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
Los Angeles County faces new budget problems. Today, county supervisors consider shifting $35 million from a reserve fund to cover an immediate budget shortfall. That shortfall's only expected to grow as tax revenues fall and more people seek help from the county during tough economic times. Next year, supervisors face at least a $173 million budget gap. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky spoke with KPCC yesterday about L.A. County's money problems.
It was an Inauguration, not a coronation. In offices, church auditoriums, schools, and transitional shelters, President Obama's swearing in today drew attention from people across the social and political spectrum. KPCC's Frank Stoltze begins our survey of the way people throughout the Southland responded to the 44th President of the United States.
It's hard to imagine Pastor Rick Warren's profile growing any larger. Warren heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, one of the largest congregations in the United States. He's written a best-selling Christian devotional. But on Tuesday, his audience will expand even more when he delivers the official prayer at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington D.C. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has this profile of the minister.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has waded into Middle East politics. He's publicly sided with Israel in its assault on Gaza. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Most people who lived in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar lost their homes in one of the worst fires in Los Angeles history. Then they found out they didn't carry enough homeowners insurance to rebuild. Tomorrow at noon, KPCC's Off-Ramp airs "The Ashes of Oakridge," a documentary on the fire that destroyed Oakridge. As part of that documentary, KPCC's Frank Stoltze considered the problem of under-insurance.
For the rest of the week, culminating with a documentary on Saturday's "Off-Ramp," KPCC is taking a special look at Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Oakridge in Sylmar was devastated in the November wildfires. Of the 600 homes in the park, 482 burned to the ground. Oakridge was not your standard mobile home park. For one thing, as KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports, its roots go deep into Western History.
Several protests against Israel's attacks on Gaza took place in the Southland today. Area Muslim leaders described the situation as "barbaric." They also announced a campaign to raise money for humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
A recent Gallup survey ranks Muslims as the least trusted religious group in America. That can make it tough to grow up faithful to Islam. But when KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with a group of kids at the Muslim Public Affairs Council convention in Long Beach, they told him their lives are pretty much like those of other kids.
Most people aren't at work today. There's one notable exception: taxi drivers. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with two drivers in Hollywood, Robert Zamanian and Vasgen Ouzounian, about their hopes for the holiday, and about what it's like to spend their days and nights behind the wheel in LA.
The Reverend Rick Warren was the featured speaker this weekend at a Muslim conference in Long Beach. President-elect Obama has invited the evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. That's angered many gays and lesbians. Warren briefly addressed that issue and reached out to Muslims in what was billed as his first major address to a Muslim audience. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.