Playa Vista People 5/4/2020

*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET BIPPY: NOW YOU KNOW…

Bippy has been working in Playa Vista since March, 2019.
Now you know :

  1. Has been on plenty of fad diets.
  2. Lost both parents at age 9.
  3. Sleeps 9 hours a night.
  4. First job at Arby’s at age 15.
  5. Swims daily.
  6. Has a pet turtle.
  7. First tattoo at age 17.
  8. Has a crush on Jay Leno.
  9. Hates getting sunburned.

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*PLAYA – NEWS: GOOGLE IN PLAYA WILL REOPEN OFFICES ON VOLUNTARY, LIMITED BASIS

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google announced this week it will reopen its offices gradually starting in July, offering employees the choice to return, and with social distancing measures applied, the company announced Tuesday at 12422 W. Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista. From Silicon Valley to Silicon Beach, companies are changing their approach to offices and beginning to offer many employees the chance to work from home permanently. In a message from Google CEO Sundar Pichai, he described what returning to Google offices might look like in the coming weeks. “Beginning July 6, assuming external conditions allow, we’ll start to open more buildings in more cities,” he said. “This will give Googlers who need to come back to the office—or, capacity permitting, who want to come back—the opportunity to return on a limited, rotating basis (think: one day every couple of weeks, so roughly 10 percent building occupancy).”

*PLAYA – NEWS: MARINA’S LEASELOCK PARTNERS WITH RESIDENT RELIEF FOUNDATION TO HELP RENTERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Derek Merrill, Founder and CEO of LeaseLock

LeaseLock, headquartered in Marina Del Rey, the first and only nationwide A-rated lease insurance provider that totally eliminates security deposits, surety bonds, and guarantors in rental housing, today announced a partnership with The Resident Relief Foundation (RRF). The RRF Resident Relief Initiative is a coalition of leading multifamily organizations to raise $10 million to help residents nationwide struggling to pay their rent because of coronavirus-related job loss or illness. As such, 100% of donations activated through LeaseLock COVID-19 Alerts will go directly towards rent relief. “Our mission is to help the world find home. We designed our product with this core principle in mind and never has it been more important,” said Derek Merrill, Founder and CEO of LeaseLock. “The pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on renters. I’ve watched the multifamily industry come together to help residents —offering relief programs and flexible payment arrangements to keep people in their homes. We’re looking to do our part and partnering with an incredible organization like RRF is a very powerful way to do just that.”

*PLAYA – NEWS: POLICE UNCOVER MORE INFORMATION IN RECENT BURGLARY ARRESTS:

Two suspects were arrested on suspicion of burglary in Culver City last month after officers discovered other people’s identification cards, account information, checkbooks and vehicle registration in other people’s names in their possession, officials said. Culver City police officers were on patrol on May 21 and stopped a vehicle, initiating the stop for vehicle code violations, police said. “The officers developed probable cause to take the suspects into custody as well as search the vehicle,” Community Relations Officer Marissa Yabko from Culver City Police Department said. “The Officers contacted CCPD Detectives and advised them of the account information, checkbooks, ID cards, credit cards and vehicle registration in other persons names,” Yabko said.

*PLAYA – R.I.P. : CULVER CITY RALPHS WORKER DIES FROM COVID-19

A Ralphs employee in Culver City and another in Sherman Oaks were hospitalized and died from COVID-19 earlier this month, union officials confirmed Tuesday. The union confirmed the two deaths. The employees were not identified.

*PLAYA – PEOPLE: MEET TIA

Tia has been living in Westchester since August 2017.

*PLAYA – MEMORY LANE:

On May 31, 1924, a fire tore through the Hope Development School in Playa del Rey, killing two dozen people. Most of them were girls or young women with intellectual disabilities. The fire broke out about 9 p.m. on a Saturday. It started in a first-floor room on the south side of the structure and quickly spread. The staff and residents quickly became disoriented, not knowing which way to escape. There were no fire escapes, exit lights, or fire extinguishers.  Multiple investigations ensued. A grand jury placed responsibility on the state of California and recommended: “that immediate steps should be taken to ensure the safety of similar institutions.”

*PLAYA – READER COMMENT:

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision and that is what your great, new digital magazine does each week. I look forward to uncovering the dynamic contents of Playa Vista People each Thursday! —–  Indigo Sinclair, Culver City.

