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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

Sheriff's deputy charged with perjury in drug case

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.

Activists call on CA Attorney General to investigate Anaheim

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.

Anaheim cancels Neighborhood Council meetings

Some community leaders in Anaheim's south and central neighborhoods are upset that someone in the city thought it necessary to cancel community meetings.

Bus Riders Union gearing up for City Hall protest

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.

Business owners accuse protests of eroding progress in DTLA

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.

Man arrested after outburst at Norwalk 'Dark Night' screening

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 looking for a permanent police chief

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.

New alias for person of interest in homeless stabbings

Police are looking for a man, Courtney Anthony Robinson, for questioning regarding a rash of stabbings of homeless people across L.A.

$50 million lawsuit in Giants fan beating scheduled for trial

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.

Ask a lawyer: Is chalking illegal?

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?

Police have a person of interest in homeless stabbings

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.

Prison system looking to reinvest in rehabilitation

Half of state prisoners come from Los Angeles and its surrounding counties — and return here once they serve their sentences.

Men accused of killing 2 USC students plead not guilty

Bryan Barnes and Javier Bolden both pled not guilty Wednesday in the April killings of two University of Southern California graduate students from China.

Occupy LA asks for an investigation into ArtWalk arrests

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.

Death sentence reversed for error in jury selection

On Monday, the California Supreme Court reversed the death penalty for a man who killed two women, one of them the mother of Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro