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.
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The demand for guns reached historic highs in California last year. Who's buying all these firearms and why?
At Monday's "Gifts for Guns" event in Compton, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies offered gift cards in exchange for rifles, handguns, and shotguns.
President Obama Wednesday suggested closing some of the gaps in a federal database used to check gun buyers for mental health issues that would prohibit them from owning a firearm.
More than 50 Azusa gang members were arrested in 2011 on charges they conspired to "cleanse" the city of black residents. All the defendants have been convicted.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced arrests in connection with the takeover of a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester last week where one woman was sexually assaulted.
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says gun laws may not be perfect, but he adds that laws dictate behavior and California's gun laws have made us safer.
L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.
McClinton's death has become one of several local crimes that's generated questions about California's prison realignment program.
L.A. officials say the city's historic crime drop results in part from a bigger, more effective police department, compared with 2005.
Newly sworn-in State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D, Los Angeles) said he'll introduce legislation to alter an "unfair" loophole in California's rape laws.
Federal officials say LAPD arrested Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, of North Hills Thursday night. They accuse her of being a woman in a photo allegedly showing child pornography.
A California appeals court reluctantly overturned a 2009 rape conviction Wednesday, finding that impersonating a boyfriend is not the same as impersonating a husband, according to an arcane state law.
The investigation also yielded a warrant for the arrest of two unidentified adults (above) accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl in the LA area in about 2001.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged two young men on Wednesday in connection with the Christmas Day murder of Victor McClinton.
The past year saw the second lowest number of officers killed in the line of duty in 50 years. In 2012, 127 law enforcement officers died while working.