Playa Vista People 9/16/2021


Shocking exclusive video of homeless sites on Glencoe Ave. in Marina Del Rey


 Stephanie Stewart, Playa Del Rey


Tony and Selma enjoy working away in Culver City.



Butter lettuce and blue cheese dish at Bull and Butterfly, Playa Vista.


Buffy has been living in Playa Vista since the day of her birth.

FUN FACT: Buffy eats carrots for breakfast.


Two businesses – one from Marina del Rey and another from Playa del Rey – are among the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., according to a new list released by The annual list highlights 5,000 of the country’s fastest-growing companies, which are ranked by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. The top 500 are then featured in the September issue of Inc. Magazine. Honorees must apply to be selected. In total, this year’s honorees brought in $248 billion in revenue and added more than 2.5 million jobs to the U.S. economy.  The fastest-growing company in the Playa Vista and Marina del Rey area is ChowNow, which powers online ordering systems for restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, helping them get online quickly and complete delivery and pick-up orders. In all, the company grew more than 414% in the past year.  Here’s a look at other companies in the area that made the list:

  *   Ranked No. 1,170
  *   Location: Playa Vista
  *   Industry: Software
  *   Overall Growth: 414%

  *   Ranked No. 1,894
  *   Location: Marina del Rey
  *   Industry: Advertising & Marketing
  *   Overall Growth: 236%

Former abandoned site of Jerry’s Deli in Marina del Rey



Mindi has been living and working in Playa Vista since April 2019.


Do you have a secret talent?

Have you ever been arrested?

Have you ever pranked someone and had it go horribly wrong?

Did you have pets growing up?

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Have you ever had a bad break-up?

Have you ever created and buried a time capsule?

Do you smoke pot?

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Mara Epstein, Westchester:

Crime in Playa del Rey/ My citizen’s app hasn’t stopped beeping Can’t walk the hood as I don’t know who will be walking beside me. Honestly, I am from New York, and fear never entered into my life. However, now It’s getting really serious I have empathy and recognize that veterans are homeless and on our streets. Shame on us for not taking care of people that took care of us. I completely understand that it isn’t all veterans but sick people who rely on drugs. I understand lots of steps and financing plays a big part in the solution. I’m not asking for a solution, asking how we can keep our neighborhoods safer. Perhaps we need a neighbor watch. Folks, it’s our problem that isn’t a quick fix but I think we must be more aggressive to live in this hood I welcome all import and would meet with anyone who would like to get on board. Can’t rely on our local government – can we? Be safe!!!


It’s sleep time in Playa Del Rey. 


Founder at Fernanda Ferreira

1.  Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?  
-Because I used to live in Marina del Rey about 10 years ago, and I’ve been watching the growth of the Playa Vista community, now called Silicon Beach. I fell in love with the energy that this place has. 

2. What would you say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?
-I would say believing in myself and working hard work; nothing comes easy. I believe everything can be accomplished when you set your heart to it. 

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from?
-Yes, I do! Hopefully, Escape Day Spa will be a chain in the future, providing quality spa services to people all over.

4.  In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  -Since 2006 I’ve seen Playa Vista expanding tremendously, with nice buildings and now the technology industries. But I always noticed the green areas were preserved, keeping some naturally beauty as the area continues development. 


1. Are you scared of heights?

2. Do you listen to The Beatles?

3. Have you vomited in the last year?

4. Does your car have seat warmers?

5. Have you smoked at least one cigarette in the last year?



Yummy fresh food at Playa Vista Framer’s Market on Saturday Morning

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Andrea Shuf, Playa Del Rey:

Homeless man sleeping inside a play structure at Alla Park.

Absolutely unacceptable for our children to have to dodge someone passed out on their play structure at the park.


A special video message from Petal’s N Wax Owner, Evelyn Taplin


1. *****The sad L.A. Times has become a joke! Pathetic. —– Dr. Grant S., Marina del Rey.

2.***I had a lovely experience at Bull & Butterfly last night for dinner. The food was dynamic and even if this difficult time, the service was quite good. —– Jonathan L., Playa Vista.

3. ***There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. —– Alice W., Culver City.

4. *****The Bull & Butterfly seems to me to be a restaurant in transition getting better and better than its rather dreadful opening. —– Claude Q., Culver City.

5. ***My daughter, Olivia, has ebullient spirits were always on tap on the slightest provocation, and, as he was afterward to demonstrate, he could weary a puppy with play. —– Virginia L., Culver City.

6. ***Dude, Ice skating is walking in cursive! —– Heather R., Culver City.

7. ***The P.R. Revolution is underway. Witness here:

8. ***Tragically, President Biden is making Jimmy Carter look good in hindsight. —– Dr. Blair P., Marina Del Rey.

9. ***The police officer in Culver City doubted my clairvoyance until I was able to lead him to the missing woman’s remains. —– Ashley W., Westchester.

10.  ***Playa Vista is a real-life Xanadu boasts its own elite class of intriguing artists! —– Mary M., Playa Vista.

11. ***I am on area Councilman Mike Bonin’s mailing list and I’ve never read so much self-congratulatory BS in all my life! According to him and his marvelous team, they are doing a great job and we should be so so lucky to have them representing us. These people are living in an alternative universe and I can’t wait for the successful recall. —- Darla P., Playa Del Rey.

12. ***Best (most trusted) Electrician in the area – Mike Packham “Winner “Best of Los Angeles Award 2020” Best Electrician. Licensed and bonded. Trusted in the community for decades. Working in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester. Call 310-430-4174

13. ***The construction on Via Marina of the Courtyard Hotel and the LA City underground sewer project ended about three months ago, yet traffic on Via Marina is still restricted to one lane each way. My requests to the offices of Councilman Mike Bonin and Supervisor Janice Hahn to get the road opened were ignored. It is this lack of a constructive dialog with their residents that really reinforces the feeling that they just do not have time for us. Unfortunately, we elected them, but now it most certainly appears time to replace both of them. —– Susan Dingle, Marina Peninsula

14. *****Need a good electrician? Go to the area’s best, Mike Packham. Chosen as the “Best of Los Angeles Award” winner for 2020. He has been working in the area PlayaVista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester for well over a decade and is licensed, bonded, and trusted by your neighbors. Outstanding, reliable service with reasonable pricing. Mike Packham 310-430-4174


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