Playa Vista People 9/2/2021


 Andrey Bubukim – Aida’s Baking Company


Playa Del Rey, 1939.


Girl Power in Marina del Rey.

Meet Zoey and Charolette.


Gallagher has been living and working in Culver City since December 2020

FUN FACT: Has an awesome Batman book collection.


Kool people, Kool community.

*Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, Westchester.

25,000 readers per week. 


 A first for the fast casual industry, Plate Pass is a monthly subscription that makes all entrées $10 or less.

Urban Plates Grilled Grass Fed Steak Plate, normally $14.50, is $10 with Plate Pass

(SAN DIEGO, CA; Sept 2, 2021)- Urban Plates-the chef-driven, fast casual restaurant brand offering healthy, made-from-scratch meals at affordable prices-officially launches its subscription membership program, Plate Pass. The first of its kind in the industry, Plate Pass is a monthly subscription that makes every menu item $10 (or less) for a fee of just $10 a month.

Available exclusively on the Urban Plates app download for iPhone and Android for dine-in and takeout orders, Plate Pass offers the entire breadth of the Urban Plates menu, which includes over 30 individual entrées (average cost $13.50) across four sections (plates, salads, sandwiches, and bowls) for $10 or less. Plate Pass memberships are valid for one month from the date of purchase and automatically renew unless canceled.

Following a pilot program run, members saw an average savings of $42 per month using Plate Pass. To mark the official launch of the program and make the savings that much greater, Urban Plates is pricing its $10 Everyday Menu items at $9 exclusively for Plate Pass members. All of this is part of the brand’s mission to make craveable, wholesome, and healthy food accessible to all.

“Everyone wins with Plate Pass,” says Urban Plates Co-Founder and CEO Saad Nadhir. “Members get any of our entrees for $10 or less and save an average of $42 per month for a low $10 monthly fee.  The quality, variety, and great taste of Urban Plates is now accessible to all.”

For more information about the Plate Pass program, how it works, and how to sign up, visit

About Urban Plates

Urban Plates began in 2011 with a single restaurant in Del Mar, California; there are currently 19 locations, with more to come in 2021. Headquartered in Encinitas, CA, the brand has locations throughout San Diego, Orange County, and the greater Los Angeles area, with additional restaurants in Northern California and Washington D.C. Urban Plates’ expansive menu items are made fresh in-house, from scratch, every day and feature clean (organic whenever and as much as possible) ingredients. Recipes feature exclusively GMO-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free, grass-fed, and finished steak; line-caught tuna; sustainably sourced seafood; and humanely raised and sourced, cage-free, hormone-free chicken. The group works exclusively with farmers and ranchers that meet its ethical and environmental standards. With menus that include gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, pescatarian, low-carb, or any combination of the above, Urban Plates is committed to bringing variety and honest value to its guests. Follow Urban Plates on Instagram at @urbanplates<>, visit the brand online at<>, or on Facebook<>.


Saanvi has been living and working in Westchester since April 2017


Do you have a secret talent? YES, BUT IT IS SECRET

Have you ever been arrested? NO

Have you ever pranked someone and had it go horribly wrong? no

Did you have pets growing up? YES

Do you believe in life on other planets? NO

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


 “I’ve been living in this area for over 30 years and I must say you’re Playa Vista People digital magazine has brought to life and spirit our community. I look forward to reading Playa Vista People every Thursday and it’s brought joy to me and many of my neighbors.” —– Marvin H., Culver City.


Founder at Maverick Community

1.  Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?

Silicon Beach is the perfect first location for Maverick Community for so many reasons. (1) the residents are forward thinking with a desire to be healthy and fit, (2) the family friendly atmosphere is perfect for all of the fitness and wellness professionals catering to moms and young families, (3) the area is very entrepreneurial with a mix of tech companies and local mom and pops located on every corner, and (4) the Runway outdoor mall has excellent foot traffic, parking, and co-tenants that drive traffic.

We found Runway in Playa Vista through our real estate broker, Beta, as YogaWorks had gone out of business. We were looking for ex-fitness space so that our build out costs would be low for our first location and the YogaWorks space turned out to be perfect!

2. Would you have to say has been the forefront of your success in your career? How did you develop your process in your work?

All three co-founders have achieved success in our careers and the common link is that we are all entrepreneurs. I think the biggest key has been focusing our passions (whether it be sports, exercise, mental training, giving back, etc) and turning work into something that we love. 

Here is a brief snapshot of our Co-Founder team:

-Michael Fishman
Co-founder, CEO @ Pure Cycles, a bicycle company started in college that amassed $50M+ in revenue over ten years. Acquired in April 2020.
Forbes 30 under 30
Non-profit board chair at Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

-Christian Straka
Mindfulness coach and facilitator 
Mindsize Co-founder, CEO
Adidas Runners Global Mindset Coach, Adidas Runners Mindset Coach LA
Former professional tennis player and coach

-Steve LePore
Founded three successful non-profit organizations – My Friend’s Place, The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project, 1in6
30 years of experience as a non-profit Executive Director
Speaker and storyteller with audiences including at the Pentagon

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from?

