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Infrastructure is what we build together to make life better (and the things that break). My role is to reveal the often-surprising and important systems that make life possible in and around L.A.
Stories by Sharon McNary
Large utilities cut off power to millions of Californians over the past two months to reduce the risk that power lines might spark new fires. Nearly 200,000 Southern California Edison customers were blacked out, some for days at a time.
What Did Porter Ranch Residents Breathe During The Massive Gas Leak? Here's What One Doctor's Quest Revealed
L.A. County's acknowledgement that Jeffrey Nordella's research is "potentially important" is a big shift from its previous defensiveness and reluctance to address it.
For many years, natural gas was considered to be a safe, dependable energy source. Then came the country's largest uncontrolled leak.
Fire moves fastest when it’s driven by the wind up a slope. Residents who live atop the scenic ravines of Porter Ranch know their homes can be especially vulnerable to wildfire.
During wildfires, fire experts estimate about 10 percent of people ignore evacuation orders, and another 25 percent wait around to see how bad the fire is before leaving. KPCC’s Sharon McNary has the story of one woman in that wait-and-see group.
The owner illegally doubled the capacity of his RV park to house more families, a move that triggered enforcement actions.
The Aliso Canyon gas leak broke out near Porter Ranch nearly four years ago. On Tuesday a City Councilman called for an investigation of a different underground gas field after troubling images surfaced on video.
The Metropolitan Water District's new rebate program is still about removing grass, but it has a tighter focus on improving the looks and sustainability of our collective front yards.
Angelenos have more than a dozen self-cleaning automated toilets scattered around the city and county, but the first to go into a Los Angeles City park was opened recently. KPCC's Sharon McNary visited.
If a disaster forces you from your home, access to reliable phone service can help you get back on your feet. State utility regulators have voted to require phone companies to provide some essential basic services for survivors.
Fans chant “Let’s Go Dodgers,” but on their drive into Dodger Stadium they don’t go very fast. Cars creep along in traffic that can last well past the first pitch.
It’s been nearly four years since the smell and chemicals from a ruptured gas well at an underground storage field forced thousands of Porter Ranch residents to leave their neighborhood for months.
One local non-profit is now able to rescue more fruits and vegetables from the garbage heap with a solution as simple as four trucks, drivers and a massive walk-in cooler at a warehouse in Bell.
The raid stemmed from the City Attorney's handling of the LA Department of Water and Power overbilling scandal that dates back to 2013.
The shaking in Los Angeles didn't reach the magnitude target to trigger the app. Officials say they'll lower the threshold for future quakes.