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Hot Property: Comic Kathy Griffin seeks a Bel-Air sale



Kathy Griffin is staging a sale in Bel-Air, putting her gated Mediterranean mansion on the market for $15.995 million. That’s about $5.5 million more than she paid for it four years ago.

The Emmy-winning comedian kept things mostly the same during her stay, as the 13,377-square-foot home features grand living spaces with dramatic beams, pocketing doors and a host of balconies. The largest of the balconies extends from the primary suite, adding 1,100 square feet of space overlooking the surrounding mountains.

A gated driveway approaches the property, leading to a two-story entry with oval windows and wrought-iron accents. From there, arched doorways give way to common spaces such as a formal dining room, a dual-island kitchen and a family room with a wet bar.

Other amenities include a bonus room, wine cellar, movie theater and an office with a fireplace. Eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms complete the floor plan, which includes an elevator.

A covered patio lines the back of the home, extending to a pavilion with a lounge, dining area, lawn and 25,000-gallon infinity-edge pool. The property sits on just over half an acre.

Griffin won two Emmys for her Bravo reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” and her comedy albums have been nominated for multiple Grammys. The 59-year-old has released more than 20 stand-up specials dating to the 1990s, including 2019’s “A Hell of a Story.”

Her stay in the home wasn’t entirely drama-free. A year after she bought the place, a neighbor, KB Home Chief Executive Jeffrey Mezger, went on a profanity-laden rant against Griffin after her boyfriend called in a noise complaint against him to the Los Angeles Police Department. A security camera caught the audio, and after it surfaced online, Mezger apologized to the comedian.

Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman hold the listing.

Blue Collar in Beverly Hills

Stand-up comedian Ron White is looking for the last laugh in the Beverly Hills Post Office area, where his Spanish-style home of a decade is for sale at $7 million.

White, known for his run on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, customized just about everything in the 4,800-square-foot house during his stay. The three-story hillside house is outfitted with ornate chandeliers, one-of-a-kind built-ins and handrails infused with crystals.

The living room has a two-screen drop-down projector system, and a separate office includes custom humidor drawers. Outside, a 2,000-square-foot deck is anchored by a fire pit and water statue.

Common spaces such as a kitchen and formal dining room fill out the main level. Two master suites are among the three bedrooms and five bathrooms. The lower level holds a wet bar, sound room, recording studio and barbershop. An elevator navigates the three-story floor plan.

A covered patio with a grill hangs off the back of the home, descending to a turf lawn with a lap pool and putting green. The space takes in sweeping views of the city below.

A native of Texas, White toured for years with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe consisting of White, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. Nicknamed “Tater Salad,” White penned the New York Times best-seller “I Had the Right to Remain Silent … But I Didn’t Have the Ability” in 2006 and released the Netflix stand-up special “If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up” in 2018.

Marc Noah of Hilton & Hyland holds the listing.

Cozy English manor is all that

Actress Rachael Leigh Cook appears ready to call it a wrap in Studio City, where her home of four years has hit the market for $4.295 million.

Built in 1923 and recently refreshed, the Tudor manor-style home sits among tall oak, pine and eucalyptus trees on a gated lot of more than a third of an acre. Meandering pathways connect various outdoor spaces including a swimming pool, a guesthouse, a custom playhouse and a sunken patio with a rock fireplace.

The arched front door lends a whimsical note before giving way to open-concept space that combines classic and contemporary elements. Light hardwood floors, eye-catching fixtures and picture windows that take in leafy views are among details of note. The common area includes living and dining rooms, a breakfast room and an updated chef’s kitchen. A kitchen office sits off the kitchen area.

Upstairs, the primary bedroom has a boutique closet and an updated bath. Including the guesthouse, there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms in more than 4,800 square feet of interior space.

Cook, 40, is known for her film roles in “She’s All That” (1999) and “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001). She voiced various characters on the stop-motion sketch comedy show “Robot Chicken” as well as in the “Star Wars: The Old Republic” and “Kingdom Hearts II” video games.

