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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

2014 Election: The trouble with being a Calderon these days (Updated)

A brother and nephew of suspended State Senator Ron Calderon were both on Tuesday's ballot, but neither fared very well. Ian Calderon denied his uncle's woes affected him.

LA sheriff candidates on jail reform, pre-trial release

Many of L.A.'s prospective sheriffs agree on key issues, but there are important differences that voters should consider in the first open race for the position in nearly a century.

LA supervisors: HIV-positive and former addict, Duran is a rare candidate

The third district on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and most of the San Fernando Valley.

LA Supervisors candidates argue experience makes them best

Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl and John Duran — all Democrats in the race to represent the 3rd district — all argued during a debate that their resume makes them best qualified.

Tanaka remains lightning rod in LA Sheriff’s race

During one of the last debates of the campaign, Paul Tanaka's rivals accused the former second in command of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department of allowing misconduct. Is it just politics?

Jury deliberates in trial of deputy accused of thwarting FBI probe

Closing arguments came Tuesday in the case of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who says he was acting on the orders of higher-ups, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.

Activists call for citizen oversight of LA Sheriff

With deputies on trial for jail inmate abuse, allegations of racist policing and bad hiring practices, a community group proposes a solution.

Election 2014: Shriver, Kuehl clash over Westside subway

The candidates for LA County Supervisor debated the value of considering alternatives to the controversial plan to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School.

LA council president questions mayor's DWP union strategy

Herb Wesson says he'd like to see L.A.'s top officials — the mayor, city attorney and city controller — make more of an effort to negotiate with the powerful union.

LA NAACP vows to move beyond Sterling

The venerable civil rights organization held its annual dinner Thursday night. It originally was to include an honor for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

CA governor’s race: GOP candidates to debate Thursday

This may be the only time that State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and investment banker Neel Kashkari face each other before the June primary election.

MWD to spend more than $20M on seismic upgrades for its HQ

Officials say the Metropolitan Water District's 12-story downtown LA building is safe, but may not be functional after a major earthquake.

MWD staff urges HQ upgrade at cost of at least $20M

Metropolitan Water District staff say the agency needs to spend more than $90 million to have its headquarters meet code requirements for an "essential facility."

NAACP Riverside chapter award to DA Zellerbach stirring controversy

Some question honoring District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who faces a rocky re-election bid next month after allegedly tampering with his opponent's campaign signs.

LA sheriff’s race: Todd Rogers says his insider status is an asset

To another competition of sorts...for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's spot. One of the seven candidates running is currently an assistant sheriff. Todd Rogers says he's frustrated by the problems he sees -- and he's the man to fix them.