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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

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.

LAPD Chief Pushes For Cameras in Cop Cars

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.

LA Police Commission to Release Use of Force Reports

The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to make public summaries of its decisions regarding the use of force by officers.

Hate Crimes Down in LA County

The LA County Human Relations Commission reports that hate crimes in the county dropped 27 percent between 2003 and 2004

Exploring the Redemption Argument

Condemned murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams argues that he has turned his life around, but opponents say he has not taken responsibility for his crimes.

Federal Monitor Sees Work Ahead for the LAPD

The federal monitor who oversees reform at the LAPD says the department has progressed, but still falls short of complying with a 2001 consent decree.

Schwarzenegger Considers Clemency for 'Tookie' Williams

Governor Schwarzenegger will hold a hearing Thursday to decide whether to grant clemency to convicted murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who is scheduled to be executed next Tuesday.

Cooley Declines to File Charges in the Devin Brown Case

LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley says he won't file charges against the officer who fatally shot 13-year old Devin Brown last February.

State Supreme Court Refuses to Block Execution of Crips Co-Founder

The California Supreme Court has denied the latest appeal by convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams. The co-founder of the Crips gang is set to die Dec. 13 by lethal injection.

LAPD Puts Focus on Unsolved Crimes

The Los Angeles Police Department is assigning more detectives to work on unsolved murders in South LA. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Charles Donaldson, whose son's murder remains unsolved.

LAPD Will Miss Deadline for Reforms

LAPD officials say the department will not make next year's deadline to comply with a federal consent decree. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Gerald Chaleff, who is in charge of bringing the department in line with the decree.