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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

Prison Rape Panel Examines Sexual Assault Behind Bars

The news media paid little attention when a national prison rape panel held hearings in Southern California last week. Activists say that's par for the course when it comes to sexual violence in prisons and jails. Even though there may be tens of thousands of victims every year, corrections officials and policy makers also tend to ignore the problem.

LA Judge Continues Order Aimed at Reducing Jail Overcrowding

A federal judge Monday extended a temporary restraining order designed to reduce overcrowding at the LA Men's Central Jail - the largest local lock-up in the country. Judge Dean Pregerson also asked jail officials to come up with a comprehensive plan for improving living conditions inside the facility and present the plan to him by mid-January.

Blue Ribbon Panel Recommends Limiting Use of Jailhouse Informants

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice is urging state prosecutors to limit their use of jailhouse informants in criminal trials. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp, who heads the commission.

LA Fire Commission Approves Reforms Amidst Concerns Over Harassment, Hazing

The Los Angeles Fire Commission yesterday gave initial approval to a set of reforms aimed at ridding the department of racial and gender discrimination and hazing. The move comes amid a high-profile harassment case and calls for the removal of the fire chief.

UCLA Chancellor Orders Probe of Taser Incident

UCLA Chancellor Norman Abrams ordered an independent investigation of an incident in which campus police stunned an Iranian-American student with a taser. The incident has sparked outrage on the Westwood campus.

Elderly Driver Sentenced to Five Years Probation

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday said George Weller is too old and sick to go to prison, and instead sentenced him to five years probation. Weller is the 89-year-old man who drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market three years ago, killing 10 people and injuring 63. Judge Michael Johnson handed down the sentence after an outpouring of grief and anger from one victim's relatives.

LA Council Approves 'Living Wage' for LAX-Area Workers

The LA City Council has given initial approval to a living wage ordinance that will cover workers at 13 hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. It's the first time the council has imposed a living wage requirement on private companies that don't have contracts with the city.

Charges Filed Against Hospital Chain for Alleged Patient Dumping

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he hopes to stop what he and others call an "epidemic" of patient dumping on downtown LA's Skid Row with criminal and civil charges against Kaiser Permanente. Delgadillo has accused the hospital chain of false imprisonment and endangering a dependent adult when it left a 63-year-old woman on the streets of Skid Row in February.

LAPD Chief Goes on the Defensive Following Release of Second Videotape

LA Police Chief Bill Bratton defended his department, following the release of a second videotape that critics claim shows brutality by an LAPD officer. Bratton says he plans to issue a ruling soon on whether the officer violated department policy when he pepper-sprayed a handcuffed suspect.

Conference Examines Ways to Tackle Booming Incarceration Rates

Criminologists and LA County's top law enforcement official discussed ways to stop the revolving door in US prisons at a panel discussion sponsored by USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism. The incarceration rate in the US is six times higher than rates in Britain and Canada.

LAPD Investigates Violent Videotaped Arrest

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton has launched a criminal investigation into allegations that two officers beat up a man as they arrested him in Hollywood in August. The incident was videotaped and posted on the Web site YouTube.

Feinstein Speaks Out on Rumsfeld Resignation, Priorities for New Term

California's senior senator stands to gain even more clout if Democrats do capture the majority in the U.S. Senate. Dianne Feinstein considered the prospects during a news conference at her San Francisco home.

Jerry Brown Makes a Return to State Office

Former California Governor Jerry Brown beat Republican Chuck Poochigian for state attorney general. Brown was elected 56 years to the day that his father won the same position.

Watchdog Set to Unveil Plan for Improving Jails

Special Counsel Merrick Bobb will go before the LA County Board of Supervisors to make recommendations on how to improve jails in LA County. One of the chief proposals will focus on separating dangerous inmates from the rest of the population.

$1 Billion Housing Bond Goes Before LA City Voters

LA City voters will cast ballots next Tuesday on Measure H, the biggest local housing bond in US history. It would provide $1 billion in government subsidies to help build affordable rental housing and homeless shelters. Some of the money would also go to help first time buyers.