Playa Vista People 8/12/2021


Melanie loves rides the escalator at Runway Shopping Center in Playa Vista.

FUN FACT: Melanie only shampoos her hair once a week and plays the harmonica.


TOKYO — Four championship finals in a row, four world records in a row. What more can be said of the Sydney McLaughlin-Dalilah Muhammad rivalry that has ignited the 400m hurdles into the most exciting event on the women’s program? For the second day in a row the 400m hurdles grabbed the world’s headlines, this time with McLaughlin (Playa Vista, California / USATF Southern California) shattering her own world record with a shocking 51.46, just ahead of 2016 gold medalist Muhammad (Fort Worth, Texas / USATF Southern California), who led much of the way and fought her way to silver in 51.58, also well under the world record set by McLaughlin at the Trials. Anna Cockrell (Waxhaw, North Carolina / USATF Southern California) was disqualified for a lane violation (Technical Rule 17.3.1).

Muhammad was out fastest and held a slight lead through the seventh hurdle, where McLaughlin started to draw almost even. Coming off the final hurdle still in the lead, Muhammad was caught by McLaughlin and the duo then gave it all they had over the final 40m. McLaughlin clipped .44 off her previous world record, the biggest reduction in the mark since 1984, and the American 1-2 with both women breaking the previous record reminiscent of the Kim Batten-Tonja Buford race at the 1995 World Championships, when Batten won 52.61-52.62.

Dating back to the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships, Muhammad and McLaughlin have met in four major finals and have set two world records each. Muhammad set the first at Des Moines with a 52.20, .68 ahead of McLaughlin, and then lowered it to 52.16 to win the world title at Doha by .07. McLaughlin returned the favor at the Olympic Trials in June, .52 up on Muhammad with her 51.90, and then today happened. At her medal ceremony, McLaughlin received the 1,000th gold medal awarded in Olympic track and field history.


Maverick Community is launching their first location at 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd.,Playa Vista, CA 90094, in the RUNWAY Playa Vista shopping mall. Maverick Community is a fitness studio collective created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, providing fitness and wellness professionals with sophisticated and fully equipped studios to grow and expand their personal businesses. Maverick Community’s 7,500 sq. ft. location features studio space for personal training, group classes (including spin, yoga, HIIT, and dance), and wellness activities for massage therapy, mindfulness coaching, physical therapy, and acupuncture.

Started by friends and successful entrepreneurs Michael Fishman, Christian Straka, and Steve LePore, Maverick Community supports independent entrepreneurs and strives to make fitness and health more accessible to everyone. Maverick Community includes a nonprofit component called Maverick Forward, committed to opening 20% of its locations in underserved communities. The launch weekend of August 6th and 7th is packed with donation-based classes, with all proceeds benefiting Free Arts for Abused Children – a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that uses art to restore hope, resiliency, and self-esteem in children who have experienced abuse, poverty, neglect and/or homelessness. Registration is available at

Read more about Maverick Community’s entrepreneurial journey by visiting their build in public site If you would like more information about Maverick Community, Maverick Forward, or for press interviews, contact Michael Fishman at or 323.417.9300.

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Art BellPlaya Del Rey West:

BUS IS BACK—THANKS TO ALL NEIGHBORS. Long Beach police called at 1:45 a.m. last night to say our VW bus had been abandoned near the port of Long Beach. Now safely back home, with no damage except ignition torn out when they hot-wired. Thieves even left us their screwdriver! Thanks to all our wonderful neighbors who chimed in with advice, camera checks, and sympathy. This is truly a community.


 Upcoming Italian destination Etta is almost ready to serve in Culver City. The long-awaited project, first announced back in 2019, is the work of one of Chicago’s most prominent restaurant groups, known as the What If Syndicate. Celebrated chef Danny Grant and company — who are also expanding to nearby Beverly Hills with steakhouse Maple & Ash — are taking reservations for the pizza and pasta-focused spot now, with the first evening of full service slated for September 2. Former NoMad LA pastry chef Brad Ray is on as executive chef, meaning he’ll be running the day-to-day operations for the restaurant at the Ivy Station development. The group has further plans to expand Etta across Los Angeles, with a second location in West Hollywood coming sometime in 2023. The opening menu can be found here.


Wendi loves posing in Culver City.
Fun Fact: Wendi collects all things alligator.


The goggles. The mismatched sneakers. The Bobby Shmurda-inspired wiggle at the free-throw line. The big-time bailouts. There’s more of it in store for the Clippers – free agent guard Reggie Jackson has agreed to return on a two-year, $22 million deal, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and confirmed by a league source. Jackson can sign Friday, the NBA’s free agency moratorium having ended. The Clippers will sign Jackson with the Early Bird rights exception that required a minimum of two seasons (without an option). The Clippers now have 12 guaranteed contracts – without star forward Kawhi Leonard, who is expected to re-sign – on the books and still have the $5.9 million mid-level exception to offer another free agent.

