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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

President Clinton in LA to endorse Gavin Newsom for governor

Former President Bill Clinton’s visiting Southern California Monday to help Gavin Newsom in his campaign for governor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Clinton planned to appear with the San Francisco mayor at Los Angeles City College Sunday afternoon and at a private fundraiser.

Nahai leaves LA DWP for Clinton Climate Initiative

The chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has resigned. David Nahai leaves as the utility struggles to address a rash of water main breaks and seeks to meet the LA mayor’s renewable energy goals.

FBI opens civil rights investigation into Burbank Police Department

The FBI is investigating whether Burbank police officers committed civil rights violations. The FBI reportedly is focusing on 12 current and former Burbank police officers and their use of force. KPCC's Kari Moran spoke with reporter Frank Stoltze about the story.

FBI investigates Burbank police, Mayor says department in 'turmoil'

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the Burbank Police Department.

LAPD officers union close to contract as Bratton warns against furloughs

The city of Los Angeles may be close to a deal with its police officers’ union after months of contract negotiations. More on the story from KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.

Mayor Villaraigosa, labor unions celebrate arrival of Ansaldobreda

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday said the arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in Los Angeles will bring much-needed jobs to the city. The mayor and his union allies exercised their considerable power to push the AnsaldoBreda deal through. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Mayor Villaraigosa, union workers celebrate AnsaldoBreda deal with MTA

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday celebrated the promised arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles.

Immigration authorities seize high powered guns from LA gang

Federal authorities Friday announced the seizure of a large cache of high-powered firearms in Southern California. It’s another example of how easy it is to get illegal weapons in the region.

Federal bust nets high-powered assault weapons from Bell Gardens gang

BELL GARDENS - The feds arrested nine members and associates of a Bell Gardens gang in a drug and weapons raid. One of the alleged gangsters claimed to be a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, federal officials said today.

The race for California governor: Poizner says slash taxes

The California Republican Party opens its semi-annual convention Friday in Indian Wells, near Palm Springs. It’s an opportunity for the GOP rank and file to take a closer look at three candidates who seek the party’s nomination for governor next year. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has the last of our profiles of those candidates.

Debra Wong Yang confirmed for LAPD Commission

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday confirmed former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang as a member of the Police Commission. The mayor appointed Yang to the civilian panel, which sets policy for the LAPD.

The race for California governor: Tom Campbell

California Republicans gather this weekend for their semi-annual state party convention. Three candidates seek to represent the party in next year’s gubernatorial election. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with one of them at a coffee shop in Orange County this week.

Essel, Krekorian in LA City Council runoff

Former Paramount Pictures executive Christine Essel has forced a run-off in the race to represent parts of the San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles City Council.

Whitman may spend $150 million on governor's race

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman promised Tuesday she’d cut 40,000 state jobs if Californians elect her governor. Whitman made the statement as she formally announced she’s seeking the Republican nomination.

Former eBay CEO Whitman announces candidacy for governor today

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman formally announces her candidacy for governor today in Fullerton. She’ll launch a statewide radio ad campaign to promote her business experience, just in time for this weekend’s state Republican convention. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Whitman wants to lead a state party that, like the national party, is struggling with declining registration and competing philosophies.