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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

Gap in law leaves many LA high-rises without sprinkler system

City law exempts pre-1974 high-rise residences from having sprinklers. Fire officials say this is bad policy. The condo industry says the cost doesn't match the risk.

'Dumb Starbucks': The real Starbucks says it is 'looking into it'

As dozens lined up for more coffee on Sunday, a local legal expert says it may not be easy to force it to close. And L.A. city leaders did not seem too concerned about it.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Many Russian speakers watch with pride

Many in Southern California's Russian speaking community – some of whom lived in the old Soviet Union – are watching the games with great interest.

US Attorney issues another indictment against Sheriff's Dept. (Updated)

Two more sheriff’s deputies are accused of beating an inmate in a 2009 incident that a jail chaplain says he witnessed. Thirteen other deputies were indicted in December.

ACLU sues over cross symbol on official LA County seal

For a half-century, the county's official seal included a religious cross. In 2004, the Board of Supervisors voted to remove. Now, its return is being challenged.

The money race begins in LA Sheriff’s contest

Most candidates have only begun to raise money in the first competitive race for LA County Sheriff since 1998, when Lee Baca beat Sherman Block.

The power of Henry Waxman’s gavel and questions

Known for high profile and sometimes confrontative hearings, the retiring LA Congressman leaves a legacy of big legislative wins.

Baca's longtime PIO reveres his boss, remembers his own days as 'young punk'

KPCC's Frank Stoltze: "You know, you could be a little mean at times." Sheriff's PIO Steve Whitmore: "That's very true, and I apologize for that."

LA County Interim Sheriff John Scott will not be a 'placeholder'

Scott pledged to address some of the problems that have led to recent scandals within one of the country's largest law enforcement agencies. He is expected to start on Thursday.

OC Undersheriff John Scott replaces retiring LA County Sheriff Baca (Updated)

Scott retired from the LA County Sheriff's Department, where he rose through the ranks to run the jails. He pledges that the reforms that are underway to clean up the troubled department will continue.

LA sheriff’s race: Can an outsider overcome tradition?

L.A. County Sheriffs have come from within the department for the past century. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell wants to change history.

Jim Hellmold makes it official, he’s running for LA Sheriff

The 25-year department veteran, one of four assistant sheriffs, says he is best suited to implement reforms at the troubled agency.

City receives list of buildings possibly at risk in a quake

The list does not specifically identify buildings at risk but rather the types of buildings that could be vulnerable.

Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell running for LA County Sheriff

McDonnell joins five other declared candidates in the race to replace Sheriff Lee Baca, who is retiring at the end of January amid a myriad of problems at the department.

In race to replace Yaroslavsky, Greuel is out, Shriver is in

With Wendy Greuel deciding against a run, the battle could be between two Westside liberals, Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, for the LA County supervisor seat.