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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

Tentative LA police contract spurs debate

The deal beefs up the overtime budget, but critics say Los Angeles can ill-afford to do so when it can't fill potholes.

Election 2014: Super PACs set stage for big spending in Shriver-Kuehl showdown

Now that Bobby Shriver has accepted spending limits, so-called independent expenditure committees could play a major role in the race.

Garcetti taps Rockefeller to make LA more ‘resilient’

It's an example of how Los Angeles' mayor reaches outside of government to get help with the city's problems, a change from his predecessor.

Pot advocates fail to qualify initiative for California ballot

Marijuana legalization advocates were hoping to follow Colorado and Washington, which legalized weed last year.

LA Mayor Garcetti creates nonprofit to fund city projects

The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles already has raised more than $2 million, with "substantial commitments" for more, according to Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman.

Supreme Court limits cellphone searches: What it means for you

The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. How will this affect L.A.?

LA sheriff candidate Tanaka testifies in misconduct trial

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka tells a jury he never ordered deputies to hide an FBI informant, but agreed with their actions.

Mental health care in LA jails unconstitutional, says DOJ

Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Voter turnout solution? Vote and you could win $1M!

Fernando Guerra is fed up with low voter turnout and pushed a radical proposal to increase turnout: everybody who casts a ballot would be eligible to win a million dollars!

2014 Election: The trouble with being a Calderon these days (Updated)

A brother and nephew of suspended State Senator Ron Calderon were both on Tuesday's ballot, but neither fared very well. Ian Calderon denied his uncle's woes affected him.

LA sheriff candidates on jail reform, pre-trial release

Many of L.A.'s prospective sheriffs agree on key issues, but there are important differences that voters should consider in the first open race for the position in nearly a century.

LA supervisors: HIV-positive and former addict, Duran is a rare candidate

The third district on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and most of the San Fernando Valley.

LA Supervisors candidates argue experience makes them best

Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl and John Duran — all Democrats in the race to represent the 3rd district — all argued during a debate that their resume makes them best qualified.

Tanaka remains lightning rod in LA Sheriff’s race

During one of the last debates of the campaign, Paul Tanaka's rivals accused the former second in command of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department of allowing misconduct. Is it just politics?

Jury deliberates in trial of deputy accused of thwarting FBI probe

Closing arguments came Tuesday in the case of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who says he was acting on the orders of higher-ups, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.