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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

Governor announces 105 Christmas Eve criminal pardons

Many of the crimes were minor drug offenses, including simple possession or cultivating marijuana - crime that would not be prosecuted today.

LAPD rookies excited, apprehensive as policing debate rages

The LAPD's latest class of recruits graduates with black bands over their badges. They'll face renewed debate over race, policing and the use of force.

St. James Church creates fund for Redondo Beach crash victims

4 people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 8 were injured when a driver plowed into a group of pedestrians following a Christmas concert Dec. 17

Family of unarmed man killed by deputies alleges wrongful death

Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a fight near Paramount High School shot Oscar Alberto Ramirez. No weapon was ever found.

Da Vinci fire was maliciously set, ATF investigator says

Fire investigators have clarified what they meant when they announced that the Da Vinci Apartment Complex fire was an act of arson: Someone set the fire on purpose.

LA City Council: Labor backs Huizar after clash with Molina

Councilman Jose Huizar, a powerful downtown power broker, faces challenger Gloria Molina, an icon in LA Latino politics.The council primary is March 3.

LA Jails: Settlement with ACLU promises new reforms

A settlement approved by the county Tuesday calls for additional reforms to end what critics call a culture of abuse inside L.A. county jails.

Setbacks delay search for LA County’s Foster Care Czar

The newly configured Board of Supervisors decides to fire one headhunter and find another in its search for someone to lead child protection in LA County.

Beck finds officers broke policy in killing unarmed man after LAPD chase

In a recent report, the police commission rejected officers’ arguments that they feared for their safety following a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash late last year.

Bocanegra concedes San Fernando Valley Assembly race

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra concedes to challenger Patty Lopez. The Democrat vs. Democrat contest turned into one of the hottest races in California.

East LA's Ed Roybal to receive Medal of Freedom

President Obama has selected Edward R. Roybal to receive the nation's highest civilian honor. Roybal, who died in 2005, was a role mode in Latino politics.

Lacey: Changes needed in handling of mentally ill

L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey has said diverting more mentally ill people from jail into treatment is a top priority. Her report suggests a new strategy.

4 biggest challenges facing LA Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell

Jim McDonnell will take the helm of a massive agency facing multiple federal investigations. We take a look at the greatest challenges he faces as he takes office next month.

GOP takes Senate, but not California, in hard-fought races

Democrats won outright or were poised to win highly contested Southern California seats. Still, retirements and redistricting mean a flotilla of freshmen are headed to Capitol Hill.

Election 2014: Kuehl wins LA Supervisors Race (and other local election results)

Labor unions helped retired state legislator Sheila Kuehl best Bobby Shriver to win a seat on the powerful Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.