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

What do millennials care about this election year?

An estimated 46 million millennials will be eligible to vote this year. We joined West Coast public radio stations to ask young voters why their vote matters.

Southland scouts react to release of 'Perversion Files'

There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.

Funeral held for iconic CA politician Mervyn Dymally

The funeral of California's longest-serving black elected official drew a constellation of Democratic and political figures, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Gov. Brown at UCLA to rally students in support of Prop. 30

Students in the CSU and UC systems have a lot at stake in Prop. 30, including tuition refunds. If it fails, cuts in admissions and tuition increases are expected.

Term limits have lawmakers eyeing LA city council seats

Current and former state legislators crowd the field of candidates in next year's Los Angeles city council races. The reason: term limits.

Study: Californians distrust state government more than ever

However, voters trust themselves to make decisions about initiatives, even though they lack basic knowledge about the state's complex issues

Former Calif. lawmaker, US Rep. Mervyn Dymally dies

Mervyn Dymally, the former California assemblyman, senator and lieutenant governor who also served in Congress for more than a decade, has died.

Independent voters are crucial in numerous CA races

Where Republicans and Democrats are nearly equal in numbers, nonpartisan voters rise in importance, as in one Orange County race

Record number of new, renewing voters in LA County

New registration records were set in Los Angeles County. About 220,000 in California register online, either new or renewing voting records.

Site offers new way to see California election spending

Charting the political money wars -- a data wiz who works in politics helps pull back the curtain on big spending in California elections.

California's Asian-American voters: half are nonpartisan

Researchers say low voter turnout from California's Asian-American due to lack of interest in the group from political parties.

Comedy video: 'Does your Asian mom vote?'

David and Andrew Fung — the comic Fung brothers — imagine bleak futures for themselves if they let their mother refrain from voting.

Californians flock to new online voter registration

The State Senator who sponsored the legislation says "This is a game-changer for our democracy"; Registration continues through Oct. 22

UC Riverside to host congressional debate after telecast

Riverside-area candidates for Congress' 41st District clash Oct. 3 in a live forum to follow the Obama-Romney televised debate.

Survey: Asian-American voters prefer Obama over Romney

Thirty-two percent of likely Asian-American remain undecided about their choice for president, which could affect results in Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia