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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
Family, friends, and LAPD officers today gathered to remember the longtime shoeshine man who'd worked at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that for more than two decades, David Briggs was a fixture at Parker Center - shining the shoes of everyone, from chiefs to rookies.
The California Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in three lawsuits challenging Proposition 8, the voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Gay rights lawyers faced tough questions from the justices, who expressed a reluctance to overturn the will of voters. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
The California Supreme Court tomorrow hears arguments on three lawsuits to overturn Proposition 8, the voter-approved November measure that bans same-sex marriage. The case is one of the most closely watched in state history. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the court's decision will also be watched by the rest of the country.
Today's election day in the city of Los Angeles. Eight years ago, Congressman Xavier Becerra was on the ballot as a candidate for mayor. He finished fifth. Since then, he's flourished in Congress, rising to the top ranks of the Democratic leadership. President Obama offered him the job of U.S. Trade Representative. Becerra turned it down to keep his leadership post. The Los Angeles congressman has played a key role in shaping the stimulus package. In an interview with KPCC's Frank Stoltze, he said the federal government will distribute the stimulus money in two ways.
The re-election of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is all but certain on Tuesday. The Democratic mayor remains popular with voters, and he faces opponents with little money and even less name recognition. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that during his first four years as mayor, few have challenged Villaraigosa's growing political influence.
People in Los Angeles will vote for a new city attorney next week. Rocky Delgadillo must leave the job because of term limits. Politicos long considered City Councilman Jack Weiss, a former federal prosecutor, a shoo-in for the job. But KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that he faces a stiff challenge from a well-connected San Pedro lawyer, who also wants to head one of the nation's largest office of prosecutors.
Southland government leaders say they don't like the new state budget legislators in Sacramento passed this morning. Across the region, officials cautioned that the budget would hit counties and cities hard, for a variety of reasons. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
The Port of Long Beach opened a new security operations center this month. It's supposed to help prevent a terrorist attack on one of the busiest commercial harbors in the nation. The man who helps to direct this effort and other components of the fight against terrorism in the Southland is a former LAPD street cop who rose to the highest ranks of the FBI. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with Gomez about how he chose law enforcement; and what he considers the most serious threats to the region.
The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation issued its semi-annual forecast for Southern California today. It predicts substantial job losses for the region this year, as almost every industry struggles with the continuing recession.KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Gay men and women from throughout the state plan to converge on Sacramento today. They're lobbying state lawmakers' support for same-sex marriage. The state Senate and Assembly are considering resolutions that would call on the California Supreme Court to reject Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says political activism in the gay community is resurgent as the court prepares to hear arguments in the case next month.
Legal advocates for the poorest residents of Los Angeles say they've won a victory in their battle to protect people displaced by development. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports it comes in the form of a settlement with a Skid Row Hotel and the city's redevelopment agency.
The city of Los Angeles has reached a settlement with Health Net over the company's alleged practice of terminating the policies of patients who made expensive medical claims. State regulators previously reached settlements with Health Net forcing the company to reinstate policies. Jeff Isaacs is chief of the criminal and special litigation branch of the City Attorney's Office. In an interview with KPCC's Frank Stoltze, Issacs argued that the city's settlement is better because it provides for more than $6 million in payments to people who lost their policies.
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pay almost $13 million to immigrant rights demonstrators police beat up or otherwise run out of MacArthur Park two years ago. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports it's one of the biggest settlements ever involving LAPD misconduct.
Frank Stoltze talks to KPCC reporter Susan Valot about Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's news conference on the Wilmington murder/suicide case, and brings us the latest news on the killings.
Los Angeles County faces new budget problems. Today, county supervisors consider shifting $35 million from a reserve fund to cover an immediate budget shortfall. That shortfall's only expected to grow as tax revenues fall and more people seek help from the county during tough economic times. Next year, supervisors face at least a $173 million budget gap. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky spoke with KPCC yesterday about L.A. County's money problems.