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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

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.

Recall drive fails against Assemblyman Adams, who voted to raise taxes

The drive to recall Republican State Assemblyman Anthony Adams over his vote to increase taxes has failed. His district runs from La Canada to Hesperia.

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.