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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

Garcetti names LA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer

Matt Petersen, CEO of the national environmental advocacy group Global Green USA, is tasked with making the city greener.

Nury Martinez: City Council’s lack of women ‘embarrassing’

The new 6th district representative calls on her all-male colleagues to do more to get women in politics. She is the only elected woman in LA city government.

Garcetti promises tough negotiations with DWP labor union

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to hold down salaries at the Department of Water and Power during labor contract talks now under way.

LADWP changes sick day policy, requires doctor’s note

The general manager of the Department of Water and Power says a medical note will be required for workers who are off the job for more than two days.

Asian-American academy seeks to develop new political leaders

As Asian-Americans seek to exercise more political power in Southern California, one group is working to find new young leaders who might run for office or serve in government.

LA City Council approves Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to green light the proposed Millennium Tower project in Hollywood, despite a slew of last minute concerns about the seismic safety of the project.

Immigration rhetoric worries some California Republicans

As comprehensive immigration reform stalls in the U.S. House of Representatives, some Golden State Republicans back home are wringing their hands over the rhetoric they're hearing.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation asks judge to delay LA county audit

The court fight over the audit is the latest chapter in an ongoing battle between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the LA County Department of Public Health.

Can Secretary of State hopeful Pete Peterson help California's GOP?

Pete Peterson is a Republican with moderate views on social issues who says he wants to be California's "Chief Engagement Officer." Read his five-point plan to improve state government.

Zimmerman protests enter 4th night in downtown LA, Leimert Park

A protest organized by the ANSWER Coalition began at City Hall and moved on to other sites downtown, while Occupy LA planned a "bike bloc" in Leimert Park. No unrest has been reported.

Zimmerman protests: Mayor, LAPD chief call for peaceful demonstrations

Mayor Eric Garcetti says Martin case "will not ignite this city." Chief Beck says more police will be on the streets and South L.A. activists plan to monitor Crenshaw Boulevard Tuesday night.

Waxman to hold gun violence forum about Santa Monica shootings

The forum set for 10 a.m. Monday is entitled “Gun Violence, Mental Health and Community Recovery." The congressman held a similar one after the Newtown shootings.

Summer jobs for youth can be a life preserver

The city's Hire LA's Youth Program has plenty of success stories, but now offers a third as many jobs as it did four years ago.

Garcetti pledges a different approach to City Hall diversity

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he wants to look beyond simple labels like black, white, Latino and Asian-Pacific Islander in filling hundreds of city positions.

Garcetti says some LA city managers will go

Each L.A. city manager must submit a memo to the new mayor outlining their accomplishments and goals. Some won't survive the process.