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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
Hoping to avert layoffs, labor unions that represent Los Angeles city employees plan to present money-saving ideas for the city tomorrow. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says union leaders are calling it an “efficiency summit.”
State prison officials today said they’ll proceed with plans to house special needs inmates at the lock-up in Lancaster, despite opposition from the city’s mayor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people died in car crash shortly after midnight – just hours after the rookie major leaguer pitched at Angels stadium in Anaheim. Adenhart was 22 years old. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Governor Schwarzenegger today asked the federal government for $5 billion in stimulus money for education. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the governor hopes to reduce the number of teacher layoffs in California.
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two women for cashing life insurance policies on people who’d never lived. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Tens of thousands of Southern Californians have lost their jobs this past year. Economists predict that the number will reach into the hundreds of thousands by December. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that some families have faced a double whammy.
A Los Angeles judge today sentenced former veteran LAPD officer Anthony Razo to a year in jail. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that Razo had pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, and to filing a false police report, in a closely watched case at the department.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has asked the federal government to relax eligibility requirements for welfare recipients. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said the city will have to lay off nearly 3,000 employees, unless those workers agree to forgo pay raises. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says that’s not all the mayor wants from L.A.’s 40,000 city workers.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the city will be forced to lay off thousands of workers unless employees agree to cutbacks in pay and benefits. Los Angeles faces plummeting tax revenues and a projected $530 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.
Governor Schwarzenegger today appointed Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick to the newly created position of state inspector general. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports her job will be to watchdog California’s share of federal stimulus dollars.
Los Angeles Police say they’ve arrested the driver in the hit-and-run death of a USC freshman. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says police have not yet named the suspect or arrested two passengers in the car.
The union that represents Los Angeles police officers today announced its endorsement of Carmen Trutanich for City Attorney. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that it’s important backing for any candidate running to serve as the city’s chief prosecutor.
Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is criticizing President Obama’s decision to curb federal raids on marijuana clinics. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.
An international human rights group reports that police agencies in Los Angeles County often fail to test DNA evidence in rape cases. The Human Rights Watch report says the problem extends far beyond the LAPD and Sheriff's Department, as previously reported. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more, but a warning: this report contains graphic descriptions.