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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

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.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.

Woman punched by CHP officer settles for $1.5 million

A woman struck by a California Highway Patrol officer in a videotaped incident will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

Labor unions raise $362,000 for Kuehl through outside group

Independent expenditure committees could play an important role in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, who are competing to replace Zev Yaroslavsky.

Paul Tanaka slowly returns to LA County sheriff’s race

Over the summer, Tanaka closed his campaign headquarters, held no events and posted nothing on social media. He faces an uphill battle against Jim McDonnell in the race for L.A. County sheriff.

At first debate, Kuehl, Shriver clash over resumes, transportation policy

It's expected to be a close race for a seat on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This was the first one-on-one debate since the primary.

5 things to watch for in the Kuehl-Shriver debate

Competition between the L.A. supervisorial candidates is expected to be close, with both vying to take the seat of the outgoing Zev Yaroslavsky.

Are LAPD contract talks deadlocked? Union declares impasse

The standoff is over more than pay, according to union leaders who've complained of bias in the disciplinary system - an accusation rejected by Chief Charlie Beck.

What $70M in cash looks like: Feds raid alleged drug cartel money launderers

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents fanned out across downtown L.A. in the sweep targeting about 70 locations.

Garcetti throws support to McDonnell in LA sheriff’s race

The mayor officially endorsed McDonnell, citing his work at the LAPD. Meanwhile, opponent Paul Tanaka has barely campaigned - providing little chance for debate.