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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

Black, Hispanic Inmates Fight at Castaic Prison

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca ordered the segregation of black and Hispanic inmates at a Castaic jail following a weekend riot that left an African American prisoner dead.

LA Mayor Proposes Boost in Anti-Terror Funding

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asks the City Council to approve $1.6 million in new anti-terrorism spending that would allow the city to boost personnel.

Police Commission Rules Against Officer in Devin Brown Shooting

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that Officer Steven Garcia violated department policy last year when he shot and killed 13-year-old Devin Brown. The ruling goes against the recommendation of LA police chief Bill Bratton.

Governor's Prison Plan Generates Debate

Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing building more jails and prisons as part of his $222 billion "Strategic Growth Plan," but some are questioning his approach.

Audit Takes Fire Department to Task

LA City Controller Laura Chick has issued a highly critical audit that says the Fire Department still remains a hostile place for women and minorities, a decade after reforms were put in place.

Mayor Pushes for LAUSD Takeover in Two Years

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed up his schedule for taking control of the Los Angeles Unified School District, saying he wants to make it happen in two years.

LAPD Seeks to Assure Residents About Its Immigration Policy

Los Angeles police officials say they will only enforce federal immigration laws on suspects convicted of serious crimes. The LAPD's policy is more modest than a plan being implemented by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Ameriquest Agrees to Settlement of Fraud Case

Home loan giant Ameriquest says it will pay out nearly $300 million as part of a settlement to charges that it engaged in "predatory lending practices."

Local African American Leader Looks Back on MLK Day

James Franklin, who heads the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, talks about what it was like to grow up black in America. The SCLC was founded by Martin Luther King.

One Year Later, La Conchita Residents Are Still Waiting for Help

A year after a deadly mudslide hit the coastal town of La Conchita, residents say they're still waiting for the county and state to shore up the hillside. Geologists say the area is unsafe.

LAPD Plans Skid Row Crackdown

The LAPD is promising a major effort to clean up the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles, which suffers from a high rate of crime and homelessness.

City Hopes to Reverse Trend of Violence in 2006

Compton has suffered from an increase in violence this year with the city logging more than 70 homicides. KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at one of the killings - the murder of a 14-year old boy outside a carnival.

Feds Increase Funding for LA Homeless Programs

The federal government has bumped up funding for homeless programs in Los Angeles by $6 million. Sophia Heller, director of Strategic Planning for Housing and Economic Development, discusses the increase.

Supporters Mourn 'Tookie' Williams in South LA

More than 2,000 people turned out at a funeral for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who was executed last week at San Quentin.

Sheriff Reports Progress Against Racial Murders

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says his department has made headway in its efforts to quell racial violence in a tiny section of South Los Angeles.