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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

Tom Campbell announces run for US Senate

Former Republican Congressman Tom Campbell Thursday announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Barbara Boxer.

LA City Council says pot shops can go in residential neighborhoods

The Los Angeles City Council today rejected a proposal to keep pot shops at least 500 feet away from residences.

ACLU accuses LA County of failing kids at Challenger probation camp

Civil rights groups Tuesday alleged in a lawsuit that Los Angeles County fails to educate children housed in its largest juvenile probation camp.

ACLU files suit against LA County for probation education issues

The ACLU filed a federal class action lawsuit against Los Angeles County Tuesday for "failure to provide youth in the county's largest juvenile probation camp with basic and appropriate education."

LA mayor names new economic czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday appointed the prominent global financial advisor Austin Beutner as his deputy mayor for economic development. He made the announcement amid criticism of his efforts to create and retain jobs in the city.

Schwarzenegger's last budget: more pain

Arnold Schwarzenegger today unveiled his last state budget proposal as Governor of California. Like six of his previous seven spending plan, this one relies heavily on cuts to close the deficit — and Democrats don't like it. KPCC’s Julie Small and Frank Stoltze covered the busy budget day in Sacramento.

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.