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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

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.

Kuehl, Shriver discuss accountability in final debate

Election 2014: At Encino debate, Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver discuss accountability on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Election 2014: We fact check 2 ads in the Shriver/Kuehl race

Two political ads by Bobby Shriver deserve a closer look. One could easily mislead readers. The other overstates Sheila Kuehl's role in the state Legislature.

Sheriff frontrunner McDonnell cautious on citizen oversight

Election 2014: During a weekend forum, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell reiterated his support for a Sheriff's oversight panel. Paul Tanaka did not attend.

Ezell Ford killing: City says LAPD officers acted in self-defense

The August 11 shooting of Ezell Ford in South LA triggered numerous protests and comparisons to the police killing of Michael Brown in Missouri.

Report: Use of force against inmates up at LA jails

The increase in use of force by LA County deputies against inmates comes as the agency seeks to transform itself amid multiple federal investigations into corruption and civil rights violations.

Election 2014: Kuehl, Shriver differ on landmark environmental law

Both Board of Supervisors candidates say CEQA can be too onerous for developers, but Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver give different views when asked about one big project.

Election 2014: Labor Super PAC raises $935K for Kuehl in race with Shriver

Labor unions are coming to the aid of Sheila Kuehl in the race for L.A. County Supervisor against the well-connected Bobby Shriver, who is supported by business groups and wealthy individuals.

LA County jails: Feds seek oversight to improve plight of mentally ill

Mentally ill jail inmates in Los Angeles face poor living conditions and inadequate health care, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

LA County supervisors: 6 key questions facing Kuehl, Shriver

Most voters ignore the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, even though it is the single most powerful group of elected officials in the region.