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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

FBI director honors Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

FBI Director Robert Mueller Monday honored Efrem Zimbalist Jr. The actor portrayed Inspector Lewis Erskine in the old “FBI” TV series. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LAPD detective arrested for murder

Grim-faced LAPD officials announced the arrest of one of their own for murder Friday. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was a patrol officer when she allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend’s wife 23 years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on her extraordinary arrest at police headquarters.

LA County bracing for big cuts in state funding

Los Angeles County government could lose more than $1 billion under the governor’s plan to close the state’s budget deficit. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA County says elimination of CalWORKS could jeopardize federal stimulus dollars

Los Angeles County officials say the elimination of the state’s CalWORKS welfare program would jeopardize more than $150 million in federal stimulus money.

LA City Council moves to end bike license requirements

The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously voted to end bicycle licensing in the city.

LA City Councilman Alarcon wants to establish banking districts

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon is pushing the city to establish banking districts throughout L.A. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the idea is to encourage banks to open branches in poor neighborhoods.

Anti-Villaraigosa sentiment apparent in Trutanich victory

The election of Carmen Trutanich as Los Angeles City Attorney signals more than the arrival of a newcomer to city politics. It marks the defeat of one of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's closest allies. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that an anti-Villaraigosa sentiment was clearly in evidence during the campaign.

Governor urges voters to approve propositions

Governor Schwarzenegger and Speaker of the State Assembly Karen Bass were in South Los Angeles on Sunday. Both were looking for voters to support Propositions 1A through 1F on Tuesday's ballot. The six measures would raise taxes, expand the lottery, and shift mental health and child development funding to help address California's gaping budget deficit. They would also place a cap on future spending, and create a "rainy day" reserve. KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with the state's top Republican and top Democrat.

LA voters to choose new city attorney

A newcomer to Los Angeles politics hopes to upset a City Hall insider in Tuesday's election for city attorney. Defense lawyer Carmen Trutanich faces Westside City Councilman Jack Weiss in a race the legal community is closely watching. The city attorney plays a key role in L.A., issuing legal advice to elected officials and departments and a range of issues from development to policing and representing the city in legal matters. The job can also be a stepping stone to higher office. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Chu and Cedillo face off in race to replace former congresswoman Solis

Next week's congressional election in the San Gabriel Valley is a test of the political strength of a longtime Asian-American politician in a majority Latino district. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Judy Chu faces State Senator Gil Cedillo in the race to replace Hilda Solis, who resigned the seat to become President Obama's labor secretary. Both are Democrats, and both call themselves cross-racial candidates. KPCC's Frank Stoltze takes a look at the two candidates for the rare open congressional seat.

Young congressional candidate takes a cue from the Obama campaign

A 26-year-old congressional candidate from East Los Angeles is borrowing some pages from President Obama's campaign in his bid to upset two veteran politicians in the race. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that the campaign of Democrat Emanuel Pleitez has attracted enthusiastic young supporters from around the country.

Santa Barbara's Jesusita Fire impacts local animals

Not only have people been affected by the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, but animals as well. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze and gives us scope of the latest details on the conditions of the fire.

Fire truck breaks down in midst of Santa Barbara fire

It's day four as firefighters continue to battle the flames of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze is at the scene as one of the fire trucks breaks down.

Helicopters used to fight Santa Barbara's Jesusita Fire

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Frank Stoltze as he joins us from a refilling station for helicopters on the western flank of the fire line of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.

More evacuations ordered in Santa Barbara as fire spreads overnight

The fire in the Santa Barbara foothills has grown to 3,500 acres and 20,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is in Santa Barbara and spoke with one firefighter who helped to battle the fire overnight.