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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 mayor’s race: How do the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you?

You told us what's important to you over the past couple of weeks. Here's how Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel stand on those issues. (And hear them debate tonight on 89.3 KPCC!)

Poll: Garcetti widens lead over Greuel in LA mayor's race

For the first time, a major poll indicates a double-digit lead for the the city councilman over the city controller in the race to succeed Antonio Villaraigosa.

#DearMayor: What should the next mayor do first?

We're wrapping up our #DearMayor chat for today. We heard quite a lot from area residents, which we'll be reading over in the coming weeks as we approach the April 22nd mayoral debate.

L.A. Mayor’s Race: Greuel presents budget proposals

L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel presented her ideas to save money and generate new revenue. None are novel, and many mirror her opponent's proposals.

Garcetti, Greuel throw jabs in their first LA mayoral debate

The two candidates seeking to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were relatively polite to each other in their first face-to-face encounter, after criticizing each other for weeks.

#DearMayor Live from NoHo: What should the next mayor do first?

Parking, arts education, transportation and the film industry were among the concerns those in NoHo had for L.A.'s next mayor during Wednesday's "DearMayor cafe town hall.

Villaraigosa's final State of the City speech: The mayor issues a new challenge (video)

The outgoing L.A. Mayor called on the candidates vying to replace him to take up education issues in a serious way. Watch his full speech here.

Will President's absence from LA mayor’s race hurt Garcetti?

Despite the mayoral candidate's support in 2008 and 2012, the White House won't get formally involved in a race with two Democrats.

Steve Soboroff: find creative ways to fund LA's parks

Parks Save co-founder Steve Soboroff says LA's 400-plus parks have taken the brunt of budget cuts over the past few years, and it's time to start finding new ways to fund them.

Owner of nine pot shops pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges

John Melvin Walker was considered one of the biggest operators of storefront medical marijuana operations in Southern California.

LA city attorney race: Bitter accusations fly in Trutanich vs. Feuer

It's a slugfest in the race for Los Angeles city attorney, where incumbent Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life.

Blue-ribbon panel to examine LA city finances is introduced

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor and banker Austin Beutner head the group that plans to issue recommendations after the May 21st mayoral runoff.

Prop 8 protestor in DC: a gay, undocumented Mexican

28-year old Jorge Gutierrez says, "I got an email once that said, 'Go back to Mexico because you’re gay and a wetback.' It's not the first time I've gotten something like that. It just tells me I’m dong the work I'm supposed to do.

Who's the ‘labor candidate’ in the race for LA mayor?

Until now, it appeared labor unions preferred LA City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor. That has now changed.

President Clinton endorses Greuel for LA mayor

Its a big "get" for Wendy Greuel, but not unexpected. She worked in his administration, and was an early backer of Hillary for president. But will he campaign for her in LA or appear in ads?