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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
Los Angeles County officials are trying to bring more attention and resources to domestic violence in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church.
The Republican tax plan would have a "devastating" impact on the state's efforts to address affordable housing and homelessness, experts say.
Most members of the Quechan Tribe don't live on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation. That's not by choice.
L.A. County officials want more help for homeless people with mental health issues. As for those who refuse treatment, the options are imperfect.
L.A. County officials say rising rents and low vacancy rates are hitting the region's mobile home parks. The Board of Supervisors will consider rent control Tuesday.
The L.A. Metro system is trying a new approach to dealing with homeless who use trains as shelter: instead of police, outreach teams approach people sleeping on trains.
"You want to stop chronic homelessness? Solve youth homelessness," says an advocate. But that takes money and effort.
A pilot program targets parents with unstable housing in the hopes of helping more families reunite.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors dismissed Sean Rogan Tuesday, amidst a massive push to tackle the region's homeless problem.
A National Guard Armory in Sylmar could become a shelter for homeless women under a plan up for approval by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
L.A.'s jails are full of inmates who have nowhere to go once they're released. An expanding program aims to find housing for individuals with complex cases.
Money is about to start pouring in to L.A. County's most ambitious (and expensive) effort yet to tackle homelessness. A 1/4 cent sales tax hike will fund the effort.
L.A.'s health chief, a longtime advocate for the county's poor and homeless, is leaving for New York. Dr. Mitch Katz will leave at the end of the year.
In preparation for what could be an affordable housing building boom in Los Angeles, a group of philanthropists has doubled a key loan program for developers.
A proposed mobile sewer service for homeless living in their RV's will get its first test Wednesday before the L.A. City Council's Homelessness and Poverty Committee.