Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter

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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

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.

Assessing LA's Latest Anti-Gang Injunction

A visit to the Alameda Swap Meet, in the heart of the turf of the 38th Street Gang, the latest gang hit with a court-ordered injunction.

75th Anniversary of the CHP

On the occasion of the California Highway Patrol's 75th anniversary, we ride along with a CHP officer patrolling LA's freeways.

Standardized Test Scores Flatten Out or Decrease

After steady improvement in recent years, statewide standardized test scores in English and Math have flattened out or declined.

Boxer-Jones Senatorial Debate

A report on the debate between incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and her challenger, Republican Bill Jones.

A Murder During The Day, A Call For Peace That Night

A march to "take back the streets" from street thugs in Boyle Heights turns somber at the spot where a drive-by murder happened hours before.