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

The pros and cons of expanding LA County rules for involuntary hospitalization

Los Angeles officials are looking into options for getting homeless with severe mental illnesses off the county's streets.

Winter shelters in LA may reopen to homeless

As part of an effort to rapidly boost the number of shelter beds available to L.A.'s homeless, officials are turning to the county's winter shelter system.

LA officials debate how to spend $355 million to combat homelessness

Public officials and homeless advocates in L.A., poised on the brink of a windfall in funds to combat homelessness, began debating how to use that money Thursday.

LA officials look at options for homeless who refuse help

Los Angeles County officials are looking into options for getting homeless with severe mental illnesses off the county's streets, including forced treatment.

Could shared housing get homeless off the streets?

L.A. officials have begun the long process of building housing for formerly homeless. But they're also looking for more immediate ways of getting people off the streets.

Bill aims to make being a foster parent easier

A new state bill aims to help make being a foster parent easier and thereby decrease the use of group homes for small children.

LA considers Airbnb, other housing options for homeless

Homeless families can't get into overflowing shelters in South Los Angeles. Local leaders are looking for solutions.

Trump budget could hit San Bernardino's revitalization efforts

As San Bernardino fights to rehab its image and attract private investment, the president's proposed budget cuts could throw a wrench in revitalization efforts.

LA lacks foster care families for infants, toddlers

Facing a continuing shortage of foster homes, Los Angeles County is hoping to make it easier for foster parents to take in very young children.

Trump's proposed budget would hurt LA's homelessness efforts

President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which calls for dramatic cuts to public programs, would complicate L.A's efforts to end homelessness.

Getting LA County's foster kids visits with parents is a challenge

L.A.'s traffic issues, among other problems, are hampering one of the child welfare system's basic functions: getting foster kids face time with their parents.

Child homelessness has economic costs for LA schools

Because homeless children have such high rates of truancy, school districts around the county are losing millions in funding as the population of homeless students grows.

County leaders consider change to how bail is set for jail inmates

L.A. County supervisors could change the bail system so that inmates would be released based on their criminal history and risk to the community, not on their ability to pay a set amount.

Voters double down on funding for LA's homeless

With Tuesday's electoral victory, leaders in L.A. seem to have the money they need to tackle the area's growing homeless crisis. Now the pressure is on to make good on their promises.

Everything you need to know about Measure H

Tuesday is Election Day in Los Angeles County and perhaps the biggest item on the ballot is Measure H, a sales tax to fund services for the homeless.