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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

Human Relations Commission Votes to Honor Controversial Muslim Leader

Following weeks of debate, the LA County Human Relations Commission has voted to give a human rights award to Dr. Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Some Jewish groups opposed honoring Hathout because of past statements he's made about Israel.

Skid Row Settlement in the Works

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton urged the City Council to approve a proposed settlement with the ACLU that reportedly would allow officers to clear homeless people off the streets of Skid Row during daytime hours. The chief says the number of homeless people in the area has increased dramatically since a federal court ruling earlier this year restricting police from arresting people for sleeping on the sidewalk.

Anti-Three Strike Activists Fight Man's Sentence

Activists held a rally in downtown LA for Santos Reyes, who is serving 25 years to life under California's three strikes sentencing law. The activists say Santos' case is an example of what they call the injustice of the law.

Housing Summit Focuses on Proposition H

The LA Business Council convened its fifth annual housing summit Thursday. Business, non-profit and political leaders focused on the $1-billion housing bond on the November ballot. They said the measure will help address the city's housing crisis.

Opening Statements Begin in Farmers Market Crash Trial

Trial began Tuesday for George Weller, the elderly man charged with vehicular manslaughter for driving his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market in 2003. Ten people were killed and dozens were injured.

American Muslims Reflect on Changed Lives After 9/11

The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks was a wake-up call for many American Muslims. Some say they have endured slurs and increased scrutiny after 9/11, while others say they have used the attacks as an opportunity to teach about their religion.

Planned Award Sparks Controversy

The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission is usually in the business of patching up the bonds among people. But the commission's plan to present an award to a prominent Southern California Muslim has prompted strong protests from some Jewish leaders.

Local Muslims Speak Out Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

Southern California Muslim leaders Thursday offered a mixed picture of the way they've fared in the five years since September 11. They said the backlash against Muslims has subsided, but discrimination continues.

LA Mayor Endorses Angelides in Governor's Race

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa waited until Tuesday to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. With only two months to go until Election Day, Angelides had hoped for Villaraigosa's support much earlier in the campaign.

FBI Urges Vigilance at Security Seminar for Synagogues

The Anti-Defamation League convened a security seminar for Southland Jewish institutions Wednesday. Israel's war with Hezbollah and this summer's shooting at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle have raised concerns about a possible attack during the upcoming High Holy days.

LA City Workers Hit the Picket Lines

Members of the Engineers and Architects Association began a two-day strike Tuesday morning to call for higher wages. The union has been without a contract since 2004.

Buena Park Man Released from Federal Detention

Abdel Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park spoke out as a free man yesterday for the first time in more than two years after a judge ordered him released from detention.

Compton Looks to the Future

The final part of a three-part series on Compton's struggle to reduce violence looks at efforts to turn the city around. A shopping mall, parks and youth programs are just some of the things that city officials have in store.

Racial Tensions Contributing to Compton Violence

Gang violence so far this year in Compton is down, but a recent weekend saw four people killed. Police and activists say racial tensions between black and Latino gangs is exacerbating the problem. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports in part two of a three-part series.

Violence Returns to Compton

In part one of a three part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at the city's ongoing struggle with violence. Murders were down for the first half of this year, but recently went up after the LA County Sheriff's department pulled deputies out of the city. Those deputies are once again patrolling the streets in an effort to stop the violence.