Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
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
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.
Los Angeles Police officials Tuesday promised to improve purchasing procedures after an audit found the department bungled millions of dollars in purchases.
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.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal that would require microchipping dogs and cats people take home from city animal shelters.
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.
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.
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.
The budget crisis in Los Angeles may force the city’s police department to cancel January classes for new recruits.
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.
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 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.)
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.)
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.
A Los Angeles City Council committee that reviewed gang prevention and intervention programs says the mayor's office provides too little transparency.
For the third week in a row, the Los Angeles City Council will attempt to pass a new ordinance that regulates medical marijuana dispensaries.