Friday desk clearing

Democrat Matt Dababneh of Encino was declared the winner of the 45th assembly district special election, by 329 votes. His defeat of Republican Susan Shelley (unless she goes for a recount) would restore the Dems' supermajority in Sacramento. LAT

A controversial urban oil field in University Park voluntarily agreed Friday to cease operations pending completion of a federal investigation prompted by complaints from neighbors who blame its noxious vapors for persistent respiratory ailments, headaches, nausea and nose bleeds. LAT

Rabies used to be a big deal in Los Angeles: "When Rabid Dogs Roamed the Streets of LA." Zocalo

The argument for legalizing jaywalking in Los Angeles, and some arguments against. The ticket fine is ridiculously out of whack: $175. Marc Ambinder

The LAPD is investigating a surge of sexual activity at the Central Library. Downtown News

Gawker picked up on the portion of my recent talk with NPR's David Folkenflik in which he discussed the Fox News Channel "Leg Cam." Gawker

Aaron Kushner installed Mike Burns, senior vice president of sales at the Orange County Register, as publisher of the Riverside Press-Enterprise. P-E

"It was the fall of 1960, just two months before the presidential election, and John Kennedy was making a swing through Los Angeles for a rally at the Shrine Auditorium. I was 11, and I was determined to be there." Zev Yaroslavsky

An investor group headed by Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li purchased the federal loan made to hybrid sports car maker Fisker Automotive and acquired the assets of the nearly defunct automaker. LAT

Sirhan Sirhan, serving a life sentence for the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was transferred Friday to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in southern San Diego County. No reason was given for the move from Corcoran State Prison. LAT

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