More recently, she appeared in and produced the romantic comedy “Love, Guaranteed” (2000) for Netflix.

Patrick Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty and Stephanie Vitacco of Keller Williams Realty hold the listing.

A fresh new vacation spot

Airbnb has landed its most famous host yet: a kid from West Philadelphia, born and raised.

Actor Will Smith, in collaboration with the property owner, has listed the mansion from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” on the rental website, and the rate seems pretty reasonable: $30. The home — which is actually in Brentwood, not Bel-Air — will be available to rent for five one-night stays in early October.

Touted as “The Freshest Los Angeles Mansion Around,” the listing offers guests access to the master wing full of amenities inspired by the show. They can also head to the dining room complete with a throne and the posh backyard with a swimming pool and outdoor lounge.

Jordan sneakers line the bedroom closet, as do some of Smith’s outfits from the show ranging from “argyle prepster to all-star athlete,” according to the listing. There’s no kitchen access, but Smith wrote that “all meals will be provided and served on silver platters, of course.”

Guests will be greeted virtually by DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as a socially distanced concierge to give renters a lay of the land.

The promo arrives shortly after Smith teased a “Fresh Prince” reunion on HBO Max to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary. The reunion special will reportedly air around Thanksgiving and feature the original cast, including Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv for three seasons before leaving the show in 1993.

For fans, the listing offers a rare opportunity to access the mansion. Records show it hasn’t publicly traded hands since it sold in 1978 for $732,000.

Ready to reel in a big offer

It’s been a busy year for Derek Jeter. In 2020 alone, the baseball legend became a Hall of Famer and a landlord and now, hopefully, a seller. His mansion in Tampa, Fla., has come on the market for $29 million.

The mammoth listing arrives a few months after reports surfaced that Jeter was renting out the waterfront mansion to Tom Brady, who signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the offseason.

Much like its owner, the home has racked up a few honors over the years. According to the listing, it’s the biggest home in south Tampa and the largest waterfront property assembled on Davis Islands.

Set on more than an acre, the custom estate measures 22,000 square feet (not to mention the 9,000 square feet of scenic decks and balconies). Hand-carved granite and limestone give the seven-bedroom, 16-bathroom residence a palatial appearance.

A 24-foot foyer with floor-to-ceiling windows kicks things off beyond the entry. Farther in are large formal rooms with handmade millwork, Venetian plaster, silk drapes and marble mosaic tiles.

An aquarium anchors the two-story great room, and the chef’s kitchen has a pair of islands. Other highlights include a wine cellar, movie theater, wood-paneled office and gym. A club room is outfitted with a billiard table and curved bar.

Outside, manicured grounds contain bubbling fountain features, a spa and an 80-foot saltwater lap pool. The property sits on 345 feet of waterfront with a dock and two boat lifts.

A baseball icon, Jeter spent the entirety of his 20-year career with the New York Yankees, making 14 All-Star appearances along with five World Series titles, five Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. In 2017, the 46-year-old bought a minority stake in the Miami Marlins; he currently serves as the team’s CEO.

Stephen Gay and Katherine Glaser of Smith & Associates Real Estate hold the listing.

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Home of the Week: Going top shelf in West Hollywood



Perched atop the new Pendry Residences West Hollywood, this nearly completed penthouse offers the five-star treatment with curated interiors and exterior amenities such as a private terrace and spa. Designed by Martin Brudnizki in collaboration with Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, the showplace-in-the-sky features honed marble finishes, eye-catching fixtures and walls of windows that take in the cityscape. For a night in, forget DoorDash; owners have access to the adjacent Pendry hotel’s amenities including a new restaurant by Wolfgang Puck.

