Rina Palta Crime and Safety Reporter
Rina Palta is a Crime and Safety Reporter for KPCC.
Rina spent the past few years reporting on California's prisons, jails, and law enforcement agencies, focusing on how crime and the criminal justice system impact communities. She comes to Southern California from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there on juvenile justice earned a PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
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
The very same day L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the city's new medical marijuana dispensary ban into law, police arrested the owner of a Valley pot shop.
A shooting in broad daylight in Echo Park has police looking for witnesses. Detectives are looking for a man, possibly homeless, who goes by "Chucky."
On Tuesday, the L.A. Board of Supervisors approved nearly $2 million in settlements in lawsuits against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
A jury found ex-Lynwood City Council members Louis Byrd and Fernando Pedroza guilty of misappropriation of public money and taking in excess of $65,000.
L.A. Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer, plus driving on a suspended license.
An L.A. Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with perjury and filing a false police report. Francisco Enriguez was released on $45,000 bail.
Members of the Latino rights group Presente.org called on Kamala Harris to investigate the Anaheim Police Department after a rash of officer-involved shootings.
Some community leaders in Anaheim's south and central neighborhoods are upset that someone in the city thought it necessary to cancel community meetings.
Members of L.A.'s Bus Riders Union were amassing on the steps of City Hall Wednesday morning for a noon protest against cuts to public transportation.
Downtown business owners asked the City Council Tuesday to step in and "do something" about what they said was an assault on years of improvements in the district.
Police say Clark Tabor frightened moviegoers at a Sunday night screening of "The Dark Night" when he shouted, held his phone in the air and yelled.
Burbank is looking for a permanent police chief following two-and-a-half years of interim rule. No word on whether Interim Chief Scott LaChasse will seek the job.
Police are looking for a man, Courtney Anthony Robinson, for questioning regarding a rash of stabbings of homeless people across L.A.
Bryan Stowe's $50 million lawsuit against former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will go to trial early next year. A judge Friday set a courtdate for February 5, 2013.
California law says it's illegal to deface public or private property with "inscribed material." What about when that material is easy to wash off?