*PLAYA PEOPLE–MEET ROSANNA:
President of YogaWorks
Rosanna McCollough joined YogaWorks in February 2015 as President and Chief Operating Officer, initially managing studio operations, marketing, teacher training, MyYogaWorks.com, human resources and IT, before being promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2016. Before joining YogaWorks, Ms. McCollough was Chief Operating Officer of Merle Norman Cosmetics, where she was primarily responsible for managing the company’s operations, advertising, product innovation, training and merchandising.
Previously, Ms. McCollough worked as General Manager of Evite.com, where she managed all areas of the business. Prior to that, Ms. McCollough was the Senior Vice President of WeddingChannel.com, in charge of various aspects of the business from product development and editorial to profit and loss responsibilities of their registry, local advertising and e-commerce business units. Ms. McCollough also has worked in marketing and product development roles with Neutrogena Corporation, Max Factor, and Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising. Ms. McCollough is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in English.
*PLAYA – NEWS: STUDENTS PETITION LMU AFTER BEING FORCED TO LEAVE CAMPUS WITHOUT TUITION REIMBURSEMENT AMID COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:
Thousands of people — among them Loyola Marymount University students, professors and alumni — have signed a petition demanding partial tuition reimbursement, continued payment of students in work-study programs and accommodations for those who may struggle with online courses. LMU, which has joined schools across the country in moving classes online and closing on-campus housing as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise, is one of the most expensive university’s in the country, charging at least $70,000 a year for tuition, books, housing and food.
LMU Provost Thomas Poon wrote: “LMU has taken extraordinary steps to safeguard our community in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. I am acutely aware of the challenges that these necessary actions have created for our students, faculty, and staff. Through it all, I’ve witnessed the professionalism, commitment and resilience in our community that I am confident will sustain us during this uncertain time.”
*PLAYA – NEWS: ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ TO MEDICAL WORKERS WITH A HOPDODDY BURGER IN PLAYA VISTA:
During these stressful COVID-19 shutdowns, you still can pay it forward in Playa Vista. Buy a burger at an area Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and not only will you help a local restaurant, but you’ll also support medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The Texas-based, burger-and-beer chain on Wednesday kicked off its “Pay It Forward” campaign, with two participating Southland sites, where burger-buying patrons can buy one burger for themselves and donate — at no charge — another to local healthcare professionals, those diligently manning 24-7 the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in 2010 in Austin, the business, which prides itself on its prime beef and blended burgers mixed with beer.
*PLAYA – NEWS: USC EXPERTS EXPLORE NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO COMBAT COVID-19 IN PLAYA VISTA:
In response to the coronavirus health crisis, USC researchers have made a hard pivot, adapting labs and lessons learned from treating other diseases to help check the virus and save lives. At their disposal are numerous technologies that give a human advantage, despite the fast-break spread of COVID-19 once it exited central China and spread across the globe. The disease has afflicted thousands of Californians and poses a serious risk to public health and the world economy. Among tools at their disposal, USC scientists and engineers turn to new technologies unavailable during past pandemics. Tools such as supercomputers, software apps, virtual reality, big data and algorithms are now in play. They are using the tools to find ways to search and destroy coronavirus DNA, turn smartphones into personal protection devices and use people-friendly simulators to help cope with the crush of medical cases.
At the USC Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista, computer scientists are developing virtual reality and simulated human characters as part of the effort. Sharon Mozgai, associate director of medical VR, is adapting a “battle buddy” virtual human agent the ICT developed for the military for the coronavirus outbreak. “ICT has extensive experience in the development of virtual human and VR applications for humans that are very well suited to help with coronavirus,” she said.
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The coastal community of Marina del Rey, California, is located in the center of Los Angeles’ Westside between Venice Beach and Playa del Rey, 4 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport.
Marina del Rey comprises 807 acres, of which half is under water. The approximate borders include the area west of Lincoln Boulevard, east of Via Dolce, north of Ballona Creek, and south of Washington Boulevard/Oxford Basin. This area above and below water is entirely owned by the County of Los Angeles and is leased out to private leaseholders on long-term agreements. The community is surrounded on three sides by the City of Los Angeles. (The greater Marina del Rey area has different boundaries.)
As defined in the U.S. Census, Marina del Rey CDP (Census Designated Place) has a population of 8,866. The community includes 4,602 boat slips in 22 anchorages and marinas, 5,445 rental apartments, 600 condominiums, six hotels with 1,103 hotel rooms, and 1 million square feet of retail, office, and restaurant development.
This area is governed and serviced by the County of Los Angeles and rests under the management of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors. Citizens are represented by their elected local Supervisor to the Fourth District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Public safety services are provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Utilities are provided by Southern California Edison, L.A. County Waterworks District #80, Verizon Telephone, Time Warner Cable, and Southern California Gas Company. While there are no schools within this portion of Marina del Rey, public education is provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Greater Marina del Rey Area
The greater Marina del Rey community is defined by the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Census as the zip code area 90292. It has a population of 21,576 and includes portions within the City of Los Angeles and portions within an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Governance in the portion located within the City of Los Angeles is provided by the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles City Council, the elected City Council Member for the 11th District, as well as portions of the 2nd and 3rd Supervisorial Districts of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Public safety services are provided by the Los Angeles Police Department. Utilities are provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, AT&T Telephone, Frontier Cable, and Southern California Gas Company. Public education is provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Businesses in the area are represented by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
To learn about the history of Marina del Rey, visit the Marina del Rey Historical Society museum at Fisherman’s Village. Connect with the society online at marinadelreyhistoricalsociety.