Location: 8430 Sunset Blvd., Unit 803, West Hollywood, 90069

Asking price: $13 million

Built: 2020

Living area: 2,827 square feet, three bedrooms, 3.25 bathrooms

Exterior space: 2,908 square feet

Features: Panoramic views; designer finishes; custom built-ins; private terrace with full kitchen; fire pit; hot tub

About the area: In the 90069 ZIP Code, based on 13 sales, the median price for single-family homes in July was $2.55 million, a 1.3% increase year over year, according to CoreLogic.

Agents: Paul Stukin, Pendry Residences West Hollywood, (310) 779-2595

To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, send high-resolution color photos via Dropbox.com, permission from the photographer to publish the images and a description of the house to jack.flemming@latimes.com.

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Director Anthony Russo lists Culbertson House for $6.25 million



Anthony Russo is on a selling streak. A month after shedding his Los Feliz Cape Cod for $3.3 million, the Marvel director is asking $6.25 million for his historic home in Pasadena.

Russo — who’s best known for directing four Marvel movies with his brother Joe — paid $5.8 million for the property two years ago. The listing comes about a year after he made a major upgrade, dropping $15.58 million on Pasadena’s Palladian-inspired Arden Villa.

This home is a bit humbler, but it’s still seeped in history with a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the Culbertson House, it was built 109 years ago by Charles and Henry Greene, the famed brother architects behind the nearby Craftsman masterpiece known as the Gamble House.

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Somewhat of a departure from the brothers’ usual style, the low-slung home spans a single story and incorporates Asian style and a bevy of windows across 8,559 square feet. Shaped like a “U,” it wraps around a dramatic courtyard garden with exotic geometric landscaping and an octagonal fountain.

Past an exterior of stucco and tile, the interiors blend original details such as herringbone floors and dramatic moldings with modern finishes such as marble bathrooms. Highlights include a window-lined living room, a sunny center-island kitchen and an owner’s suite with a custom closet and spa bathroom. In total, there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

Russo, 50, is known for co-directing four films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his brother Joe: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” which became the highest-grossing movie of all time. Previously, they produced the sitcoms “Community” and “Arrested Development,” for which they won a Primetime Emmy.

Crosby Doe and Michael D. Phillips of Crosby Doe Associates hold the listing.

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Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider sells cozy Las Vegas condo



Dee Snider, the Twisted Sister front man responsible for penning hits such as “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” ended up taking an offer in Las Vegas. His two-bedroom condo overlooking Sin City sold for $583,000, just $2,000 shy of his asking price, records show.

The unit is perched on the 36th floor of Turnberry Towers, a 45-story condo complex near the Las Vegas Strip. Walls of windows take in sweeping views of the city and mountains, and a pair of balconies offer outdoor space.

Snider paid $437,000 for the home in 2017 and extensively upgraded it during his stay, adding marble floors, designer tile, accent walls and custom built-ins.

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Track lighting lines the living room, and the adjacent kitchen tacks on granite countertops and custom cabinetry. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms complete the 1,400-square-foot floor plan, including a guest suite with a murphy bed.

The unit comes with storage and covered parking, and the complex also includes a valet, a concierge, a gym, a tennis court, a putting green and a resort-style pool and spa with a sandy beach.

Snider, 65, is considered one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time. He joined Twister Sister in the 1970s, and the group went on to release seven studio albums with hits including “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”

Brent Stewart of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty held the listing. Kyle Hagberg of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties represented the buyer.

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Supermodel Elsa Hosk is selling her artsy SoHo loft for $3.5 million



A picture-perfect loft just surfaced for sale in New York City, where Swedish supermodel Elsa Hosk is asking $3.5 million for her SoHo home of six years.

Hosk paid just over $2 million for the place in 2014 and touched up just about everything during her stay, adding bespoke built-in bookcases and Italian walnut cabinetry to go along with original Corinthian columns and exposed brick walls.

Six windows run floor-to-ceiling across the 1,750-square-foot interior, which is anchored by a two-story great room with modern fixtures and Danish wide-plank floors. Past the dining area, a chic kitchen adds a marble-topped island.

