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
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?
A wave of stabbings has hit L.A.'s homeless population: three victims have been stabbed in the back, with the assailant leaving a "death warrant" at the scene.
Half of state prisoners come from Los Angeles and its surrounding counties — and return here once they serve their sentences.
Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden both pled not guilty Wednesday in the April killings of two University of Southern California graduate students from China.
A core group of Occupy L.A. members visited the Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday to express discontent with police actions at last Thurday's ArtWalk.