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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

More details emerge in Cudahy officials FBI probe

Wiretap transcripts allegedly show Cudahy officials, currently under investigation by the FBI, apparently discussing tampering with local elections.

Suns' Steve Nash headed to Lakers

Nash's agent confirmed that the deal was finalized on Wednesday at about 6 p.m.

LA County ban on cannabis dispensaries against state law

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.

John Bryson will not face criminal charges

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will not charge former Commerce Secretary John Bryson in relation to string of car crashes in June.

Fireworks watch: Day 2, big bust in East LA

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.

John Bryson's case referred to Los Angeles District Attorney

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.

Long Beach scores largest port security grant, $6.9 million

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).

Fireworks watch: Day 1, big busts drain supplies

Yes, that time is upon us, when as soon as the sun goes down, shots ring out across LA's neighborhoods: not gunshots (for the most part), but fireworks.

Political battle over the death penalty centered on victims

A November ballot initiative that would end the death penalty is highlighting law enforcement and crime victims at the masthead of the media campaign.

Lawsuit: Pasadena police officer accused of excessive force

In new court filings, a Pasadena police officer is accused of using excessive force against a man at the Rose Bowl in June 2011.

Man shot and killed Friday morning in Boyle Heights

Joe David Lobos, 24, was a block from home, on his way back from work, when he was shot and killed Friday morning at about 1:00.

Police officer deaths drop dramatically in 2012 thus far

According to data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 2012 could be the safest year for police officers in six decades.

Teen charged with killing 1-year-old Watts boy

Donald Ray Dokins, 15, was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder in a shooting that killed 1-year-old Angel Cortez on June 4.

California expected to spend less on prisons in coming years

According to Corrections Secretary Matt Cate, CDCR will take its portion of the of the general fund down to 7.5 percent in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Change to juvenile prison time could save state millions

In the state budget, lies a small clause that could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars — and save juveniles years of incarceration.