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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

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.

LA Metro's deal with Italian rail car manufacturer falls apart

L.A. County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has thrown AnsaldoBreda from the train. The Italian company had agreed to build a factory in Los Angeles and manufacture 100 more light rail cars for the regional transit system. But negotiations derailed over the weekend, and now the $300 million deal is off.

LAPD, City Hall watchers closely track chief selection

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to name a new police chief Tuesday. The closely-watched choice will likely replace former chief William Bratton.

Mayor Villaraigosa to select LAPD chief Tuesday

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s expected to name a new police chief Tuesday. Bill Bratton’s last day on the job was Saturday.

Los Angeles reduces police services to help address budget crisis

The city of Los Angeles continues to grapple with plummeting tax revenues resulting from the recession. Friday, the City Council took a number of actions to help reduce a $400 million deficit, including reducing the number of overtime hours police officers can work.

Cooley declines to file charges against LAPD officers in MacArthur Park melee

Los Angeles County prosecutors Friday announced they will not file criminal charges against the officers who hit non-violent immigrant rights demonstrators in MacArthur Park two years ago.

LAPD Chief Bratton used 'force of personality' to lead

It’s the end of an era at the Los Angeles Police Department. One man dominated that era. Chief William Bratton transformed the department with his management skills and through force of personality.

A look at LAPD Chief William Bratton's legacy

Bill Bratton ends his high-profile and sometimes controversial run as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Saturday. Bratton transformed the long-troubled department and presided over a dramatic drop in crime.

Bratton and the LAPD: A look back

On Saturday, Bill Bratton ends his high-profile and sometimes controversial run as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has the first of three stories that examine Bratton’s imprint on the LAPD.

Mayor Villaraigosa begins interviewing LAPD chief candidates today: says it's his most important appointment

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa begins interviews with three finalists to succeed Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday. All are longtime LAPD insiders.

Beck, Moore, and McDonnell are finalists for LAPD chief

Veteran LAPD officers Charlie Beck, Michel Moore, and Jim McDonnell were named this evening as finalists to replace outgoing Chief William Bratton.

Top 3 Bratton replacement finalists to be announced

The L.A.police commission today is expected to release its top three finalists to replace Bill Bratton at the helm of the police department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze talks to Steve Julian about what happens next after the announcement.

LAPD headquarters opens: Bratton calls it most expensive in the nation

The Los Angeles Police Department formally opened its new headquarters Saturday.

Governor Schwarzenegger signs new ammunition law

Governor Schwarzenegger Thursday signed into law new restrictions on ammunition sales.