Rihanna Lists Hollywood Hills Los Angeles Home for Sale for $7.8M

Rihanna just listed her Hollywood Hills home for sale.

Newly minted billionaire Rihanna is ready to lighten up her real estate portfolio. The Barbados-born Grammy Award-winner, who has amassed an impressive collection of homes over the past several years, just listed her six-bedroom, 10-bathroom Hollywood Hills abode for sale, with a $7.8 million price tag attached.

The Fenty Beauty entrepreneur purchased the 7,130-square-foot Mediterranean-style Los Angeles home for $6.8 million in 2017. Less than a year later, an alleged stalker managed to break into the property; the intruder reportedly made his way all the way inside the house. Luckily, Rihanna wasn’t home at the time of the incident.

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Rihanna listed the home for sale shortly thereafter, but then changed her mind and took it off the sales market, instead offering it as a $35,000-a-month luxury rental. Yes, Rihanna could have been your landlord. Now, however, she’s ready to permanently offload the mansion, as first reported by Dirt.

The gated home is perched above the Sunset Strip. There are high ceilings, arched doorways and steel-framed doors and windows throughout, per the listing shared by The Agency brokers David Parnes and James Harris.

The kitchen, which is equipped with dark brown cabinetry, a T-shaped center island and breakfast bar seating, is open to a family room. Elsewhere in the home, there’s a formal dining room, a movie theater and a living room with a large tiled fireplace.

The primary suite is situated on the second floor, with a sitting area, gas fireplace and a sleek bathroom with a freestanding tub and separate shower, plus a private balcony.

Outside, there’s an infinity pool and spa, a barbecue and al fresco dining spaces, as well as lounging and entertaining areas. There’s also a guest house, which is currently in use as a fitness center with a private bathroom.

It’s not particularly surprising that Rihanna decided it was time to part with this Hollywood Hills residence, as she owns a number of other West Coast homes. She’s long maintained an apartment at The Century, and she purchased a $13.75 million Beverly Hills mansion in late 2020. The beauty mogul then scooped up the neighboring property to the Beverly Hills estate earlier this year, doling out $10 million for the home.

Rihanna Lists Hollywood Hills Home for $7.8 Million



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Los Angeles Bans Protests Within 300 Feet of Private Homes

Demonstrators in Los Angeles will no longer be able to protest within 300 feet of a target’s home, according to an ordinance passed today by the city council after Angelenos protesting the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate showed up at two councilmembers’ homes.

On Sept. 14, the city council voted 13-2 to pass the ordinance, with Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Mike Bonin dissenting, though they declined to comment at the final vote. A unanimous vote was required to pass the ordinance on first reading; on second reading, ordinances usually require a simple majority to pass, but because this ordinance included an emergency clause, it requires a three-fourths majority to pass. The final vote on Sept. 21 passed, again with a 13-2 vote.

Currently, the city’s law states that people may not protest within 100 feet of a target’s private residence. The ordinance changes that law to 300 feet and states that the target of a protest may sue violators of the ordinance for damages; violators may also be fined $1,000.

Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell introduced the motion last month after an anti-vaccine mandate protestor shared councilmembers’ home addresses and encouraged people to show up at their homes and protest.

While those in favor of the ordinance express concern for the city councilmembers’ safety, some Angelenos worry the ordinance restricts their First Amendment rights.

Los Angeles City Hall on March 24, 2018. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

When she introduced the motion, Martinez said a group of people gathered at her house one evening, banging on her doors and windows, harassing her neighbors and family members, and “threatening my life,” she said.

“I think it’s clear to me that these protests are now starting to escalate more and more and what I’m really concerned about is the escalation of an actual violent event taking place anywhere in our neighborhoods, particularly our residents,” Martinez said at the final vote.

Martinez said that protestors should gather in public places such as councilmembers’ offices or City Hall, not to their homes.

“Those folks who have a disagreement with what we legislate here in this body … are welcome to call during public comment or protest any one of our decisions outside this building, which is a public facility,” Martinez said.

“I think we need to do this now so that those of us who make tough decisions feel a little bit more protected, but more than anything our families who did not sign up for this,” she said.

Some Los Angeles residents called into the city council’s final vote meeting to express concern that their rights to free speech were being violated.

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Los Angeles City Hall on March 24, 2018. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Other Angelenos gathered at Martinez’s home on Sept. 14 to protest the ordinance, and returned on Sept. 20 and the morning of Sept. 21 to protest before the ordinance’s passing.

A video posted on Twitter by activist group K-Town for All shows protestors gathered outside of Martinez’s home, one with a megaphone, chanting, “What’s the reason we’re in these streets? No ban on 300 ft!”

“When those in power refuse to hear from the marginalized groups they oppress, taking protests to their homes is sometimes the only remaining option,” activist Kenneth Mejia, who is also running for L.A. controller, tweeted.

Activist groups including K-Town for All, Los Angeles Tenant’s Union, and Street Watch Los Angeles, issued a statement on social media regarding the ordinance.

