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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

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.

Medical marijuana store owner sentenced to prison

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Morro Bay man to a year in prison for operating a medical marijuana store. Its the first to come up since the Obama Administration indicated it would end federal raids on marijuana dispensaries. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on the story of Charles Lynch.

LA city workers protest furloughs

Los Angeles city workers Tuesday protested planned furloughs to address the city’s budget gap. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA pot stores under scrutiny

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday voted to reduce the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

FBI director honors Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

FBI Director Robert Mueller Monday honored Efrem Zimbalist Jr. The actor portrayed Inspector Lewis Erskine in the old “FBI” TV series. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LAPD detective arrested for murder

Grim-faced LAPD officials announced the arrest of one of their own for murder Friday. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was a patrol officer when she allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend’s wife 23 years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on her extraordinary arrest at police headquarters.

LA County bracing for big cuts in state funding

Los Angeles County government could lose more than $1 billion under the governor’s plan to close the state’s budget deficit. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA County says elimination of CalWORKS could jeopardize federal stimulus dollars

Los Angeles County officials say the elimination of the state’s CalWORKS welfare program would jeopardize more than $150 million in federal stimulus money.

LA City Council moves to end bike license requirements

The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously voted to end bicycle licensing in the city.

LA City Councilman Alarcon wants to establish banking districts

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon is pushing the city to establish banking districts throughout L.A. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the idea is to encourage banks to open branches in poor neighborhoods.

Anti-Villaraigosa sentiment apparent in Trutanich victory

The election of Carmen Trutanich as Los Angeles City Attorney signals more than the arrival of a newcomer to city politics. It marks the defeat of one of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's closest allies. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that an anti-Villaraigosa sentiment was clearly in evidence during the campaign.

Governor urges voters to approve propositions

Governor Schwarzenegger and Speaker of the State Assembly Karen Bass were in South Los Angeles on Sunday. Both were looking for voters to support Propositions 1A through 1F on Tuesday's ballot. The six measures would raise taxes, expand the lottery, and shift mental health and child development funding to help address California's gaping budget deficit. They would also place a cap on future spending, and create a "rainy day" reserve. KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with the state's top Republican and top Democrat.

LA voters to choose new city attorney

A newcomer to Los Angeles politics hopes to upset a City Hall insider in Tuesday's election for city attorney. Defense lawyer Carmen Trutanich faces Westside City Councilman Jack Weiss in a race the legal community is closely watching. The city attorney plays a key role in L.A., issuing legal advice to elected officials and departments and a range of issues from development to policing and representing the city in legal matters. The job can also be a stepping stone to higher office. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.