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

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.

Vote for $11 billion Twin Tunnel water project faces do over

In April, the Metropolitan Water District Board cast a historic vote to fund much of the Bay Delta Twin Tunnels project, an investment of about $11 billion dollars. But now, that vote will be repeated to resolve questions about whether the original vote was legal.

2018 primary election: Newsom, Cox secure spots in general election for governor

Follow the latest on all the news from Tuesday's California primary election here, including updated results.

Replacing dirty coal power plant with cleaner natural gas still controversial at LADWP

Los Angeles has been cutting back on burning fossil fuels for electricity.

What explains the drop in serious violations of L.A. rental codes?

A new audit says serious violations are down, while other violations of the city's safety and fire codes remain high.

Rose Parade hires former Macy's parade exec in bid for younger audience

Her challenge is to get the whole organization behind the mission to entice more exciting entries to the parade and win a younger audience.

Survey ranks LA's parks 66th out of the the 100 biggest cities. Irvine is No. 10

When it comes to the quality of its parks, only one Southern California town made the top 10 of America’s 100 largest cities. And it wasn’t Los Angeles. The annual ranking is from The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit group that advocates for more green spaces.

A dangerous Oxnard rail crossing is about to get a $69 million overpass, paid for by the new gas tax

After a Metrolink engineer was killed in Oxnard in a collision with a truck with years ago, politicians said they had no money to build an overpass. Now they do. Gov. Jerry Brown was there Tuesday to make sure everyone knew the money for the $69 million overpass was raised by California's new gas tax.

In the face of efforts to repeal California's gas tax, Gov. Brown leads the pushback

As a GOP-based effort to repeal hikes in gas and diesel taxes and vehicle fees gains ground, Gov. Jerry Brown and other officials launch a defense of the increases.

California is steadily losing groundwater

A new study of the globe's water says drought and farming are depleting California's groundwater, but new measures could help the state sustain its supply.

Broken pipes and limited gas storage: Why power outages might be more likely this summer

Southern California Gas Company doesn't know when outages on four major gas pipelines will be fixed, and as a result, we'll have less gas imported this summer, heightening the possibility of power outages.

Gov. Brown accused of behind-the-scenes manipulation in vote of water tunnel project

Two nonprofit groups are accusing Gov. Jerry Brown of improperly working with Metropolitan Water District board directors behind the scenes to put pressure on a key vote for a massive water tunnel project.

Porter Ranch gas leak cost approaches $1 billion

It includes what SoCal Gas spent housing thousands of families away from Porter Ranch while the leak was active, and a program to capture greenhouse gases equivalent to what got into the atmosphere from the broken gas well.

Cheaper gas or better roads? The battle over California's new gas tax

Government officials and construction interests who want to keep the gas tax face off against anti-tax activists to win the hearts and minds of California voters.