Jackson, 31, was a late signing last year, rejoining good friend Paul George on the team on a veteran’s minimum worth about $1.6 million. He became a mainstay during the regular season, helping the Clippers stay afloat despite key injuries, and he proved to be one of the Clippers’ primary catalysts in the postseason. “The more I stayed myself, the more this team empowered me to be myself and I was able to find success.”

For the Clippers’ part, Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, made it clear last week they wanted him back: “Reggie is such a great, great story when you think about how things changed for him in 12 months after the bubble to then come in in the different roles and then eventually starting, and then what he did in the playoffs and the run he had, it makes you really, really happy for him.”

And while much of the team’s fan base held its breath this week waiting for news about both Leonard’s free agency plans and Jackson’s, too, rookie guard Jason Preston offered a hint Thursday when he said Jackson – who averaged 10.7 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game in the regular season – was among the Clippers he’d met in his first week on the job at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista.


Producer Ed Rivero oversees branded content productions throughout North and South America. As Managing Director of The Cortez Brothers, Inc. (online at, and on social media @CortezBrothers), he wrangles the productions and careers of more than a dozen working, professional directors all around the globe.



We have some great new photos of Justin Bieber on the soccer field! The 27-year-old singer was seen in his Churchome gear while playing in his soccer league on Saturday (August 7) in Playa Vista, Calif.

After the game ended, Justin was see going barefoot while walking out of the park and back to his sprinter van. A security guard escorted him back home. Justin was spotted the night before with his wife Hailey during a date night at the sushi restaurant Nobu in Malibu.


We hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!💥
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Sophia has been living in Marina Del Rey since September 2019


– Would you rather always have a mullet haircut or a ponytail haircut? NEITHER, BUT WOULD LOVE TO BE BALD FOR A DAY JUST TO EXPERIENCE IT.

– Would you rather always have bad gas or always have a really dry mouth? I ALREADY KNOW WHAT BAD GAS IS LIKE WHENEVER I EAT MEXICAN FOOD.

– Would you rather be a high school teacher or a clown? A CLOWN, FOR SURE.

– Would you rather be forced to dance all day, every day, until you get a perfect score on “Dancing with the Stars,” or be forced to eat mashed potatoes until you get a perfect score on “Beat the Chefs”? I LOVE TO DANCE SO YOU FIGURE IT OUT.

– Would you rather be forced to listen to the same 10 songs on repeat for the rest of your life or forced to watch the same 5 movies on repeat for the rest of your life? TEN SONGS IF THEY ARE ALL VAN MORRISON.


Singer Katie Ferrara, at Runway Shopping Center in Playa Vista.


Larry Norman, daughter Linda and a friend. (Notice in the background, on top of the hill, sits Loyola University.)


Los Angeles County Public Health officials again Monday extended an ocean water use warning for people planning to visit two Los Angeles beaches after a 17-million-gallon sewage spill last month.

Health officials warned people to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers at the following beaches:

  • Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey
  • Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

Multiple beaches in the Santa Monica Bay were issued warnings following the spill July 11, including Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and San Pedro. Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents communities impacted by the spill, last week called for an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Given the severity of recent incidents, the subsequent and continued discharge of untreated and partially treated wastewater near highly trafficked beaches, and the lack of clear communication by the city of Los Angeles, an investigation into the facility’s operations, response, and environmental impact is warranted,” Lieu, D-Torrance, wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan and NOAA Administrator Richard W. Spinard. “As the city of Los Angeles discharged this wastewater and facility operators attempted repairs, key local first responders and nearby cities were not immediately informed of the discharge in the nearby ocean,” he said, adding that it may have violated a 2007 California law he authored to improve reporting of sewage spills.


The eye of a Playa Vista People weekly reader. Meet Rowan. Rowan has been living and working in Culver City since April 2020.


1. ***One of the hardest parts of napping on a schedule is quieting a too-loud brain. It’s easy to ruminate and stress, and to spend half an hour digging through your mind’s detritus rather than unplugging. —– Candace R., Westchester.

2.***You have more than 40,000 colors to choose from. So many, they’re running out of sensible names. —– Clancy O., Westchester.

3. ****The posted speed limit is the legally accepted maximum limit, but the socially accepted minimum limit. —– Gary B., Playa Vista.

4. ***“Your bank account can be empty but it can never be full.” —– Devin B., Playa Del Rey.

5. ***Westchester Park today 8/4/21. There is some sort of cleanup happening and fencing going around the ball fields to prepare them and hopefully maintain them to be usable. I.e. fixes sprinklers and gopher holes. The campers are having to move and clean their areas. Hopefully, they will clean and sanitize the library lot. The smell is horrendous. They can clean it. —– Julie Zaller, Westchester.

6. ***Every person has as much of a duty to avoid lawsuits as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck. —– Yani Z., Playa Vista

7. ***The world’s best B.S. Buster! —- .

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