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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

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.

May Day Victim Returns to Park, Recounts Last Year's Rally

As thousands of protesters planned to gather in downtown L.A., Juan Carlos Bautista's thoughts were on last year. He's from Mexico and has lived in Los Angeles for five years. Bautista overcame painful memories to return to MacArthur Park Thursday. Last year, the 33-year-old construction worker and his four-year-old son had a harrowing encounter with riot police as they marched for immigration reform. He spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze. Attorney Jorge Gonzalez translated.

LAPD Says Training Has Improved Treatment of Crowds, Media

Thursday is May Day, and thousands are expected to turn out in Los Angeles for immigrant rights marches. Last year, a day of peaceful protests ended at L.A.'s MacArthur Park in what's become known as the May Day Melee. L.A. police officers in riot gear clubbed and fired rubber bullets at marchers and journalists. As KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports, the LAPD has been working to prevent a similar incident.

Ridley-Thomas and Parks Debate

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas engaged in a feisty debate last night. Parks and Ridley-Thomas are the two leading candidates to replace retiring County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South LA, Compton and Carson. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more on last night's exchange.

Candidates for LA County Supervisor Hold First Televised Debate

Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas traded barbs in their one and only televised debate last night. They're campaigning to replace retiring County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South LA, Compton and Carson. KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian spoke with Frank Stoltze, who covered Thursday night's debate.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frnak Stolze with a look at the city.

L.A. City and County Release Proposed Budgets for Fiscal 2008-2009

It's budget time in Los Angeles. Bean counters for the City and the County made their proposals for the coming fiscal year Monday. We have two reports: KPCC's Brian Watt begins with a focus on the county, followed by Frank Stolze with a look at the city.

State Panel Raises Concerns About Legal Representation for Indigent Defendants

A state panel is raising concerns about the way California provides legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford attorneys. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the panel found the quality of representation is uneven across the state and that sometimes it falls short of the constitutional minimum.

Mayor Outlines Plan to Fight Gang Violence in State of the City Address

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday delivered his annual State of the City Address at police headquarters. Villaraigosa focused many of his comments on his plan to improve gang prevention programs. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there.

L.A. Mayor Releases Details of Gang Plan

Los Angeles city leaders say they're making a historic shift in the way they try to remove kids -- and keep them -- from the reach of gangs. Instead of spreading programs across the city, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll focus resources on a dozen of the city's most gang- infested areas. His decision follows a series of high profile gang shootings. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to Talk Gangs, Deficit in State of the City Address

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivers his State of the City address tonight. Most at City Hall agree that the big problem L.A. faces now is a $400 million budget deficit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has a preview of the speech.

L.A. Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Transportation, education, gang violence, and a huge budget deficit. All were on the agenda as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave his third State of the City speech Monday night. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there, and joined Shirley Jahad with a recap.

High Gas Prices Raise Concern; Airline Industry Faces Turbulence; Live Nation Expands

KPCC business analyst Mark Lacter talks about a recent poll which suggested that high gas prices are the biggest economic concern for many people; the airline industry faces a bumpy ride as some airlines go out of business; and the Beverly Hills company Live Nation is betting on some superstars to expand its business.

Beijing Olympics Letter; South Africa Honors Rep. Waters; Sen. Boxer Upset With Interior Secretary

Jack Shaw of Market News International says several members of California's congressional delegation are urging President Bush to skip the Beijing Olympics; South Africa's president honors Rep. Maxine Waters for her long support of a racially integrated South Africa; and Senator Barbara Boxer is upset with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.