Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
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
Several hundred protesters gathered in downtown L.A. Sunday to vent their concerns over the death of an unarmed black man in South Los Angeles who was shot and killed by police.
Some South LA residents disbelieve the police version of events in the killing of Ezell Ford, but they have exercised restraint in their protests against the LAPD.
Police said the incident began with an unprovoked attack on officers. Family members of the man killed argue the shooting was unjustified.
Starting salaries for the affected LAPD officers will rise to about $57,000. The salary hike will settle a police union lawsuit.
The man fatally shot by police on Monday night was on foot, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Police did not say if he was armed.
Former White House Counsel John Dean sifted through over 1,000 secretly taped conversations to answer the question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”
Beck has maintained subordinates handled the details of the deal, and that he did not influence their decision to obtain a horse from his daughter.
A memo, signed by Chief Beck, appears to contradict his contention that he had nothing to do with the purchase of his daughter's horse for the LAPD's mounted unit.
Tanaka tweeted he's "still in the race" just days after a KPCC report asked what had happened to his campaign. His fundraising efforts have also slowed.
The chief spoke to reporters a week before the Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to vote on whether to rehire him for another five years.
Chief Beck faces accusations that he improperly influenced a disciplinary matter involving a sergeant and his daughter, who is also a police officer at the LAPD.
Signs of a campaign by former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka are scarce. He faces Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in the November runoff.
According to the US Attorney's Office, El Monte Flores is an older gang in the region, with an estimated 800 members and a history of targeting African Americans.
The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.
Hundreds of people lined up for blocks in the blazing heat for an opportunity to hear the president speak on Thursday at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.