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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

LA council president questions mayor's DWP union strategy

Herb Wesson says he'd like to see L.A.'s top officials — the mayor, city attorney and city controller — make more of an effort to negotiate with the powerful union.

LA NAACP vows to move beyond Sterling

The venerable civil rights organization held its annual dinner Thursday night. It originally was to include an honor for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

CA governor’s race: GOP candidates to debate Thursday

This may be the only time that State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and investment banker Neel Kashkari face each other before the June primary election.

MWD to spend more than $20M on seismic upgrades for its HQ

Officials say the Metropolitan Water District's 12-story downtown LA building is safe, but may not be functional after a major earthquake.

MWD staff urges HQ upgrade at cost of at least $20M

Metropolitan Water District staff say the agency needs to spend more than $90 million to have its headquarters meet code requirements for an "essential facility."

NAACP Riverside chapter award to DA Zellerbach stirring controversy

Some question honoring District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who faces a rocky re-election bid next month after allegedly tampering with his opponent's campaign signs.

LA sheriff’s race: Todd Rogers says his insider status is an asset

To another competition of sorts...for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's spot. One of the seven candidates running is currently an assistant sheriff. Todd Rogers says he's frustrated by the problems he sees -- and he's the man to fix them.

LA sheriff’s race: Rogers says insider status is an asset

He's spent nearly three decades with the department, rising to assistant sheriff last year. Todd Rogers says he knows the bad apples at the troubled agency.

LA sheriff’s race: In debate, candidates urge delay in jail expansion

In Sunday night's debate, two former colleagues had a tense exchange over who was responsible for violence in the jails.

Etiwanda Fire: 67 percent contained (updated)

A wildfire near Rancho Cucamonga that forced the evacuation of about 1,600 foothill homes is now only smoldering, and crews expect to make significant progress as winds ease.

Etiwanda Fire burns into second day; 53 percent containment

Authorities say the wildfire east of L.A. did not grow overnight and is 53 percent contained. They hope calmer winds will let firefighting helicopters take to the air.

Garcetti’s attorney sues for access to DWP nonprofit records

The lawsuit follows one by City Controller Ron Galperin that seeks to force DWP union leader Brian D'Arcy to disclose how $40 million was spent.

DWP union vows appeal of judge's audit ruling

The utility and its union jointly operate training institutes that are funded with taxpayer dollars. The battle continues over how the funds are spent.

Feinstein backs Padilla in tight Secretary of State race

L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.

Fight over $40 million in DWP union money enters new phase

If a judge issues an order as expected Tuesday, LA City Controller Ron Galperin can soon start digging through the books of two DWP-controlled safety and training institutes.