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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...

Tech-industry superwoman illustration by comic-book artist Rafael Navarro

Women on the Move

Wonder Women Tech takes on the industry’s gender imbalance at Playa Vista’s famed Spruce Goose hanger By Gary Walker (Click here to read about three local women that made it in tech) The thriving digital technology ...

The Westboro group spent only 10 minutes in front of The Reserve

Westboro Baptists denounce TMZ in Playa Vista

A small contingent from the Westboro Baptist Church — the controversial group that rabidly opposes gay rights and has made inter-national headlines by picketing funerals for American war dead — gathered briefly in Playa Vis...


Three Local Women Who Made It in Tech

Story by Gary Walker | Photos by Frank Capri Hatel Bhakta “Technology is a platform that allows us to think use forward thinking,” said Hatel Bhakta, the co-founder of Creative Intellects, a digital fashion marketing agenc...

App-builder Bryan Lemster, pictured during a recent Virtual Reality L.A. meetup

Designing the future

How Halcyon Innovation founder Bryan Lemster, a designer of mobile apps, found his footing in the booming Westside tech sector To meet Silicon Beach luminary Bryan Lemster, founder and CEO of mobile application builders Halcyon...

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