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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

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.

Undocumented immigrants cheer CA drivers license bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated he will sign the legislation. Opponents argue a driver’s license should be a privilege reserved for people in the country legally.

As prison plan moves ahead, opponents keep up the protests

Inmate rights activists are upset at the state possibly spending hundreds of millions of dollars to relocate prisoners, which would also make family visits difficult.

9/11 Anniversary: talking to the LAPD’s top terrorism cop

Deputy Chief Michael Downing says Southern California remains a prime target for terrorists because of LAX, the port complex, and dozens of entertainment venues.

SoCal groups organize against US intervention in Syria

As President Obama continues to weigh options against Syria, anti-war activists across Southern California urge him to stand down.

2 librarians among 13 people indicted for stealing textbooks

Employees at four LA area school districts participated in a “massive scheme” to steal thousands of textbooks, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

‘Historic’ drug sentencing reform bill on Gov. Brown’s desk

The California State Assembly approved legislation that would give prosecutors discretion in cases involving "simple possession" of cocaine and heroin.

Yvonne Burke’s daughter to follow her mother into LA politics

Autumn Burke joins Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as offspring of powerful LA political figures seeking to follow in their parents' footsteps.

James Lawson, Martin Luther King Jr. and non-violence

The longtime preacher at Holman United Methodist church in the West Adams district of Los Angeles was a key architect of non-violent tactics.

Veteran prosecutor says SoCal is 'epicenter' of Medicare fraud

Along with Southern Florida, the region is a beehive of healthcare fraud. Last week, a man was convicted for using Skid Row transients as fake patients.