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
How many jail beds does the county really need? Some argue plans for a $2 billion jail are too big. Consultants' report meant to settle the debate.
L.A.'s City Council last week gave approved ordinances to sweep up the proliferation of tent encampments. But where will they store the homeless's personal items?
Lack of housing in the Coachella Valley is driving the working poor into unsanitary, unsafe and un-permitted mobile home parks.
The U.S. Department of Labor is making a $4.5 million investment in employment programs and vocational training for Southern California's ex-offenders.
Less than half of L.A. County's foster youth graduate from high school — and fewer still graduate from college. But some overcome those odds.
Historically low vacancy rates keep dropping in Los Angeles, officials say. And that's hurting the city's Section 8 program.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to suspend a $2 billion overhaul of the county's jails.
L.A. County's Probation Department will start paying the rent for hundreds of homeless probationers. The program's designed to eventually find ex-felons jobs.
County leaders are looking for ways to better support relatives who take in foster children. Child welfare advocates say they've been woefully ignored.
As legislative deadlines near, handfuls of bills aimed at helping the poor are advancing through the state legislature this week.
Some rehab centers are offering a moderation approach to alcohol, even for severe drug addicts. Addiction researchers are taking notice.
The L.A. City Council's vote to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 could reduce reliance on social safety net institutions, a UC Berkeley study finds.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show people who use public benefits often drop out after a couple of years, rather than lingering.
Assembly Bill 1335 would add a $75 fee to some real estate transactions and put that money in a fund to build subsidized housing.
Governor Jerry Brown's revised budget includes $1.7 billion increase in spending for the poor, but advocates said that's only 10 percent of recessionary cuts.