“The current proposed law conflates illegal actions taken by violent rightwing extremists as protesting and uses such actions as political cover to in turn restrict constituents from exercising their First Amendment rights to protest the ongoing failures of our local elected leadership,” the statement reads.

“By deputizing other private citizens to seek up to a $1,000 civil penalty against those who do violate the ordinance, it is clear that this ordinance is intended to silence the most marginalized amongst us, including workers protesting unfair labor conditions or tenants opposing illegal evictions, from standing up for their rights.”

Councilmembers Nury Martinez and Mitch O’Farrell, as well as activist group K-Town for All and Kenneth Mejia, did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

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Man who recorded Los Angeles beating of Rodney King dies of COVID-19 complications

George Holliday, the man who recorded the grainy video of four Los Angeles police department officers beating Rodney King in 1991, has died due to complications from COVID-19. Holliday was reportedly hospitalized in L.A. for nearly a month before passing away Sunday. 

According to the Associated Press, Holliday, 61, contracted pneumonia and was placed on a ventilator in recent days – he had not been vaccinated.

In early March of 1991, Holliday, a plumber by trade, awoke from sleep to the sound of a commotion at a nearby traffic stop. He then recorded the infamous incident, which showed officers kicking, punching and using a stun gun on King. The close-to 9-minute video would become key evidence in the trial against the officers nearly a year later. 

The officers were ultimately acquitted in spring of 1992, which led  to the Los Angeles riots. 

King went on to be award $3.8 million in a suit against Los Angeles. He died at the age of 47, in 2012, after drowning in his backyard swimming pool. 



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What’s Going On? The Number of Container Ships Drifting Off Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach at All-Time High




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Earthquake shakes Los Angeles

A minor earthquake shook the City of Angels on Friday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The agency reported a magnitude of 4.3 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale with an epicenter in Carson, Calif., which is Los Angeles County.

The 15-second-long temblor caused a Marathon Petroleum refinery to lose power and resort to dramatic flaring, scaring locals, the Los Angeles Times reported.

There are about five quakes per year that rank between 4.0 and 5.0 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, the paper said.

The agency reported a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale with an epicenter in Carson, Calif., which is Los Angeles County.
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There were no immediate reported of injuries or damage, the Associated Press reported.



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Los Angeles Teacher Caught With ‘F–k the Police,’ ‘F–k Amerikkka’ Propaganda Hanging in Classroom




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Los Angeles County Sets Vax Mandate for Some Social Venues, Large Events

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Starting next month, Los Angeles is joining a growing number of cities that are establishing “vaccinated-only” admissions to various social venues.

Under the new order, customers and workers at what health officials call “high-risk [of getting or transmitting COVID] settings,” such as indoor bars, nightclubs, wineries, breweries and lounges, will have to show proof of at least one jab by October 7 and full vaccination by November 4, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

According to the release, the Public Health will assist businesses in establishing a vaccination verification system and will provide “education and support to those establishments requesting assistance.” Presumably, this means the businesses will be allowed access to the county vaccination database, which will help them confirm the presented “vaccine passport” is legit. It is provided that while “not required,” vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants is recommended.

The order will also mandate that the participants and staff at outdoor “mega events” with more than 10,000 attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination or show that they’ve recently tested negative for COVID, starting Oct. 7. That requirement is already in place for indoor events of at least 1,000 people.

The department states that the move is “urgently needed” to reduce COVID transmission risk and increase vaccination coverage in the county.

Is the vaccination rate of L.A. Country low? Not at all. According to the official numbers, 82 percent of senior residents are fully vaccinated, and 91 received at least one dose. 67 percent of the county residents who are 12 and older are fully vaccinated, and 76 percent have been jabbed at least once. It certainly doesn’t look like Los Angeles Country is not already “protected” enough. That is, if we assume that vaccines indeed protect from the virus, which they actually don’t. Per the CDC, vaccinated people still get sick with COVID and transmit it to others since the viral load they may carry is “similar” to that of the unvaxxed, which makes L.A.’s upcoming order useless in terms of curbing transmission.

In addition to that, more than 1.4 million people in L.A. County have contracted COVID, meaning they have a natural immunity against the infection that is stronger and more durable than that of any vaccine. In terms of COVID transmission, it is much safer to be around those who recovered from COVID than around those who received a shot. Yet the L.A. Department of Health did not bother to include those with COVID antibodies to the “you-are-allowed-to-get-back-to-normal” list.

Race-wise, those who will be prohibited entry to the venues and events are 49 percent of the L.A. black residents, 40 percent of Hispanics, 30 percent of white people, and 20 percent of Asians.  

Despite the county seeing a drop in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, however loosely they may be counted, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer fears that if the county does not ramp up its vaccination pace, then it would face “an endless cycle” of COVID surges as the fall and winter approach. Ferrer expressed confidence that businesses will comply with the order.

