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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

LA man released from jail after judge overturns murder conviction

Kash Delano Register was released from L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility Friday evening. Prosecutors said they would decide by next month whether to appeal the judge's decision or retry him.

Pinkberry co-founder guilty of assaulting homeless man

Young Lee, who is no longer affiliated with Pinkberry, repeatedly struck a homeless man with a tire iron, according to prosecutors.

Mapping earthquake faults sputters in California

Under a law passed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, the California Geological Survey set out to map every active fault in the state. But the program fell victim to budget cuts – with hundreds of faults left unmapped.

Update: Calderon targeted in Hollywood bribery sting; FBI seeks leaker

The federal affidavit alleges Calderon accepted almost $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating the leak of a document.

City of Los Angeles formally asks for list of unsafe buildings

The city of Los Angeles formally requested from a list of potentially unsafe buildings in LA from UC Berkeley earthquake researchers Thursday.

LA Sheriff Baca held liable in jail inmate abuse case

It's rare for a top law enforcement official to be held personally liable in an excessive use of force case. Attorneys for the plaintiff say Sheriff Baca will pay $100,000.

28 LA Sheriff’s officials face allegations of inmate abuse

The civil trial involves an unusually large number of defendants, and coincides with a federal investigation into deputy on inmate abuse at LA County lockups.

Gov Brown vetoes bill to relax penalties for drug possession

Drug sentencing reform advocates called it a "modest" but important change that would have helped reduce racial disparities among drug defendants.

LA fire chief Brian Cummings to resign, mayor's office says (updated)

Cummings will officially retire in February, and former LAFD captain James Featherstone will serve as acting chief effective Nov. 1, the mayor's office said.

Pothole damage: LA approves only 10% of claims; how you can file one

A joint investigation by KPCC and NBC4 finds that LA approves fewer than 10 percent of claims seeking compensation for damage caused by potholes.

City of LA asks court to block public health initiative

The complaint says the AIDS Healthcare Foundation plan to create a city health department would “immediately disrupt critical public health services.”

Poll: Californians support legalizing pot; many leery of Obamacare

A new poll finds growing support for the legalization of marijuana, and that even people without health insurance are unsure of the Affordable Care Act.

Brookfield’s $2.1B LA deal raises ire of Prop 13 activists

One of the biggest commercial real estate deals in downtown Los Angeles in recent history would allow Brookfield Office Properties to avoid millions of dollars in taxes, according to activists.

Do Sheriff Baca's jails need a federal consent decree?

For years, activists have complained about brutality by deputies against inmates inside Los Angeles County jails. Is federal intervention necessary?

Sheriff Baca mum on federal jail inquiries in Sherman Oaks talk

At Sherman Oaks homeowners meeting, Baca does not mention federal jail inquiries, and no one asks him about them.