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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 County Sheriff Lee Baca plans early release of inmates

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday he'll release jail inmates earlier than planned to help the county address a $400 million budget shortfall.

Jerry Brown jumps into the California governor's race in a video message

Jerry Brown - an icon in Democratic Party politics who already served as governor from 1975 until 1983 - wants his old job back. He says he has the experience and know-how to end partisan bickering.

Jerry Brown expected to formally announce gubernatorial bid

State Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to formally announce Tuesday that he’s running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. For months, he’s been raising money for the campaign.

Fiorina seeks to make Israel an issue in campaign for U.S. Senate

The political campaign of former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina Thursday accused former Congressman Tom Campbell of being hostile to the state of Israel. Both seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, along with State Senator Chuck DeVore of Irvine.

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.