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

In the face of efforts to repeal California's gas tax, Gov. Brown leads the pushback

As a GOP-based effort to repeal hikes in gas and diesel taxes and vehicle fees gains ground, Gov. Jerry Brown and other officials launch a defense of the increases.

California is steadily losing groundwater

A new study of the globe's water says drought and farming are depleting California's groundwater, but new measures could help the state sustain its supply.

Broken pipes and limited gas storage: Why power outages might be more likely this summer

Southern California Gas Company doesn't know when outages on four major gas pipelines will be fixed, and as a result, we'll have less gas imported this summer, heightening the possibility of power outages.

Gov. Brown accused of behind-the-scenes manipulation in vote of water tunnel project

Two nonprofit groups are accusing Gov. Jerry Brown of improperly working with Metropolitan Water District board directors behind the scenes to put pressure on a key vote for a massive water tunnel project.

Porter Ranch gas leak cost approaches $1 billion

It includes what SoCal Gas spent housing thousands of families away from Porter Ranch while the leak was active, and a program to capture greenhouse gases equivalent to what got into the atmosphere from the broken gas well.

Cheaper gas or better roads? The battle over California's new gas tax

Government officials and construction interests who want to keep the gas tax face off against anti-tax activists to win the hearts and minds of California voters.

LA landowners face potential new property tax for rain capture

The proposed tax could raise $300 to $400 million per year to fund projects to capture more of the stormwater that falls on L.A. County and is lost to the sea.

AQMD panel wants safety measures, but no ban, to cope with hazardous refinery chemical

Air quality staffers had been working toward a ban, but the officials who govern the agency call for less stringent means of reducing the risk of a toxic chemical.

Why you may pay more in your power bill for damage from utility-caused fires

A bill pending in the State senate would make it easier for utilities to pass on to ratepayers the costs of wildfires their equipment cause.

Judge: SoCal Gas may do key study of its Aliso gas field despite potential conflict

Lacking another entity willing to do the study, a judge ordered SoCal Gas to evaluate its underground gas reservoir. The report will be overseen by independent experts.

Should Elon Musk's Westside tunnel get to skip environmental review? Some LA leaders think so

The region's transit agency worries The Boring Company's tunnel could interfere with its plans to build a subway under Sepulveda Boulevard.

Pacific Ocean methane burp could be source of Westside odor

Smell from Santa Monica to Venice to West L.A. could have come from decomposing seaweed or algae releasing methane as well as rotten-egg smelling sulphur compounds.

MWD's mega tunnels project: What could go wrong?

The hard part's out of the way, MWD's board voted to build two tunnels under the Bay Delta. Now comes the harder part: Clearing political and construction hurdles.

In historic vote, SoCal agency picks up most of $17 billion water project

The Metropolitan Water District voted to revive a controversial project to build two water delivery tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Highland Park sidewalk mosaics rep Chicken Boy and other neighborhood icons

Fourteen mosaics depicting Highland Park's colorful past have been installed on Figueroa Street sidewalks between Avenues 53 and 59.