Past Stories
Deklan Emmersen displays a couple of the 500-plus letters he inspired his classmates to create
Photo by Joe Piasecki

A Heartfelt Salute

Playa Vista first-grader leads schoolwide letter-writing campaign to support active-duty military overseas By Gary Walker For six-year-old Deklan Emmersen, what started out as a simple act to lift the spirits of a family friend...

A storm drain at Centinela Avenue and Teale Street in Playa Vista is completely clogged with vegetation
Photo by Linda McNally


L.A. County Public Works has an app for that A little green space can be a welcome addition to a city streetscape — except when it’s a bunch of weeds clogging up a storm drain with El Niño on the…

Clippers Head Trainer Jasen Powell checks 
the injured hand of point guard Chris Paul during an Oct. 27 practice at the L.A. Clippers Training Center in Playa Vista. 
Photo by Ted Soqui

The Secret Sixth Man

How L.A. Clippers Head Trainer Jasen Powell works his magic in Playa Vista By Gary Walker It’s the day before their first game of the 2015-16 NBA season, and the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center in Playa Vista is a…

The Ratkovich Company converted formerly derelict Hughes Aircraft buildings into enviable creative office space for 72andSunny (pre-renovation photos courtesy of the L.A. Conservancy Archives; post-renovation photos courtesy of 72andSunny Los Angeles)   
Photo credit: Laura Heffington

The Rise of Hercules

L.A. Conservancy offers tours of the Playa Vista tech campus born from the remains of Hughes Aircraft Co By Joe Piasecki When the Los Angeles Conservancy first offered tours in 2011 of the former grounds of Hughes Aircraft Comp...


Suspicious Package Prompts Bomb Scare at Whole Foods Playa Vista

Police evacuate area and destroy black gym bag with ‘red type of voltage meter’ By Gary Walker A bomb scare at Whole Foods Playa Vista on Thursday afternoon prompted evacuations in the area and shut down eastbound traffic a...

Investigators scan the damage at Evolution Fitness Center
Photo by Mia Duncans

DUI Suspected after SUV Slams into Playa Vista-area Gym

An SUV heading northbound along South Centinela Avenue on the outskirts of Playa Vista crashed through the front of Evolution Fitness on Monday night after striking another vehicle. The gym was closed at the time and Los Angele...

Cedars-Sinai leases 32,000 square feet in Runway at Playa Vista

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will expand into Playa Vista next year with a new medical office in the Runway at Playa Vista retail and entertainment complex, the hospital announced Monday. Cedars has signed an 11-year lease for t...

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...

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