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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

LA voters opt to limit marijuana dispensaries

City law will now only allow 135 pot shops to operate in the city limits, instead of the unlimited number sought by a rival ballot measure.

LA Mayor’s Race: furious final weekend for Garcetti, Greuel

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel face one final, frenetic weekend of campaigning in their contest to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Can Trutanich survive Feuer in LA city attorney’s race?

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life. A recent poll showed him down 11 points to his challenger, former State Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

#DearMayor Live from Eagle Rock: What should the next mayor do first?

We'll be here in Eagle Rock from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday gathering your thoughts. Come by to chat with political reporter Frank Stoltze and other KPCC staff.

LA City Attorney Race: Lacey endorses Feuer over Trutanich

LA County's District Attorney jumps into the battle against the man she defeated last year, citing Trutanich's mailer on prison realignment.

LA mayor’s race: Greuel calls for $15 minimum wage for hotel workers

City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti both support a living wage for all hotel workers in Los Angeles. But they differ on the details.

LA mayor’s race: Voters undecided between similar candidates

As mayoral candidates, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel say they offer different agendas for Los Angeles. Voters are not so sure.

LA city voters could dramatically reduce access to medical marijuana

Los Angeles city voters will choose between three medical marijuana measures on the May 21 ballot. At stake is the fate of hundreds of marijuana dispensaries.

CD13 race: charges of xenophobic attacks

In a heated debate exchange, 13th District city council candidate John Choi accused rival Mitch O’Farrell of attempting to stir xenophobia among voters.

LA City Attorney race: Rocky backs Trutanich

Fighting for his political life, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich turns to his predecessor, Rocky Delgadillo, for help.

The city pension problem facing the next LA mayor

One of the biggest challenges facing the next mayor of Los Angeles is the ballooning price of retirement benefits for city employees. Those expenses take from street repairs, paramedics and other services. Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel promise to reduce pension costs, but offer few specifics. KPCC's Frank Stoltze examines the pension problem facing the next leader of LA.

MAP: California Supreme Court rules cities can ban pot dispensaries (PDF)

Local governments in California's have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California's highest court ruled on Monday.

LA Mayor’s Race: Candidates face city pension problem

L.A. faces ballooning pensions costs. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel bicker over who would be the better negotiator over an issue many people don't understand.

Ethics complaint alleges Greuel misused city email account

The City Controller and mayoral hopeful concedes she used her city email account to send messages to campaign consultants, "but city resources were not impacted."

LA mayor’s race: How do the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you?

You told us what's important to you over the past couple of weeks. Here's how Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel stand on those issues. (And hear them debate tonight on 89.3 KPCC!)