Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times

Maria L. La Ganga

Los Angeles Times

El Segundo, CA, United States

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Past articles by Maria:

New book 'Bad City' examines USC and L.A. Times

Times reporters dove deep to investigate the medical school dean at USC and the school's response to his actions. But getting the story into print, a new book alleges, was as complicated as the investigation itself. → Read More

Los Angeles fans revel in the Rams' Super Bowl victory

Confetti flew. Cheers filled SoFi Stadium. And Sam Lee, a teacher from Pacoima sporting a Los Angeles Rams face mask and hat with curling horns, let the world in on a little secret. “We finally brought it home,” the 38-year-old fan said between whoops of joy as he celebrated his team’s 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. “Oh my God, this is a lifetime event. It’s right… → Read More

Super Bowl fans and merchants get fired up outside SoFi Stadium

Sunday afternoon may be all about football, but Super Bowl Sunday morning was all about commerce. → Read More

Did you deliver a baby during the pandemic? Are you going to? We want to hear from you

We’re looking for women who have delivered babies during the pandemic or are preparing to and have dealt with changing visiting rules. → Read More

With deaths from car accidents soaring, what can government do?

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg releases a plan that emphasizes moving people safely, not cars quickly. → Read More

In Watts, a rise in homicides follows years of declining violence

Watts had at least 22 homicides in 2021, a more than fivefold increase from 2018. But "Watts is not equal to crime," one resident says. → Read More

Biden offers condolences to Chilean president after LAPD shooting death of girl

The LAPD shooting death of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta reverberated in diplomatic circles from Washington, D.C., to South America this week. → Read More

They tell us how to stay safe. But what do experts do to avoid COVID as holidays loom?

Unlike COVID-19 Christmas No. 1, when precautions were drastic and one-size-fits-all, there are tools today to help keep us safe. → Read More

Water well drilling is depleting aquifers in California

Despite a California law intended to end over-pumping of aquifers, a frenzy of agricultural well drilling continues in the San Joaquin Valley. → Read More

Wilmington shooting leaves a boy dead, a neighborhood shaken

Alexander's death compounds the horror and anger already roiling Los Angeles over a high-profile homicide in Beverly Hills and other recent crimes. → Read More

Fog rolls in, worsening air quality in Los Angeles Basin and delaying flights

Fog blanketed much of Los Angeles County on Sunday, snarling flights and worsening air quality. → Read More

Terrified of COVID, she works at home. He goes to the office. What's a family to do?

In many households where work circumstances differ widely, the pandemic has raised difficult questions of privilege and equity among family members. → Read More

A beloved philanthropist, a music legend and a shocking killing in Beverly Hills

Jacqueline Avant, philanthropist and friend to presidents and entertainment stars, was shot to death in her Beverly Hills home → Read More

Is your household split between remote and in-person work? We want to hear from you

We’d like to speak with you if you live in a split household, where some family members or roommates work from home and others cannot. → Read More

What can Britney Spears do now? Buy a house. Get married. Sue those who controlled her life

What can Britney Spears do now? Buy a house. Get married. Sue those who controlled her life → Read More

COVID, COVID and more COVID. Of tiny arms, federal mandates and the NFL

Now that many of the littlest among us are eligible for a vaccination — which could help bring the pandemic under control — you'd think we could stop obsessing about everything COVID-19. Sadly, it's just too soon to let down our collective guard. → Read More

In search of a California dividing line, where Giantslandia starts and Dodgersville ends

You know you’ve come to the right place when you walk in the door of the West End Bar & Grill on a night that will go down in baseball history. → Read More

Orange County oil spill: First federal lawsuit filed as residents take stock of losses

The class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Monday alleges lost wages and potential exposure to health hazards. → Read More

Orange County oil spill sparks race to save wildlife

The first victims are seabirds, graceful creatures that alight upon the ocean's surface. → Read More

Will the Santa Monica-Malibu schools divorce go forward? Yes, but ....

The secession movement shows no sign of ending anytime soon. → Read More