Playa Vista People 9/9/2021



John Sharpe, Community Activist



Fun times in Marina del Rey.



California Bouillabaisse dish at Bull and Butterfly, Playa Vista.


Brock, owner of Sizzling Ginger San Marino


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***PLAYA BUSINESS: Welcome to Escape Day Spa

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Paola Womac, owner of Send Flowers By Mail

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Dr. Sandra Z., Playa Vista:

HopDoddy Burger Bar in Playa Vista could well be the worst run restaurant in Southern California and when you think about it, that’s quite a statement! Sadly I’ve been to the restaurant twice in the last month and each time had to wait nearly 30 minutes for my hamburger, which cost about $11. When I asked why things took so long the unfriendly staff member offered no apology and said “yeah, food hasn’t been coming out too fast lately” with an apathetic shrugged shoulder. There’s also a sign at the door that says no pets allowed inside and the place was loaded with dogs. Bottom line the food is merely fair, the prices are high and the service is below McDonald’s and much, much slower.


Founder at Sender One

1.  Why did you choose to conduct your business affairs in the Silicon Beach area? How did you get there?  -Embedded in our company’s foundation is the need to keep challenging ourselves to improve and innovate–which, not coincidentally, is one reason people are drawn to the sport of climbing.  Each of Sender One’s first two locations did something new and unique for indoor climbing spaces–both for our company, but also indoor climbing as an industry.  At the same time, Sender One’s purpose is to create and foster communities using indoor climbing spaces.  Described this way, bringing a Sender One location to the Silicon Beach area made almost too much sense.  Our company’s DNA harmonizes with many of the other companies that call Silicon Beach home.  The location at Runway gave us the opportunity to challenge ourselves again in new and different ways: introducing a small format location to our family of indoor climbing facilities; and embedding a location in a pre-existing, intimate community of families and professionals.

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?
-Sender One’s success comes from the combination of our building beautiful climbing walls and spaces; and then fostering discovery and connection once people’s curiosity or passion has brought them through our doors.  In short, people come for the climbing, but they stay for the community.

3. Do you see yourself going beyond the Silicon Beach area? Where are you from?
-Our location in Playa Vista is actually Sender One’s third.  Our first location, which opened in 2013, is in Santa Ana, in Orange County.  We opened our second location near LAX in 2018.  Our next location, which will follow the model of our Playa Vista location, is going to be in Westwood Village, in the old Festival Theatre.  With a little luck, that will open when UCLA students arrive to start their fall semester in 2023.  That space will have its own unique challenges, first and foremost, building a climbing gym in a historic building.

4.  In what ways have you seen the area change since you’ve been here?  
-Since we signed the lease for our space at Runway, we have seen the Runway mall undergo some pretty dramatic changes, particularly to the spaces right next to our gym—and for the better.  Changing the central corridor from a road to a public, green space has really transformed Runway into a community space.  The addition of the Free-Market area a short walk away does that also.  Runway is no longer a place where you go from shop to shop and leave.  Instead, it is a place to linger or just stay, with friends and family.  And we think our location there contributes to and builds on that, synergistically.  



1. Are you scared of heights?
-Yes, I’m a climber and I’m still scared of heights (but I feel better when I’m on a rope.)

2. Do you listen to The Beatles?

3. Have you vomited in the last year?

4. Does your car have seat warmers?



Heirloom tomato and cantaloupe salad at Bull and Butterfly, Playa Vista.

*PLAYA – COMMENTARY by Daniel Sharkey, Playa Del Rey:

RVs on Trolley way Street. RVs are now parking on Trolley way Street in the Jungle. I am sure one belongs to a resident; I am unsure of the others. I think that parking an RV and taking up two or three parking spaces each is rude and inconsiderate We do not have the parking to have someone to take up multiple spaces and not moving until ‘Street Cleaning Day’ Perhaps the owners would consider taking advantage of the TWO secured RV storage lots and park their RVs there. If you agree, let me know and I will work with Bonin’s office to get signs posted. The signs should be sufficient to deter RV parking. I am confident that enforcement will occur as this is a high-density neighborhood with well-known critical parking shortage. PLEASE NOTE: The RVs are NOT parking overnight. They park six days a week until ‘street sweeping’ day, Wednesday.



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*PLAYA–BULLETIN BOARD: 1. **We are now added to the stolen catalytic converters from our Prius club. Waiting to hear if it will be a total loss on the car but it happened either Sunday or Monday night. We are on Cowan Avenue and the car was right in front of our home. The tow truck operator said that’s what he does all the time, tow Prius, Jeeps, and Fords. Those are the vehicles the thefts are targeting. I could have driven the car to the shop but the sound is terrible so I was fine using my AAA tow. —– Lisa Starr, Westchester.

2.*****Meet the media – radio, television, newspaper, magazine, and Internet. —–

3. ******Coyote Alert. I just saw a Coyote walking on Hammack St between Centinela Ave and Grosvenor Blvd. It was 2:30 am and it was standing in front of my neighbor’s house then it went down the alley and made a right turn and went West on Aneta St towards Grosvenor Blvd. Please keep your pets indoors and be careful when walking your pets stay safe. 5320-5330 Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA —– Irene Martinez, South Del Rey.

4. **** 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

5. *****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

6. ***”Word on the street is that the new pizza restaurant, Cacioe Pizza, will be opening in March 2022.” – Gaylord H., Playa Vista

7. *****A visit to The Kettle in Manhattan Beach is always a delight! —- Carrie M., Westchester.

8. ****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.

9. ***My father Oscar, born and raised in Culver City, was an interesting and unique man. Often he would look back on his day of toil, and castigate himself for failing to fulfill his true purpose of the day. —- Dolly V., Playa Del Rey.

10.  **Airport Noise. Has anyone noticed that the plane noise has been getting a lot worse lately? Last night, we heard continuous plane noise (probably international flights) starting around 10 pm. It felt like it was one large plane after another that was taking off. It kept waking us up. —– John Lee, Playa Del Rey.

11. ***$181,000 for an M.F.A. in film from Columbia? I wish I were kidding. —– Arthur L., Playa Vista.

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

13. 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.

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