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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

Dan Schnur for California Secretary of State?

The former spokesman for Governor Pete Wilson and current director of USC’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics says he may run as an independent.

LA Sheriff: 7 in obstruction of justice case plead not guilty

One of the Sheriff's department employee facing charges, who claims to be a whistleblower, has hired a prominent former U.S. Attorney as his lawyer.

U.S. Atty awaits pleas from some sheriff's department defendants

Fewer than half the defendants have entered pleas in one of the biggest corruption cases ever brought against Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials.

Sheriff's indictments: Can Baca survive latest challenge facing his department?

Critics blast the LA County sheriff, who is up for re-election next year. Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney says his investigation is ongoing.

Bratton picked as NYPD commissioner again

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has chosen William Bratton, who ran the department from 1994-96. In the interim, Bratton ran the LAPD, where his legacy remains intact.

Obama returns to LA: Healthcare and raising money top the agenda

Strategists offer differing views on whether problems with Obamacare will hurt fundraising and voter support for Democratic candidates in next year's elections.

New vehicle license fee hike pushed for road repair, transit

Under a proposed measure for the November ballot, the vehicle license fee would more than double to 1.65 percent of the value of a car.

Is LA closer to a list of buildings vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake?

For the first time, UC Berkeley scientists are meeting with LA city officials about releasing a list of concrete buildings that could collapse in a big quake.

Judge orders feds to respond to Calderon retaliation allegations

A federal judge has ordered the government to respond to allegations by state Sen. Calderon that the FBI retaliated against him for not cooperating in a sting. Read the order here.

Calderon says feds asked him to secretly record Senate colleagues

State Senator Ron Calderon's allegations come in a federal complaint, which accuses the FBI of retaliating against him for his refusal to participate in a sting.

Local elected leaders call on Calderon to resign

Even though State Senator Ron Calderon has not been charged, a group of 15 elected officials from Southeast L.A says his conduct has tarnished the office.

Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands feared dead, Southland community mobilizing

The vicious typhoon that raged through the center of the Philippines appears to have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people, and officials were reportedly struggling Sunday to distribute aid to survivors left homeless and destitute.

Hillary Clinton courts Latinos at USC event

Clinton touts her long ties to Latinos at a Mexican American Leadership Initiative event. The group honors Clinton for strengthening US-Mexico relations.

LA man released from jail after judge overturns murder conviction

Kash Delano Register was released from L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility Friday evening. Prosecutors said they would decide by next month whether to appeal the judge's decision or retry him.

Pinkberry co-founder guilty of assaulting homeless man

Young Lee, who is no longer affiliated with Pinkberry, repeatedly struck a homeless man with a tire iron, according to prosecutors.