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

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.

California's oil/gas regulators add an enforcement arm

The state agency that regulates oil and gas in California is gaining a new enforcement arm this week, capable of issuing big new fines. The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, also known as DOGGR, has often been criticized as being too close to the industry.

Father-son reunite at LAX after separated at border

A tearful Guatemalan father hugged his six-year-old after they were reunited in LA. They had crossed the border illegally and had been separated by federal agents.

Benzene in the Aliso Canyon Blowout

Porter Ranch residents who live near the Aliso Canyon gas storage field have long wanted to know what chemicals they ingested living next door to that long-lasting leak.

Conservation fatigue is real

For the duration of L-A’s big heat wave you’re going to see and hear a lot of calls for energy conservation. But will YOU comply? Or do you fall off the wagon after a few days?

For all of us, please don't crank up the AC during a heat wave

This week's hot weather can really stress the local power grid.

It takes more than firefighters to reduce fire danger

Fire departments around the L.A. area can increase staffing and reposition fire engines when it's a high alert day, but other tactics also help reduce the risk of fire. Like road closures and utilities being ready to cut off power to endangered areas where downed power lines could spark a fire.

For some vets, fireworks are no celebration

The patriotism of military veterans is part of what we celebrate when we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July. But for some vets that noise is no celebration.

LA fans of Mexico's World Cup team disappointed by loss to Brazil

Fans of Mexico’s national soccer team gathered in homes, sports bars and large public venues across Southern California Monday with dreams their team would beat the odds and make it the World Cup quarter finals.

DWP $100 million energy savings plan focuses on low-income renters

The hardest population to reach with energy efficiency assistance are the city’s poorest residents, the low-income people living in apartments.

Voters to decide on gas tax repeal initiative in November

California voters will be asked this November if they want to reverse something the Legislature approved just a year ago: adding 12 cents per gallon of gasoline, 20 cents for diesel.

Torrance Refinery fined $150,000 for storing oily sludge

The owner of the Torrance Refinery was fined $150,000 this week for storing hazardous waste without permits.

Aliso Canyon may be allowed to store more gas soon

Southern California Gas Co. is facing some problems getting enough natural gas into our region. That increases the risk for power outages this summer.