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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The agency is hoping to sell off 38 buildings, which house about 772 people scattered across the southern fringes of the county. The price: about $35 million.
Some advocates say getting housing for homeless has been a system of "survival of the fittest." But that's changing in Los Angeles.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to address issues of racial discrimination in the Antelope Valley.
L.A. county is trying to figure out what services to provide foster youth so they can avoid repeating their parents' mistakes.
Some L.A. council members want to create a committee to develop a comprehensive homeless policy. Among the questions: whether L.A. should hire a homeless czar.
Cities across the country are rushing to house all homeless veterans by the end of this year, a goal set by the Obama administration. Some are falling through the cracks.
It's been a year since a commission declared a "state of emergency" in L.A.'s child welfare system and proposed dozens of reforms. How do we know if they're working?
L.A.'s public safety leaders are considering a proposal to save the county's drug courts by offering higher level offenders an opportunity to participate.
L.A. County's proposed budget rose to $26.9 billion this year. Most of the slight increase will go to jails, public health, and foster care.
The L.A. City Council Wednesday is slated to vote on expanding a model for rapidly housing homeless individuals. The "coordinated entry" system began on Skid Row.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department wants to hire 77 employees as part of an anticipated agreement with the federal government on improving jail conditions.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to loosen restrictions on who can apply for Section 8 rental vouchers. Parole and probation are no longer forbidden.
Traditionally, services for the homeless have been concentrated in L.A.'s Skid Row. But service providers are making a push to the suburbs, where many homeless live.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to lift restrictions on who has access to public assistance for housing to allow ex-cons.
It's been almost a year since a blue ribbon panel declared a "state of emergency" in L.A. county's child welfare system. A new report says there's been some progress since.