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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

Mental Health Care for the Poor

The Venice Family Clinic provides therapy and psychiatric help to the poor, who often have trouble finding good mental health care.

Memorial Service Held for Eminent LA Times Publisher

Family and friends remembered former Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler as a giant in journalism at a memorial service in Pasadena. Chandler died last week at the age of 78.

South Central Farmers Get Eviction Notice

A group of farmers have until Tuesday to get off a 14-acre plot of land that has served as one of the nation's largest urban farms. The developer who owns the land wants to build a warehouse.

Former Cops Are Indicted in Robberies

A federal grand jury has indicted a group of rogue cops and others in a string of home invasion robberies.

Cardinal Mahony Targets Immigration Policies

Cardinal Roger Mahony jumped into the center of the immigration debate on Ash Wednesday. He's speaking out against pending legislation he fears would require priests to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance.

Unprovoked Shootings Spark Calls for Help by Police

LAPD officials say there's been a spate of unprovoked shootings at cops and they're asking the public for help in catching the shooters.

LA County Labor Head Resigns Amid Probe

LA County Federation of Labor chief Martin Ludlow stepped down yesterday in response to allegations that he he knowingly took illegal political donations during his successful run for City Council in 2003.

Powerful Labor Leader May Resign

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor head Martin Ludlow is reportedly facing criminal charges and may step down.

Police Commission Stands Firm on Identity Issue

The LA Police Commission says it will not reverse its decision to redact the names of officers in use of force reports.

Judge Orders California to Change Lethal Injection Process

A federal judge is ordering California to come up with a new way to execute prisoners because the current method might constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levinson says the ruling is significant.

Police Commission Reconsiders Decision

State Senator Gloria Romero calls on board to not redact officers' names from shooting reports.

Inmates Describe Unrest in LA Jails

Inmates leaving LA County jail describe frightening fights between blacks and Latinos, and guards unable to stop them. The jail system remains on a security lockdown, after a week of brawls that left one man dead and at least 90 injured.

Villaraigosa Upset Over Terror Plot Announcement

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the White House should have briefed him before publicly releasing details about a failed 2002 plot to attack the Library Tower in downtown Los Angeles.

LA Police Commission Will Withhold Names of Accused Officers

The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to withhold the names of officers involved in shootings, reversing a 25-year-old policy.

Black, Hispanic Inmates Fight at Castaic Prison

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca ordered the segregation of black and Hispanic inmates at a Castaic jail following a weekend riot that left an African American prisoner dead.