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Tosca Musk is a romantic at heart. The Playa Vista resident has made a career of writing, directing and producing films in the romance genre, but her current infatuation is with digital entrepreneurship. Forward-thinking and tech-savvy, her latest venture is the creation of Passionflix — a streaming platform created specifically for fans of the romance genre. Until Passionflix, she says, “There has never been a place where you could find great romance movies that you know are going to take you on an emotional roller coaster, but are also going to have a happy ending.” The “emotional roller coaster” of romance stories, says Musk, is what allows people to laugh and cry —validating a range of powerful, real-life emotions. “We wanted to create a space where a woman can rejuvenate at the end of the day, watch a story without the fear of something evil lurking around the corner, and there’s a happy or hopeful ending. Overall it’s a really positive experience.”
Musk has recently wrapped filming on “Gabriel’s Inferno,” based on the steamy novel from Sylvain Reynard that has a massive fan base. She also plans to direct four more films this year, including “Three Wishes,” based on the best-selling book by Kristen Ashley, about a young woman who inherits her own personal genie. “We work very closely with the authors to adapt the stories and bring these books to life as the fan would want,” explains Musk. Musk — whose famous brothers are indeed Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk and The Kitchen Restaurant Group founder and food education activist/philanthropist Kimbal Musk –– says she’s making inclusivity a priority for new content. Currently, most of the characters featured in films available on the streaming service are heterosexual Caucasians, but she wants those offerings to be more representative of her audience’s diversity.
Musk’s broader content mission also involves removing cultural stigmas about female sexuality. “One of the things that really frustrates me is this double standard: If men discuss sex, suddenly they’re macho, awesome human beings; but if a woman discusses sex, she is looked down upon — she’s shamed. That’s unfair and immediately puts us in a much lesser place in society.” As she continues to grow her company, Musk loves being able to live and work in Playa Vista. “I moved into Playa Vista in 2012, when it wasn’t crazy expensive,” she says. “Everyone I know outside of Playa Vista calls it Pleasantville because everyone in Playa Vista is so pleasant, which I love.”
Erik Anderson | Psychotherapist
Erik Anderson Therapy
Q: Where were you born?—I was born in Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and grew up in the South Bay.
Q: Where do you work, and where did you go for your job training? What drove you into the career field you are currently in?—To become a psychotherapist, I attended the Marriage and Family Therapy program at California State University, Long Beach. I had found individual therapy immensely helpful for my own wellbeing and I wanted to provide that service to others. I find it incredibly rewarding to develop genuine relationships with people and help them get where they want to go personally and psychologically.
Q: How did you end up in Playa Vista?—After you finish your graduate program to be a psychotherapist you still have to complete thousands of supervised hours before you get a license to practice independently. So after finishing my graduate program, I moved to New York where I worked providing couples therapy in a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. On the side I worked as a math and science tutor, taking the train all around the city to meet with students. Coming back home from New York, I got a place on the Westside, in Mar Vista. It took a few more years of work before I completed all my hours and the clinical exam for licensure. After getting licensed, I looked for a place to open my private practice. Santa Monica is saturated with therapists but I saw that there weren’t many therapist Playa Vista, much closer to home for me, had very few. So I started my practice where I provide individual therapy and couples therapy right on the border of Culver City and Playa Vista, adjacent to Mar Vista and Playa Del Rey as well.
Q: Where are your favorite places to go on weekends?—My favorite weekend is getting out of town to Joshua Tree. The beautiful, alien landscape there is unbelievable.
Q: Do you visit Playa Vista often?—Playa Del Rey is one of Los Angeles’ best-kept secrets. Growing up in the South Bay, I knew Vista Del Mar would get me through the little corner by the sea where The Shack has been for ages. On date nights, I like going to The Tripel and Playa Provisions. Went to the Harbor Room for the first time last week as well!
Q: Any local traffic shortcuts that you would choose to share?
It’s no secret, but everyone who lives in Playa Vista or Playa Del Rey knows that it’s quicker to take Vista Del Mar to get to the South Bay. Google Maps outted that secret long ago. Let’s just hope we can keep that bottleneck open where Pacific Ave merges with Vista Del Mar…
Q: Do you have family in Playa Vista?—My family still lives in the South Bay.
Q: Are there any community events you go to in Play Vista?—The Farmer’s Market – I’m a sucker for seasonal produce.
Q: There are so many great people and businesses in the Playa Vista community. Is there any of particular interest you would like to share?—I’m a geek for third-wave coffee, so I’m delighted there’s a Blue Bottle Coffee right by my office!
Q: What does the perfect day in Playa Vista look like to you?—Hike the Bluff Creek Trail all the way to The Tripel to get a burger!
*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE–Only Originals Allowed!:
1. ***Thank God for Jackie Keller and her great food delivery service NutriFit. They have been lifesavers for me and my family. —– Mercedes Ruble, Culver City.
2. ***I have been to the CVS at Runway in Playa Vista three times in the last two weeks and every time they didn’t have the things I need. I spoke with the manager who seemed completely clueless and indifferent. Very poor grade for CVS at this difficult time.
3. ***Safe Place for Youth continues to serve local youth in need through its Access Center. To make a donation, visit safeplaceforyouth.org.
4. ***Want to write a column for Playa Vista People? Looking for a columnist for our new, dynamic growing weekly digital magazine now reaching approximately 16,000 per week in Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, and Westchester. Send us an e-mail with your ideas and contact details to: PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net .
5. *** Wake Up People: This is as much a social crisis as a health crisis. —— Robin Pastore, Playa Del Rey
6. *** When I go into the restaurants in Playa Vista to get take-out food, I am greeted like the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Just a month early, in the same restaurants, they would barely say hello and certainly not smile. People respect wisdom by obey pain. —— Dr. Ricardo E., Playa Vista
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