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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

Standard & Poor's downgrades Los Angeles' credit rating

In a move that will likely cost the city of Los Angeles millions of dollars, Standard & Poors downgraded the city's credit rating to AA-.

LA City Council moves to eliminate 4,000 jobs

The Los Angeles City Council moved Thursday moved to address a deepening budget crisis by eliminating 4,000 city jobs by July 1. The decision could result in thousands of layoffs.

Sen. Boxer formally files papers for re-election, gets boost from Gore

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer made it official Thursday — she’s running for re-election. Boxer filed her candidate papers in Riverside, near one of her homes in Rancho Mirage.

LA County sheriff orders deputies to use more caution in pursuits, shootings

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca wants his deputies to show more caution when pursuing suspects. The new policy follows a series of incidents in which deputies shot and killed unarmed suspects.

Diane Watson announces plan to retire from Congress

Congresswoman Diane Watson of Los Angeles today said she won’t seek re-election this year because she wants to spend more time with her 100-year-old mother.

Congresswoman Diane Watson to retire; Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to run

Democrat Diane Watson will announce tomorrow that she's not running for re-election to Congress. The heir apparent in the heavily Democratic district is Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Both women have long ties to the south Los Angeles community.

City financial advisors warn LA of dire outlook

The Los Angeles City Council heard more dire warnings about its financial outlook Tuesday. The city faces a $685 million shortfall over the next 18 months.

LA City Council delays decision on layoffs to address budget crisis

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday put off tough decisions on a looming budget crisis – despite warnings that any delay would only worsen the city’s financial position. Hundreds of people packed City Council chambers to lobby against budget cuts.

AG Jerry Brown sounds very much like the candidate for governor

In an appearance before a thousand union activists in Los Angeles, State Attorney General Jerry Brown railed against Republicans and hailed trade unionists.

LA faces depleting reserve fund to remain solvent

The City of Los Angeles faces an increasingly dire financial picture. L.A.’s chief administrative officer Monday said the city will have to deplete its emergency reserve fund almost completely to remain fiscally solvent this year. He said Los Angeles will also have to lay off hundreds of workers to address its budget deficit next year.

City of LA could cut 1000 jobs; city attorney Trutanich "troubled," will fight

More than a thousand jobs could get eliminated from the payroll of the City of Los Angeles. As Frank Stoltze reported Friday afternoon, a new report from LA's chief administrative officer says cuts are necessary after recent drops in revenue and years of warning about budget shortfalls. The present deficit's estimated around 200 million dollars.

City official says LA's fiscal crisis demands 'swift action'

The chief administrative officer for the City of Los Angeles has issued a bleak financial report that calls for the elimination of at least a thousand positions and the elimination of some city departments.

Supporters say they'll qualify California ballot measure to legalize pot

Supporters of a statewide initiative to legalize marijuana say they've gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Medical marijuana operators worry about new LA law

The Los Angeles City Council voted 9-3 Tuesday in favor of a new law that seeks to regulate a proliferation of pot shops across the city. The ordinance will force most of about 1,000 shops to close, and will closely regulate those that remain.

LA City Council considers layoffs to cut deficit

The Los Angeles City Council is considering as many as 1,000 layoffs - and extending mandatory unpaid days off for city employees - to address a widening budget deficit. City Controller Wendy Greuel today said L.A. faces serious cash flow problems.