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A floating staircase leads to the second level, where a lofted bedroom overlooks the rest of the home through a wall of windows. The adjacent bathroom features brass fixtures and a custom cast-iron tub.

Outside, a 525-square-foot terrace takes in views of the cobblestone streets below. Building amenities include a keyed elevator and video-entry security.

Hosk, 31, played professional basketball in Sweden before moving to New York and modeling for brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior.

Adam Modlin and Carl Gambino of the Modlin Group hold the listing.

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Hiltzik: California spurs a new world of zero-emission cars



For years, automakers have pleaded that, much as they’d love to lead the way to a zero-emissions vehicular future, they just can’t wean Americans from their love of SUVs and other gas-guzzlers.

California just called their bluff.

An executive order signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom aims to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and light trucks in the state by 2035.

What we’re sending is a demand signal…The last piece of the puzzle for the automobile manufacturers is that they need the certainty that the demand will be there in the largest domestic auto market in America.

Gov. Gavin Newsom

The first-in-the-nation policy is far more stringent than anything the state has implemented before. But given that a dozen states accounting for 40% of the American market already conform to California’s auto rules, the policy could spread quickly.

Newsom placed his order firmly in the context of the crisis of climate change, which is on vivid display via California’s ferocious wildfires.

“Why now? With 3.7 million acres burning, to date, after the hottest August in history, a five-year historic drought? Enough — I feel a deep intellectual and emotional need to address this moment head-on by being much more proactive,” Newsom told me.

But let’s not overlook the political context. Newsom’s order is also a shot fired at the nation’s number-one climate change denier, President Trump, whose administration has been rolling back existing emissions standards and has revoked California’s decades-old authority to set its own rules. (Both steps are vulnerable to legal challenge.)

The order takes aim at auto emissions because they’re still the largest single source of air pollution in the state, accounting for nearly 50% of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Moreover, vehicular emissions have been rising in recent years.

It comes against the backdrop of the split within the auto industry in the battle between Trump and California.

After the administration proposed its rollback of emission rules and the revocation of a waiver granting California the authority to set its own emissions rules, five international automakers — Ford, Honda, BMW of North America, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo — signed agreements to meet California standards.

Also included in the deal were Rolls-Royce, which was represented by BMW, and Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen.

The agreement called for the companies to reach average fuel efficiency across their fleets of about 50 miles per gallon by 2026. That’s marginally more lenient than the rules set under the Obama administration which Trump proposed to roll back, but much more demanding than Trump’s proposal, which would freeze the auto mileage standard at 36.9 mpg by 2025.

Several companies, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota, threw in their lot with Trump in the dispute. Newsom calls their position “shameful,” given that they must know that the course of technology is moving inexorably away from the gasoline engine.

“They know better, because they know where the rest of the world is going,” he told me. “It goes to the nature of politics at this moment, and the threat that they’ve received from the Trump administration if they buck him.”

Indeed, while acceding to Trump’s effort to make auto emissions dirtier, some of those companies have launched efforts to electrify their product offerings. GM, for instance, has announced its intention to “make a meaningful impact toward building a zero-emissions future.” Its CEO, Mary Barra, says on the company’s website that “we want to put everyone in an EV, and we believe we have what it takes to do it.”

Despite all that, industry lobbyists and political conservatives wrung their hands over Newsom’s initiative.

“Neither mandates nor bans build successful markets,” groused John Bozella, CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, an industry group that confirms the impression that the last place to look for real innovation is in any organization or department with “innovation” in its name.

Bozella stepped on his own applause line, however, as he also acknowledged that increasing consumer demand for zero-emission vehicles “will require increased infrastructure, incentives, fleet requirements, building codes and much more” — in other words, mandates and bans.

My favorite response came from the climate change-denying Heartland Institute, a right-wing outfit with ties to the Koch network. Heartland’s commentary sounded like a parody of know-nothing policy: “Real Americans, and all true Californians, love gasoline-powered vehicles,” said Tim Benson, a policy analyst at the institute.

