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
California prisons are one of last, and strongest, bastions of racial segregation in America. For decades, corrections officials have bunked inmates of the same race together to keep the peace among race-based prison gangs. That's about to change as the nation's largest prison system prepares to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the practice as unconstitutional. Inmates and guards fear the change will prompt an outburst of racial violence. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited the state prison in Tehachapi.
Latino leaders from around the country wrapped up a three-day meeting in Los Angeles over the weekend. The Latino Congreso brought together more than 1,500 activists from around the country. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports voter registration topped the agenda.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo on Wednesday filed a complaint against Blue Shield, alleging the medical insurer unlawfully rescinds policies. In April, he filed a similar complaint against Blue Cross. The lawsuit coincides with California's effort to force Blue Shield and other insurers to reinstate coverage for thousands of customers tossed off their insurance rolls. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.