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
Clinton Yates of the Washington Post is right to defend Williams in the wake of Williams' "Crip Walk" celebration after winning the gold medal on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Police Department says it reacted "quickly" to the news of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin by stepping up patrols.
North Kern State Prison is relaxing its restrictions on activites for Muslim prisoners after inmates said they were unfairly kept from required religious activities.
Santa Barbara County is experiencing a bizarre rash of officer-involved shootings this year—7 so far this year, for the county of about 420,000.
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.