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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

Watchdog Set to Unveil Plan for Improving Jails

Special Counsel Merrick Bobb will go before the LA County Board of Supervisors to make recommendations on how to improve jails in LA County. One of the chief proposals will focus on separating dangerous inmates from the rest of the population.

$1 Billion Housing Bond Goes Before LA City Voters

LA City voters will cast ballots next Tuesday on Measure H, the biggest local housing bond in US history. It would provide $1 billion in government subsidies to help build affordable rental housing and homeless shelters. Some of the money would also go to help first time buyers.

LAPD Investigates Possible "Patient Dumping"

The LAPD has opened a criminal investigation into allegations the Metropolitan Medical Center dumped patients on Skid Row. Police say they videotaped ambulances from the hospital dropping off five patients in front of the Volunteers of America homeless services center on Sunday. The head of the medical center, located near Western and Adams, denies the allegation. He says three of the five gave Skid Row addresses on their admission information. Captain Andrew Smith heads the LAPD's Central Division. He spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about the investigation.

Weller Guilty on All Counts in Farmer's Market Crash

George Russell Weller, who three years ago drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, was convicted today on ten counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

ACLU Says County Jail Conditions are Inhumane

The ACLU wants a federal judge to order Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to improve conditions at the downtown jail. The group accuses Baca of squeezing inmates into holding cells at the Inmate Reception Center.

Town Hall Forum Tackles Homelessness in LA

Panelists call for more affordable housing and less "NIMBYism" at a Town Hall Los Angeles forum on homelessness. The homeless problem has gained more attention as more development moves into downtown LA.

Local Korean-Americans React to Nuclear Test

News that North Korea exploded a nuclear test device sent waves of concern through the Korean-American community in Southern California. Los Angeles has the largest Korean community outside Seoul and many have family in South Korea.

Mayor, Chief Say Skid Row Crackdown Going Well

Two weeks after increasing efforts to fight crime on Skid Row, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Bill Bratton say the program is paying off.

LA Times Publisher Forced Out

The Tribune Company Thursday ousted Los Angeles Times Publisher Jeffrey Johnson after he refused to cut staff at the paper. Tribune replaced Johnson with David Hiller, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The move sparked concern inside and outside the paper about the future of the Times.

LAPD Chief Asks for Public's Help to Solve Toddler's Killing

The LAPD and community leaders in Baldwin Village are grappling with the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl. The historically violent neighborhood tucked below the Santa Monica Freeway near Culver City hadn't seen a murder in nearly a year. The killing is a reminder of how tough it is to reduce violence in parts of LA.

LAPD Launches New Crackdown on Skid Row

Fifty officers began patrolling the streets of Skid Row over the weekend as part of the "Skid Row Safer City Initiative." The goal is to do what one crime prevention expert calls "broken windows" policing.

City Council Rejects Skid Row Settlement with ACLU

The LA City Council Wednesday rejected a proposed legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union that would have allowed people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The Mayor and LAPD had backed the plan. Skid Row businesses and residents opposed it.

Human Relations Commission Votes to Honor Controversial Muslim Leader

Following weeks of debate, the LA County Human Relations Commission has voted to give a human rights award to Dr. Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Some Jewish groups opposed honoring Hathout because of past statements he's made about Israel.

Skid Row Settlement in the Works

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton urged the City Council to approve a proposed settlement with the ACLU that reportedly would allow officers to clear homeless people off the streets of Skid Row during daytime hours. The chief says the number of homeless people in the area has increased dramatically since a federal court ruling earlier this year restricting police from arresting people for sleeping on the sidewalk.

Anti-Three Strike Activists Fight Man's Sentence

Activists held a rally in downtown LA for Santos Reyes, who is serving 25 years to life under California's three strikes sentencing law. The activists say Santos' case is an example of what they call the injustice of the law.