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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 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.

Experts dispute claim LA gangs cooperate against police

Some gang experts dispute claims that Southern California street gangs are cooperating with each other more now than before.

Schwarzenegger reportedly will extend furloughs

State workers throughout California are bracing for extended furloughs next year.

Villaraigosa: Cities with green initiatives should pressure national governments

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday described his trip to Copenhagen for the United Nations climate change conference as a productive one.

$10 million bail set for LAPD cop accused of murder

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday set bail at $10 million for an LAPD detective accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend's wife more than 23 years ago.

LA to open academy for ex-gang members turned peacemakers

Los Angeles is set to open the first training academy in the nation for ex-gang members turned intervention workers.

LA city council engages in sharp debate over medical pot

Passions ran hot Wednesday as the Los Angeles City Council once again debated new regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries.

LA firefighters' union president says cutbacks costing lives

The leader of the union that represents Los Angeles city firefighters blames budget cuts for two recent deaths. The charge arises as the union negotiates a new contract with the city.

Audit finds LAPD bungled millions in purchases

Los Angeles Police officials Tuesday promised to improve purchasing procedures after an audit found the department bungled millions of dollars in purchases.

LA considers gang intervention training academy

Los Angeles considered a proposal to create a first-of-its kind training academy for gang intervention workers. The Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved the plan on Monday.

LA considers expanding the microchipping of dogs and cats

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal that would require microchipping dogs and cats people take home from city animal shelters.

Burbank hires former federal prosecutor to address policing problems

The City of Burbank has hired a former federal prosecutor to help reform its police department. Last month, the police chief announced his resignation amid allegations of discrimination and bias.

LA medical pot dispensaries capped at 70, but 137 to stay open

The new medical marijuana rules in Los Angeles will cap the number of pot dispensaries in the city at 70. But 137 will be allowed to do business under the L.A. City Council's revamped regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

LA City Council may finally vote today on pot shop crackdown

Pot shop owners across Los Angeles are closely watching the City Council Tuesday. It’s expected to vote today on a new ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, and limit their numbers. Two pot shop owners spoke with KPCC during a break in council deliberations on the issue recently.