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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Los Angeles jails are expected to run out of space by Christmas, a result of prison realignment, which shifted lower level offenders to county jails.
Crime is on the decline in Los Angeles, with violent crime particularly taking a drop so far this year compared to last.
Los Angeles paid out almost $24 million in traffic-related incidents involving LAPD officers over the past 9 years and the department is looking for change.
Since July 4 fell on a Wednesday, the classic DUI check run over the holiday weekend became a 9-day affair.
Friday's meeting of the Los Angeles Citizens Commission on Jail Violence featured testimony from several current members of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
The beginning of the summer brings more drivers to the road and increased traffic patrols looking for drunk drivers. So far this holiday week, police in L.A. County have counted nearly 500 DUI arrests.
A shooting in Southwestern Los Angeles Wednesday night left one dead and others injured. There has been no word of arrests.
The memorial to Victoria Hen rests in a plot of grass outside LAX’s international terminal.
Wiretap transcripts allegedly show Cudahy officials, currently under investigation by the FBI, apparently discussing tampering with local elections.
Nash's agent confirmed that the deal was finalized on Wednesday at about 6 p.m.
A three judge panel at California's Second District Court of Appeals ruled Monday that L.A. County's blanket ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas is "preempted" by state law, which calls for the drug to be made available to those who need it for a legitimate medical purpose.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will not charge former Commerce Secretary John Bryson in relation to string of car crashes in June.
It's the day before the Fourth of July and police are at the climax of a crackdown on illegal fireworks in L.A. County.
The Los Angeles District Attorneys office confirmed they're looking at the case of former Commerce Secretary John Bryson to see if criminal charges should be filed.
The Department of Homeland Security dolled out $97 million in port security grants Monday, with the most money going to Long Beach's Harbor Department ($6.9 million).