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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

Mayors' Conference Focuses on Tourism

The U.S. Conference of Mayors wraps up its annual meeting in Los Angeles today. One of the issues the mayors have focused on is declining international tourism. Many mayors have blamed Bush Administration security policies for fewer foreign visitors to their cities.

Bratton Reappointed for Five More Years

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Tuesday won a second five-year term as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. The Police Commission's choice marks the first time an LAPD chief has won a second term since voters approved term limits in the wake of the Rodney King beating. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

L.A. Mayor Appoints Gang Czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed an evangelical minister as his first director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs Wednesday. Jeff Carr will lead the effort to improve gang prevention and intervention programs. Most observers agree that has to happen to achieve a lasting reduction in LA gang violence.

Bangladeshi Man Gives Up Appeals, Will Be Deported

A Bangladeshi man who's lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade has given up his fight against deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. The case has gripped the Bangladeshi community in Southern California because it involves the assassination of that country's revered first president. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

ER Death May Prompt King-Harbor Hospital Closure

Los Angeles County Supervisors are once again considering the possibility of closing King-Harbor Hospital in South LA. The problem-plagued facility faces a major federal inspection next month, amid more horrifying cases of patient neglect. If that inspection fails, the federal government would likely yank the funding needed to keep the hospital open.

Judge Hears Plea from Bangladeshi Man Facing Deportation

A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another cliffhanger effort to stop his deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. Federal authorities say he's a terrorist.

120+ Illegal Immigrant Gangsters Arrested in Southern California

Federal authorities Wednesday announced they've rounded up a significant number of illegal immigrant gang members in Southern California during the last three months. They said they've arrested more than 120 alleged foreign national gang members from Lompoc to Hemet.

Judge Hears Plea from Bangladeshi Facing Deportation

A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another last-minute effort to stop his deportation. Mohiuddin Ahmed faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he didn't commit. Federal authorities label him a terrorist.

Bangladeshi Man Faces Imminent Deportation

A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles may be deported as early as Thursday night, now that he has exhausted his legal appeals. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for his part in a 1975 coup that resulted in the assassination of the country's first president. He says he played a minor role in the coup.

Bratton Delivers Preliminary Report on May 1st Incident

Today, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers a preliminary report on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park to the Los Angeles City Council. Yesterday, he presented the report to the Police Commission. The chief blamed, in part, a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. Commissioners were far from satisfied. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Bratton Gives Preliminary Report to City Council

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton presented his preliminary report on the May Day melee in MacArthur Park to the City Council today. Council members asked plenty of questions, and urged the chief to be transparent in his inquiry. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Officers Discuss LAPD Culture and MacArthur Park Incident

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers his first report Tuesday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. He'll make a presentation to the Police Commission on the progress of investigations. Video shows officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The incident left some wondering whether the LAPD has changed much under federally mandated reforms. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Chief Bratton Issues Preliminary Report on May 1st Incident

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivered a preliminary report Monday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. Bratton in part blamed a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The chief made his presentation to the civilian Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.

Richardson Makes It Official in LA

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson provided more evidence Monday of how California may play a key role in next year's presidential primaries. Richardson chose Los Angeles to formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, taking aim at the state's earlier primary and large Latino population. If elected, Richardson would become the first Latino president in U.S. history.

Kaiser settles homeless 'dumping' case

Kaiser Permanente has reached a settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney over alleged homeless patient dumping on Downtown's Skid Row. The nation's largest HMO has agreed to re-vamp the way discharges homeless people in what some observers call a "landmark" deal.