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
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 Schwarzenegger is proposing building more jails and prisons as part of his $222 billion "Strategic Growth Plan," but some are questioning his approach.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 2,000 people turned out at a funeral for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who was executed last week at San Quentin.
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.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says he wants cameras in all police cars to guard against racial profiling. Many police departments across the country use the cameras, but the nation's second largest department has been slow to act.
The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to make public summaries of its decisions regarding the use of force by officers.