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

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.

SoCal fires strain power and water systems

Power outages due this week's high winds and wildfires have left about 10,300 customers without electricity, according to the major power utilities.

Thomas Fire in Ventura approaches Ojai, grows to 90,000 acres

The largest and most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California forced new evacuations and almost reached the ocean Wednesday.

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger to Southern California

Forecasters say it could be the strongest and longest Santa Ana wind event so far this season, with gusts capable of bringing down tree branches and power lines.

Convention Center hotel approved for $103 million tax break

One of every five dollars in tax revenue that would normally be paid by the project stays in the developer's pocket.

Officials warn of possible natural gas shortage this winter

An explosion in a SoCal Gas pipeline east of Barstow last month could result in gas shortages to customers in L.A. this winter. Officials warn consumers to conserve

In Long Beach, tax breaks grow on trees

Long Beach is the latest city to offer tax breaks to landowners who convert vacant lots to small urban farms. They're also charging a fee to those who don't.

$27 million later, the LA Snowpack Emergency of 2017 is over

Near-record snowpack in the Eastern Sierra produced a lot of extra water — and the city had to act fast to keep it from flooding roads up north.

Even Rose Parade floats can’t afford to live in Pasadena

The 2018 floats have been built in Irwindale and Azusa and a handful of other locations outside Pasadena due to real estate prices and safety issues.

Neighborhoods near La Tuna Fire vulnerable to mudslides

Los Angeles County Public Works has cleared debris basins and is installing mud-steering measures in its areas, but many residents have yet to prep their homes.

Supervisors approve big dig at Devil's Gate Dam

Local environmental groups had sued to limit the amount of sediment that could be removed and the amount of bird and wildlife habitat that could be torn out.