Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
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
This year marks the 10th anniversary of neighborhood councils in Los Angeles. Voters created the councils to give Angelenos a greater say in government, and to cool secession fever in the San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with the head of L.A.’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment about whether the initiative is working.
The family of a Los Angeles woman with terminal cancer asked the governor Tuesday to release her from prison. Deborah Peagler’s spent a quarter century behind bars for her role in the murder of an abusive boyfriend. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Federal officials said Monday they failed to account for the deaths of 10 immigrants in their custody. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the news surfaced as the new head of the federal immigration agency visits Southern California.
The new head of the federal immigration enforcement agency is visiting Southern California.
LA Police Chief Bill Bratton announced his resignation today. The Los Angeles Times reports that he plans to assume the top job at a private security firm.
Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger put on hold his plan to reduce the state’s prison population. Republican leaders had threatened to torpedo the budget deal if he didn’t. Lawmakers have agreed to consider the plan again in a few weeks. It’s expected to face stiff opposition, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
The Obama administration has tapped Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan for a top job at the federal Department of Homeland Security. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Alikhan immediately becomes one of the administration’s highest-profile Muslims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the chorus of local government leaders criticizing the state budget deal.
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.
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.
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.