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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 sheriff’s race: Can an outsider overcome tradition?

L.A. County Sheriffs have come from within the department for the past century. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell wants to change history.

Jim Hellmold makes it official, he’s running for LA Sheriff

The 25-year department veteran, one of four assistant sheriffs, says he is best suited to implement reforms at the troubled agency.

City receives list of buildings possibly at risk in a quake

The list does not specifically identify buildings at risk but rather the types of buildings that could be vulnerable.

Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell running for LA County Sheriff

McDonnell joins five other declared candidates in the race to replace Sheriff Lee Baca, who is retiring at the end of January amid a myriad of problems at the department.

In race to replace Yaroslavsky, Greuel is out, Shriver is in

With Wendy Greuel deciding against a run, the battle could be between two Westside liberals, Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, for the LA County supervisor seat.

What does Baca's resignation mean for his former undersheriff?

You'd think Paul Tanaka's chances to become sheriff would improve, now that his one-time boss is no longer running for re-election. That's not necessarily true.

As Baca withdraws, his possible successors line up

With the L.A. County Sheriff's sudden decision to retire, declared candidates prep for the fight while others consider a run in the June primary.

Update: Sheriff Baca to retire; LAPD deputy chief considering run

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning.

PHOTOS: LA County Sheriffs through the years

Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.

Memo raises questions about MWD headquarters' seismic fitness

A consultant cites a "potential" for "collapse" in a major quake. MWD insists the $100 million building is safe, and says the consultant used outdated computer models.

Guillermo Cespedes, LA anti-gang czar, takes strategy to Central America

Guillermo Cespedes' last day in L.A.'s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development is Thursday. His innovative programs contributed to a dramatic drop in crime.

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.