Rina Palta News Reporter
Rina Palta reports on Southern California's social safety net for KPCC.
Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.
Rina spent the past few years reporting on crime in Southern California. She came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.
Palta is a graduate of Haverford College and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she's a world-class eater and aspiring surfer.
Stories by Rina Palta
Finding decent housing is tough for almost anyone in Southern California right now. But for those poor enough to qualify for government subsidies, it's become near impossible.
County Supervisors say merger will expand services for neediest residents by reducing bureaucracy and could take on larger issues like homelessness.
County supervisors on Tuesday voted to move ahead on a 3,885-bed facility after putting plans for a larger one on hold while they studied ways to divert mentally ill out of the jail system.
On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will vote on putting about $100 million into proposals aimed at diverting mentally ill jail inmates into treatment.
L.A. officials are looking to shake up leadership of the county's health, mental health and disease prevention systems. And they could turn to one man to lead them all.
The settlement agreement seeks to address longstanding problems at Los Angeles County jails.
Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday promised to release a plan next month for ending homelessness in Los Angeles.
A task force led by L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey is releasing a roadmap for reducing L.A.'s ever-growing number of mentally ill jail inmates, and diverting those who need it into treatment.
A 2014 court decision put an end to L.A.'s ban on sleeping in a vehicle. So neighbors are getting creative about kicking the homeless out.
L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey wants to reduce the number of mentally ill behind bars. Her plan calls for special training for all law enforcement officials.
The L.A. County Housing Authority will pay out $2 million and restore some benefits to African-American residents of the Antelope Valley.
An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by Gardena police in 2013 on Wednesday asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his death.
An article in GQ this month alleges police were the ones to escalate the tension and violence in the March fatal shooting of homeless resident Charly Keunang.
Audits found lapses in IT practices at two county departments led to serious security issues. One county supervisor wants all departments to undergo the same review.
While waitlists for Section 8 vouchers around the country remain closed, Santa Ana opened their application process last week to a stampede of interest.