2016 in Review: 16 LA stories that mattered this year




The same 2016 that brought historic change across the country also brought local stories that united communities over big moments, whether it was the plugging of an epic environmental disaster or the battle to save people and property from a raging, drought-driven fire.

Yes. 2016 had it all – from tragedy to triumph – bringing the best, and in some cases, the worst in people.

As we get ready to turn the page, to see where we’re going, we offer one last look back at 2016, warts and all, of the top local news, hopeful for a better 2017, where we hope lessons learned from the past can serve as a guide for the future.

– Staff of the Daily News

PORTER RANCH GAS LEAK

• After more than three months and several failed attempts, the largest atmospheric natural gas release in U.S. history was finally halted in February when a leaking well was stopped at the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility above the upscale Northern San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch.

Some 100,000 metric tons of methane had been released, sickening thousands of area residents, prompting the temporary relocation of more than 8,300 households and two schools and spurring a flurry of new regulations, legislation and litigation.

HOMELESSNESS

• The year kicked off with homelessness as a major focus across the city and county of Los Angeles, as a homeless count in January aimed to find out the circumstances behind the worsening problem. City leaders ultimately cobbled…

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