Yes, we see Maverick Community going well beyond the Silicon Beach area. It is our goal to build a network of fitness and wellness studios across Los Angeles and then eventually across the nation and the world. The network of studios will allow wellness and fitness entrepreneurs that flexibility to access different client bases across different cities and truly monetize their clients and fans from all over the world.

I (Michael) am from Tarzana and I currently live in Sherman Oaks.
Christian is from Czech Republic but grew up in Germany and Spain. He currently lives in Lake Hollywood.
Steve is from Houston, TX but has lived in LA for the last 30+ years. He currently resides in Valencia.

4.  In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  

We are very new to Playa Vista but we are looking forward to having a large impact on the community. We are not only the first wellness and fitness business to create an equitable workforce model by encouraging and creating more entrepreneurs, but are also the first to pledge to make fitness and wellness more accessible. We do not take our success and privilege for granted. Obesity rates have risen to 42% despite the $4.2T wellness economy boom, and poor and underserved community are the most impacted. To help solve this, we’ve created ‘Maverick Forward,’ our 501(c)(3) nonprofit initiative, committed to supporting professionals in their fields, helping more individuals in poor and underserved communities live more free, healthy, and happy lives. We pledge to build 20% of our facilities in poor, underserved communities. 

Additionally, we plan to use our facility in Playa Vista to help support local nonprofits, such as Free Arts, who we already partnered with on our launch event.



1. Are you scared of heights?

2. Do you listen to The Beatles?

3. Have you vomited in the last year?
No, thankfully! Barfing is my least favorite activity.

4. Does your car have seat warmers?

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



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We hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!💥
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Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 



*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Wendy Zacuto, Playa Del  Rey

What is going on in the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council? A shocking thing has just occurred. After decades as an important committee on our council, supporting both public and private schools, the Education Committee has been disbanded by the president of the Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council. Since its inception, the Education Committee has been the axis among all educators and families in our community, coordinating with ease with the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce in support of all schools in our boundaries, public and private. At the last Westchester/Playa del Rey Neighborhood Council meeting, the president of the Council disbanded the Education Committee, a position that had been filled by an unopposed person. The person who was unopposed happens to be a person of color. Was racism the motivation? It’s hard to imagine that a committee that has been a core component of work for our schools for decades would be erased if not for some insidious reason: racism or some political desire to change the balance of politics on the council.

This action displays that the current Neighborhood Council is a bad actor. They hold no power in our city but act as a potential option for people to join forces for the good of our neighborhood as ideas are sent on to the City Council. Over the last few years, the council has allowed dangerous discussions such as the explosive arguments against creating more safety for Culver Boulevard.

As was exhibited last night in a blazing automobile accident, this artery through our community does need the kinds of safety changes that were suggested, given the danger posed by a fire that blew up when a car ran into a wooden power pole. I hope this action on the part of the council is a huge mirror reflecting the destructive nature of our current council and that our community will rise up in favor of our schools (public and private) serving our children and educators. Our children need our support now more than ever as we begin our path forward in the new year with many health challenges to boot. We, in addition, need to ask: What is going on? Is it time to disband the council and take another, harder look at how we garner leadership for our community?

 1. **Coyote at Chase and 80th. Coyote running down Chase Ave at 7:40 pm 6910-6920 West 80th Street, Los Angeles, CA. —- Todd Omotani, Westchester.

2.****Dead cat on lawn. I found a dead cat on my lawn this morning. It seems like Coyotes got to it. It’s a light brown/white striped cat. Unfortunately, only the tiny head of the cat is left so I can’t really describe the cat. Rest of the body is not there. The question I have is who do I call to have it picked up? We called waste management and they said that they can’t help us with that. We do not want children walking on the street to see it because it is brutally killed 🙁 —— Urvi Pa, Westchester.

3. ******$181,000 for an M.F.A. in film from Columbia? I wish I were kidding. —– Arthur L., Playa Vista.

4. ****** In his contempt for cheap moralism, Ralph Waldo Emerson was the mirror opposite of today’s preening leftist intellectuals. —- Debra S., Playa Del Rey.

5. ****Go to the Playa Del Rey beach to get drunk in the sun or crash into a wave. Whatever you do, don’t bring a book! —– Sue S., Playa Del Rey.

6. ******Did you know the 25,000 of your neighbors read Playa Vista People ( per week in Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Playa del Rey, and Westchester?

7. *****Why are most of the firepits NOT working at the Runway Shopping Center? —– Harv L., Playa Vista.

8. ***My Dreams in Playa Vista heed no borders; the eyes need no visas. With eyes shut I walk across the line in time. All the time. —– Linda R., Playa Vista.

9. The “unbiased” stories you missed today are the insights defining tomorrow. —–

10.  I wish hack politicians like Councilman Mike Bonin would spare me the tommyrot and just get to the point! —– Dr. Clarke Z., Marina Del Rey.

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