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

You Can Rip Out Your SoCal Lawn For Money Again — Now Without Landscaping Abominations

The Metropolitan Water District's new rebate program is still about removing grass, but it has a tighter focus on improving the looks and sustainability of our collective front yards.

L.A.’s No-touch, Automated, Self-cleaning, Singing Park Restroom

Angelenos have more than a dozen self-cleaning automated toilets scattered around the city and county, but the first to go into a Los Angeles City park was opened recently. KPCC's Sharon McNary visited.

Displaced By Fire Or Earthquake? State Orders Phone Companies To Help You

If a disaster forces you from your home, access to reliable phone service can help you get back on your feet. State utility regulators have voted to require phone companies to provide some essential basic services for survivors.

You Can Walk To Dodger Stadium And Save Your Parking Money For Dodger Dogs

Fans chant “Let’s Go Dodgers,” but on their drive into Dodger Stadium they don’t go very fast. Cars creep along in traffic that can last well past the first pitch.

Years After The Gas Blowout, Recriminations Continue In Porter Ranch

It’s been nearly four years since the smell and chemicals from a ruptured gas well at an underground storage field forced thousands of Porter Ranch residents to leave their neighborhood for months.

How An LA Charity Is Rescuing More Food For The Hungry

One local non-profit is now able to rescue more fruits and vegetables from the garbage heap with a solution as simple as four trucks, drivers and a massive walk-in cooler at a warehouse in Bell.

FBI Searches City Attorney, LADWP Records

The raid stemmed from the City Attorney's handling of the LA Department of Water and Power overbilling scandal that dates back to 2013.

Why Wasn't There A ShakeAlert Message Before The Quake?

The shaking in Los Angeles didn't reach the magnitude target to trigger the app. Officials say they'll lower the threshold for future quakes.

LADWP rolls out a new power outage messaging service

LADWP customers can subscribe to get power outage messages for up to three different neighborhoods on their account at

State Horse Racing Board Could Get More Power Under New Bill

After two more horses died at Santa Anita Park over the weekend, state regulators wanted to suspend racing during an investigation, but the park declined. A proposed law could change that.

Horse Deaths At Santa Anita Aren't New, The Protests Are

Animal rights advocates want an eventual state ban on horse racing.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Continues On For Thousands Of Plaintiffs

Attorneys for alleged victims of the nation’s largest-ever natural gas leak spoke to reporters today in Porter Ranch, near the site of the 2015 disaster at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field.

Trail Angels Ease Epic Journeys Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Some offer a cold soda, or a free ride between trailhead and town. But some Trail Angels actually offer long-distance hikers free lodging and other services at their own homes. One of the best-known outposts is Hiker Heaven in Agua Dulce.

For Porter Ranch Firefighters And Thousands Of Others, The Aliso Gas Leak Is Not Over

More than 48,000 plaintiffs have filed about 400 lawsuits against SoCal Gas seeking compensation for alleged physical and financial damage.

How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

It involves using the excess wind and solar power L.A.'s renewable energy sites produce during the day to pump water from Castaic Lake uphill 7.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. Then, late in the day, when the sun goes down and the city's energy demand spikes, the water gets run downhill through hydroelectric generators at Castaic Lake.