Past Stories
A dearth of chemical-free baby products inspired actress and mom Jessica Alba to start her 
own business

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. is Headed to Playa Vista

First came movie magic-makers IMAX. Then video game designers Sony Santa Monica Studios and web giant Yahoo Inc. followed suit. And now The Honest Company — an online retailer of non-toxic household goods founded by actress J...


Bangladesh’s Special Olympics delegation strikes a pose with 
state Chief Service Officer Karen Baker (center) in Playa Vista
Photo courtesy of Sean Hassan

A Warm Westside Welcome for Special Olympics Delegations

With the Special Olympics happening in Los Angeles from July 25 to Aug. 2, last week saw many events throughout the Westside to welcome some 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches and roughly 30,000 volunteers arriving from 177 countrie...


Animal Care Center Finds Support

Local leaders give a unanimous nod to Annenberg Foundation facility planned for Playa Vista By Gary Walker Playa Vista could soon be going to the dogs (and cats), and community members apparently couldn’t be happier. Plans by...



The conversation at PUSH Tech 2020 included (from left) digital tech strategist Navarrow Wright, gospel singer Erica Campbell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and YouTube Global Head of Content Malik Ducard

Digital Disparity

Jesse Jackson stops by Google’s headquarters in Venice to call for greater diversity in tech By Gary Walker Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson was at Google’s headquarters in Venice last week to call for greater diversity ...


The Annenberg Center would occupy 30,000 square feet of The Collective at Playa Vista creative office campus, which will also house offices for Yahoo Inc.
Photo by Michael Aushenker

Annenberg Unveils New Plan for Animal Care Center

Reboot of controversial wetlands proposal now slated for Playa Vista By Gary Walker Six months after suspending its plan for a $50-million environmental education and animal care center in the Ballona Wetlands, the Annenberg Fo...


Hal’s Bar & Grill co-owners Don Novak and Hal Frederick addressed an overflow crowd on the final Saturday night of their former Abbot Kinney Boulevard location.
Photo by David Comden

Hal’s Bar and Grill is Heading to Playa Vista

The recently shuttered Abbot Kinney landmark will reopen inside the new Runway retail and entertainment complex By Gary Walker The former heart of Abbot Kinney Boulevard’s nightlife scene is headed for new digs in techie-frie...



It’s finally here: Whole Foods Market was slated to open 
on Wednesday at the Runway in Playa Vista.
Photo by Bonnie Eslinger

Whole Foods Cleared for Takeoff

Anchor tenant of the Runway at Playa Vista development opens Wednesday By Bonnie Eslinger Playa Vista’s long-awaited Whole Foods Market is set to open Wednesday, marking a major milestone for the Westside’s newest neighborh...


Tòmas Luna Gomez died near Slauson Avenue and Braddock Drive
Photo by Mia Duncans

Driver shot in Playa Vista, dies in Del Rey

A 21-year-old man who was shot multiple times while driving in Playa Vista on Monday night continued driving into Del Rey for more than a mile, striking several cars as he went before paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene...


Playa Vista as seen last week from the 
Loyola Marymount University campus. 
Photo by Michael Kraxenberger.

Building Playa Vista

‘The physical incarnation of the new L.A.’ gets ready for launch By Joe Piasecki It isn’t every day that the leader of a sprawling metropolis takes time out to preside over the grand opening of a movie theater. But this&h...



Olivia Tsui, creative director of the forth-
coming Silicon Beach Philharmonic, practices with her violin near the Playa Vista Bandshell. Photo by Inae Bloom.

Sound and Vision

Organizers of the Silicon Beach Philharmonic work to build an orchestra that musicians in Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Westchester and Playa del Rey can call their own By Michael Aushenker and Joe Piasecki Concert violinist Oli...