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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

McCain Visits Santa Barbara to Tout Energy Policies

Republican presidential candidate John McCain visited Santa Barbara Tuesday. At the city's natural history museum he touted his environmental platform. The Arizona senator also ran into stiff criticism of his support for lifting a decades-old federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Longtime L.A. Activist Don White Dies at 70

Longtime Los Angeles political activist Don White has died. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that White was a fixture in progressive movements for more than three decades.

Advocates Prepare to Battle Over Ballot Measure Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Voters will decide in November whether same-sex marriage is constitutional. Frank Stoltze says it's likely to be one of the most provocative and divisive fights in state history.

Gay Marriage Forum Attracts Hundreds

Gays and lesbians peppered Los Angeles County's Clerk-Recorder with questions about how to get married at a forum in Hollywood Thursday night. Clerk Dean Logan predicts that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people will take advantage of the first day of legal same-sex marriage in California next Tuesday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Plastic Balls Will Protect Reservoir from Cancer-Causing Substance

Utility crews on Monday dumped the first batch of about three million plastic balls into Ivanhoe Reservoir in Silver Lake. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the balls will help prevent the development of a cancer-causing chemical.

Parks, Ridley-Thomas Headed for Runoff in LA County Supervisor's Race

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas are headed for a runoff in November. Neither got a majority of votes for county supervisor. Ridley-Thomas fell shy at 45%; Parks received 40%. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

'Instant Runoff' Proposal Would Do Away With Some Runoff Elections in LA

The idea of "instant runoff" voting appears to be gaining steam in Los Angeles. The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and the League of Women Voters want change: a proposal would eliminate runoff elections in non-partisan races in several categories. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Cooley Seeks Third Term as District Attorney

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is up for re-election. He faces two little-known and under-funded opponents, and he's expected to easily win re-election tomorrow. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a D.A. that law enforcement loves.

LA County Supervisor Second District Race Down to the Wire

Voters in South Los Angeles, Compton, Carson and Inglewood go to the polls tomorrow to vote for a new county supervisor. Two of the region's best-known African Americans want the open seat: former LAPD Chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas. Both are Democrats, but it's a non-partisan race. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that doesn't begin to describe the complexities of this campaign.

McCain Raises Money in Los Angeles

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain spoke with reporters at the Beverly Hilton before a Bel Air Fundraiser. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there and told KPCC's Shirley Jahad what Senator McCain discussed, including the recent California ruling on same sex marriage and the Iraq War.

Children in Violent Neighborhoods Can Suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most people who know about it associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with soldiers coming home from war or with adults who've suffered severe trauma, like rape. But mental health professionals worry more and more that kids who grow up in violent neighborhoods suffer from some level of PTSD. As part of KPCC's focus on mental health issues, Frank Stoltze reports on gang violence and post traumatic stress.

Inglewood Police Release Audio Communications in Police Shooting

Inglewood police on Wednesday released the sound captured early Sunday morning when officers shot and killed an unarmed man. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

Inglewood Police Chief Addresses Officer Involved Shooting

Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks spoke publicly yesterday about the killing of an unarmed man by two of her officers early Sunday morning. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the chief also tried to explain what happened.

Governor, Assembly Speaker Promote Dueling Redistricting Measures

Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday helped hand in more than enough signatures to place a redistricting initiative on the November ballot. He did so on the same day outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez introduced his own measure. Nunez wants the legislature to place his idea on the ballot this fall too. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says both measures are designed to end the practice of state legislators drawing the boundaries of their own districts.

Thousands March in L.A. for Immigration Reform

A mostly Latino crowd of thousands took part in several marches in Los Angeles on Thursday. The protesters called for immigration reform, amnesty, and an end to workplace raids by federal immigration agents. The protest took place a year to the day after much larger protests in L.A. ended in violence. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Frank Stoltze followed this year's demonstrations.