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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

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.

Tom Campbell announces run for US Senate

Former Republican Congressman Tom Campbell Thursday announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Barbara Boxer.

LA City Council says pot shops can go in residential neighborhoods

The Los Angeles City Council today rejected a proposal to keep pot shops at least 500 feet away from residences.

ACLU accuses LA County of failing kids at Challenger probation camp

Civil rights groups Tuesday alleged in a lawsuit that Los Angeles County fails to educate children housed in its largest juvenile probation camp.

ACLU files suit against LA County for probation education issues

The ACLU filed a federal class action lawsuit against Los Angeles County Tuesday for "failure to provide youth in the county's largest juvenile probation camp with basic and appropriate education."

LA mayor names new economic czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday appointed the prominent global financial advisor Austin Beutner as his deputy mayor for economic development. He made the announcement amid criticism of his efforts to create and retain jobs in the city.

Schwarzenegger's last budget: more pain

Arnold Schwarzenegger today unveiled his last state budget proposal as Governor of California. Like six of his previous seven spending plan, this one relies heavily on cuts to close the deficit — and Democrats don't like it. KPCC’s Julie Small and Frank Stoltze covered the busy budget day in Sacramento.

LA murder rate hits 40-year low

The crime rate continues to fall across the nation and throughout much of Southern California. In Los Angeles, the homicide rate is at a 40-year low. Last year, 314 people were murdered, down 18 percent from the year before. In 1992, at the peak of violence in the city, nearly 1,200 people were murdered.

Former Riverside Catholic priest pleads guilty to drug possession

A former Catholic bishop in Riverside pleaded guilty Monday to possessing illegal drugs for sale.