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

ACLU issues harsh report on Orange County’s homeless shelters

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.

Why some politicians say bail bonds should go

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.

LA Explained: How bail works

There's presently a movement afoot to eliminate commercial bail — and one of the centers of that movement is California.

Sheltering all LA's homeless people would cost more than $650 million

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.

Where your tax dollars are going in LA's homelessness fight

With homelessness on the rise, county supervisors approve plans to spend $400 million in the next fiscal year. Spending on shelters will increase.

Thousands of LA's homeless shelter beds are empty. Here's why

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?

Garcetti's new homeless plan: more shelters, more enforcement

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 lower LA River is pretty ugly. Imagine if it looked like this instead

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.

LA County could lose $3 billion worth of affordable housing

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.

LA homeless agency has money but is ill-equipped to spend it, review finds

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.

Wolfgang Puck plans new 'flagship' to replace iconic waterfront spot

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.

Supreme Court rules auto service advisers aren't entitled to overtime

Car dealerships won't have to start paying customer service advisers overtime, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Strong storm headed for SoCal; mandatory evacuations ordered

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.

LA County looks to build up housing stock

L.A. County officials, looking to address massive housing affordability challenges, will look at ways to encourage construction of low-income housing.

LA needs tens of thousands of rentals for homeless

L.A. County needs over 30,000 new supportive housing units and rental vouchers to functionally end homelessness, according to a report released Tuesday.