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

Sherman Oaks residents brace for possible new Burbank flight noise

Twenty-one Southern California airports now use more precise satellite-guided flight paths under a new FAA program that was completed this year.  But newly proposed updates to two routes out of Burbank are raising concerns in Sherman Oaks.

Everything you never wanted to know about pee in the public pool

We aren't trying to gross you out, but...

A Caltech professor has created an algorithm for drones to herd birds away from airports

In just the last four years, birds have hit aircraft at LAX more than 500 times. One bird caused $1.5 million dollars in damage when it hit a 747 two years ago.

The truth about peeing in public pools

The time may have passed when certain bodily functions were off limits in polite conversation. After all, social media's "poop" emoji got a prominent role in a recent kids' film. 

Were seven giant LA developments worth giving $1 billion in tax breaks?

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to provide nearly one billion dollars in tax breaks to large developments since 2005. Downtown hotels that got millions of dollars of tax breaks each have become our modern-day landmarks.

California, LA county and city settle Aliso leak lawsuits

Southern California Gas Co. will pay nearly $120 million under the agreement with state and local government settling suits from the Aliso Canyon methane leak.

SoCal Gas to pay $119M to LA city and county for Aliso Canyon gas leak. Tally so far: $1B

The settlement includes $45.4 million for "local environmental benefit projects," which would include a long-term health study.

California lawmakers look at changing who pays for power line-caused fire damage

As California's monster fires continue to blow away records, the state Legislature is examining ways to reduce the risk from the power lines that caused some of the fires.

Aliso Canyon gas leak bill now totals $1 billion and growing

The bills for the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout continue to pile up. This week Southern California Gas Company said the cost has now topped one billion dollars. 

Record Scripps Pier water temp reflects ocean warming

It's been a summer of heat waves, but a recent record was set at a place you wouldn't expect -- the normally chilly Pacific Ocean.

'How crowded does Santa Monica beach get' — Las Vegas mass shooter researched Southern California targets

The gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more at a country music concert in Las Vegas had researched Southern California targets, according to the most comprehensive report yet on his actions.

Brown says Californians must brace for fire danger brought on by climate change

Governor Jerry Brown had a dire message Wednesday on the future fire danger in California. In remarks that underscored previous warnings by fire officials, Brown said climate change has extended the fire season year-round.

L.A. City Council asks DWP to explain heat wave outage

Monday's Dodger game  had a 20-minute delay when a mylar balloon hit LADWP equipment and caused a brief outage. That’s nothing compared to the days-long power outages households sustained during a heatwave earlier this month.

Everything LA County voters need to know about the stormwater tax now on their November ballot

Here's how we got here and what a "yes" vote would approve.

LA County voters to decide on new stormwater tax proposal

Eligible Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a new land tax to fund projects that catch, treat and reuse stormwater.