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
Child welfare workers staged a protest outside the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors a day before the social workers' union returns to contract talks with the county.
Amid a growing homeless population and dwindling resources, L.A.'s winter shelters open Sunday for the rainier, colder winter season.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Cham is tasked with easing the transition for employees serving military deployments. On Thanksgiving, that means food.
The gunman who allegedly shot an Inglewood police officer and holed up with two hostages was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a standoff.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the payout to Dion Starr, who was an inmate in Men's Central Jail in 2006.
Kamala Harris is launching a new office that will do research and help find funds to launch programs that are statistically proven to prevent crimes and and rehabilitate criminals.
In a preliminary hearing Tuesday, witnesses described a car plowing down the Venice boardwalk, hitting people and stands in its path.
In L.A. for a hearing for the man accused of swerving down the Venice Boardwalk, killing a honeymooning Italian woman, Katia Gruppioni says the family wants justice.
The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.
State regulators have taken the rare step of imposing fines on LA County for not placing children in foster homes quickly enough. Official say a high-call volume and a low pool of foster parents are hindering efforts to resolve the problem.
Two papers out of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center look at how realignment is playing out in California counties. It shows local politics can influence how the policy is implemented.
A federal judge appointed an attorney to represent Paul Ciancia, accused of a shooting spree at LAX that killed a TSA agent. It has dealt a blow to investigators who sought to interrogate him.
Police say the demonstration was generally peaceful, but when officers declared an unlawful assembly to disperse the more than 200 protesters, some sat in a circle in the street and refused to move.
A Los Angeles jury Thursday made the award to five inmates who sued after suffering broken bones and head trauma at the hands of L.A. County Sheriff's deputies in 2008.
Twenty county jail inmates Wednesday packed up their personal items and boarded vans headed to Sylmar to learn how to fight wildfires. The plan includes sending hundreds more.