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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 Speaks to Valley Secessionists

Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, an opponent of San Fernando Valley secession, attends the monthly meeting of Valley Vote, a pro-Valley secession group.

ACLU Challenges the Three Strikes Law

The American Civil Liberties Union says a 225-year prison sentence for a man convicted of a string of burglaries is cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the matter in three to six months.

ACLU Files Suit Challenging Prop 69

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal class action lawsuit, challenging parts of the voter-approved measure that allows police to take DNA from convicted felons and, eventually, people arrested for a felony.

LA Mayoral Challengers Hold First Debate

The first LA mayoral debate features some tense moments as LA Mayor Jim Hahn faces the four men who want his job.

So Cal Economy on the Upswing

At a conference sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments, top economists discuss ways to improve the long-term outlook for the region.

Audit Accuses PR Firm of Bilking DWP

LA's City Controller Laura Chick has released an audit claiming public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard overbilled the Department of Water and Power by $4.2 million.

Hostage-Taker Shot Outside Mexican Consulate

Los Angeles police shoot an armed man outside the Mexican Consulate as he holds a pregnant woman hostage.

An Inside Look at Measure A

A cop on the beat, politicians and ordinary citizens give their viewpoints on the Los Angeles County measure.

Proposition 69 on the Nov. 2nd California Ballot

Proposition 69 would eventually require the collection of DNA from everyone arrested for a felony. Law enforcement praises it, civil libertarians oppose it

Finding a Place in Church for Black Gay Christians

Gay and lesbian African-American Christians from around the country gather in Los Angeles to talk about their status in society.

Bratton Faces Angry Questions from Homeless

LAPD Chief William Bratton fields tough questions from homeless people at a forum near downtown LA.

Voter Registration on Skid Row

Community activists hit LA's skid row to sign up the homeless to vote.

Raids on Graffiti Taggers

LA County law enforcement agencies have been raiding dozens of homes of convicted graffiti taggers as part of a crackdown on the practice.

The Security Risks of Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to veto the bill letting illegal immigrants get a driver's license, citing a security risk. But some in law enforcement think, if anything, such a move would enhance security.

Elizabeth Edwards Visits Southern California

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, visits with military families in Burbank.