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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

Life Inside a Gang

Ezequiel Arellano joined the Playboys gang at the age of 9, but in the past year he's disavowed gang life and is working to make sure other kids don't follow his path.

Federal Judge Orders Release of Alleged Hamas Supporter

The ACLU is calling on the federal government to release a Buena Park man accused of supporting terrorism. On Thursday and again Friday, a federal judge ordered 45-year-old Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan to be freed. But the government says he is a security risk and has vowed to keep him locked up. ACLU attorney Ranjana Natarajan represents Hamdan. She spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about the case.

New Anti-Terrorism Center Opens

The FBI and local police on Tuesday opened a new Joint Regional Intelligence Center to fight terrorism. For the first time, the center puts anti-terrorism analysts from numerous agencies under one roof.

Quake Early Warning System Still in the Works

KPCC's Frank Stoltze talks to Cal Tech seismologist Kate Hutton about the prospects for an early warning system that would tip us off to an earthquake seconds before it hit.

Rampart Panel Calls for More Changes in the LAPD

A report by the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel says the LAPD has taken some positive steps since the Rampart scandal, but the panel claims there's still a culture within the department that allows police brutality.

Thousands of Latinos Gather for Major LA Conference

More than 20,000 Latinos from around the country are meeting this week at the LA Convention Center for the National Council of La Raza's annual conference.

Community Looks for Answers Following Triple Homicide

Local activists say they're concerned that the murders of three Latino men in South LA may exacerbate tensions between blacks and Latinos.

LA Police Raise Money for Wounded Officer

LA police officers have raise more than $130,000 dollars for officer Kristina Ripatti, who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down during an altercation with an armed suspect three weeks ago.

Civil Rights Attorney Wants Probe into Illegal Immigrant Crackdown

Civil rights attorney Luis Carrillo is calling for an investigation after 600 people were arrested in Barstow last week in a crackdown on illegal immigrants. The action along Highway 40 was called "Operation Desert Denial."

Rocky Delgadillo Profile

The Los Angeles City Attorney wants to make the leap to State Attorney General. Some question his readiness.

Judge Issues Eviction Notice to South Central Farmers

A Los Angeles judge has issued an eviction notice to hundreds of families who farm 14-acres in South Central LA. The farmers missed a Monday deadline to come up with $16 million to buy the land

Supervisors Grill Coroner's Officials Over Morgue Conditions

LA County Supervisors questioned officials from the coroner's office about deteriorating conditions at the downtown LA morgue. Morgue employees say they have been forced to stack bodies and leave corpses in hallways at room temperatures.

Teachers Unions Vow Defeat of Villaraigosa's School Plan

The United Teachers of Los Angeles and the California Teachers Association are promising to defeat Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to wrest control over the LA Unified School District, but it's unclear how far the unions will go to fight the plan.

Officials Push Federally Mandated Reforms at the LAPD

LAPD officials Monday pledged to complete federally mandated reforms by the first of the year. Their commitment came a week after a judge castigated the department for failing to implement key reforms, and extended federal oversight of the LAPD for three years.

Judge Extends Federal Consent Decree

US District Judge Gary Fees says the LAPD has failed to comply with key reforms under the consent decree and is ordering the department to remain under federal oversight for another three years.