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 water bills would go up under new Delta tunnel plan

Efforts to save the twin-tunnel plan could mean a higher increase than the original plan. The average home bill would now rise on average $2.40 to $4.80 a month.

Forest Service has a plan to stop the burn — at least financially

The new federal spending bill should halt U.S. Forest Service raids on forest management funds when firefighting money is used up.

How to stay safe as the strongest storm of the season rolls into SoCal

Where to get sandbags, sign up for emergency alerts and monitor storm conditions near the Thomas Fire and other burn areas.

Why SoCal gas-fired power plants are on the chopping block

The closure and cancellation of gas-fired power plants comes amid a California power glut and improvements in battery storage. But gas isn't over.

Protesters gather to welcome Trump to Los Angeles

This is Trump's first visit to the state as president. It comes as the Trump administration battles California over its refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

But is it squirrel-proof? LAX mulls plan to build new $120M power plant

Officials are looking to avoid the 100 or so power disruptions that have occurred at the airport since 2013. A new power station with underground lines would exclusively serve LAX.

'Blue curb' parking for disabled in LA still lacking a year into new program

A city controller's audit says nobody was put in charge of turning requests for accessible parking spaces into actual parking spaces.

Costs from Aliso Canyon gas blowout near $1 billion

That figure is likely to climb as some 370 lawsuits by more than 45,000 plaintiffs are pending against SoCal Gas from the 2015 gas leak near Porter Ranch.

Cold weather strains local gas supply

SoCal Gas has reduced supplies to local power generators like LADWP as it withdraws gas from the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.

Blowout well near Porter Ranch was severely corroded

The well casing was corroded deep underground. SoCal Gas made repairs to casings of at least 20 of its aging wells before returning them to service.

5 things to know about the plan to ship water to Southern California

SoCal's largest water importer looks to revive a plan to shore up the region's water supplies by reconfiguring diversions from NoCal.

California measures Sierra Nevada snowpack amid dry winter

Department of Water Resources officials trekked to the mountains Thursday to check the snow depth, one gauge of the state's water supply. Snow levels are about one quarter of normal.

As families return to Montecito homes, disease threat from mud persists

Santa Barbara County officials tested the mud that flowed through Montecito neighborhood, finding concerning levels of bacteria and hydrocarbons.

Why Southern California’s newspapers are having such a tough time

The newspaper's dillema: Print ads dwindle at traditional "papers of record" like the L.A. Times, but online revenues aren't enough to keep newsrooms robust

SoCal residents saved enough water for 2 million households last year

Thank the torn out lawns, low-flow toilets, super efficient washing machines and smart sprinklers for saving more than 1 million acre feet, according to the Metropolitan Water District.