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Police Shooting in Playa Vista

Police Shoot, Kill Half-Naked Man in Playa Vista
Witnesses say the man stripped off his clothes and ran around naked.
Police shoot and kill a man who was seen running around naked in an upscale community. (KTLA-TV / January 14, 2011)

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. ( KTLA) -- Police have shot and killed a man who was seen running naked outside an upscale beach condominium in Playa Vista.

The shooting was reported just after 3 a.m. Friday in the 5600 block of Crescent Way West after LAPD officers responded to a disturbing the peace call.

The man, who apparently took a taxi to the location, began stripping off his clothing and running around naked.

A witness said she heard screaming and commotion outside her window as police chased after the naked suspect. At some point, the suspect put on boxers.

"I heard them try to detain him and he would not comply; and there was a fight, a physical fight," she said.

She then heard two gunshots.


The suspect, in his 30s, was struck and rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

The man's identity has not been released. Police say he was a resident of the condominium complex.

There's no word on what prompted officers to open fire.

The shooting is under investigation.

Two officers were injured during the struggle. Their conditions were not immediately known.

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See Blake Griffin with The Clippers battle NBA's Best in 2011!

See Blake Griffin battle the NBA’s Best in 2011!

Don’t miss the chance to see Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clipper battle the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics before the end of the 2010-11 season. Season Ticket Packages and Partial Plans are still available in great seat locations.

Win a pair of tickets to the Clippers vs. Heat game!!!!    Purchase a 100 level Season Ticket Package by January 11 and you will be entered to win one of 10 prizes, including a pair of tickets to the Clippers vs. Heat game on January 12, 2011.

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2nd Annual Season of Giving Food drive in Playa Vista

Announcing the 2nd Annual Season of Giving Food Drive for West Los Angeles

We are pleased to announce our second annual Season of Giving Food Drive as over one million people in Los Angeles County are at risk of going hungry.  This year appears as though it may be the toughest with the skyrocketing cost of living and record poor economy has sent many working families into food pantries for the first time.   In response to this ongoing hunger crisis, we are proud to host our second annual Season of Giving Food Drive.


Playa Vista Today will join the Playa Vista Farmers’ Market to collect food to donate to the LAX Food Pantry that supplies food to Inglewood, Westchester, Playa Del Rey and El Segundo and surrounding areas.  They are able to feed 60 to 90 families each day they are open, which is Tuesdays & Fridays.  The LAX Food Pantry is located at:  355 E. Beach Street in Inglewood (310) 677-5597.


Starting on Saturday, November 27, 2010, area residents can drop off non-perishable food items at the Information Booth at the Playa Vista Farmers Market.  We will continue to hold the drive on Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, December 11.  Our donation bin will be at the Information Booth from 9:00 am – 2:00 p.m.   The Playa Vista Farmers’ Market is located at 6400 Seabluff Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094, corner of Discovery Creek & Seabluff Drive,  From Jefferson Blvd: Enter on Concert Park Drive,

From Lincoln Blvd: Enter on Bluff Creek Drive


The donated food items will be delivered directly to the LAX Food Pantry as they are also supplied food from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Westside Food Bank. 


What types of foods can you donate?  Non-perishables: small canned goods, tuna, stews, soups, Peanut butter and jelly, Canned Fruits and vegetables, staples such as beans, rice, pasta.


We thank you for your kind generosity with a food donation.


About Playa Vista Farmers’ Market

6400 Seabluff Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094

The Playa Vista Farmers’ Market is a Certified Farmers’ Market (CFM) and was established in June, 2009.  The Sprouts of Promise Foundation is the operator of the market. They provide customers year-round with a selection of fresh, seasonal produce from the best local farms, including fresh fish along with tasty treats including omelet’s, waffles, crepes, pastries, breads, hummus, tamales, olive oil, fresh flowers and entertainment for the kids.


About Playa Vista Today

Los Angeles, CA  90094

Tel: 310-745-7074 is an online lifestyle magazine for West Los Angeles, serving Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, Mar Vista, Westchester, Venice and Santa Monica.  Visitors to the website will be able to access the latest information online which also serves all of the surrounding affluent West LA communities and associated with LA West Connect, an exclusive directory for LA’s Westside.


Playa Vista, California is located in Los Angeles about a mile from the ocean adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport and home of the Los Angeles Clippers Basketball team.  Playa Vista lures premier businesses including Electronic Arts and neighboring advertising giants like TBWA\Chiat\Day.


Westside Real Estate - Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Culver City

Playa Vista:
93 Playa Vista condos have sold in 2010 - On paper some seemed like phenomenal deals, however, those that visited the least expensive homes saw some serious problems like smoke damage, extremely dark, filthy or damaged. Those buyers willing to do renovation can get deals, but it's cautioned that renovations can be expensive.  More here

Primera Terra newest properties Pre-sales anticipated 2011 - Modern single level loft condominiums with spacious and open floor plans by KB Homes.

Percent of Americans likely to rent their next home grows, survey indicates -Southern California housing market weakens in October. The mortgage financing company's chief economist, Doug Duncan, used the word to headline his analysis of Fannie Mae's new national survey of public attitudes about housing. What it found shouldn't surprise anybody who has paid any attention to home sales: Consumers feel cautious about home buying. Story here

Culver City Market Update - The news continues to be positive for the real estate market in Culver City, the number of homes selling, the price they are selling at, the difference between the list price and the final sales price are all solidly running at the same pace they have pretty much all year. More here

Santa Monica and Westside inventory numbers may be high enough, and the economy weak enough, to follow the path of two years ago (late 2008 into spring 2009) that brought the 20%+ drop in Santa Monica benchmark prices.

