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

Cold weather strains local gas supply

SoCal Gas has reduced supplies to local power generators like LADWP as it withdraws gas from the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.

Blowout well near Porter Ranch was severely corroded

The well casing was corroded deep underground. SoCal Gas made repairs to casings of at least 20 of its aging wells before returning them to service.

5 things to know about the plan to ship water to Southern California

SoCal's largest water importer looks to revive a plan to shore up the region's water supplies by reconfiguring diversions from NoCal.

California measures Sierra Nevada snowpack amid dry winter

Department of Water Resources officials trekked to the mountains Thursday to check the snow depth, one gauge of the state's water supply. Snow levels are about one quarter of normal.

As families return to Montecito homes, disease threat from mud persists

Santa Barbara County officials tested the mud that flowed through Montecito neighborhood, finding concerning levels of bacteria and hydrocarbons.

Why Southern California’s newspapers are having such a tough time

The newspaper's dillema: Print ads dwindle at traditional "papers of record" like the L.A. Times, but online revenues aren't enough to keep newsrooms robust

SoCal residents saved enough water for 2 million households last year

Thank the torn out lawns, low-flow toilets, super efficient washing machines and smart sprinklers for saving more than 1 million acre feet, according to the Metropolitan Water District.

Thomas Fire: Ventura looks to keep displaced fire victims in the city

Proposed new rules could waive some development fees and open burned parcels for RV living while some 500 homes are rebuilt.

Air regulators propose stricter controls but not ban on toxic refinery chemical

Over the past year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has examined ways to make two refineries that use hydrofluoric acid safer.

California needs to store natural gas underground, report says

A state study has found that other alternatives are too costly to meet California's energy needs. It noted the potential risks from earthquakes and other leaks.

Air quality regulators considering proposal to ban or reduce risk of toxic chemical at Torrance, Wilmington oil refineries

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to meet with representatives from the Torrance and Wilmington petroleum refineries on Saturday to discuss a proposal that could ban or change their use of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) — a potentially lethal chemical if leaked.

National Guard soldier ferried Montecito mud survivors to safety

Some trucks and drivers were positioned in advance of the storm and were reaching victims within an hour of the mudslide.

17 killed in Montecito mudslides identified; 43 missing

Santa Barbara County released a list with the names of the dead, who ranged from ages 3 to 89.

Victim search expands as mudslides kill 17

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. At least 50 had to be rescued by helicopters.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.