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

Gov. Brown to decide if DTLA gets big digital billboards

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago authored the bill to lift the state's ban on billboards that are visible from local freeways. It's now up to Brown to sign it into law or veto it.

California energy officials back off power outages predictions

The original predictions that the L.A. Basin could see 14 days of power outages this summer were based on some faulty premises, an independent analysis says.

SoCal Gas says homes could run short of gas this winter

A state report on energy reliability says the risk of outages will be lower in the winter. SoCal Gas calls that "overoptimistic" if the gas storage field stays closed.

LA may soften proposal to limit billboards

L.A. City Council may water down a proposal from mayor's planning commission to restrict new billboards to narrowly drawn sign districts.

Blue Cut Fire chief says evacuation holdouts had no effect

However, they did increase the risk to firefighters and the odds that more property loss could have resulted. It will take a catastrophic event to change minds, the chief said.

Dozers save Wrightwood as neighbors defy evacuation orders

One stay-behind resident watched the battle from his front porch as fire advanced. Others volunteered for sandwich making duty.

Blue Cut Fire, largely uncontained, burns toward Wrightwood

A wildfire burning out of control in the mountainous Cajon Pass was heading toward the community of Wrightwood Tuesday, U.S. Forest officials said.

LA's potholes, traffic and crashes cost drivers

We're paying less in car repairs, but sitting longer in traffic, so the premium L.A. drivers pay for bad roads is close to $3,000 per year.

Metro says ruling won't slow Purple Line tunnel under school

A judge ruled that Metro's environmental studies for tunneling under Beverly Hills High School were faulty. Metro will re-do the studies but not scrap plans for the tunnel.

One rookie firefighter's baptism by fire retardant

A new firefighter finds herself on mop-up duty on her first big fire. It's dirty, painstaking work to make sure the last bit of heat has gone from a fire's edge

State seeks public's input on its new rules for gas fields

Emergency regulations enacted for underground gas storage places like the one that leaked near Porter Ranch could become permanent after a public review.

Pilot Fire: School districts remain closed, fire grows

All Hesperia and Apple Valley schools were set to remain closed Wednesday due to poor air quality, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Pilot Fire grows to 10 square miles, evacuations ordered

A wildfire burning in the mountains between Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake was about 6 percent contained late Monday.

Porter Ranch gas leak mitigation could occur outside LA Basin

Local elected officials want environmental damage be offset with local pollution reduction measures, but SoCal Gas says the work will be in the Central Valley

SoCal Gas hopes to reopen gas field that leaked by September

Company officials say only a handful of wells are necessary to resume operations -- a move that would need approval from state regulators.