“This is the state that gave us … surfin’ woodies, low-riding ’64 Impalas, and the Bullitt chase; songs about little deuce coupes, Bucket T’s, … old Pasadena biddies hauling ass in shiny red Super Stock Dodges,” Benson continued. “It is every Californian’s God-given right to drive a loud, throaty, ballsy piece of gas-guzzling Detroit muscle.” Never mind that the ‘60s were, er, 60 years ago.

Newsom’s order doesn’t impose a hard stop on sales of gas-powered vehicles, but sets a goal that “100% of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks will be zero-emission by 2035.”

At that point, existing vehicles could still be driven in the state and bought and sold in the used car market. Sales of new medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses would have to meet the 100% zero-emission standard by 2045.

The order gives responsibility for developing the necessary regulations to the state Air Resources Board, which has carried the state’s flag in the emissions battle with the Trump administration.

The auto industry is correct in observing that American consumers have been slow to embrace alternatives to the gasoline engine, much less lead the movement.

As my colleague Russ Mitchell reports, electric vehicles comprised only about 2% of the 17 million cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. last year. In California, which accounts for about half of all domestic EV sales, the share was still less than 10%.

The auto industry mostly blames consumers, citing their concerns about the cost of EVs, the lack of EV charging infrastructure contributing to “range anxiety” (fear of running out of juice miles from a charging station), and contentment with low-priced gasoline.

“Automakers are also victims of our own success” in having made the internal combustion engine “much more efficient across all vehicle segments,” Mitch Bainwol, then the CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told a House Committee in 2018. That sounds a bit like the old joke about the job candidate who answers an interviewer’s question about his biggest character flaw by saying, “It must be that I’m a perfectionist.”

The truth is, however, that the auto industry is addicted to sales of big, heavy gas-fueled SUVs and pickups, which are only becoming brawnier with every model year.

“You can’t turn a page in a magazine or turn on the TV without seeing an ad for a gas-guzzler,” remarks Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign at the Center for Biological Diversity. “I understand that — they make a lot of money selling those. The technology is antiquated, it doesn’t cost them very much to make them and they can charge a huge premium.”

Dealers aren’t enamored of EVs, Becker asserts, because they have fewer moving parts than conventional vehicles and therefore could break down less often, which might cut into service department revenue.

“This is not the consumers’ fault,” Becker says, “but the fault of an industry that is continuing to look in a rear-view mirror and not into the future. They have the technology” to build EVs. “They’re missing the will.”

Underlying Newsom’s order is an effort to provide the will. “We have to change the demand paradigm,” he says. “What we’re sending is a demand signal, by definition. The last piece of the puzzle for the automobile manufacturers is that they need the certainty that the demand will be there in the largest domestic auto market in America.”

There’s no reason to doubt that Newsom’s order has the potential to remake the auto market in California and by extension the rest of the country. It doesn’t require of automakers more than they acknowledge they can achieve by 2035.

Auto executives believe the EV market may be on the cusp of exploding, as manufacturers are about to start flooding the market with electrified vehicles along their whole range of offerings.

As the technology matures — especially battery technology, which must improve to give EVs a driving range comparable to gasoline vehicles — EV prices will come down, possibly to the point where they don’t cost significantly more than gasoline vehicles. If and when California’s initiative takes root, charging stations should become almost as ubiquitous as gas stations today.

“There’s going to be an inflection point in the mid-2020s where suddenly people are going to be buying these at a faster rate than anybody expects,” Ken Morris, GM’s EV chief, said as recently as May. With conventional cars and SUVs currently enjoying a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, the shift to zero emissions could be complete by 2050.

That’s how technology often works — the take-up moves slowly, then all at once. The important elements are price, infrastructure and government support, all of which are just over the horizon.

It may even turn out, when we look back at this moment, that California’s vision of a zero-emission car market by 2035 wasn’t overly ambitious, but too modest.

