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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

Michael Jackson fans remember pop icon

Southern California fans of Michael Jackson gathered Thursday outside UCLA Medical Center – the hospital where the pop star died. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke to some of them as they mourned, and celebrated, the life of Michael Jackson.

San Fernando Valley Orange Line extension breaks ground

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday broke ground on a four-mile extension of the Orange Line in the western San Fernando Valley. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Prominent gang worker indicted

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday says a well-known gang intervention worker in Los Angeles is a leader in the Mara Salvatruch gang that operates west of downtown. Federal prosecutors accuse 37-year-old Alex Sanchez of conspiring to kill a rival, even as he served as executive director of a non-profit. Sanchez is one of 24 people named in the indictment, which says gang members planned to kill an LAPD detective that was giving them trouble. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Gang sweep in LA nabs anti-gang leader

Local and federal officials today announced indictments against two-dozen leaders and members of the notorious MS 13 street gang. One of the men in custody headed up a non-profit group that was supposed to fight gangs.

Villaraigosa bows out of governor's contest

After months of suggesting he might run for governor, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday announced he will not. Villaraigosa said he has unfinished work in L.A. – a city he described “in crisis.” KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Villaraigosa bows out of governor's race

Saying he has work to do in Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Monday bowed out of next year’s race for governor. He did so during an appearance on CNN, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA City Council closes pot shop loophole

The Los Angeles City Council today voted to close a loophole that allowed the number of medical marijuana stores in the city to grow to nearly 600.

LA moves to close pot stores

The Los Angeles City Council Friday closed a loophole that allowed an explosion in the number of pot stores. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LA County installs automated 911 alert call system

Los Angeles County Thursday launched an emergency automated 911 alert call system. The system automatically connects to each of the county’s 7 million landlines, and can be expanded to include cell phones. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Court upholds LAPD policy on immigration stops

An appeals court has upheld a controversial Los Angeles city policy that prohibits police from stopping people solely based on their suspected immigration status. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Pellicano pleads not guilty to threatening journalist

Former Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he hired someone to threaten a newspaper reporter. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Judge skeptical of lifting LAPD consent decree

A federal judge in Los Angeles Monday said he’s reluctant to relax federal oversight of the LAPD. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Judge considers relaxing federal oversight of LAPD

A federal judge today expressed skepticism about relaxing oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD makes plans for Lakers parade, possible celebration at Coliseum

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton says he’s working with the Lakers to make sure Wednesday’s celebration of their NBA championship goes smoothly. The Lakers plan a parade, and possibly a rally, at the Coliseum.

LAPD wants out of federal oversight

The city of Los Angeles asks a judge Monday to end federal monitoring of the LAPD. The city argues that the department’s reformed its ways following a series of scandals and high profile beatings, and no longer needs the federal government looking over its shoulder. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.