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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
After two more horses died at Santa Anita Park over the weekend, state regulators wanted to suspend racing during an investigation, but the park declined. A proposed law could change that.
Animal rights advocates want an eventual state ban on horse racing.
Attorneys for alleged victims of the nation’s largest-ever natural gas leak spoke to reporters today in Porter Ranch, near the site of the 2015 disaster at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field.
Some offer a cold soda, or a free ride between trailhead and town. But some Trail Angels actually offer long-distance hikers free lodging and other services at their own homes. One of the best-known outposts is Hiker Heaven in Agua Dulce.
More than 48,000 plaintiffs have filed about 400 lawsuits against SoCal Gas seeking compensation for alleged physical and financial damage.
It involves using the excess wind and solar power L.A.'s renewable energy sites produce during the day to pump water from Castaic Lake uphill 7.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. Then, late in the day, when the sun goes down and the city's energy demand spikes, the water gets run downhill through hydroelectric generators at Castaic Lake.
A full 95 percent of the emissions savings was from power generation, by cutting out a coal plant.
The California Public Utilities Commission ordered bill credits for customers whose bills were excessively delayed.
The proposal calls for the creation of as many as 300,000 new jobs to build and support cleaner forms of energy.
The nation’s largest-ever gas leak poured 100,000 metric tons of methane from the Aliso Canyon gas storage field into the atmosphere. The 2015 blowout near Porter Ranch has cost Southern California Gas Company more than one billion dollars, and generated lawsuits from thousands of plaintiffs, many who say they were sickened by the gas.
Nuclear waste cleanup at the San Onofre nuclear power plant has been on hold since last summer after a mishap involving a 50-ton container of radioactive material.
When work crews hired by Southern California Edison cut back the canopy of shade trees in unincorporated Altadena last month, many residents of the foothill community were angered that their trees were left unsightly and mangled.
The Ventura County Fire Department has determined that power lines were the cause of the Thomas Fire that ravaged the area in December 2017.
The fire started amid high winds that caused parallel power lines to slap into each other, creating an electrical arc that ignited flammable bits of molten aluminum on the ground, which then ignited dry vegetation.
Nearly one million Southern California Edison customers have been opted into something called the Clean Power Alliance, agovernment entity that can buy power directly on the open energy market and ship it to consumers on existing Edison power lines.