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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.
Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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
The push is on in L.A. to find help with rent for tens of thousands of homeless people the county has pledged to house over the next few years.
A lack of leadership and oversight has led to California's high prison suicide rate, the California State Auditor said in a report Thursday.
A new charter school aimed at specifically serving homeless and low-income children in South Los Angeles opened its doors Monday.
Oversized vehicles will need permits to park on residential streets in Long Beach if proposed regulations are approved by the City Council Tuesday.
L.A. County, looking for ways to develop housing for homeless, is turning to "granny flats" as a potential strategy for beefing up the rental stock.
L.A. County officials Tuesday called for an overhaul of the system for compelling people with severe mental illnesses into treatment, and making sure they get adequate care.
Three decades after Congress passed landmark legislation to ensure the rights of homeless students, schools are still struggling to help kids.
A pilot program aimed at providing people who live in their cars in L.A. a consistent, secure place to park near restrooms has been slow to get off the ground.
For decades, constructing any sort of large-scale affordable housing development on Native American land was nearly impossible. That could change.
A bill that would make it easier for some people with criminal histories to become foster parents is making its way through the California legislature.
A bill making its way through the California legislature would eliminate what L.A. County officials call a "major barrier" to helping homeless.
Voters said “yes” to Measure H, a $1 billion plan to combat homelessness in LA county. But some neighborhoods are saying “heck no!”
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors have authorized broad investments in combatting homelessness totaling nearly $1 billion over the next few years.
As L.A. County looks to expand services and housing for formerly homeless, a fight in the San Gabriel Valley may be a sign of the tough road ahead.
Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years — money all saved through Proposition 47.