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Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.

Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.

Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.


Stories by Frank Stoltze

Elections 2015: LA voters approve charter amendments, city council newbies

Two measures that would shift the timing of local elections received more than 76 percent voter approval on Tuesday night.

Election 2015: LA city measures aimed at boosting voter turnout

Under Charter Amendments 1 and 2, Los Angeles city elections would shift to even-numbered years, to coincide with state and national elections.

Election 2015: Offering hope and help for South LA

Four candidates are vying to replace L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, who has represented the area for 12 years. All agree the area needs economic investment.

Coroner: LAPD officers contributed to Omar Abrego’s death

The death of Omar Abrego - and that of Ezell Ford a week later and just a few blocks away - sparked angry protests outside LAPD headquarters.

The split over subpoena power for LA Sheriff oversight

Organizing group is split on subpoena power for the LA Sheriff's oversight commission. The sheriff and the deputies' union oppose it. State law complicates it.

$1.5M settlement for man slain by LA deputy

County Board of Supervisors agrees to pay $1.5 million to the family of a man slain by LA deputy in 2012. The deputy was accused of planting a gun in another case.

Can a new LAPD captain win over the citizens of South LA?

Two unarmed men died in the last year during stops by officers from LAPD's Newton Division. The chief has sent a new captain. Can one man make a difference?

LA Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker named US Attorney

Eileen Decker will lead one of the largest U.S. Attorneys offices in the country. She will become one of the nation's top federal prosecutors.

Parents get $800K after county workers remove their children

Amid increased scrutiny of how L.A. County handles child abuse cases, the Board of Supervisors agrees to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by two parents.

Ezell Ford case: LAPD officer had history in neighborhood

LAPD Officer Sharlton Wampler has patrolled the neighborhoods of South LA since at least 2008. He and another officer fatally shot the unarmed Ezell Ford in August.

What happens to those named in LAPD 'suspicious activity reports'?

The LAPD's SAR program is a national model for reporting suspicious activity related to terrorism. But critics say it sweeps up innocent people.

LAPD had 35 suspected ‘suicide by cop’ incidents in 30 months

The LAPD Inspector General reviewed a series of shootings over a 30 month period and identified common characteristics in apparent suicide-by-cop cases.

Mayor: Increasing LAFD diversity won’t threaten service

A study commissioned by the mayor is critical of the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruiting process. The agency is half white and nearly entirely male.

How to improve police relations: Eat a donut with a cop

A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.

5 views of LAPD community policing strategies

Five people directly involved with community policing in Los Angeles offer their views on how far the LAPD has come. Despite improved relations, deadly encounters with unarmed civilians continue.