Ferrer added that the policy — which is nothing but an implementation of the “vaccine passports” — is a “reasonable way forward that enables us to break the cycle of bounce.” However, this is improbable since the coronavirus is set to become endemic, meaning it is here to stay. And, like all of the viruses do, it will always try to infect those with weakened immune systems. The sound advice to beat it, perhaps surprisingly, belongs to Dr. Anthony Fauci circa 2019, who recommended a healthy diet, exercise, no smoking, no or very moderate drinking, and good sleep. But suggesting such an approach in 2021 may get one’s name on the “conspiracy theorists” list and get purged from social media.

Sure enough, the county’s current mask mandate requiring everyone older than two, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in all indoor public settings will remain in place.

According to the Los Angeles Times report, the order will affect all areas of L.A. County except Long Beach and Pasadena, which are guided by their own public health departments.

However, the order will not be as expansive as public health orders in some other parts of California.

Per the outlet:

San Francisco and Berkeley require customers 12 and older in indoor restaurants, bars and gyms to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Contra Costa County, the Bay Area’s third most populous, has ordered those customers to show either proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test result. Palm Springs and neighboring Cathedral City have ordered patrons 12 and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test to enter indoor restaurants and bars.”

The once-Golden state and Los Angeles area have already mandated vaccines in some instances.

California currently requires that state workers, healthcare workers and public-school teachers and staff be vaccinated or get regularly tested for COVID. At least one local sheriff vowed not to impose the mandate on his department.

Last month, Los Angeles City Council approved requirements that city employees be vaccinated, which was met with a strong opposition from local law enforcement and firefighters.

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified public school district adopted rules requiring that all students 12 years or older be vaccinated.



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Los Angeles Announces Vaccine Passports Day After Gov. Newsom Survives Recall Election

Los Angeles County issued a health order that will require residents to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges, according to the county health director Dr. Barabara Ferrer.

Officials made the announcement one day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall election against him.

Patrons and employees will be required to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7, and their second dose by Nov. 4.

In California, patrons of indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees were already required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. The new health order will apply to outdoor events as well.

All participants, including employees, of large outdoor events with crowds of over 10,000 people will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. The requirement will also apply to theme parks.

Restaurants will not be required to verify the vaccination status of indoor diners, but health officials strongly recommend it.

Gov. Gavin Newsom told Democrats after surviving the recall race that it is their “moral authority” to “lean in” to Covid-19 mandates. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

The health order, which officials will implement this week, comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall election against him. Newsom signaled that more Covid-19 mandates could come after telling Democrats to “lean into” pandemic mandates and restrictions.

“Don’t be timid. Lean in,” said Newsom. “Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about formal authority of setting the tone and tenor on masks, on vaccines, and masks. But it’s the moral authority that we have.”

California Democrat lawmakers shelved bills issuing more Covid-19 restrictions days before the recall election. However, the legislature has indicated that they are likely to re-examine those bills in January, 2022.



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Los Angeles to require COVID-19 vaccinations at bars and nightclubs; new restrictions for pro-sports fans

Public health officials will require COVID-19 vaccinations at bars and nightclubs in Los Angeles County. The new health orders announced on Wednesday will also implement new restrictions for fans attending professional sports events and other large gatherings.

Starting Oct. 7, patrons and employees of indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges must have at least one coronavirus vaccine dose. By Nov. 4, proof of full vaccination will be mandatory. The order does not apply to restaurants, but COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended.

“This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. “This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges.”

New York City rolled out its vaccine passport order in August, which requires people to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter indoor restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, arenas, and more.

Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health also implemented new restrictions on large outside gatherings. The new order requires attendees of outdoor events of more than 10,000 people to verify vaccination status or have a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. The order will include L.A. pro sports teams, including home games for the Dodgers, Rams, and Chargers.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he supports the L.A. County health order, but does not plan on instituting the rule for the entire state.

“We’re satisfied with where the state is today,” Newsom said on Wednesday.

Back in April, the county issued a mask mandate for events with more than 10,000 people in attendance.

Beginning on Sept. 20, California will require proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to attend indoor gatherings of 1,000 or more people, which the state boasts as the first of its kind in the nation, according to KTLA.

In August, the city of Los Angeles approved an ordinance requiring city employees to be fully vaccinated or face weekly testing. Thousands of Los Angeles Police Department employees have already filed for a vaccination exemption. Six LAPD workers have filed a lawsuit against the vaccine mandate in federal court.

Los Angeles County reported 1,930 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,437,073. There are currently 1,214 COVID-related hospitalizations, and there have been a total of 25,748 COVID-19 deaths in the county, which is the most populated in the United States with over 10 million residents.

Of L.A. County residents over the age of 12, there have been 6,679,518 who received one coronavirus vaccine dose (75.7%), and there are 5,899,901 who are fully vaccinated (67%), according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department.





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Immediately Following Rigged California Recall Election, Los Angeles Plans New Vaccine Mandates for Employees; Will require Proof of Vaccination for Outdoor Sporting Events and Bars




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