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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

2 indicted for faking funerals, collecting insurance

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two women for cashing life insurance policies on people who’d never lived. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Governor Schwarzenegger asks for federal stimulus money for education

Governor Schwarzenegger today asked the federal government for $5 billion in stimulus money for education. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the governor hopes to reduce the number of teacher layoffs in California.

Couple faces one-two-three punch in bad economy

Tens of thousands of Southern Californians have lost their jobs this past year. Economists predict that the number will reach into the hundreds of thousands by December. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that some families have faced a double whammy.

LAPD cop sentenced for insurance fraud, filing false report

A Los Angeles judge today sentenced former veteran LAPD officer Anthony Razo to a year in jail. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Razo had pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, and to filing a false police report, in a closely watched case at the department.

LA county supervisors request federal government relax welfare rules

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked the federal government to relax eligibility requirements for welfare recipients. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Mayor Villaraigosa proposes cutbacks for city employees to avoid layoffs

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said the city will have to lay off nearly 3,000 employees, unless those workers agree to forgo pay raises. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says that’s not all the mayor wants from L.A.’s 40,000 city workers.

Mayor Villaraigosa says city faces layoffs unless employees agree to cutbacks

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city will be forced to lay off thousands of workers unless employees agree to cutbacks in pay and benefits. Los Angeles faces plummeting tax revenues and a projected $530 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

Schwarzenegger appoints LA City Controller Chick to audit federal stimulus money

Governor Schwarzenegger today appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the newly created position of state inspector general. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports her job will be to watchdog California’s share of federal stimulus dollars.

Police arrest suspect in hit and run of USC student

Los Angeles Police say they’ve arrested the driver in the hit-and-run death of a USC freshman. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says police have not yet named the suspect or arrested two passengers in the car.

Police union endorses Trutanich for city attorney

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers today announced its endorsement of Carmen Trutanich for City Attorney. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that it’s important backing for any candidate running to serve as the city’s chief prosecutor.

LAPD chief criticizes Obama administration marijuana raid decision

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is criticizing President Obama’s decision to curb federal raids on marijuana clinics. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Human rights group criticizes L.A. police agencies over untested rape kits

An international human rights group reports that police agencies in Los Angeles County often fail to test DNA evidence in rape cases. The Human Rights Watch report says the problem extends far beyond the LAPD and Sheriff's Department, as previously reported. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more, but a warning: this report contains graphic descriptions.

Longtime LAPD shoeshine man dies

Family, friends, and LAPD officers today gathered to remember the longtime shoeshine man who'd worked at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that for more than two decades, David Briggs was a fixture at Parker Center - shining the shoes of everyone, from chiefs to rookies.

California Supreme Court hears Proposition 8 challenges

The California Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in three lawsuits challenging Proposition 8, the voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Gay rights lawyers faced tough questions from the justices, who expressed a reluctance to overturn the will of voters. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

California Supreme Court to hear arguments on Prop 8

The California Supreme Court tomorrow hears arguments on three lawsuits to overturn Proposition 8, the voter-approved November measure that bans same-sex marriage. The case is one of the most closely watched in state history. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the court's decision will also be watched by the rest of the country.