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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

LA city council approves package of gun laws

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a package of laws intended to reduce the availability of illegal firearms. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that gun violence is down across the city, but it persists in some neighborhoods.

District Attorney Steve Cooley starts third term

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley was sworn in for a third term yesterday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says Cooley's the first D.A. in 70 years to win a third term in L.A. County.

New LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to be sworn in

Mark Ridley-Thomas will be sworn in as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today. The former state senator beat L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks for the second district seat in last month's elections. He's replacing Yvonne Burke. KPCC's Frank Stoltze sat down with Ridley-Thomas to talk about the job he's taking on.

LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke ends long political career

A long Southland political career ended on Tuesday. Yvonne Burke attended her last meeting as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says Burke achieved many firsts during her four decades in politics.

African-American newspaper hosts forum on Proposition 8

Fallout continues from the passage of Proposition 8, the measure on this month's ballot that banned same-gender marriage. During the weekend, the Los Angeles Sentinel - the region's leading black newspaper - convened a town hall on the issue. Blacks' overwhelming support of Prop 8 has generated angry protests from the opposing side. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Sylmar woman reflects on loss of home

Police today escorted occupants of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar back to their homes or to what was left of them. Almost 500 of the 600 homes in the park burned during the weekend. KPCC's Frank Stoltze brings us the story of one woman there who lost everything.

Fire victims talk about losing mobile homes

Police are expected to resume their house to house search today of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, where nearly 500 homes burned over the weekend. There are no reports of missing persons, but police say they're not absolutely sure everyone got out alive. Fire swept through the foothill village late Friday night and early Saturday morning. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with two residents who lost their homes.

Long-term gay couple talks about Proposition 8 passage

Gays and lesbians across the state are not sitting easily with the passage of Proposition 8 last week. California voters passed it 52 to 48 percent. Ken Pflueger and Sid Schwarz were among more than 12,000 people who showed up to a protest in Silver Lake during the weekend. The couple traveled from Simi Valley and spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Mormon woman explains support for Proposition 8

Several thousand people protested the passage of Proposition 8 on Thursday night outside the Mormon Temple in West Los Angeles. At the urging of their church, Mormons across the country contributed millions of dollars in support of the measure to ban same-sex marriage. Among the many protestors on Thursday, KPCC's Frank Stoltze found one woman who supported Proposition 8.

Kids speak out on gay marriage

Several thousand people protested the passage of Proposition 8 on Thursday night outside the Mormon Temple in West Los Angeles. One of the chief arguments in favor of Proposition 8 was that it would lead to the teaching of gay marriage in elementary schools, something the State Superintendent of schools denied. Thursday night's protest happened to fall directly in the path of a group of kids on their way home from a nearby elementary school. They spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Voters pick new LA county supervisor tomorrow

Voters in South Los Angeles, Compton, Carson, and Inglewood elect a new county supervisor on Tuesday. Two of the region's best-known African-Americans are running: former LAPD chief and current city councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger, four predecessors join in opposition to Proposition 5

Governor Schwarzenegger and his four predecessors announced their opposition to Proposition 5 yesterday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports it was a rare joint appearance by the last five California governors.

Proposition 6 would increase law enforcement spending, lengthen prison sentences

California voters face another get-tough-on-crime measure on next week's ballot. Proposition 6 would increase funding for law enforcement agencies and lengthen prison sentences for dozens of crimes. Supporters say it'll improve public safety. Opponents argue it's a draconian measure that promotes bad budgeting. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

L.A. city voters consider new tax for gang intervention programs

Southern California remains the gang capital of the world. Law enforcement officials estimate more than 100,000 mostly young adults claim membership in hundreds of gangs. Police have had some success in reducing gang violence. But they say they can't keep up with the constant flow of kids joining gangs. In the city of Los Angeles next week, voters will consider a new tax to pay for more gang prevention and intervention programs. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

New study suggests LAPD engages in racial profiling

For years, many black and Latino residents of Los Angeles have complained of racial profiling by police officers. They say police pull them over for little or no reason and harass them. LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says that may have happened in the past, but it doesn't happen on any systemic basis today. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a new study that suggests racial profiling remains a serious problem at the department.