*PLAYA – YES OR NO WITH: 

Dr. Lawrence Fung
Silicone Beach Dental | Owner/Dentist

Hearing young women say OMG over and over and over and over and over again, makes me want to puke

YES

Rap music sounds like music to slaughter cattle by
YES

Thinking about Janis Joplin as an old woman is a disturbing image.
NO

Richard Nixon was a sexy President.
YES

I hate when people bring their dog, dress in funny clothes to Home Depot.
NO

Baked beans give me gas.
YES

I would rather starve for a night than eat at the Olive Garden.
NO, I love their garlic bread.

The homeless problem in Los Angeles is starting to remind me of a Twilight Zone episode—
YES

I have smoked at least one cigarette in the last year
NO

Boob jobs are safe
YES

*PLAYA – EATS: AFTER 60 YEARS, CULVER CITY’S TITOS TACOS IS OFFERING SOMETHING NEW:

Tito’s Tacos, the beloved Culver City taco stand, will reopen on June 1 after a temporary closure. When they come back, not only will they be serving up the same hardshell tacos and other throwback dishes they’ve sold since 1959, but they’ll launch an online ordering system and local delivery service. Not content to simply sign up with one of the third-party apps, Tito’s Tacos has partnered with another small L.A. business, StreetSmart Messengers. Before a messenger is allowed to carry orders from the cafe, they’ll need to complete a California Certified Food Handler training course and a custom course developed just for Tito’s by a specialized food safety consultant. Orders will be packed into tamper-proof packaging. That peace of mind comes at a price, of course. Delivery fees start at $10 for orders within five miles of the restaurant and increase by $2 per mile outside that radius. If you’re farther afield, the new online ordering platform will also allow customers to order ahead for pick-up.

Inside the restaurant, customers will notice some additional health and safety upgrades. Floors will be marked with six-foot physical distancing markers for customers and workers in the kitchen, and Tito’s is installing two state-of-the-art plasma ion currency sterilizers for cash transactions. The same food safety consultant who designed the training protocols will also be making drop-in random inspections of the operation at least twice each week. “We’ve served the Los Angeles community for over 60 years and worked tirelessly to adapt to be able to serve our customers,” says Lynne Davidson, the current owner of Tito’s Tacos, which was founded by her grandfather. “We hope that our food offers a bit of normalcy and comfort to our fans who continue to support us.”

11222 Washington Pl.
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 391-5780

*PLAYA VISTA PEOPLE – Only Originals Allowed!:


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*PLAYA PEOPLE – MEET DYLAN: NOW YOU KNOW…..

Dylan has lived in Playa Vista since 2019.
Now you know that Dylan:

  1. Has seen Bruce Springsteen in concert 12 times.
  2. Loves prunes.
  3. Gets regular nose bleeds.
  4. Wants to date a girl who looks like Hilary Swank.
  5. Loves Johnny Carson.
  6. Believes that America should build a wall to stop illegal immigration.
  7. He is a big fan of Tucker Carlson.
  8. He refuses to valet park his classic 1971 car.
  9. His Sister and Mother have Multiple Sclerosis.

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*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD:

1. ***Congratulations to the People’s Republic of Santa Monica! Their newly appointed City Manager Lane Dilg had previous experience which includes time as a civil litigator at the American Civil Liberties Union which makes her a perfect fit for the radically declining City. —– Dr. Loretta Garcia, Marina Del Rey.

2. ***As a brand-new resident, I can easily say that Playa Vista’s heterochromatic personality shines with excitement. —- Leeza D., Playa Vista.

3. ***I pray that the ebullience of the Runway shopping areas began to returns someday. Right now, under construction forever, it is ugly and dead! —– Pam S., Playa Del Rey.

4. ***Want your own column in Playa Vista People? We are looking for local columnists to write about the people, places, and things in our community —- Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, and Westchester. Reach 18,000 of your neighbors with your words and idea. If you are interest send an e-mail to: PlayaVistaPeople@TimeWire.net

5. ***City National Bank is a great bank. I wish they had a branch in Playa Vista —- Helena K., Playa Vista.

6. ***Homeless Not Toothless is the best veteran’s homeless group in L.A. —– Randy Rubin, Culver City. 

Playa Vista People Edited By: Aurora DeRose  

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