Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
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
In part one of a three part series, KPCC's Frank Stoltze looks at the city's ongoing struggle with violence. Murders were down for the first half of this year, but recently went up after the LA County Sheriff's department pulled deputies out of the city. Those deputies are once again patrolling the streets in an effort to stop the violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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."
The Los Angeles City Attorney wants to make the leap to State Attorney General. Some question his readiness.
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
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.
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.
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.