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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
Nonprofit service providers in L.A.'s family homeless system are seeing five times the number of new clients walk in their doors as they saw last year.
L.A.'s annual homeless count, a census of who's living on the streets and in the county's shelters, kicks off Tuesday evening.
First Assistant Chief Michel Moore and Assistant Chiefs Beatrice Girmala and Jorge Villegas would all be contenders if they choose to seek the top job.
Los Angeles may make it easier for motels to convert into housing for homeless under an ordinance discussed by a city council committee Wednesday.
A state bill that would allow California cities to expand rent control failed to pass out of its first committee Thursday.
A decision to ban overnight parking of RV's near Echo Park Lake is the latest in a growing trend towards using parking restrictions to move homeless residents.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has launched a new "sober unit" to pick up heavily intoxicated homeless people from L.A.'s streets.
A new report finds Millennials had the lowest juvenile arrest rates of any generation. The shift follows a decades-long slide in youth crime and arrest rates.
The number of homeless people dying on L.A. County's streets rose in 2017 for the fifth year in a row. Accidents were the most common cause of death.
Officials in L.A. County are stepping up their outreach efforts to homeless encampments after learning the cause of the Skirball Fire.
The city of Los Angeles will launch a pilot program bringing mobile restrooms for the homeless to four sites across Los Angeles.
L.A. County's library system is facing a massive structural deficit and the county has not yet figured out what to do about it.
A Los Angeles County experiment in housing some of the most medically ill homeless people in the region showed early signs it's cost-effective, according to a study out Tuesday from the RAND Corporation.
Youth homelessness is on the rise and Los Angeles officials want to bring those numbers down by targeting kids exiting foster care.
Renting out RV's to homeless people is a growing industry in L.A. The proposal comes days after KPCC reported on the sub-economy.