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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

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.

LAPD credits DNA in arrest of man in 1975 rape, murder

Los Angeles police Monday said DNA evidence led to the arrest of a 50-year-old man for a more than three-decade old murder.

He Bailed Himself Out

Bail bondsman Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with him near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A.

Doctor remembers Metrolink crash

One year ago Saturday, a Metrolink commuter train crashed in Chatsworth in the northern San Fernando Valley. Investigators believe the train ran a red light and slammed head-on into a Union Pacific Freight train. The crash – the worst in Metrolink history – killed 25 people and injured dozens more. Shortly after the crash, KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the man who helped lead the effort to save lives that day.

Court says judge should have allowed Asperger's defense in eco-terrorism case

A federal court has ruled that a Caltech student should have been able to refer to his Asperger’s syrdrome as a defense in a high-profile arson case. The court overturned William Cottrell’s conviction in the torching of dozens of SUVs at car dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley six years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says prosecutors at the time called the crime an act of eco-terrorism.

Police Commission in Reseda tonight to discuss new LAPD chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission continues its series of meetings Thursday to seek public comment on who should replace Bill Bratton as chief of the LAPD. Thursday's meeting is at the One Generation social services center in Reseda. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA gangster-turned-bail bondsman tells story

As Los Angeles searches for a new police chief, crime stands at historic lows in the city. But some neighborhoods remain dangerous places. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with one man near the 77th Street Police Station about the challenges of living in South L.A. Carlos Zamora left the gang life long ago, but he still faces peril when he navigates the streets.

New gang czar: history key to improving black-brown relations

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday named a new director of youth development and gang reduction. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA mayor names new gang czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday named Guillermo Cespedes as his new director of youth development and gang reduction.

'Clone' Chief Bratton, say some LA residents

South L.A. residents Thursday night debated LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's tunure, and whether the next chief should share his qualities. Bratton has announced his resignation, and the L.A. Police Commission is holding a series of meetings seeking the public's input on who should replace him. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on last night’s meeting in the Crenshaw District.

Mexican drug cartel has extensive network in Southern California

State Attorney General Jerry Brown Thursday announced the arrest of six men associated with the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports the busts happened in Southern California.

LA Police Commission seeks input on new chief

The Los Angeles Police Commission Wednesday convenes the first of a series of public meetings on who should succeed Bill Bratton as chief of police. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.