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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 city budget outlook bleak, Council committees propose police cuts

The budget crisis in Los Angeles may force the city’s police department to cancel January classes for new recruits.

Independent expenditures by labor unions soar in LA City Council race

Voters in the eastern San Fernando Valley go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new representative on the Los Angeles City Council. The result may not depend on the candidates, but on one of the biggest independent expenditure campaigns in city history.

LAPD Chief Beck brings Daryl Gates and Tom Hayden to the same stage

Thursday's ceremonial swearing-in of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck assembled the department’s diehard defenders, and its toughest critics. That reflects what many people regard as one of Beck’s most important talents.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's son talks about becoming a cop under his dad

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Friday presides over his first class of graduates from the police academy. His 23-year-old son Martin Beck is one of them. (Audio: Martin Beck spoke with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.)

New LAPD Chief Beck talks about leadership style

Los Angeles celebrated its new police chief Thursday with a ceremonial swearing-in, a barbecue at the police academy and a Getty Center dinner. Chief Charlie Beck succeeded Bill Bratton two weeks ago, promising to continue his predecessor’s push for a more community-friendly LAPD and to put more officers in the field. (Audio: An excerpt of an interview Beck did with KPCC.)

Proposed LA pot law may confict with judge's opinion

The Los Angeles City Council plans to move forward with a medical marijuana ordinance that would allow people to exchange cash for pot, despite a judge’s opinion that suggests such transactions are illegal.

Panel says LA Mayor Villaraigosa should give up control of anti-gang programs

A Los Angeles City Council committee that reviewed gang prevention and intervention programs says the mayor's office provides too little transparency.

LA grapples again with pot shops

For the third week in a row, the Los Angeles City Council will attempt to pass a new ordinance that regulates medical marijuana dispensaries.

LAPD to expand police cameras in public housing projects

The Los Angeles City Council this week approved the extension of a $700,000 federal grant for police video cameras at a South L.A. housing project.

LAPD Chief Beck to patrol streets on Thanksgiving Day

The LAPD’s new chief, Charlie Beck, is spending Thanksgiving Day in a patrol car.

Chief Beck defends LAPD in car crash that killed woman in Venice

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Wednesday addressed concerns that officers in Venice were driving with their lights off last month when they smashed into another car, killing a 25-year-old woman.

LA City Council holds marathon debate on pot shops - delays vote

For the second time in as many weeks, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday delayed a vote on a new ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. The council spent more than seven hours debating the new regulations.

LA set to vote on shutting down marijuana dispensaries

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday returns to the sticky issue of medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly a thousand have sprouted up across the city – most since the Obama administration announced an end to federal raids on them in February.

Orange County white supremacist sentenced to death for murder

A judge in Santa Ana Monday sentenced a white supremacist to death for killing a fellow gang member.

LA City Council set to consider new rules for pot shops

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is expected to vote on a new ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.