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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

40 years later: Remembering Tom Bradley's pivotal election

Beginning with his 1973 victory, he ushered in a new era of multi-racial coalition politics in Los Angeles.

LA releases list of authorized marijuana dispensaries

Under Measure D, which voters approved in May, 134 pot shops can operate in the city, but the U.S. Attorney says they are still subject to prosecution.

LAPD report: department was 'just' in firing Dorner

Ex-cop Christopher Dorner allegedly murdered four people in revenge for his firing, prompting a massive manhunt that ended with his apparent suicide. (You can view the full report here.)

Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 'I want to run for governor'

Outgoing Mayor Villaraigosa tells Larry Mantle what's next for him in his career, and he hints at a future run for governor of California.

Federally funded summer jobs are scarce in Southern Calif.

Most money for summer jobs programs at places like the L.A. Conservation Corp, Urban League and parks departments come from federal dollars. But a lot of that funding is gone.

Social workers called to home a year before toddler died

Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man for murder in the death of his 21-month-old son in Baldwin Park. Social workers had visited the home previously.

Ridley-Thomas wants blue ribbon panel on LA child protection

Amid new concerns L.A. County fails to protect children from physically abusive parents, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to form a reform commission.

FBI raids offices of Calif. state Sen. Ron Calderon (updated)

The FBI searched the offices of the senator whose district includes Montebello. Contrary to earlier reports, the Latino Caucus denies its offices were searched.

SoCal police hail high court ruling on DNA

Law enforcement officials laud US Supreme Court decision that allows the collection of DNA from people arrested – but not yet convicted – of felonies.

Eric Garcetti names director for mayoral transition

Rich Llewellyn was Garcetti's first city council chief of staff and also served as Special Counsel to the mayor-elect's father when he was district attorney

What’s the future of LA’s marijuana dispensaries?

With voters approving Measure D, hundreds of marijuana dispensaries must close in L.A. But a legal challenge is possible.

UPDATE: Eric Garcetti elected mayor of Los Angeles; Greuel concedes

The three-term City Councilman defeats his former council colleague and present city controller Wendy Greuel by 54 to 46 percent. Greuel conceded Wednesday morning.

#DearMayor: The 7 issues you want LA's new mayor to address

Mr. Garcetti, here’s what KPCC's audience told us are their top priorities for you to tackle first.

LA voters opt to limit marijuana dispensaries

City law will now only allow 135 pot shops to operate in the city limits, instead of the unlimited number sought by a rival ballot measure.

LA Mayor’s Race: furious final weekend for Garcetti, Greuel

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel face one final, frenetic weekend of campaigning in their contest to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.