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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

Sen. Ron Calderon arraigned on corruption, money laundering charges (Updated)

The Montebello Democrat appeared in court Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty; senate leader gives him a week to resign or take a leave of absence.

Calderon investigation: Once powerful brothers face life in prison

State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom are accused in a bribery case that sent shockwaves through California politics and resonated from southeast L.A. County to Sacramento.

State Sen. Ron Calderon, brother indicted on corruption charges (updated)

State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom were indicted Friday on public corruption charges in connection with suspected bribery and other allegations.

Income equality: Should LA hotel workers make $15 an hour?

Hotel employee are some of the lowest-paid workers in Los Angeles, according to a city study. A proposal to raise their minimum wage sets off intense debate.

Court tosses California's concealed weapons rules (Updated)

A divided federal appeals court has struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Gap in law leaves many LA high-rises without sprinkler system

City law exempts pre-1974 high-rise residences from having sprinklers. Fire officials say this is bad policy. The condo industry says the cost doesn't match the risk.

'Dumb Starbucks': The real Starbucks says it is 'looking into it'

As dozens lined up for more coffee on Sunday, a local legal expert says it may not be easy to force it to close. And L.A. city leaders did not seem too concerned about it.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Many Russian speakers watch with pride

Many in Southern California's Russian speaking community – some of whom lived in the old Soviet Union – are watching the games with great interest.

US Attorney issues another indictment against Sheriff's Dept. (Updated)

Two more sheriff’s deputies are accused of beating an inmate in a 2009 incident that a jail chaplain says he witnessed. Thirteen other deputies were indicted in December.

ACLU sues over cross symbol on official LA County seal

For a half-century, the county's official seal included a religious cross. In 2004, the Board of Supervisors voted to remove. Now, its return is being challenged.

The money race begins in LA Sheriff’s contest

Most candidates have only begun to raise money in the first competitive race for LA County Sheriff since 1998, when Lee Baca beat Sherman Block.

The power of Henry Waxman’s gavel and questions

Known for high profile and sometimes confrontative hearings, the retiring LA Congressman leaves a legacy of big legislative wins.

Baca's longtime PIO reveres his boss, remembers his own days as 'young punk'

KPCC's Frank Stoltze: "You know, you could be a little mean at times." Sheriff's PIO Steve Whitmore: "That's very true, and I apologize for that."

LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott will not be a 'placeholder'

Scott pledged to address some of the problems that have led to recent scandals within one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies. He is expected to start on Thursday.

OC Undersheriff John Scott replaces retiring LA County Sheriff Baca (Updated)

Scott retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department, where he rose through the ranks to run the jails. He pledges that the reforms that are underway to clean up the troubled department will continue.