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Rina Palta is a correspondent on KPCC's investigative team.
Prior to that, Rina covered California's social safety net for the station, with a particular focuses on homelessness. She's also served as a news editor for the station and 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
According to a new report issued by the ACLU of Southern California, residents and volunteers in Orange County's homeless shelters say the facilities are often filthy, vermin-infested, and lack basics like hot water and functioning toilets.
When the California legislature returns to Sacramento next month, bail bond reform may be on the agenda. Some lawmakers think it's time for commercial bail to go.
There's presently a movement afoot to eliminate commercial bail — and one of the centers of that movement is California.
Back in February, L.A. City Council members asked the L.A. Homeless Services Authority what it would take to shelter all of the homeless people currently living on city streets or in cars.
With homelessness on the rise, county supervisors approve plans to spend $400 million in the next fiscal year. Spending on shelters will increase.
Every night, some 43,000 people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County in tents, cars and makeshift structures. So why do thousands of beds run by the biggest homeless agencies also sit empty each night?
The mayor is betting that the prospect of cleaner streets and sidewalks free of homeless encampments will override L.A.'s history of NIMBYism.
The 19-mile stretch from Vernon to Long Beach winds along a treeless corridor marked by pollution, poverty, and according to local officials, great opportunity.
Some 11,000 currently affordable apartments are at risk of soon being priced at the market rate. Add that to snags in the funding of new construction for low-income and homeless people and a bad situation might be getting worse.
The L.A. Homeless Services Authority is getting about $140 million in new funds. But a state report finds the agency is understaffed and lacks adequate financial management.
Gladstone's, part fish shack, part night club, part brunch spot, is finally slated for replacement after years of speculation over what might become of the site.
Car dealerships won't have to start paying customer service advisers overtime, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The so-called atmospheric river is expected arrive Tuesday and last through Thursday night. The system could bring season-high rainfall and flash flooding. See the full list of evacuation orders here.
L.A. County officials, looking to address massive housing affordability challenges, will look at ways to encourage construction of low-income housing.
L.A. County needs over 30,000 new supportive housing units and rental vouchers to functionally end homelessness, according to a report released Tuesday.