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High-low: The priciest and cheapest homes in Pasadena



With 16 historical districts in 23 square miles, Pasadena boasts one of the densest concentrations of noteworthy homes in L.A. County. Properties such as the Gamble House, a Craftsman masterpiece, and the famed Chandler Estate draw the majority of the attention, but with a median home price of about $877,000, the city also provides cheaper options than many areas on the Westside.

Here’s a look at the highest- and lowest-priced homes in Pasadena, plus a sample of what you can get for the median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half cost less.

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High: As dramatic a property as you’ll see in Pasadena, this nearly five-acre estate features grounds that rival the city’s famous gardens. Expansive lawns, topiary sculptures, bamboo walkways, koi ponds, fountains and domed pavilions fill out the property, which centers on a 31,000-square-foot mansion with a Grecian-style swimming pool out back.

Address: 1288 S. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, 91106

Price: $39.8 million for 16 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms in 31,415 square feet (4.63-acre lot)

463 MacDonald St., Pasadena

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Low: Pasadena’s cheapest home on the market is a cozy two-bedroom bungalow near the Rose Bowl approached by a grassy yard and covered front porch. Inside, common spaces such as a carpeted living room and tile kitchen expand to a fenced back patio shaded by trees.

Address: 463 MacDonald St., Pasadena, 91103

Price: $550,000 for two bedrooms and one bathroom in 528 square feet (4,054-square-foot lot)

467 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena

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Middle: Victorian on the outside, modern on the inside, this stylish black-and-white home opens to remodeled living spaces with hardwood floors, quartz countertops and tile backsplashes. Four bedrooms are spread across two stories.

Address: 467 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 91104

Price: $898,900 for four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 1,528 square feet (10,048-square-foot lot)

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App-based companies must work with California restaurants



Two new California laws will require app-based delivery companies to more closely work with local restaurants before advertising their menu options and drivers to ensure the safety of meals while the orders are in transit.

The laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom are the latest effort by state lawmakers to ratchet up oversight of an industry that has resisted attempts at regulation as it grows rapidly in size and profitability.

The most far-reaching of the laws, signed by Newsom on Wednesday, requires companies such as DoorDash, Grub Hub, Postmates and Uber Eats to sign formal agreements with local restaurants before advertising food delivery to their customers. Its supporters say that restaurant owners might not know their food is being advertised or delivered by the app-based company, leaving the business susceptible to surprise complaints if customers are unhappy with the experience.

“When Uber Eats, DoorDash and other gig companies operate under their own rules, businesses and consumers are harmed,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), the bill’s author.

Assembly Bill 2149 doesn’t specify what details should be included in the written agreement, simply that an online company must work with a restaurant owner to craft a document “expressly authorizing the food delivery platform to take orders and deliver meals prepared by the food facility.”

Some restaurant owners have accused app-based companies of promising food deliveries from their companies without any guarantee the food wouldn’t be prepared somewhere else and falsely labeled. This spring, the owner of a Los Angeles barbecue pop-up asked Grubhub to take down an unapproved listing for his menu items after he tried to place an order and never received the food.

“If they want you to be on their app they should at least speak with you first, instead of going behind your back,” Moo’s Craft Barbecue owner Andrew Muñoz told The Times in March. “It just becomes one more thing you have to worry about as a business owner.”

Others have complained of app-based fees charged to either the restaurant or the online customers that were not agreed upon in advance.

A second law signed by Newsom last week, Assembly Bill 3336, requires app-based companies to ensure cleanliness and temperature controls in transporting the meals to customers. Restaurants will also have to place a seal on the food bag before handing it off to the delivery person, making any tampering clear to the customer.

The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), told lawmakers earlier this year that there is too little existing authority for local environmental health agencies to investigate complaints about mishandled food deliveries.

Both laws were among the final proposals sent to Newsom by lawmakers before they adjourned for the year and will take effect on Jan. 1.

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Column: Trump’s ‘order’ protecting people with preexisting conditions is a total nothingburger



After promising for weeks to produce an executive order protecting Americans with preexisting medical conditions from losing their health coverage, President Trump on Thursday delivered … nothing.

