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

What California could build with Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan

Big questions remain about whether the Trump plan to privatize infrastructure construction would build what California really needs.

Judge approves plea deal in Porter Ranch blowout

Porter Ranch residents went away empty-handed after trying to derail the plea deal and obtain restitution from SoCal Gas.

LA County DA's office defends $4 million SoCal Gas leak plea deal

Attorneys representing Porter Ranch residents displaced or injured by the massive natural gas leak say the plea deal should include victim compensation.

Black Friday hike continues as a tribute

Phil Kent died two months ago of pancreatic cancer but 30 of his friends keep his memory alive by hitting Griffith Park's trails.

On Thanksgiving, a new dad is grateful he can hold his triplets

For 12 hours each day, he employs skin-to-skin contact so his premature babies can feel the rhythm of his heart.

Canine commode and other perks at SoCal's smaller airports

How about an app that shows how many parking spaces are left near your terminal? Or a cup of coffee while you wait for your bags?

Consumer advocates seek interest for overbilled DWP customers

Consumer Watchdog says customers should get 4 to 10 percent interest on top of any refunds they received from a class-action lawsuit. DWP says it's not cost-effective.

LAUSD board backs shutdown of Aliso Canyon gas field

Two Porter Ranch schools closed and 1,800 students were relocated to other campuses for several months after a gas well ruptured.

Here's how LADWP intends to put solar power on low-income homes

Homeowners who qualify could receive $360 in power bill credits for letting DWP put solar panels on their roofs; renters could lock in lower power rates.

New energy saving program targets low-income renters

The PUC changes rules to speed up the process of installing energy-efficient appliances in rent-subsidized apartment complexes.

GOP majority at South Coast AQMD could be short-lived

In January, Republicans had a majority of seats on the air quality board and used it to oust the agency's director. But Democrats could be in the majority soon.

LA voters hit the polls early; some report delays

Voters lined up before polls opened to cast their ballots before work. Some polling places faced longer-than-usual lines, and a handful reported voting delays because of technical problems.

Voters asked to decide fate of new Burbank airport terminal

If approved, construction of the new terminal would cause few disruptions to travelers. The old one would remain in operation until the new one is finished.

SoCal Gas says leak inquiry faces delay, state disagrees

The two state agencies overseeing an outside firm's investigation of last year's Porter Ranch well blowout say talk of a delay is news to them.

Democratic supermajority could hang on this state race

In a Democratic San Gabriel Valley district, a conservative Republican with name recognition has a good chance of helping Republicans snag a key state Senate seat.