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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

Cooley declines to file charges against LAPD officers in MacArthur Park melee

Los Angeles County prosecutors Friday announced they will not file criminal charges against the officers who hit non-violent immigrant rights demonstrators in MacArthur Park two years ago.

LAPD Chief Bratton used 'force of personality' to lead

It’s the end of an era at the Los Angeles Police Department. One man dominated that era. Chief William Bratton transformed the department with his management skills and through force of personality.

A look at LAPD Chief William Bratton's legacy

Bill Bratton ends his high-profile and sometimes controversial run as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Saturday. Bratton transformed the long-troubled department and presided over a dramatic drop in crime.

Bratton and the LAPD: A look back

On Saturday, Bill Bratton ends his high-profile and sometimes controversial run as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has the first of three stories that examine Bratton’s imprint on the LAPD.

Mayor Villaraigosa begins interviewing LAPD chief candidates today: says it's his most important appointment

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa begins interviews with three finalists to succeed Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday. All are longtime LAPD insiders.

Beck, Moore, and McDonnell are finalists for LAPD chief

Veteran LAPD officers Charlie Beck, Michel Moore, and Jim McDonnell were named this evening as finalists to replace outgoing Chief William Bratton.

Top 3 Bratton replacement finalists to be announced

The L.A.police commission today is expected to release its top three finalists to replace Bill Bratton at the helm of the police department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze talks to Steve Julian about what happens next after the announcement.

LAPD headquarters opens: Bratton calls it most expensive in the nation

The Los Angeles Police Department formally opened its new headquarters Saturday.

Governor Schwarzenegger signs new ammunition law

Governor Schwarzenegger Thursday signed into law new restrictions on ammunition sales.

New LA DWP chief says rate increases 'harsh truth' for cleaner energy

The newly appointed interim manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Wednesday promised to cut costs at the agency before raising rates for electricity and water - but he said rate increases are coming.

LAPD police furloughs avoided in tentative contract deal

The city of Los Angeles and the union that represents LAPD cops have reached a tentative contract, after months of sometimes tense talks.

Governor signs bill designating 'Harvey Milk' day

After he refused to support similar legislation last year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill Monday that designates May 22nd each year as a state day of recognition for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

LAPD Chief Bratton delivers emotional speech to new officers: 'I envy you'

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton Friday delivered an emotional speech at graduation ceremonies for the department's newest class of officers. Bratton leaves the LAPD at the end of the month.

LAPD promotes new terrorism watchdog program

Amid increasing concerns about home-grown terrorism, the Los Angeles Police Department has launched a new watchdog campaign. It encourages people to report suspicious activity that may be related to terrorism to the LAPD Web site or a new telephone hotline.

LA County DA pledges to prosecute medical marijuana distributors

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley apparently had tough words for medical marijuana dispensaries at a conference of narcotics officers in Montebello today. The Los Angeles Times quotes the DA as saying all of the county's hundreds of dispensaries are illegal, and that he intends to prosecute their operators. Later in the day, the D.A. sent out a toned down news release.