Frank Stoltze

Public Safety Correspondent

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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Chu and Cedillo face off in race to replace former congresswoman Solis

Next week's congressional election in the San Gabriel Valley is a test of the political strength of a longtime Asian-American politician in a majority Latino district. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Judy Chu faces State Senator Gil Cedillo in the race to replace Hilda Solis, who resigned the seat to become President Obama's labor secretary. Both are Democrats, and both call themselves cross-racial candidates. KPCC's Frank Stoltze takes a look at the two candidates for the rare open congressional seat.

Young congressional candidate takes a cue from the Obama campaign

A 26-year-old congressional candidate from East Los Angeles is borrowing some pages from President Obama's campaign in his bid to upset two veteran politicians in the race. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that the campaign of Democrat Emanuel Pleitez has attracted enthusiastic young supporters from around the country.

Santa Barbara's Jesusita Fire impacts local animals

Not only have people been affected by the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, but animals as well. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze and gives us scope of the latest details on the conditions of the fire.

Fire truck breaks down in midst of Santa Barbara fire

It's day four as firefighters continue to battle the flames of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze is at the scene as one of the fire trucks breaks down.

Helicopters used to fight Santa Barbara's Jesusita Fire

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter, Frank Stoltze as he joins us from a refilling station for helicopters on the western flank of the fire line of the Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara.

More evacuations ordered in Santa Barbara as fire spreads overnight

The fire in the Santa Barbara foothills has grown to 3,500 acres and 20,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. KPCC's Frank Stoltze is in Santa Barbara and spoke with one firefighter who helped to battle the fire overnight.

Couple ordered to evacuate due to Santa Barbara fire speak

Over 30,000 residents have been forced to evacuate the Jesusita Fire area in the county of Santa Barbara. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze talks to a couple who was ordered to evacuate their home.

LA city attorney candidates sharpen attacks against each other

The race for Los Angeles city attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Oakridge residents get the green light to move back in

State health and safety inspectors on Monday said it's safe for residents of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar to return home after a five-month wait. Last November, the Sayre fire swept through the park and burned almost 500 homes in one of the worst fires in Los Angeles city history. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Update on Oakridge Mobile Home Park after last year's wildfires

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Frank Stoltze as he revisits the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar affected by last year's wildfires.

LAPD arrest man believed to have committed dozens of murders, rapes

Los Angeles Police say they've arrested one of the most prolific serial killers in Southern California history. Police say DNA evidence led them to John Thomas Jr., the alleged Westside Rapist who terrorized neighborhoods from West L.A. to Claremont three decades ago - and maybe even well before that. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Pension board member resigns over alleged ethics violation

A member of the board that oversees pension funds for Los Angeles City employees has resigned after his involvement with a political fundraiser for city attorney candidate Jack Weiss. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Attorney General issues scathing report on Maywood police department

California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Tuesday said he'll ask a judge to give him oversight of the Maywood Police Department. He made the comment after he issued a report that said Maywood police are engaged in widespread abuse of the people they're sworn to protect. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Attorney general releases report showing gross misconduct by Maywood PD

State Attorney General Jerry Brown today said his office has uncovered gross misconduct by police officers in Maywood. Brown oversaw a 16-month investigation of the police force in Maywood, a small city southeast of downtown Los Angeles that employs about 40 officers. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger says California is monitoring swine flu

Governor Schwarzenegger said today that state health officials are closely monitoring the swine flu outbreak. Health officials say they’ve confirmed eight cases in California – and they’re investigating 12 other possible cases. Officials say the cases don’t appear to be directly connected to the outbreak in Mexico. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.