Rina Palta

Correspondent, Investigations

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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

New sales tax kicks in Sunday to fund homeless services

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.

Advocate for the poor and homeless leaving LA's health agency

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.

Startup fund for affordable housing in LA doubles

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.

Homeless living in RVs may get a mobile sewer service

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.

LA County considers $4 million settlement for teen

A $3.9 million settlement for a teenage boy left with brain damage and paralysis after a fight inside one of L.A. County's juvenile halls is up for approval.

Declaring a homelessness emergency falls on deaf ears

Call for an emergency around any issue, and a city or county can officially ask for assistance from state lawmakers. But that isn't working when it comes to homelessness.

1 in 4 people in Imperial County live in poverty

It's California's third-poorest county. Unemployment is nearly 25 percent. Homelessness tripled since the previous year. And children are even worse off, with one in three living in poverty.

Refuge for abused kids to open in East LA

With foster kids in Los Angeles experiencing high rates of homelessness, dropping out of school, and suicide, a new center aims to offer aid.

The fight against homelessness is looking to data for answers

As L.A. County embarks on a massive effort to house tens of thousands of homeless people over the next few years, officials are looking to the data for help.

How affordable housing keeps LA economically segregated

The vast majority of housing for low-income renters in Los Angeles has been built in the county's very poorest neighborhoods. The research says that's a problem.

Homeless women’s needs not being met in LA County, report finds

As L.A. County embarks on a massive effort to reduce homelessness, a new report calls on lawmakers to take into account the specific needs of homeless women.

LA gears up to help homeless people pay rent

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.

Auditor calls out CA prison officials for high suicide rate

A lack of leadership and oversight has led to California's high prison suicide rate, the California State Auditor said in a report Thursday.

Charter school targeting homeless kids opens in South LA

A new charter school aimed at specifically serving homeless and low-income children in South Los Angeles opened its doors Monday.

Long Beach looking to restrict RV parking

Oversized vehicles will need permits to park on residential streets in Long Beach if proposed regulations are approved by the City Council Tuesday.