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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

SoCal groups organize against US intervention in Syria

As President Obama continues to weigh options against Syria, anti-war activists across Southern California urge him to stand down.

2 librarians among 13 people indicted for stealing textbooks

Employees at four LA area school districts participated in a “massive scheme” to steal thousands of textbooks, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

‘Historic’ drug sentencing reform bill on Gov. Brown’s desk

The California State Assembly approved legislation that would give prosecutors discretion in cases involving "simple possession" of cocaine and heroin.

Yvonne Burke’s daughter to follow her mother into LA politics

Autumn Burke joins Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as offspring of powerful LA political figures seeking to follow in their parents' footsteps.

James Lawson, Martin Luther King Jr. and non-violence

The longtime preacher at Holman United Methodist church in the West Adams district of Los Angeles was a key architect of non-violent tactics.

Veteran prosecutor says SoCal is 'epicenter' of Medicare fraud

Along with Southern Florida, the region is a beehive of healthcare fraud. Last week, a man was convicted for using Skid Row transients as fake patients.

Report finds 'deeply challenging' labor market in California

A new report says while higher wage earners and men are faring better, California's slow recovery is "not providing the jobs needed "for a robust economic rebound."

Millennium Towers: Opponents sue to stop Hollywood project (PDF)

Area residents argue the city and private developer ignored earthquake concerns and failed to accurately analyze traffic and air quality impacts. Read the lawsuit here.

Garcetti names USC dean to head Office of Immigrant Affairs

Mayor taps Linda Lopez, Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at USC’s Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Purple Heart recipient sentenced in Medicare fraud case

Estill Mitts recruited Skid Row transients for hospital procedures they didn’t need. "He was the ringleader," said prosecutors.

Governor Brown considers allowing 3.4M non-citizens to serve on juries

Under a bill approved by the legislature, legal permanent residents would be allowed to serve on juries. Opponents warn it would hurt the jury system.

FAQ: What you need to know about the proposed DWP deal

Here's the lowdown about the contract agreement Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says shifts the balance of power at the DWP "to the people."

Garcetti approves of tentative deal with DWP labor union

The mayor had been critical of an agreement pushed by city officials, but he apparently won some late concessions related to work rules.

Judge awards $3 million to family of man killed by DEA agent

Zachary Champommier, 18, was shot after he struck an undercover LA County Sheriff's deputy with his car. The ruling against a federal officer is rare.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry loving California GOP again

The possible 2016 presidential contender will be the featured speaker at the state GOP convention in Anaheim.