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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

Town Hall Forum Tackles Homelessness in LA

Panelists call for more affordable housing and less "NIMBYism" at a Town Hall Los Angeles forum on homelessness. The homeless problem has gained more attention as more development moves into downtown LA.

Local Korean-Americans React to Nuclear Test

News that North Korea exploded a nuclear test device sent waves of concern through the Korean-American community in Southern California. Los Angeles has the largest Korean community outside Seoul and many have family in South Korea.

Mayor, Chief Say Skid Row Crackdown Going Well

Two weeks after increasing efforts to fight crime on Skid Row, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Bill Bratton say the program is paying off.

LA Times Publisher Forced Out

The Tribune Company Thursday ousted Los Angeles Times Publisher Jeffrey Johnson after he refused to cut staff at the paper. Tribune replaced Johnson with David Hiller, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The move sparked concern inside and outside the paper about the future of the Times.

LAPD Chief Asks for Public's Help to Solve Toddler's Killing

The LAPD and community leaders in Baldwin Village are grappling with the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl. The historically violent neighborhood tucked below the Santa Monica Freeway near Culver City hadn't seen a murder in nearly a year. The killing is a reminder of how tough it is to reduce violence in parts of LA.

LAPD Launches New Crackdown on Skid Row

Fifty officers began patrolling the streets of Skid Row over the weekend as part of the "Skid Row Safer City Initiative." The goal is to do what one crime prevention expert calls "broken windows" policing.

City Council Rejects Skid Row Settlement with ACLU

The LA City Council Wednesday rejected a proposed legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union that would have allowed people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The Mayor and LAPD had backed the plan. Skid Row businesses and residents opposed it.

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.