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

How Thomas Fire victims can avoid scam artists

A flurry of fraud cases following this fall's wine country fires prompted the FBI to create a special task force. Officials in SoCal are bracing for the same.

129th Rose Parade rolls in Pasadena; see the list of float winners

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the street to watch 39 floats decked out with countless flowers, along with show horses, marching bands and celebrities. Millions more watched on TV.

Rose Parade route will be car-free this New Year's Eve

Colorado Blvd. will close to vehicles at 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 for added security. In past years, the parade route was open until just before dawn.

How this 2018 Rose Parade band is making a difference

Santiago Sharks band members surprised the foster kids at Five Acres by performing for them then showering them with presents.

December fires amp up mudslide danger

A geologist warns some Ventura County residents to not sleep in their homes overnight during winter rainstorms because of the landslide risk.

Augmented reality comes to the Rose Parade

You can use a smartphone app to watch as a gigantic fish leaps into the air then before transforming into a dragon.

100 Rose Queens later, are they still relevant?

Rose Queens who reign over the Rose Parade have become more diverse, but the oldest living one says there's room for more barriers to be broken.

Porter Ranch residents criticize SoCal Gas' methane monitor outage

A website SoCal Gas installed to inform residents about unusual gas levels was down temporarily around the time of a natural gas leak.

Archbishop Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass in county jail

The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese has made it something of a personal tradition to spend part of the holiday with inmates at the Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A.

Another gas leak reported at Aliso Canyon facility

The Southern California Gas Company says a gas leak occurred at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch just before 5 p.m. Monday night.

Lose your house in a fire? Congress is going after your tax write-off

Current rules allowing uninsured losses from fire, theft and other incidents would be stripped away. Only uninsured losses in federally-declared disasters could be written off.

Utilities told to do more to keep power lines from starting fires

New rules adopted by the state Public Utilities Commission require power companies to increase clearance around power lines in fire-vulnerable areas

When the house next door turns to ash

It's eerily quiet in Clearpoint, a Ventura neighborhood where the Thomas Fire destroyed dozens of homes.

Thomas Fire grows slightly; now at 15 percent containment

Southern California's largest fire grew has scorched 155,000 acres, but crews succeeded at keeping containment at 15 percent.

Dos and don'ts of going home and cleaning up after a wildfire

Even after evacuation orders are lifted, there are still precautions you should take to keep yourself safe.