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
The utility and its union jointly operate training institutes that are funded with taxpayer dollars. The battle continues over how the funds are spent.
L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.
If a judge issues an order as expected Tuesday, LA City Controller Ron Galperin can soon start digging through the books of two DWP-controlled safety and training institutes.
Former officials Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia were ordered to pay the city almost $9 million as part of their sentencing, but both are said to be broke.
A recent fight over reinstating affirmative action at California public universities has the community's political class debating the issue among themselves.
As home values go up again, so do property taxes. L.A. County will reassess 345,000 homes to provide additional revenue for discretionary spending.
"The county continues to emerge from an extremely difficult economic period," said LA County CEO Bill Fujioka. The board of supervisors must approve his budget.
The former second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. may be the best known candidate in the race to succeed Lee Baca, but he's also a lightening rod for criticism.
The right-leaning and sometimes provocative Breitbart News Network adds a focus on the Golden State and comes out of the gate blasting.
The influential group says he "will keep the county on the fiscally responsible track." An opponent's camp says this confirms Shriver "is the candidate of downtown business interests."
His rejection of spending limits puts a cap on donations to his campaign for supervisor, but committees working on his behalf can solicit unlimited gifts.
As L.A. County faces an influx of jail inmates under California's prison realignment plan, activists on Thursday night will ask sheriff candidates about solutions.
L.A. County Democrats on Wednesday announced endorsements in key local races, including what's expected to be an expensive battle for a coveted Board of Supervisors seat.
Bob Olmsted served in the Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, following in his father's footsteps. Now he's running for the top job, touting his role as a whistleblower.
In countywide races where voters don't know the candidates, endorsements can help. But organizational backing with money is more valuable.