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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

Immigration authorities seize high powered guns from LA gang

Federal authorities Friday announced the seizure of a large cache of high-powered firearms in Southern California. It’s another example of how easy it is to get illegal weapons in the region.

Federal bust nets high-powered assault weapons from Bell Gardens gang

BELL GARDENS - The feds arrested nine members and associates of a Bell Gardens gang in a drug and weapons raid. One of the alleged gangsters claimed to be a hit man for a Mexican drug cartel, federal officials said today.

The race for California governor: Poizner says slash taxes

The California Republican Party opens its semi-annual convention Friday in Indian Wells, near Palm Springs. It’s an opportunity for the GOP rank and file to take a closer look at three candidates who seek the party’s nomination for governor next year. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has the last of our profiles of those candidates.

Debra Wong Yang confirmed for LAPD Commission

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday confirmed former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang as a member of the Police Commission. The mayor appointed Yang to the civilian panel, which sets policy for the LAPD.

The race for California governor: Tom Campbell

California Republicans gather this weekend for their semi-annual state party convention. Three candidates seek to represent the party in next year’s gubernatorial election. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with one of them at a coffee shop in Orange County this week.

Essel, Krekorian in LA City Council runoff

Former Paramount Pictures executive Christine Essel has forced a run-off in the race to represent parts of the San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles City Council.

Whitman may spend $150 million on governor's race

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman promised Tuesday she’d cut 40,000 state jobs if Californians elect her governor. Whitman made the statement as she formally announced she’s seeking the Republican nomination.

Former eBay CEO Whitman announces candidacy for governor today

Former eBay chief Meg Whitman formally announces her candidacy for governor today in Fullerton. She’ll launch a statewide radio ad campaign to promote her business experience, just in time for this weekend’s state Republican convention. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Whitman wants to lead a state party that, like the national party, is struggling with declining registration and competing philosophies.

LA city budget deal averts layoffs, furloughs - for now

The Los Angeles City Council and city labor unions have agreed on a budget plan that averts layoffs and furloughs - for now.

LA budget layoffs up for vote today

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday is expected to decide whether to go through with layoffs and mandatory unpaid furlough days to address a $400 million budget shortfall. Labor union leaders argue the city should enact an early retirement plan instead. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa names new homeland security chief

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday named a federal prosecutor as his deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA City Council begins process of layoffs, furloughs

The Los Angeles City Council, facing a $400 million budget deficit, voted to begin the process of laying off up to a thousand city workers and instituting mandatory unpaid furloughs. Council leaders stressed it was only an “insurance policy” in case they were unable to reach an agreement on an early retirement plan for 2,400 workers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA could cut 926 jobs in budget plan

Some 926 jobs could be cut and thousands of union employees could be required to take furloughs under a massive cost-cutting Los Angeles budget plan that the City Council agreed to unanimously this afternoon.

Proposed early retirement plan causes controversy in LA

The Los Angeles City Council met in an extraordinary seven hour closed-door session yesterday to address the city’s deepening financial crisis. City negotiators then met into the night with labor union leaders to discuss a controversial early retirement plan for 2,400 city workers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has been following the story. Frank tells Steve Julian why this early retirement plan is so controversial.

City of LA broke

Los Angeles city employees could face more layoffs and furloughs. The city council takes up the matter today. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has been following the story. Frank talks to Steve Julian and explains why the city of L.A. is so broke.