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

Katy Perry to be guest of honor at concert for suicide hotline

The Trevor Project takes its name from an Oscar-winning short film about a boy who attempts suicide after his rejection from a boy he loves.

World AIDS Day honored in Lincoln Park with The Wall/Las Memorias

The Wall/Las Memorias is a combined work of architecture, landscaping and a mural that commemorates Latinos whose lives were shortened by AIDS and HIV.

Bloom retains lead, plans to take oath as Assemblyman

Weeks after the election, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom considers his lead unbeatable in the close race to unseat Assemblywoman Betsy Butler.

Thousands expected at annual clothing giveaway

Hundreds of volunteers help distribute about 85,000 items of donated clothing to needy people. Social service agencies will also be on hand to offer help.

Bloom claims victory in Westside Assembly race

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom claims victory in the Assembly race against incumbent Betsy Butler. Thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots slowed the count.

Updated count boosts Bloom's lead in Westside Assembly race

The Santa Monica mayor leads the incumbent Assemblywoman by less than one percent of the 181.000 votes tallied so far.

CalPERS challenges San Bernardino on pension plan debt

The Inland area city has been missing more than $1 million per month in payments, using the money instead to make payroll and provide services.

Tight vote count continues for Westside Assembly seat

The Santa Monica mayor has a 888-vote advantage over the Assemblywoman in the contest between Democrats. The next update is Wednesday.

Cracking L.A.'s ceiling on mayor's race spending

A GOP strategist plans to raise $4 million to independently support a mayoral candidate, spending that would also lift limits on other hopefuls.

Butler-Bloom ballot count margin a narrow 79 votes

Two weeks after the election, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom maintains a slim lead over incumbent Betsy Butler by just a few dozen votes.

From City Council to Congress: Tony Cardenas

He's primed to work on policy issues, especially changing immigration laws, but faces a steep learning curve as he acclimates to life in Congress.

Troubled San Fernando city council gets overhaul

Three new members take office on Dec. 3, replacing predecessors who were enmeshed in small-town sexual and political intrigue.

Gen-X politicos boost L.A. Central American issues

Latino Coalition of Los Angeles seeks to get Central Americans into positions of political power and is making endorsements in city races.

Westside: Butler-Bloom Assembly race remains close

Santa Monica mayor Richard Bloom has widened his lead over incumbent Betsy Butler to 218 votes as mail-in ballots continue to be counted.

LA's black voters voiced support for tax, justice proposals

Loyola Marymount University's exit poll of local voters found high support for Prop 30's higher taxes among all groups, and highest among black voters.