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Lyft Lawsuit for Alleged Sexual Assaults Includes WeHo Plaintiff

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Lyft sued over alleged sexual assaults by its drivers

SAN FRANCISCO (CNET) — Lyft is being sued by 14 passengers alleging sexual assault by drivers. Lyft is being sued over its drivers allegedly committing sexual assaults. The lawsuit alleges that 14 separate incidents across the US were reported to Lyft and the ride-hailing company concealed the assault complaints from the public, media and law enforcement.

The lawsuit, filed Sept. 4 in the Superior Court of California for San Francisco County, calls Lyft’s response to the complaints “appallingly inadequate.” It alleges the company hires drivers without completing a background check, fingerprinting them or even doing a job interview. Lyft has also allegedly allowed drivers accused of sexual assault to continue working for the company, the suit says.

The suit alleges that there were around 100 reports of sexual assaults by Lyft drivers in California in […]

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The Most Expensive Home in LA Cost Jeff Bezos Only 0.13% of Net Worth

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the Fire Phone in Seattle. It can be hard to grasp the wealth of Jeff Bezos, the planet’s richest man.

Thankfully his decision to spend $165 million on a Beverly Hills mansion last week — a California record — offers some clarity.

For starters, there’s this easy calculation. Amazon’s stock, the source of Bezos’ fortune, bounces around daily, but as of the close of markets last week, Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index calculated his net worth at $130 billion despite a $833 million stock market hit Friday.

That means the nine figure sum he’s shelling out for the former estate of movie mogul Jack Warner amounts to only 0.13% of his net worth, rounded up ever so slightly. Not too many Angelenos could […]

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Faring Seeking $375M in Construction Financing for WeHo Mixed-Use Project

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Faring Seeking $375M in Construction Financing for WeHo Mixed-Use Project

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Commercial Observer) — Faring is seeking $375.2 million in construction financing for Robertson Lane , its mega mixed-use development in West Hollywood, Commercial Observer has learned.

The five-year, floating-rate lending opportunity is being marketed by Cushman & Wakefield ’s Rob Rubano , Brian Share , Ernesto Sanchez , Joseph Lieske , Becca Tse and Keith Paden , according to an offering memorandum shared with CO. Officials at C&W declined to comment.

Sources said the deal hit the market on Tuesday.

When completed, the 1.92-acre project— located at 652 North La Peer Drive , at the edge of Beverly Hills—will include a 5-star, 182-room hotel, a private members’ club with 19 guest rooms and high-end retail, restaurant, office and banquet space. The development will also feature a three-level subterranean […]

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Amoeba Hollywood is Moving to El Centro Complex

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HOLLYWOOD — Amoeba is the community’s source for music, music, and more. It is going to have a new space by labor day on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle, in the heart of everything.

It will cover a large ground level space in the new “El Centro” complex in downtown Hollywood. This is just 2 blocks east and 2 blocks north of the current location, and right next door to the Fonda Theatre. 

While it is a bit smaller, Amoeba will be able to house all the usual formats and goodies. It is a virtual Hollywood institution. The store expects to close temporarily to get set up. In the interim, the store will continue to have live shows, signings, DJ Sets, and meet-and-greet events every week, as they do now.

In addition, the trade counter will be right up front in the new location, like it is now. There will be a few short-term meters on Argyle for easy unloading.

In the El Centro complex there will be great L.A.-based businesses such as Urban Radish Market & Healthy Spot as our neighbors. Next door is the always rockin’ Fonda Theatre, and just across Hollywood Blvd. is the new Funko Pop store and Shake Shack, with the historic Pantages Theater and Frolic Room just west of us on Hollywood Blvd. Additionally, there are many eateries, coffee shops, retail shopping, and the huge W Hotel all within easy walking distance.

According to Mayor Garcetti, “Los Angeles is a creative capital — a place filled with dreamers who move and inspire us every day. Amoeba Music reflects the best of this creative spirit, and Angelenos are fortunate this beloved cultural treasure has found a new home guaranteeing its place in our city for years to come.” 

In the words of Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember, “I think I speak for most Angelenos when I say that we are thrilled that our beloved Amoeba Music is staying in Hollywood.”



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