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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

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.

LA mayor joins chorus blasting state budget deal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the chorus of local government leaders criticizing the state budget deal.

LA fire union official warns of deaths from budget cuts

The head of the Los Angeles city firefighters union has warned that people could die as a result of the mayor’s plan to reduce fire department operations.

State budget slashes local funding

Local government leaders throughout Southern California say the governor and state legislators are balancing the state’s budget on the backs of cities and counties. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more on their concern that under the budget deal announced Monday night, municipalities would lose billions of dollars.

LA County supervisors vote to divest in Iran

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked the county’s pension fund to divest its holdings from energy companies that do business in Iran.

LAPD Chief Bratton lashes out at ACLU

Los Angeles city officials Monday hailed a judge’s decision on Friday to lift most federal oversight of the LAPD. The police chief, meantime, bristled at suggestion his department engages in racial profiling. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Local leaders decry state budget deal

Local government leaders throughout the Southland warn of service cutbacks if the state goes through with proposed budget cuts.

Group campaigns for California constitutional convention

A group called Repair California is campaigning for a state constitutional convention to address myriad problems facing the golden state. One of the group's biggest backers is the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco based business group that includes Google. Governor Schwarzenegger is said to back the effort too. Repair California is holding a series of town halls across California, the latest in Los Angeles this weekend. John Grubb spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Group holds town halls to promote constitutional convention

The Repair California organization brings its campaign for a state constitutional convention to Los Angeles this weekend.

LA cuts funding for well-known anti-gang program

The city of Los Angeles has decided to withdraw funding from a well-known anti-gang organization in South L.A. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Father Boyle talks tough as economy hits Homeboy

L.A.'s Homeboy Industries, which gets gang members out of gangs by giving them jobs, has taken some big funding hits. In a very frank interview for Off-Ramp, Homeboy's founder, Father Greg Boyle, told KPCC's Frank Stoltze he may have to kiss goodbye a huge amount of money the state owes Homeboy. Boyle also calls out the city and county for using Homeboy's services, like tattoo removal, without paying for them. He told Frank he's worried Homeboy may have to cut back on some of its services if it can't raise more money.

Presiding judge discusses court closings

Most functions of Los Angeles County superior courts closed down Wednesday. Because of likely state budget cuts, Presiding Judge Tim McCoy ordered the court’s employees to take the day off without pay on the third Wednesday of each month. The court’s only handling emergencies, like requests for restraining orders in domestic violence cases. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, McCoy said L.A. County has the largest local court system in the country.