Rina Palta

Correspondent

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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.

Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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

Garcetti's new homeless plan: more shelters, more enforcement

The mayor is betting that the prospect of cleaner streets and sidewalks free of homeless encampments will override L.A.'s history of NIMBYism.

The lower LA River is pretty ugly. Imagine if it looked like this instead

The 19-mile stretch from Vernon to Long Beach winds along a treeless corridor marked by pollution, poverty, and according to local officials, great opportunity.

LA County could lose $3 billion worth of affordable housing

Some 11,000 currently affordable apartments are at risk of soon being priced at the market rate. Add that to snags in the funding of new construction for low-income and homeless people and a bad situation might be getting worse.

LA homeless agency has money but is ill-equipped to spend it, review finds

The L.A. Homeless Services Authority is getting about $140 million in new funds. But a state report finds the agency is understaffed and lacks adequate financial management.

Wolfgang Puck plans new 'flagship' to replace iconic waterfront spot

Gladstone's, part fish shack, part night club, part brunch spot, is finally slated for replacement after years of speculation over what might become of the site.

Supreme Court rules auto service advisers aren't entitled to overtime

Car dealerships won't have to start paying customer service advisers overtime, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Strong storm headed for SoCal; mandatory evacuations ordered

The so-called atmospheric river is expected arrive Tuesday and last through Thursday night. The system could bring season-high rainfall and flash flooding. See the full list of evacuation orders here.

LA County looks to build up housing stock

L.A. County officials, looking to address massive housing affordability challenges, will look at ways to encourage construction of low-income housing.

LA needs tens of thousands of rentals for homeless

L.A. County needs over 30,000 new supportive housing units and rental vouchers to functionally end homelessness, according to a report released Tuesday.

LA County drafting rent control for mobile home parks

Citing a shortage of affordable housing and growing homeless population, LA County has plans to regulate rent in mobile home parks.

Ordinances aim to speed up homeless housing construction

Two ordinances before a city council committee Tuesday aim at making it easier to erect temporary and permanent housing for homeless people in Los Angeles.

More than 1,000 jobs unfilled in LA County homelessness fight

As L.A. County massively ramps up its systems for combatting homelessness, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles is launching a fellowship program to help fill the gap.

LA's historic Olvera Street may get homeless shelter

A plan to place temporary housing for homeless in a lot near Olvera Street in Downtown L.A. moved forward Wednesday over the opposition of local merchants.

Families flooding LA's homeless system

Nonprofit service providers in L.A.'s family homeless system are seeing five times the number of new clients walk in their doors as they saw last year.

LA homeless census kicks off Tuesday

L.A.'s annual homeless count, a census of who's living on the streets and in the county's shelters, kicks off Tuesday evening.