Sharon McNary Politics Reporter
Sharon McNary is a Politics Reporter for Southern California Public Radio. She uses public records, public engagement sourcing and other methods (like good old fashioned shoe leather) to help draw stories from the experience, expertise and concerns of our communities as well as from political agendas. These days, she is covering the built environment around Southern California -- sidewalks, water and sewer systems -- to find out what's working, what's broken, and who's fixing it.
In her first three years at KPCC, Sharon launched KPCC’s Public Insight Network, a group of several thousand people who — by sharing their experiences and expertise — help the newsroom cover Southern California. People who respond to Public Insight Network questions have been included in many KPCC award-winning news reports, including investigative coverage of prison conditions, long-form narratives, and talk show segments.
A military veteran, McNary was a computer programmer before she was a journalist, so she has always sought out tech-savvy and creative ways to cover news.
McNary has worked in TV news and documentaries, radio, wire service and newspapers in the Southern California news market, developing award-winning investigative and computer-assisted reporting projects.
Following a mid-career public service break with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, McNary returned to print and multimedia reporting. She has covered disasters, government corruption, growth and immigration, often using databases, mapping and other technology tools to break news.
McNary is an avid cook, seamstress and knitter while her outdoor pursuits are competing in marathons and triathlons
Stories by Sharon McNary
The city filed for bankruptcy a year ago as it faced a $24 million deficit. The judge has yet to rule whether the city can change its pension obligations.
Some on the council felt pressured. "We've got to get the city of Whittier out of the way of the cross-hairs of this gun that has been pointed at us," Mayor Bob Henderson said.
Either plan on Tuesday's council agenda would shift city elections away from its at-large system, which critics say has prevented Latino representation.
The company involved in Thursday's crash has been cited three times for moving violations. The owner ran a similarly named company that lost its federal permit.
Republican Gary Miller is being challenged by a trio of Democrats including Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Congressman Joe Baca.
The tradition of putting a flag with blue or gold stars in the window started in the First World War and is kept alive by the American Gold Star Mothers.
The city of Long Beach has adopted a new policy that calls for translating city documents and services into Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog.
"We’ve been very thorough in our deliberations, which have led to a decision to review the issue of district elections at our next council meeting," Mayor Bob Henderson said.
Critics say a plan to add language services for residents who don't speak English well should include Tagalog, Vietnamese and phone lines for other languages.
Riverside County alone spent $13 million on the high-tech voting systems, but got burned when the state changed the rules for the machines.
The Whittier Latino Coalition recently agreed to hold off on the lawsuit, but then the city hired a law firm that has defended at-large systems.
Police have raised their estimate of the number of people allegedly struck in Venice by a driver who may have been arrested several times in Colorado.
July numbers were up in several So Cal counties. The hottest spot, no pun intended, was Indio, which has the nearest clerk's office to Palm Springs.
Angry residents are trying to recall three council members and the long-serving city attorney. Pensions and spending priorities still spur debate.
The Sept. 24 runoff election will be closely watched because the Democratic supermajority in the Assembly could be affected by the outcome.