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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

Jury Decides Against Death Penalty in Metrolink Train Crash

A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday decided against the death penalty for the man it convicted of murder in a fatal Metrolink train crash three years ago. The crash killed 11 people and injured 180. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

IndyMac Customers Line Up to Withdraw Deposits from Pasadena Headquarters

Hundreds of customers lined up outside IndyMac branches throughout the Southland yesterday to withdraw their money. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over IndyMac after the cut-rate mortgage lender failed under the weight of rising foreclosures, falling home prices and tighter credit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to the IndyMac branch in Pasadena.

Hundreds Wait Hours to Withdraw IndyMac Funds

Hundreds of customers lined up outside IndyMac branches throughout the Southland Monday to withdraw their money from the failed financial institution. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over IndyMac after the cut-rate mortgage lender failed under the weight of rising foreclosures, falling home prices and tighter credit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited the IndyMac branch in Pasadena.

Gang Experts Criticize L.A. City's Anti-Gang Efforts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likes to say the city's crime rate is at historic lows. But gang crime continues to plague neighborhoods in South and East L.A., and in parts of the Northern San Fernando Valley. That makes it dangerous to walk some streets even during the day. KPCC's Frank Stoltze listened in on a discussion of the problem sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A.

Authorities Target Notorious Compton Gang

State and local law enforcement authorities have arrested two dozen members of one of Compton's most infamous gangs. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that Mob Piru gained national recognition along with gangster rap in the 1990s.

Parks to Stay Open Late

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday that eight city parks will stay open until midnight four days a week during the summer months. The mayor says he wants to provide a safe place for kids. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that as part of the program, the city is employing young people to reach out to their peers.

Feds Indict 70 Members of Local Gang, Launch Massive Raids

The federal government announced indictments against 70 members of a Los Angeles street gang Wednesday. The announcement followed pre-dawn raids on the Drew Street gang's neighborhood near Glassell Park, north of downtown. It was the sight of a major shootout just a few months ago. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says more than 500 local and federal law enforcement personnel were involved in the roundup.

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.