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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 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.

LA City Council members talk about their marijuana use

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is expected to approve a new ordinance that would shut down most medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. It would place a cap of 70, with up to about 140 pot shops grandfathered in. KPCC surveyed councilmembers about whether they’d ever smoked pot – medical or otherwise.

Inglewood Mayor Dorn pleads guilty to conflict of interest, resigns

Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge and resigned his office. The plea came the day jury selection in his trial was to begin.

Medical marijuana activists worry about crackdown on LA pot shops

The Los Angeles City Council expects this week to give final approval to a new law that’s shut down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries. Some people wonder how city officials will enforce the new law.

Jury selection to begin in Inglewood mayor's corruption trial

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the corruption trial of Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn.

LA City Council moves to close most medical pot shops

After months of debate, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday tentatively approved an ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. The new law will force hundreds to close.

More heavy rain on its way to the Southland

Yesterday’s storm brought in around three inches of rain to the coast and foothills in L.A. County. The National Weather Service says today's storm will pack some heavy rain again. The rain caused power outages across Southern California. (Audio: KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports from the Hollywood Hills, where a tree fell onto power lines in Nichols Canyon Monday.)

Storm knocks down trees, cuts power across Southern California

Yesterday’s storm was the first of four expected this week. It knocked down trees and cut power across Southern California. (Audio: KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with Bernard Friedman in the Hollywood Hills, where a giant Monterey pine blew down and cut off access to his house.)

King Day parade queen rises beyond racism

The queen of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Los Angeles is Brittany Wallace.

Councilman Alarcon disputes allegations he lives outside his district

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon Friday denied accusations he doesn’t live in the district he represents. Prosecutors have opened a voter fraud investigation into Alarcon.