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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
As California's monster fires continue to blow away records, the state Legislature is examining ways to reduce the risk from the power lines that caused some of the fires.
The bills for the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout continue to pile up. This week Southern California Gas Company said the cost has now topped one billion dollars.
It's been a summer of heat waves, but a recent record was set at a place you wouldn't expect -- the normally chilly Pacific Ocean.
'How crowded does Santa Monica beach get' — Las Vegas mass shooter researched Southern California targets
The gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more at a country music concert in Las Vegas had researched Southern California targets, according to the most comprehensive report yet on his actions.
Governor Jerry Brown had a dire message Wednesday on the future fire danger in California. In remarks that underscored previous warnings by fire officials, Brown said climate change has extended the fire season year-round.
Monday's Dodger game had a 20-minute delay when a mylar balloon hit LADWP equipment and caused a brief outage. That’s nothing compared to the days-long power outages households sustained during a heatwave earlier this month.
Here's how we got here and what a "yes" vote would approve.
Eligible Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a new land tax to fund projects that catch, treat and reuse stormwater.
The state agency that regulates oil and gas in California is gaining a new enforcement arm this week, capable of issuing big new fines. The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, also known as DOGGR, has often been criticized as being too close to the industry.
A tearful Guatemalan father hugged his six-year-old after they were reunited in LA. They had crossed the border illegally and had been separated by federal agents.
Porter Ranch residents who live near the Aliso Canyon gas storage field have long wanted to know what chemicals they ingested living next door to that long-lasting leak.
For the duration of L-A’s big heat wave you’re going to see and hear a lot of calls for energy conservation. But will YOU comply? Or do you fall off the wagon after a few days?
This week's hot weather can really stress the local power grid.
Fire departments around the L.A. area can increase staffing and reposition fire engines when it's a high alert day, but other tactics also help reduce the risk of fire. Like road closures and utilities being ready to cut off power to endangered areas where downed power lines could spark a fire.
The patriotism of military veterans is part of what we celebrate when we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July. But for some vets that noise is no celebration.