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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

Michael Jackson reportedly died of lethal propofol injection

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that records show Michael Jackson died of lethal levels of a powerful anesthetic. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA city attorney seeks injunctions against taggers

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich Monday defended his plan to seek injunctions against graffiti tagging crews. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Get Tough on Crime Plays Better at Election Time

Filling in for Patt was great. The producers make it easy. This prison reform business is so frustrating. Republican State Senator George Runner – author of numerous laws that locked up more people for longer – strongly objects to the governor’s plan to reduce the prison population.

Family asks governor for release of terminally ill woman

The family of a terminally ill Los Angeles woman is pleading with Governor Schwarzenegger to release her from prison so she may die at home. The case raises key issues facing the prison system, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA neighborhood councils celebrate 10 year anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles. Voters created the councils to give Angelenos a greater say in government, and to cool secession fever in the San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the head of L.A.’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment about whether the initiative is working.

Family pleads for terminally ill woman's release from prison

The family of a Los Angeles woman with terminal cancer asked the governor Tuesday to release her from prison. Deborah Peagler’s spent a quarter century behind bars for her role in the murder of an abusive boyfriend. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Obama's new immigration chief visits Southern California

Federal officials said Monday they failed to account for the deaths of 10 immigrants in their custody. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the news surfaced as the new head of the federal immigration agency visits Southern California.

ICE secretary visits LA, promises expanded deportations

The new head of the federal immigration enforcement agency is visiting Southern California.

LAPD chief Bratton leaves job for private-sector position

LA Police Chief Bill Bratton announced his resignation today. The Los Angeles Times reports that he plans to assume the top job at a private security firm.

Police divided over prison plan

Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger put on hold his plan to reduce the state’s prison population. Republican leaders had threatened to torpedo the budget deal if he didn’t. Lawmakers have agreed to consider the plan again in a few weeks. It’s expected to face stiff opposition, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Obama Administration taps Southland Muslim for top post

The Obama administration has tapped Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan for a top job at the federal Department of Homeland Security. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Alikhan immediately becomes one of the administration’s highest-profile Muslims.

State budget deal threatens affordable housing development

Developers of affordable housing in Southern California are joining the many critics of the state budget deal. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says that under the spending plan, they could lose an important funding source.

California mayors blast budget deal, promise legal challenge

Mayors of several California cities lashed out at the state budget deal Thursday. They said the agreement will force them to drastically cut government services. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Budget deal threatens redevelopment across California

Community redevelopment agencies throughout Southern California warn that the proposed state budget deal would hinder or even stop new projects. Under the deal, the state would seize nearly $2 billion in property tax revenue that would have gone into redeveloping blighted areas around California. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA supervisors support Wagner concert, despite objections

Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday voted three-to-one to support the L.A. Opera’s planned production of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle next year. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.