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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The proposed tax could raise $300 to $400 million per year to fund projects to capture more of the stormwater that falls on L.A. County and is lost to the sea.
Air quality staffers had been working toward a ban, but the officials who govern the agency call for less stringent means of reducing the risk of a toxic chemical.
A bill pending in the State senate would make it easier for utilities to pass on to ratepayers the costs of wildfires their equipment cause.
Lacking another entity willing to do the study, a judge ordered SoCal Gas to evaluate its underground gas reservoir. The report will be overseen by independent experts.
The region's transit agency worries The Boring Company's tunnel could interfere with its plans to build a subway under Sepulveda Boulevard.
Smell from Santa Monica to Venice to West L.A. could have come from decomposing seaweed or algae releasing methane as well as rotten-egg smelling sulphur compounds.
The hard part's out of the way, MWD's board voted to build two tunnels under the Bay Delta. Now comes the harder part: Clearing political and construction hurdles.
The Metropolitan Water District voted to revive a controversial project to build two water delivery tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Fourteen mosaics depicting Highland Park's colorful past have been installed on Figueroa Street sidewalks between Avenues 53 and 59.
Efforts to save the twin-tunnel plan could mean a higher increase than the original plan. The average home bill would now rise on average $2.40 to $4.80 a month.