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

Why can't LADWP hold onto its top executives?

DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards retires in two weeks, and her interim replacement will be the agency's eight GM in a decade.

Long Beach court victory could bring rail project to a halt

The new rail yard would be four miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, potentially reducing the number of longer truck trips hauling cargo containers.

2.4 million gallons of sewage spill into ocean near Long Beach

Raw sewage was flowing from a broken pipeline in downtown L.A. on Tuesday afternoon — and spilling down the L.A. River into the ocean near Long Beach.

Black Lives Matter shuns LAPD alliance embraced by The Game

The group is calling for the firing of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at a time when he's entered a high-profile dialogue with rappers about ending gang violence.

LA reacts to attempted coup in Turkey

Mehmet Berker, the son of a Turkish immigrant, worries that the coup could help the president amass more power and erode traditional democratic institutions.

Navy failed to consider dolphin protections, court rules

The federal appeals court ruling reinstates environmentalists' legal challenge of a permit that authorities gave the Navy to use sonar around dolphins.

Witness: 'Just mad chaos' in Nice after Bastille Day attack

People fled into the streets after a truck drove into a crowd celebrating the holiday on the city's promenade Thursday evening.

LA County and SoCal Gas in court fight over gas leak cleanup

The utility has already cleaned 1,700 homes in the Porter Ranch area. It's asking a judge to void a county order to clean thousands more.

Long Beach's old City Hall parcel will be privately owned

In a public private partnership, the city agreed to let a private company finance, design, build and operate its new civic center

After Dallas, LA responds in different ways

From a Black Lives Matter art show to a Summer Night Lights basketball game, Angelenos react to the violence in Dallas with a push for social change, healing and better community relations.

SoCal Gas appeals gas leak-related safety violations

The allegations include that the SoCal Gas incident manager who oversaw the leak lacked training and didn't know how to put the company's emergency plan into action.

As drought drags on, what should happen to the Silver Lake Reservoir

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has a big challenge on it's hands. It's promised to refill the Silver Lake Reservoir once construction to reroute water distribution pipes is finished — a project that required draining the 400-million-gallon lake.

Recycled water, groundwater to refill Silver Lake Reservoir

L.A. officials had wanted to use drinking water but decided against it in light of the state's ongoing drought.

How to refill Silver Lake Reservoir in the midst of a drought

Originally, the L.A. Department of Water and Power expected to use drinking water to fill the lake, but the ongoing drought has the agency looking to other sources, like runoff or recycled water.

LA County cooling centers could heat up during power outages

Only two of the county's 95 cooling centers are wired for access to backup generators — meaning that during a power outage, those cooling centers could be hot.