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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 attorney general investigates scam targeting black churches

State Attorney General Jerry Brown Friday said he’s investigating whether 30 African-American churches in Southern California were the target of a computer scam.

Beck is sworn in as LAPD chief

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swore in Charles Beck as the 55th chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday. The swearing in came minutes after the City Council unanimously confirmed Beck.

LA City Council to debate medical marijuana regulations on Wednesday

[Update at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009] As hundreds of medical marijuana patients and providers overflowed Los Angeles City Council chambers today, two key council committees rejected an outright ban on the sale of medical marijuana in the city.

Immigration officials identify more criminal undocumented immigrants in jails

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Los Angeles said it’s identified a record number of criminal undocumented immigrants in local jails.

MoveOn seeks to keep pressure on Southern California lawmakers on health care

MoveOn.org plans a health care rally outside Southern California congressman Henry Waxman's office.

Schwarzenegger announces money for veterans, plans trip to Iraq

In observance of Veterans Day, Governor Schwarzenegger Wednesday announced new job training and mental health programs for people who’ve served in the military.

Los Angeles to begin debate on proposed medical marijuana law

The city of Los Angeles is moving closer to shutting down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries. The City Council’s Public Safety Committee debates new regulations next week.

Inspector general questions LAPD investigations into racial profiling

The Los Angeles Police Commission’s inspector general said Tuesday that the LAPD’s failing to properly investigate all allegations of racial bias against its officers.

Burbank police chief to resign amid FBI probe

Burbank’s police chief announced his resignation Monday. The announcement follows a month after the FBI opened an investigation into the Burbank Police Department.

Charlie Beck nomination as next LAPD chief approved by LA's Public Safety Committee

LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck moved one step closer to becoming Los Angeles' next top cop as the City Council's Public Safety committee unanimously approved his nomination today.

25,000 expected for tonight's East LA Classic football game

The Garfield and Roosevelt High School football teams face off in what’s known as the East L.A. Classic Friday night. Some call it the oldest and biggest football rivalry west of the Mississippi.

Prosecutors charge boys as adults in Long Beach shooting

Prosecutors Friday charged two 16-year-old boys as adults in last week’s fatal shooting of high school student in Long Beach.

Carly Fiorina derides Barbara Boxer as do-nothing senator

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina announced Wednesday she’s running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California. Fiorina brings considerable wealth and name recognition to her bid to oust three-term Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

Villaraigosa picks reformed anti-gang cop to be next LAPD chief

Just a few years ago, it would have been unimaginable for the mayor of Los Angeles to name someone from inside the long-troubled LAPD to lead the department. Tuesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did just that. He chose Deputy Chief Charlie Beck – a reformed hard-driving anti-gang cop – to succeed Bill Bratton in what the mayor’s called his most important appointment.

Charlie Beck named as next LAPD chief

A longtime "true-blue" officer raised in a family of cops and who was a Rampart reformer was named the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Charlie Beck will be Los Angeles' next police chief, the mayor announced at an 11 a.m. news conference.