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

SoCal Gas ordered to refill 'depleted' local gas fields

To reduce the risk of gas shortages, the state has ordered the utility to immediately refill storage fields that are not under the Aliso Canyon moratorium.

Where to sound off on SoCal Edison's new rate proposal

The new rates bump power prices up each of the next three years, with the average consumer paying $200 more per year in 2020.

Garbage goes uncollected in LA trash industry turmoil

Los Angeles city's 3-1-1 help line received dozens of calls when one vender, whose drivers were hired by a competitor, couldn't pick up commerical garbage

2 years after Torrance refinery blast, new report places blame on ExxonMobil

A huge explosion at the Torrance Refinery two years ago could have been prevented if then-owner Exxon Mobil had paid more attention to safety, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

Old parts, safety gaps caused 2015 Torrance Refinery blast

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued its findings Wednesday into the causes of a large explosion at the Exxon Mobil Refinery, but it still seeks critical information.

Questions linger over closure of Whittier Law School

Whittier College sold it's law school property for $35 million three months before making the decision to close the law school. Faculty said they were blindsided.

Why LADWP customers won't see a big snowmelt dividend on their bills

Los Angeles city water customers will save only a couple bucks per month less on their water bills even though DWP has stopped buying expensive imported water

AQMD to soon withdraw Porter Ranch methane monitors

After those monitors go, SoCal Gas and a company sponsored by a law firm suing the utility will operate the remaining methane monitors

How Edison's customers might get power from a new utility

Los Angeles Community Choice Energy is designed to buy power on the open market and sell it at lower prices to Edison customers. But Edison controls the billing.

LADWP will be giving water away, but not to its customers

The city's water agency doesn't have enough storage to hold all of the Sierra snowmelt expected to flow south via the L.A. Aqueduct later this year. The Metropolitan Water District has agreed to accept the excess.

Attention drivers: Your gas tax and car fees are set to rise

State lawmakers approved a bill this week to add a new gas tax and higher vehicle registration fees to fund road repairs and new construction.

Devil's Gate Dam project halted by judge

Los Angeles County's plan to dig millions of cubic yards of dirt from behind the dam is halted until officials respond to habitat and air quality issues.

Record snowpack could flood LA Aqueduct and Owens Valley

Major snowfalls brought drought relief, now LADWP must deal with snowmelt that could flood the Owens dry lake and communities along the 200-mile LA Aqueduct.

Trump budget: Kill agency investigating Torrance refinery blast

The Chemical Safety Board investigates accidents and issues recommendations on how they might be prevented in the future. It's been criticized for working too slowly.

California bill seeks voter end to Daylight Saving Time

State voters enacted the time shift 68 years ago. Now a bill in the state Legislature could ask voters if they want to keep Pacific Standard Time year-round.