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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

California GOP convention to showcase Whitman, Poizner

California Republicans gather in Santa Clara this weekend for their semi-annual state convention. It’s their last meeting before the June primary, when Republicans decide on who they’ll run for governor against state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

LA budget committee to conduct community meeting

The Los Angeles City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee holds a meeting in East L.A. Monday night to seek suggestions on how the city should address its gaping budget deficit.

Jerry Brown talks about buddhism and governing

Jerry Brown is a student, of sorts, of philosophy.

Andre Birotte sworn in as US Attorney in Los Angeles

The former inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Commission took the oath Thursday as the federal government’s top prosecutor in Los Angeles.

LA County Sheriff reopens shooting range

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department reopened its East L.A. shooting range Wednesday, after it fixed a problem with ricocheting bullets.

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.