Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

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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

Your Urban Drool (aka Polluted Runoff) Isn't Being Cleaned Up Quickly Enough, Says Heal The Bay

Angelenos are used to looking up Heal the Bay's annual beach water quality report card each May as we search out the cleanest places to swim and surf.

Your Urban Drool (aka Polluted Runoff) Isn't Being Cleaned Up Quickly Enough, Says Heal The Bay

In a first-ever report, the environmental group concludes the managers of 12 watersheds from Malibu to Long Beach are making too little progress toward cleaning up this major source of pollution in the Pacific.

Edison's New Policy Of Public Safety Power Shutoffs Burdens Rural Residents

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.

After Aliso: How the worst gas leak in US history forced Angelenos to rethink their energy supply

For many years, natural gas was considered to be a safe, dependable energy source. Then came the country's largest uncontrolled leak.

Three Outcomes For Homes Located Atop The Same Canyon Ridge

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. 

Waiting To Leave After An Evacuation Order Meant A Terrifying Exodus For One Woman

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.

This RV Park Is The Last Resort For Families On The Edge, But Eviction Looms

The owner illegally doubled the capacity of his RV park to house more families, a move that triggered enforcement actions.

Councilman calls for investigation of Playa del Rey gas field

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.

You Can Rip Out Your SoCal Lawn For Money Again — Now Without Landscaping Abominations

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.

L.A.’s No-touch, Automated, Self-cleaning, Singing Park Restroom

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.

Displaced By Fire Or Earthquake? State Orders Phone Companies To Help You

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.

You Can Walk To Dodger Stadium And Save Your Parking Money For Dodger Dogs

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.

Years After The Gas Blowout, Recriminations Continue In Porter Ranch

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.

How An LA Charity Is Rescuing More Food For The Hungry

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.