer, when her mom sings to her in a weird voice
  • Latest obsession: pulling her mom’s charger out of her laptop while she’s working
  • Was adopted from: spcaLA Long Beach
  • Her wish: For everyone to consider adopting a pet during this time!

There are tons of animals that are in need of a good home/family right now – especially during Covid because their owners passed away or just can’t take care of them anymore now that we’re staying home. Not only will these animals’ lives change for the better, but so will yours – having Harlow has made each day so much more fulfilling during these challenging times 😊

spcaLA was great and the staff was so kind, communicative, and professional – they have both a South Bay and Long Beach location. While I personally had a great experience with this organization, there are tons of others in the area that are awesome as well. Adopt!


Planning #valentinesday is hard enough without a pandemic on top of it. Let’s all help each other out, shall we? Drop your 2021 Valentine’s Day suggestions in the comments, and we’ll randomly select a winner next week for a complimentary #vday dinner for two!

You can pre-order our Valentine’s Day at Home 3-Course Dinner for 2 until Feb 11th. It includes a choice of two starters, two entrees, and two desserts – add a bottle of wine for just $20. Available for takeout only 2/12-2/14.

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


Hailey has been living and working in Playa Vista since August 2017.


 1.*** Dog waste does not go in the green trash can. The green trash can is for grass, tree branches, plants, etc… This kind of recyclables is turned into composing. If dog waste is mixed in with the green recyclables, then the entire batch of recyclables is ruined and must be transferred to the garbage landfill. Dog waste should be placed into a biodegradable trash bag and placed in the black can. —- Sharon Mills, Westchester

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3. ***What would you do? So back in March, my neighbor, due to Covid, moved his entire machine shop from Inglewood to his home here in Del Rey. He constructed an outdoor fabrication area off the back of his garage in his back yard for metal fabrication. What I thought was a temporary situation has turned into endless days of grinding, welding, air compressors, power machinery, mills, lathes, etc. His entire back yard has turned into storage for old motorcycles and machinery. Is this legal? —– Derek White, Del Rey

4.*** “The once great Main Street in Santa Monica is so deloptated and dead, the whole street could be turned into a morgue and no one would notice.” – Abby J., Marina Del Rey.
  5. ***I placed an order with Truxton’s American Bistro for delivery and didn’t receive any utensils in which I requested. Had to throw food away as I was in a hotel and they didn’t have any utensils on hand. —- Johnathan H., Los Angeles.

6. ***Why are CVS receipts so looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong? Annoying! —– Ashley P. Playa Vista.

7. ***The staff at Yummy’s is about as much use as a condom machine in the Vatican. —– Mary Q., Playa Vista.

8. ***Best area electrician: Electrics by Mike Packham: Mike Packham – Electrician – .Mike Packham Electric, a local family-run skilled electrician team, provides electrical and lighting need. Winner – “Best of Los Angeles Award – 2020” – Call 310-430-4174.

9. ***Did you know? Did you know that approximately 25,000 of your neighborhoods in *Playa Vista *Marina Del Rey *Culver City *Playa Del Rey *Westchester read Playa Vista People each week?

10. ***I dig your cool, free Bulletin Board. —– Jerome H., Culver City.

11. ***Driving an old car is indicative of being poor, while driving a REALLY old car is indicative of being wealthy. —– Dr. Herschel W., Playa Vista.

12. ***Children behaving badly in Loyola Village around LMU/Altavan Park.  Over the last several months groups of kids from St A’s and Visitation gather almost every day at the little LMU park on Altavan. Many of them ride their bikes around recklessly (no helmets, no masks, cell phones in hand), some ride electric scooters – sometimes 2 kids to a scooter (again no helmets/masks). I’ve now witnessed 2 kids running into cars, 3 fights, and tons of trash being tossed around. Many of these kids have no respect for safety, the environment, and unfortunately their neighbors. Parents where are you, and why is it your kids are so entitled?!?! —- Lynne McCoy, Loyola Village

13. ***Candy’s Meat Market at Robert’s Market. Wow, I just grabbed some Tomahawk Steaks at Candy’s in Robert’s Market. I went to get some of their famous carne asada (they have it seasoned) but when the Candy mam showed me those tomahawk steaks @ $24.99 lbs I had to grab some. This man has been in the meat business for 40 years!! He knows his stuff. On weekends you’ll catch him BBQ in the parking lot, ready to go ribs, sausage, and chicken. Candy’s is bringing QUALITY meats to us in Westchester. —- John Reyes, Westchester.

14. ***Raise your profile. Low cost. High impact. –

15. ***I helped my parents secure appts for their vaccinations, and was wondering if people know of any neighbors who may not be internet or smartphone savvy (or even users). Wondering if there is a group doing this, or if people know someone who needs help. I have some extra time so hopping online to book would be easy to do. Some sites require a good deal of health info as you book, but otherwise, it’s not a ton of info. And with 65+, all they need is their ID and appt QR code. And if anyone is looking for themselves, online, Thursday seemed to show a lot for the upcoming weekend, as well as checking in the afternoon around 4-5 pm, probably when cancellations for the next day roll in. —– Mel Der, Playa Del Rey

Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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