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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

Fire Department Launches Reform Effort

The LA City Fire Commission is taking a step to rid the department of the racial and gender problems that were cited in a recent audit.

Black Leaders Call for Participation in Boycott

A group of black activists called on African Americans to join in Monday's immigrant rights demonstrations. They joined a growing list of activists and leaders from ethnic organizations around the city urging participation.

Hundreds of Thousands Expected for Downtown Marches

Immigrant rights activists spent the weekend making a final push to get people to show up to two huge marches planned for downtown LA.

Hundreds of Thousands March for Immigrants' Rights

Police estimate as many as a quarter million people marched from Olympic and Broadway to City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles in a midday march to support immigrants' rights.

Korean American Leaders Drum Up Support for May 1 Protests

Korean American leaders are calling on their community to get involved in the May 1st immigrant rights demonstrations by either boycotting school or work or joining a protest march.

Villaraigosa Releases $6.7 Billion Spending Plan

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has released his first budget, which would increase spending by 11 percent and put more money toward public safety programs.

Homeless Can't Be Arrested for Sleeping on Streets

A federal appeals court today barred the city of LA from arresting homeless people for sleeping on the sidewalk until the city can provide enough shelter beds for them. The two-to-one ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court's decision and strikes down one of the most restrictive laws of its kind in the nation.

Mayor Proposes Hiking Trash Fee to Hire Police

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to gradually raise the city's trash pick-up fees in order to pay for one thousand more LAPD officers.

LA Fire Commission Gets Earful at Harassment Hearing

The LA City Fire Commission held a hearing on harassment following an audit by the LA City Controller which found that women and minorities still face problems within the agency

UCLA Holds Conference on Wrongful Convictions

Sponsors of a conference on wrongful convictions hope the gathering will draw attention to the problem and lead to reforms. Since 1989, more than 200 people in California have gone to prison for crimes they did not commit.

LA Cardinal Calls For Humane Immigration Reform

LA Cardinal Roger Mahony called for a one-day fast and asked parishioners to pray for humane immigration legislation during a special Mass.

Spanish-Language Radio Enters the Political Arena

Spanish-language radio is taking on something new these days - politics. Latino DJ's recently played a key role in drawing hundreds of thousands of people out to protest an immigration reform bill before Congress.

Gang Summit Calls For New Solutions

The National Conference of Mayors sponsored a gang summit in downtown LA. Three-dozen mayors heard from gang experts, and wrestled with how to control a growing problem in cities around the country.

March Organizers Plan More Protests

Organizers of last Saturday's massive immigrant rights demonstration in downtown LA are planning a one-day boycott.

UC Pulls Investments from Sudan

The University of California has joined a growing number of US colleges that have pulled their investments out of Sudan, where ethnic violence has left at least 100,000 people dead.