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

Officials warn of possible natural gas shortage this winter

An explosion in a SoCal Gas pipeline east of Barstow last month could result in gas shortages to customers in L.A. this winter. Officials warn consumers to conserve

In Long Beach, tax breaks grow on trees

Long Beach is the latest city to offer tax breaks to landowners who convert vacant lots to small urban farms. They're also charging a fee to those who don't.

$27 million later, the LA Snowpack Emergency of 2017 is over

Near-record snowpack in the Eastern Sierra produced a lot of extra water — and the city had to act fast to keep it from flooding roads up north.

Even Rose Parade floats can’t afford to live in Pasadena

The 2018 floats have been built in Irwindale and Azusa and a handful of other locations outside Pasadena due to real estate prices and safety issues.

Neighborhoods near La Tuna Fire vulnerable to mudslides

Los Angeles County Public Works has cleared debris basins and is installing mud-steering measures in its areas, but many residents have yet to prep their homes.

Supervisors approve big dig at Devil's Gate Dam

Local environmental groups had sued to limit the amount of sediment that could be removed and the amount of bird and wildlife habitat that could be torn out.

Exxon must turn over Torrance Refinery explosion documents

But a judge's ruling let the company withhold other documents sought by federal investigators concerning a potentially deadly chemical used at the refinery

Lawsuits, costs continue to mount in gas leak

The plaintiff count topped 43,000 individuals this month, two years after a gas well ruptured and caused thousands of people to relocate.

Less street sweeping could make all of LA cleaner

The city controller says street sweeping doesn't happen equally across the city. Reducing service in some neighborhoods could help other areas.

Truck driver, 18 Aliso Canyon gas protesters arrested

A truck driver drove perilously close to a group of demonstrators as they blocked the driveway to the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility on the second anniversary of the Porter Ranch gas leak.

2 years after blowout, Porter Ranch gas leak still upsets residents

Activity is limited at the massive gas storage field, and many regulatory and other challenges must be overcome for it to return to full service.

Refinery safety: New laws pass, deadly chemical ban stalls

Torrance Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi's bill to end the use of hydrofluoric acid at two local refineries awaits the outcome of a ban proposed by the AQMD

Big water tunnels project OK'd by SoCal water agency

Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica board members voted against it, but it passed with 69 percent of the board.

What’s the future of Gov. Jerry Brown’s delta tunnel project?

The fate of a project that could cost Southern California water consumers billions of dollars hangs on a vote Tuesday at the Metropolitan Water District.

Runway shortening plan is delayed at Santa Monica Airport

Two pilots who use the airport sued the city over plan to remove 1,500 feet from the municipal airport runway. They say the decision should have been made in public.