Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
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
A new sonar system will help the Coast Guard prevent the possibility of terrorists hiding underwater.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says an injunction will target three of South LA's most notorious gangs.
Workers at the nearby Atwater Village Costco store were the first to notify authorities of the deadly train derailment in which 11 people were killed.
Eleven people die and 180 are injured in a train crash involving two Metrolink commuter trains and an idle freight locomotive. Police arrest a man who allegedly left his SUV on the tracks in an aborted suicide attempt.
The FBI, LAPD, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and other agencies have formed a task force in Southern California to fight the growing problem of human trafficking.
Firefighters respond to mudslides, flooding, traffic accidents, and other emergencies caused by the recent storms.
There are over 30,000 Thai immigrants living in Southern California. The community is keeping a close watch on the relief efforts in south Asia following the deadly tsunami.
Members of Code Pink, a women's peace group, join a delegation traveling to the Mideast. The group will donate medical supplies to Iraqi refugees.
The five candidates for Los Angeles mayor mix it up over environmental issues in the second debate.
Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn, an opponent of San Fernando Valley secession, attends the monthly meeting of Valley Vote, a pro-Valley secession group.
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.
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.
The first LA mayoral debate features some tense moments as LA Mayor Jim Hahn faces the four men who want his job.
At a conference sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments, top economists discuss ways to improve the long-term outlook for the region.
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.