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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

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.

Election 2014: Public union backs Kuehl over Shriver for supervisor

As unions seek to build a labor-friendly majority on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, the race for Zev Yaroslavsky's vacated seat is expected to be a close one.

Former LA attorney accused in $47M visa scheme

The former attorney allegedly used the EB-5 visa program to lure wealthy South Korean and Chinese investors who wanted to obtain green cards.

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

LA Muslim group seeks to identify troubled youth, avert terrorism

The Safe Spaces Initiative would create intervention programs within mosques nationwide to thwart violent extremism. LA's counterterrorism chief welcomes the plan.

Ezell Ford: LAPD releases names of officers involved in shooting

Civil rights activists criticized the department's decision to withhold the names of the officers for two weeks. Police say they were guarding against retaliation.

Beverly Hills police defend arrest of black film producer

In a widely shared Facebook post, Charles Belk said he was going to put money in a parking meter when police arrested him for a bank robbery he didn't commit.

CHP officer in videotaped beating could face criminal charges

The case, which has attracted national attention, sparked angry outrage from civil rights activists who called it a clear case of excessive use of force.

Angry residents confront LAPD chief over Ezell Ford shooting

A community meeting draws residents and activists who say the police killing of Ezell Ford is another example of excessive use of force against African Americans.