The executive order unveiled at an event in Charlotte, N.C., does absolutely nothing to safeguard healthcare for those Americans. Trump introduced it with a passel of absurd disinformation and lies.

He said he was signing “the first ever executive order to affirm it is the official policy of the United States Government to protect patients with preexisting conditions. So we’re making that official.”

Preexisting conditions are much safe with us than they are with [the Democrats].

Trump lies about healthcare policy in Charlotte, N.C.

The disinformation here is that an executive order stating the U.S. government’s position is even necessary. We know it’s the official position of the government to protect Americans with preexisting conditions. That’s because solid protections for those patients are a linchpin of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurers from refusing to cover them, or excluding their conditions from coverage, or surcharging them because of their medical histories.

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, during the Obama administration. Trump is trying to overturn the law through a half-baked lawsuit brought by Texas and other red states — a lawsuit he supports.

We pointed out this week that protections for patients with medical conditions have been consistently threatened since 2010 by congressional Republicans and since 2017 by Trump.

His executive order has no meat on its bones, no mechanism for enforcement, or even any statement of what those patients would be protected from — refusal of coverage? Higher costs? It’s an insult to Americans’ intelligence.

“Our opponents, the Democrats, like to constantly talk about it,” Trump said, “and yet preexisting conditions are much safe with us than they are with them.”

This is flatly, demonstrably, untrue. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the Texas case Nov. 10.

Asked during a press briefing on the executive order earlier Thursday how the administration, practically speaking, would safeguard protections for patients with medical conditions if the court overturns the law, Health and Human Services Alex Azar had virtually nothing to say.

“We will work with Congress or otherwise to ensure that they’re protected,” he stated.

That’s it. What becomes clearer with every day is that the theme song of Trump’s approach to healthcare is the anthem recorded in 1969 by Peggy Lee: “Is that all there is?”

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen buy new Beverly Hills mansion



John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have landed their latest trophy in Beverly Hills. The power couple just paid $17.5 million for a newly built, ultra-modern mansion in the secluded neighborhood of Benedict Canyon.

The huge deal arrives as the musician and model accept backup offers on their previous home in the 90210, an 8,500-square-foot estate that they listed for $23.95 million in August.

This one’s even bigger at 10,700 square feet. Sprawling across a hillside lot, the box-like abode was custom-built this year and takes in sweeping views of the city below.

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The indoor-outdoor lounge. 

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The pool. 

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The lawn. 

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The primary bedroom. 

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The office. 

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The theater. 

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The cabana. 

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The backyard. 

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A massive 6,600-square-foot motor court approaches the sleek white exterior, and inside, open-concept spaces boast 24-foot ceilings, white oak floors and sweeping walls of glass. The living room, dining room and double-island kitchen all open outside, where a 100-foot saltwater pool lines the edge of the property.

Elsewhere are seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, an office with walnut shelves, a 300-bottle wine cellar and an LED movie theater. Upstairs, the primary suite tacks on a polished concrete accent wall, a lounge with a built-in fireplace and a private deck.

Covered patios stretch across the backside of the home, expanding to a grassy lawn and a dining cabana with a sunken fire pit. The estate covers nearly an acre.

Sally Forster Jones of Compass held the listing. Marshall Peck of Douglas Elliman represented Legend and Teigen.

Legend has won 11 Grammy Awards, and he’s one of 16 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (an achievement known as an EGOT). The 41-year-old won an Oscar for the song “Glory,” for the 2014 film “Selma,” and recently released his seventh studio album, called “Bigger Love.”

Teigen, 34, is a television personality, model and author. She hosted “Lip Sync Battle” from 2015 to 2019 and currently appears on the new court show “Chrissy’s Court,” on the short-form-video platform Quibi.

Earlier this year, they picked up a live-work residence in West Hollywood for $5.1 million, The Times previously reported.