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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Law enforcement officers from around California gathered in San Bernardino for MacKay's funeral, who died in a shootout with fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck backs tactics used to bring down ex-cop Christopher Dorner, and repeats his pledge to fully investigate the orginal Dorner case.
Police in Irvine filed a warrant last week to search the house of the mother of alleged murderer and ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner. It clears up the manhunt's timeline.
The cause of death for alleged murderer and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was "a single gunshot wound to the head," Captain Kevin Lacy said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the hunt for Christopher Dorner is over.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say they have identified "charred human remains" amid the debris of the burned down cabin that was the scene of a fierce firefight earlier in the day.
Christopher Dorner may be familiar with the Big Bear area in San Bernardino Co. Records show his mother owns a two-acre parcel of land there.
Authorities have narrowed their search around Big Bear for ex-LAPD officer/murder suspect Christopher Dorner. Meanwhile, heavy snow is keeping a lot of skiers inside.
If all goes according to plan, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department will announce a new assistant sheriff for custody next week.
Jose Renteria has pleaded not-guilty to murder charges for allegedly providing the weapon used in L.A. County sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante's death.
Jose Renteria, one of six men accused in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, goes to trial Tuesday.
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.