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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

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.

Coroners Employees: Bodies Being Mishandled at LA County Morgue

Workers at the LA County morgue are accusing the coroner of mismanagement which has led to the improper handling of bodies. They say bodies are stacked in hallways, and corpses in murder investigations are getting contaminated.

Federal Judge Considers Extending Consent Decree

A federal judge will hear arguments today on whether federal oversight of the LAPD should be extended. LAPD Chief William Bratton wants part of the consent decree lifted.

Legal Clinic Helps Ex Cons Try to Clear Their Names

A support group called Save Our Sons sponsors a clinic which helps ex-cons learn how to clear their names so they can improve their job opportunities.

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.