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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

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.

Residents Worry About Future of Griffith Park

The 800-acre wildfire in Griffith Park this week was the park's worst fire in more than four decades. Those who use the park are now wondering about its future.

Griffith Park Blaze Draws Firefighters Statewide

Many of the firefighters battling the brush fire in Griffith Park are in from out of town. 27-year-old Todd Gailey of the Morro Bay Fire Department on the Central Coast spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze at the base of a hill in Griffith Park.

Two LAPD Commanders Demoted

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton has demoted the top police commander who oversaw the officers involved in the melee at MacArthur Park a week ago. He also reassigned the second in command that day. The actions coincide with multiple investigations into the incident, during which video cameras recorded riot police pushing, hitting, and firing non-lethal bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Residents Sound Off on Chief Bratton

The Los Angeles Police Commission held a public hearing Monday night on whether Chief Bill Bratton should serve another five year term. The panel heard mostly voices of support, but some people have strong reservations about Bratton's record in poorer neighborhoods of the city.

L.A.P.D. Chief Bill Bratton Seeks Second Term

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton says he wants to serve another five years as head of the nation's second largest police force. Bratton says he deserves re-appointment, because crime is down and officer morale is up on his watch. Others contend the chief's record is mixed. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Washington Update with Jack Shaw

A bill by a California congressman is getting the attention of Japan's prime minister; the Armenian genocide is the subject of a resolution being pushed by Pasadena Rep. Adam Schiff; and Rep. Henry Waxman's committee votes to issue subpoena to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Presidential Candidates Woo Democrats at State Convention

All the major Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the California state party convention this past weekend in San Diego. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the candidates had to say and what delegates took away from the weekend gathering.

Presidential Candidates Woo Democrats at State Convention

All the major Democratic presidential candidates spoke at the California state party convention this past weekend in San Diego. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about what the candidates had to say and what delegates took away from the weekend gathering.

Lancaster State Prison Offers Glimpse into Overcrowding Problem

California State Prison, Los Angeles holds three times the number of prisoners it is supposed to hold and serves as an example of the state's overcrowding crisis. KPCC's Frank Stoltze recently got a first-hand look at the problem.

L.A. Mayor Releases Budget Proposal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a spending plan Thursday that would allocate more money to the LAPD, and would increase funds for gang prevention.