L'Epicerie Opening in Culver City

L'Epicerie Opening in Culver City

Last friday L'Epicerie made its official public debut in Culver City. A combination market, cafe, and tasting room, and plans locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and dinner here, with almost everything served originating from Europe, from Belgian waffles and omelets to charcuterie, paella, and coq au vin. In addition, a coffee bar will be active while a shop will carry European wines, ingredients, chocolates, and magazines, intended to satisfy everyone who wishes they still lived abroad. In the middle is a tasting bar for cheese, sandwiches, charcuterie, and wine samples, while a little sidewalk dining off Culver Blvd. is a start, but might find you still hungering for The Left Bank as cars whiz by.

L'Epicerie, opening soon at 9900 Culver Blvd. Culver City.

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First Look: Vü Restaurant in Marina Del Rey

First Look: Vü Restaurant in Marina Del Rey

When Vü Restaurant opens on December 1st, chef Kyle Schutte hopes to inject, aerate and freeze-dry a little flare into a notoriously stodgy dining category: the hotel restaurant. His "gateway dish"? Chicken-fried watermelon.


After a year-long renovation, the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey reopens this Saturday, November 20th. Two weeks later, its in-house restaurant opens. Despite the awkward name, Vü (pronounced not like TV pitchman Tom Vu's surname but like "view," as in "a room with a") has an ambitious concept and in 28-year-old Schutte an inventive new chef.

The southern transplant spent his culinary career in Atlanta (One Midtown Kitchen) and the Charlotte suburbs (XO Restaurant and Lounge). Since July, Schutte has been glorying in L.A.'s farmers markets and planning, during the height of summer's abundance, Vü's fall and winter menu.


?Attempting to balance culinary parlor tricks with traditional fare, the menu has five sections: charcuterie, crudos, cold small plates, hot small plates and entrées. The entrees offer the tamest fare, while the rest of the menu features oddities like a lobster-tail ceviche with Fritos and popcorn Jell-O; bison carpaccio; and hamachi with collard greens fluid gel.

There's a deconstructed potato salad made with fingerling potatoes, white wine vinegar jellies, toasted celery seeds and carrot glass (that would be carrot juice that's dehydrated into thin orange sheets). It's matched by a reconstructed caprese salad made with cherry tomatoes that are peeled, injected with a balsamic pudding and wrapped in a basil-infused mozzarella.


For those who would skeptically eye such concoctions, Schutte has an answer: chicken-fried watermelon, the dish that may have earned him the job at Vü. Schutte dips watermelon cubes in buttermilk batter and seasoned flour then fries them and tops them with pickled watermelon rind. Schutte thinks the familiar blend of southern technique applied in an unlikely manner will convert skeptics.

"If you can't relate to the food, there's no point in serving it," Schutte says. "Every good dish, whether you get it from McDonalds or the French laundry, it should transport you."

Vu Restaurant
14160 Palawan Way

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LAX, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey News

UFO Sighting over LAX Airport? A series of very close lights together in the sky over Los Angeles busiest airport – more here

Rosendahl to hold meeting on LAX runway move plans - Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will hold a meeting to discuss plans that call for moving LAX's northernmost runway up to 400 feet closer to the communities of Westchester and Playa del Rey.  More here

Video Stirs Controversy Over Screening Measures At LAX - With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching and recent terrorist scares, airport security all over the US is being tightened by the Transportation Security Administration--and many travelers are not happy about it.
The TSA’s new security screening requirements that passengers and even pilots are finding to be too extreme. New requirements include full body scans and pat downs, practices most passengers find far too invasive. Story here

Playa Vista:
USC Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista gets new building to amp up its military VR work - University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies has just moved into 72,000-square feet of shiny new facilities in Playa Vista -- on the same grounds which once served as the headquarters for Howard Hughes' aircraft company. Funded by the US Army to develop virtual reality technology, the ICT's work is now found on 65 military sites across the country.  Check out story and video here

Marina del Rey: Marina del Rey's Azzurra Best Place to Fend Off Alien Attack – most of this entire movie was shot in a single Marina del Rey condo complex." The complex is GMP Architects' Azzurra, which judging by the trailer has fireplaces, glass walls, an atrium, a subterranean garage, views of both downtown and the ocean, and a helipad. Although probably at least some of that is movie magic.   Story and video here

Pocketed decoy cash explodes on LA robbery witness and a customer picks up the cash and takes off with the money! - authorities say a witness to a Los Angeles bank robbery was arrested after a dye pack from a stack of decoy cash exploded in his pocket. Sheriff's Capt. Michael Parker said in a statement that the man who had robbed the Bank of America in Marina del Rey tossed out the so-called "bait money" as he fled on foot, but Stephen Mullen briefly stepped outside the bank and pocketed it.   Story here

93 Playa Vista Condos have sold in 2010

93 Playa Vista condos have sold in 2010
On paper some seemed like phenomenal deals, however, those that visited the least expensive homes saw some serious problems like smoke damage, extremely dark, filthy or damaged. Those buyers willing to do renovation can get deals, but it's cautioned that renovations can be expensive. It's suggested that buyers get bids before they place their offers. Needless to say these homes and sadly many more were short sales or foreclosures.

If a buyer purchases a foreclosure typically the HOA back fees are wiped out. In a short sale these liens have to be satisfied before a closing and usually the buyer is the one who has to front this bill. It's possible that agents can negotiate with some buildings so the back HOA are reduced and late fines dismissed. The Community Enhancement Fee, a cost the seller usually pays, is always billed. If this is not paid at closing the current buyer will be billed. On occasion the the banks might split this fee with the buyer.

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