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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

Mayor Strikes Deal with School District

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled what he called a "historic" partnership with the L.A. Unified School District that will give him control over a small group of campuses. The agreement follows the mayor's failure to wrest control over the entire public school district. Villaraigosa promised to make his chosen schools a model of reform in a district long plagued by low test scores and high drop out rates. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Democrats Woo Gays and Lesbians at Hollywood Forum

Gay marriage topped the conversation at a Democratic presidential forum in Hollywood Thursday night. It was the first ever live TV forum devoted to gay and lesbian issues. The leading Candidates walked a fine line, showing their support for civil rights while refusing to endorse gay marriage.

Deported Citizen Guzman Found, Reunited with Family in L.A.

A U.S. citizen whom immigration authorities had wrongly deported is back in Los Angeles after what family members say was a harrowing three months in Mexico. Twenty-nine-year-old Pedro Guzman, who's developmentally disabled, was reunited Tuesday with his family in Lancaster. His lawyers say they had to fight for his release even after he was in the United States.

LAPD Mourns Loss of Two Officers

City flags in Los Angeles are flying at half staff for two off-duty LAPD officers who died in separate traffic accidents Sunday. The deaths, a rare double loss for the LAPD, reverberated throughout the department. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Sex Abuse Victim Speaks Out on Archdiocese Settlement

Last week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a $660 million settlement with more than 500 victims of sexual abuse by clergy members. For one victim, the cost is calculated in something other than dollars and cents.

Esotouric Gives Quirky Tours of SoCal's Darker History

The West Adams District is one of L.A.'s oldest neighborhoods. It's also the location for some of the most interesting crime stories of the 20th century. Esotouric Tours takes visitors there on regularly scheduled forays into the city's past. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Clergy Abuse Settlement Draws Mixed Reactions from Victims

A Los Angeles judge Monday accepted a $660 million settlement between L.A.'s Roman Catholic Archdiocese and more than 500 victims of clergy sexual abuse. It was the largest settlement yet in the scandal that's plagued the Catholic Church. Victims from around Southern California flocked to a Downtown L.A. courthouse to witness the announcement.

L.A.Woman is Set Free After 23 Years in Prison

A 60-year-old Los Angeles woman walked free for the first time in more than two decades this week after a court ordered Governor Schwarzenegger to release her from prison. The court ruled Schwarzenegger had failed to prove that the convicted murderer remained a threat to society.

LAPD Honors Officer Who Saved Boy's Life

The LAPD has honored a police officer who saved a five-year old boy from drowning in a swimming pool. Officer William Sera and the mother of Jesse Pinero Jr. recounted the story to KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Port Truckers Back Clean Air Plan

Big rig truck drivers demonstrated Wednesday in favor of a clean air plan for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Trucking companies oppose the plan, which would make drivers employees of trucking companies instead of independent contractors.

Mayors' Conference Focuses on Tourism

The U.S. Conference of Mayors wraps up its annual meeting in Los Angeles today. One of the issues the mayors have focused on is declining international tourism. Many mayors have blamed Bush Administration security policies for fewer foreign visitors to their cities.

Bratton Reappointed for Five More Years

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Tuesday won a second five-year term as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. The Police Commission's choice marks the first time an LAPD chief has won a second term since voters approved term limits in the wake of the Rodney King beating. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

L.A. Mayor Appoints Gang Czar

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed an evangelical minister as his first director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs Wednesday. Jeff Carr will lead the effort to improve gang prevention and intervention programs. Most observers agree that has to happen to achieve a lasting reduction in LA gang violence.

Bangladeshi Man Gives Up Appeals, Will Be Deported

A Bangladeshi man who's lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade has given up his fight against deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. The case has gripped the Bangladeshi community in Southern California because it involves the assassination of that country's revered first president. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

ER Death May Prompt King-Harbor Hospital Closure

Los Angeles County Supervisors are once again considering the possibility of closing King-Harbor Hospital in South LA. The problem-plagued facility faces a major federal inspection next month, amid more horrifying cases of patient neglect. If that inspection fails, the federal government would likely yank the funding needed to keep the hospital open.