‘Modern Family’ creator Steve Levitan seeks $16 million for Malibu beach house

Steve Levitan, the TV powerhouse behind shows such as “Modern Family,” “Stacked” and “Just Shoot Me,” is testing the waters in Malibu. His Cape Cod-style beach house just hit the market for $16 million.

a large building: The contemporary Cape Cod includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a great room, lofted gym and multiple decks overlooking the ocean. (Mac Hayward)

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The contemporary Cape Cod includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a great room, lofted gym and multiple decks overlooking the ocean. (Mac Hayward)

He’ll triple his money if he gets his price. Records show the Emmy-winning director-producer paid $5.4 million for the property in 2002.


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Spanning a quarter of an acre, the oceanfront abode descends down a bluff to Broad Beach — an exclusive stretch of sand with high-profile residents over the years including Frank Sinatra, Mindy Kaling, Walter Hill and Eli Broad.

Levitan made a few changes during his stay, renovating the oversized chef’s kitchen overlooking the ocean. Other highlights in the 6,700-square-foot floor plan include an interior courtyard, elevator, lofted gym and great room that opens to a beachfront deck.

Elsewhere are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, including three detached guest suites and a three-room owner’s suite with two-story ceilings, a sitting area and private deck. Out back, multiple staircases descend to the beach near Lechuza Point.

Levitan, 58, earned an Emmy as a producer for “Frasier” and also received nominations for “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Just Shoot Me.” More recently, he co-created the shows “Back to You,” “LA to Vegas” and “Modern Family,” which ran for 11 seasons and ended earlier this year.

The listing is held by Tony Mark and Russell Grether of the Mark & Grether Group at Compass, Kimberley Pfeiffer of Compass and Donald Richstone of Coldwell Banker Malibu Colony.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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CCAGW PAC Endorses Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall for Senate, and Reps. Ron Estes and Steve Watkins for Re-election to the House of Representatives

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee (CCAGW PAC) announced its endorsement of Reps. Ron Estes (R-Kans.) and Steve Watkins (R-Kans.) for re-election to the House, and Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kans.) for election to the Senate.

CCAGW PAC based its endorsements on the candidate’s’ lifetime score in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Rep. Estes was named a “Taxpayer Super Hero” in 2019 with a perfect score of 100 percent and is a lifetime “Taxpayer Hero” with a rating of 94 percent. Rep. Watkins has a lifetime rating of 99 percent based on his first year in Congress and Rep. Marshall has a lifetime rating of 87 percent, both earning the title of “Taxpayer Hero.”

“During their tenures in the House, Reps. Estes, Watkins, and Marshall have been strong and reliable votes to curb government waste and reform Washington,” said CCAGW PAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “On top of their impressive voting records, they worked with their colleagues to enact and retain historic tax cuts, support deregulation, and help ignite America’s economic boom. I urge Kansans to re-elect Reps. Estes and Watkins to the House of Representatives, and elect Rep. Marshall to the Senate.”

CCAGW PAC is affiliated with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, a 501(c)(4) organization. CCAGW PAC’s mission is to support political candidates who will fight to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government and represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Paid for by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Political Action Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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Steve Doocy: If you invite the president of the US to your house, you really should tell your spouse

Word to the wise, if you’re going to invite the president of the United States to your house for dinner, you really should tell your spouse.

Don’t know if you’ve heard this, but a certain U.S. president was a very big fan of my TV work. According to White House insiders, he watched me every day.

Before he was president, he himself had been on TV, and according to sources inside the White House, I was one of his favorites who worked at his favorite TV channel.

Of course, I’m talking about Ronald Reagan.

And you thought I was talking about . . . oh, never mind.


Let me explain: For much of the 1980s I was the feature reporter at the NBC-owned TV station in Washington, D.C., and every day at the end of “Live at Five,” I’d have a lighthearted feature report about something amusing going on in our nation’s capital.

Upstairs at the White House late one afternoon, President Reagan saw a funny feature I’d taped with a Reagan impersonator.

The president knew his secretary would love to see it, but she was on her way home, probably in traffic, so he called the White House photographer’s unit and asked them to get him a copy.

But they had not recorded that newscast, so the chief photographer called me at my desk and told me POTUS saw my story and wanted a copy of the tape. He asked if I could help out the West Wing team, and of course, I said I would.

As I hung up the phone I thought to myself, the most powerful person in the world, a former governor and movie star who had famously played George Gipp in the Knute Rockne movie, telling Knute from his hospital bed to “Win just one for the Gipper,”—well, the Gipper wanted a copy of my story!

When I told the tape librarian I needed a copy of the story for the president, he said, and this is an exact quote, “Yeah, right.”

A few days later, on my way home, I buzzed the Northwest gate at the White House and told the guards I was dropping off a package for the president. (They apparently had people dropping off packages for the president all day long, and I was one of the few not wearing a tinfoil hat.) Eventually, I was sent to the press briefing room.

“Do you want to give the tape to the boss yourself?”

Of course, I wasn’t planning on an audience with Reagan, and I was dressed like a 1980s feature reporter, wearing a plaid Madras shirt, no necktie, khaki pants, Top-Siders and no socks. I was dressed for dropping a package off at the loading dock, not placing it in the IN box on the Resolute Desk.

“Give it to himself? Why not!” I said, knowing I would never get that chance again. We turned past

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Steve Reick, Illinois House 63rd District Republican nominee, incumbent

Candidate profile

Steve Reick

Running for: IL House District 63

Political party affiliation: Republican

Political/civic background: Incumbent Representative

Occupation: Tax Attorney (Retired)

Education: University of Illinois (B.S. Accountancy, 1975) and University of Georgia (J.D, Masters of Accountancy, 1980)

Campaign website: ILikeReick.com

Facebook: Steve Reick

The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board sent nominees for the Illinois House of Representatives a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing the state of Illinois and their districts. Steve Reick submitted the following responses:

1. The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the finances of Illinois. The state is staring at a $6.2 billion budget shortfall in this fiscal year. What should be done? Please be specific.

I would like to have seen more of an effort to cut costs before borrowing money. Businesses and households throughout the State were tightening their belts, but State government didn’t do its part. Other states didn’t hesitate to trim payroll, why couldn’t we? At least the level of borrowing would’ve been lower. Going forward, Illinois is going to have to trim a lot out of future budgets to come up with the money to repay this obligation. I’m ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make those hard choices.

2. What grade — “A” to “F” — would you give Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic? Please explain. What, if anything, should he have done differently?

I’m going to give him a “B-” on the public health part. He was blindsided by the pandemic just as much as we were, and I’m not going to fault him for his initial reaction from a public health perspective. I opposed his plan of putting McHenry County into the same region as Chicago, a decision which was partly rationalized by the fact that METRA comes out here, but when ridership fell by 95%, that excuse fell flat. Also, he sent mixed signals, as did so many others, by giving the protests a pass on his public health orders and holding public events at churches and daycare centers immediately after attending rallies. He should’ve self-quarantined until he found out he’d tested negative, which took almost a week.

On the economic side, I’m giving him a “D”. There was no rational reason why big box stores were allowed to stay open while Main Street establishments were forced to close. If, God forbid, we see a resurgence of the disease, I hope he’ll have learned that small businesses can work within safe guidelines just as the big boxes did and thus have a fighting chance of staying in business. His attempt to assess criminal penalties against business owners in May was a fiasco both from a policy and a political perspective. As a member of JCAR, I was taken totally by surprise by those rules, and we had little choice but to file a motion to suspend. I didn’t support the new rules just issued because statutory law should

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