End of the week desk clearing

tumbleweed-lafd.jpgBurbank Boulevard in Sepulveda Dam flood basin during this week's storms. LAFD/Jeremy Oberstein.

Next in Porter Ranch: Burning off some of the methane gas, screening an oily spew and upping the political pressure on SoCal Gas. Daily News, LA Times, KCRW/Which Way, LA?, KPCC News

Year 30 of LA's homeless crisis: new plans from the city and the county and, again, calls for patience while money is raised to build more affordable housing. KPCC, LA Times

City Councilman Felipe Fuentes said Friday that he will not run for reelection next year, ending his time as a city elected official after a single four-year term. He says it has nothing to do with a federal grand jury subpoena of his district director, Yolanda Fuentes Miranda, last month. LAT/Zahniser

"While all sorts of wild comparisons have been made regarding Trump (is he Hitler or Mussolini?), a better analogy is to former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty," writes Raphael Sonenshein. Jewish Journal: "2016 election will be a game-changer"

San Francisco politically connected gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow was convicted of 162 charges in the massive corruption case that previously claimed former state Sen. Leland Yee. LAT

LA Times consumer columnist David Lazarus cuts the Time Warner Cable cord.

Mexico's president announced via tweet that the government had re-captured drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo. NYT

Los Angeles-born playwright David Henry Hwang writes first-person in the New York Times: The Time I Got Stabbed in the Neck

The prop shark from "Jaws" that has been at the now-closed Aadlen Brothers junkyard in Sun Valley is headed to the film academy museum that will open at Wilshire and Fairfax. City News Service

Welcome, say some scientists, to the dawning of the Age of Anthropocene. LAT Opinion/Scott Martelle

There's no good news in the reversal of the often-reported decade of down-trending crime stats, but journalist Sam Quinones found some anyway. KCRW/Which Way, LA?

First look at the huge mixed-use complex set for Olympic and Bundy in West LA. Curbed LA

A busy first week of 2016 for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Dodgers' dilemma with Alex Guerrero: "Over his next 66 games, he was a different player at the plate, and alas, the same one on the field." LAT/Steve Dilbeck

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