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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

Anti-Terror Training Added to Crime Prevention Program

The 15-year old federal "Weed and Seed" program has handed out small grants to police and community groups to help reduce crime and create job training. Now anti-terror training will be added to the list.

Local Imam Ministers to Muslims in Prison

Imam Sayd Shakel ministers to prisoners at the federal complex in Victorville. He says more Imams are needed in prisons to combat radical forms of Islam.

So Cal Muslims Issue Appeal in Wake of Terror Plot Reports

Southern California Muslim leaders are asking people to hold their judgment after three members of an Inglewood mosque are arrested in connection with an alleged terrorism plot.

Officials Investigate So Cal Terrorism Plot

Three Southern California men are in custody as officials investigate a terrorism plot that may have connections to a state prison.

CIty Council Considers Renewing Sunshine Landfill Contract

The LA City Council is set to debate a proposal that would keep the trash flowing into the Sunshine Canyon Landfill, but some on the City Council want to see the landfill closed for good.

Murder of Woman Prompts Call For Gang Violence Summit

South LA community activists want the city to host a summit tackling the problem of gang violence following the death of 63-year old Lois Coles who was killed by a stray bullet from a gang shootout.

Mayor Says He'll Use 'Bully Pulpit' to Improve LA

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about his plans to expand the influence of his office and what issues he intends to focus on in the near future.

Community Reaction to Standoff Varies Widely

South LA residents are split over who is responsible for the death of a toddler in the July 10 standoff between the child's father and police.

Report Paints Bleak Picture of LA's Black Community

"The State of Black Los Angeles" issued by the United Way and Urban League says African Americans in LA earn less and experience more crime than do other demographic groups, but that they participate more in the community.

Autopsy Confirms LAPD Bullet Killed Toddler

An autopsy report released Wednesday finds that the bullet that killed an 18-month-old girl during Sunday's standoff in South LA was fired by an LAPD officer.

Police Chief Defends Officers' Actions in Standoff

LAPD Chief William Bratton says his officers are not responsible for the death of a 19-month old girl during a standoff with an armed suspect in South LA.

Security Increased on Local Subways, Trains Following London Exposions

KPCC's Frank Stoltze talks with LAPD's Counterterrorism chief John Miller about the explosions in London and the local response.

Family of Detained Filmmaker Sues Federal Government

Relatives of Los Angeles filmmaker Cyrus Kar are suing to win his release from a detention facility in Iraq. The US military says Kar was in a taxi carrying a common component used to make explosives.

Villaraigosa Prepares for Mayoral Ascension

As Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa gets ready to be inaugurated Friday, his colleagues look back on his career.

Assembly Debates Assisted Suicide Bill

Van Nuys Assemblyman Lloyd Levine talks about the bill he authored which would allow doctors to help people end their lives if they were mentally competent and had six or fewer months to live.