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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

Mayor promises to focus on job creation in second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was sworn in for a second, four-year term Wednesday KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

New LA City Controller promises audit of city finances

Wendy Greuel took the oath of office as Los Angeles city controller today. In a speech outside City Hall, the former councilwoman promised to bring transparency to the city’s finances.

Carmen Trutanich sworn in as new LA city attorney

San Pedro criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich was sworn in as Los Angeles city attorney today. Trutanich, who’s also a former gang prosecutor, promised to bring independence and integrity to the office during a speech on the south lawn of City Hall.

LA mayor sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa began his second four-year term today. The mayor addressed hundreds of people during swearing-in ceremonies on the south lawn of City Hall.

Villaraigosa sworn in for second term

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is sworn in today for a second four-year term. Steve Julian talks with KPCC's L.A. political reporter Frank Stoltze to discuss the biggest issues the mayor faces.

Prominent anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez denied bail

A federal judge denied bail Tuesday to a prominent Los Angeles anti-gang activist. Prosecutors allege that Alex Sanchez led a double life as a leader in the Mara Salvatrucha gang. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Some LA parks kept open until midght as part of Summer Night Lights

For a second summer, the city of Los Angeles will keep some of its parks and recreation centers open until midnight. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the “Summer Night Lights” program puts young people to work helping their peers stay out of trouble.

Summer gang reduction program hires at-risk kids

To help keep kids out of trouble this summer, the city of Los Angeles will keep some of its parks and recreation centers open until midnight. The city’s hired 160 young people to help run the program.

Michael Jackson fan remembers 'cool'

Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans gathered outside UCLA Medical Center Thursday to pay tribute to the pop icon.

Michael Jackson fans remember pop icon

Southern California fans of Michael Jackson gathered Thursday outside UCLA Medical Center – the hospital where the pop star died. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke to some of them as they mourned, and celebrated, the life of Michael Jackson.

San Fernando Valley Orange Line extension breaks ground

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday broke ground on a four-mile extension of the Orange Line in the western San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Prominent gang worker indicted

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday says a well-known gang intervention worker in Los Angeles is a leader in the Mara Salvatruch gang that operates west of downtown. Federal prosecutors accuse 37-year-old Alex Sanchez of conspiring to kill a rival, even as he served as executive director of a non-profit. Sanchez is one of 24 people named in the indictment, which says gang members planned to kill an LAPD detective that was giving them trouble. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Gang sweep in LA nabs anti-gang leader

Local and federal officials today announced indictments against two-dozen leaders and members of the notorious MS 13 street gang. One of the men in custody headed up a non-profit group that was supposed to fight gangs.

Villaraigosa bows out of governor's contest

After months of suggesting he might run for governor, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday announced he will not. Villaraigosa said he has unfinished work in L.A. – a city he described “in crisis.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Villaraigosa bows out of governor's race

Saying he has work to do in Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday bowed out of next year’s race for governor. He did so during an appearance on CNN, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.