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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

Part-time California legislature proposal fails

Backers of a proposal to create a so-called “citizen legislature” in California say they’ve failed to qualify their measure for the November ballot.

Gore joins LA mayor to urge city council to approve DWP rate hikes

Former Vice President Al Gore Thursday announced his support for a proposed carbon reduction surcharge on power bills in the city of Los Angeles. The proposal’s drawn sharp criticism from both business and residential customers who say it’s a bad time to be raising rates.

Librarians, book lovers criticize proposed LA library cuts

Dozens of librarians and book lovers showed up at Wednesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting to protest proposed cuts to public libraries.

Inglewood to pay $2.4M to families of men shot by police

The city of Inglewood has reached a settlement with the families of three unarmed men shot by police. One of the men died.

LAPD says it trains officers how to deal with autistic people

Los Angeles Police officials say they began providing training on how to deal with people with autism long before two officers shot and killed an autistic man over the weekend.

Southern Californians react to passage of health care reform

Southern Californians are reacting to Tuesday's signing of a massive health care reform bill by President Obama.

Whitman breaks spending records in campaign for governor

Republican Meg Whitman is spending more than any other candidate in state history on her campaign for governor.

Burbank Police Department under fire from inside, outside its ranks

The Burbank Police Department’s under fire – from within and beyond its ranks. In a lawsuit filed last year, a group of officers claims a culture of racial, gender and sexual orientation discrimination persists at the department. In addition, the F.B.I. is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into possible excessive use of force by Burbank cops.

Eastman faces heat for ballot wording in attorney general's race

Former Chapman University Law School Dean John Eastman may have scored a coup in his bid for the Republican nomination for Attorney General. He wants the California secretary of state to list him on the ballot as an Assistant Attorney General. Opponents are crying ‘foul.’

Mitt Romney in Southern California

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is in Southern California Friday to promote his new book and to revive his old presidential aspirations.

LA DA launches inquiry into supervisors' spending

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has opened an inquiry into the spending practices of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Obama to help Sen. Boxer in re-election fight

Worried that she’ll face strong opposition from Republicans, Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign Wednesday announced that the president will help fundraise for her re-election bid.

Poizner, Whitman face off in first Republican governor's debate

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner engaged in their first face-to-face debate last night. The two are vying for the Republican nomination for governor.

Poizner, Whitman set for first debate in Orange County tonight

The two candidates for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor debate for the first time tonight in Orange County. Former eBay chief Meg Whitman and State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner meet after a weekend of criticizing each other as not conservative enough to serve as the party’s standard bearer. (Audio: KPCC’s Frank Stoltze joins Susanne Whatley and explains how important this debate is.)

Whitman, Poizner spar; Tea Party activists rally at state GOP convention

Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner stepped up their attacks on each other Saturday as the two gubernatorial hopefuls battled for support of the party faithful at the GOP’s statewide convention in Santa Clara.