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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
It's hard to imagine Pastor Rick Warren's profile growing any larger. Warren heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, one of the largest congregations in the United States. He's written a best-selling Christian devotional. But on Tuesday, his audience will expand even more when he delivers the official prayer at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington D.C. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has this profile of the minister.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has waded into Middle East politics. He's publicly sided with Israel in its assault on Gaza. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Most people who lived in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar lost their homes in one of the worst fires in Los Angeles history. Then they found out they didn't carry enough homeowners insurance to rebuild. Tomorrow at noon, KPCC's Off-Ramp airs "The Ashes of Oakridge," a documentary on the fire that destroyed Oakridge. As part of that documentary, KPCC's Frank Stoltze considered the problem of under-insurance.
For the rest of the week, culminating with a documentary on Saturday's "Off-Ramp," KPCC is taking a special look at Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Oakridge in Sylmar was devastated in the November wildfires. Of the 600 homes in the park, 482 burned to the ground. Oakridge was not your standard mobile home park. For one thing, as KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports, its roots go deep into Western History.
Several protests against Israel's attacks on Gaza took place in the Southland today. Area Muslim leaders described the situation as "barbaric." They also announced a campaign to raise money for humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
A recent Gallup survey ranks Muslims as the least trusted religious group in America. That can make it tough to grow up faithful to Islam. But when KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with a group of kids at the Muslim Public Affairs Council convention in Long Beach, they told him their lives are pretty much like those of other kids.
Most people aren't at work today. There's one notable exception: taxi drivers. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with two drivers in Hollywood, Robert Zamanian and Vasgen Ouzounian, about their hopes for the holiday, and about what it's like to spend their days and nights behind the wheel in LA.
The Reverend Rick Warren was the featured speaker this weekend at a Muslim conference in Long Beach. President-elect Obama has invited the evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. That's angered many gays and lesbians. Warren briefly addressed that issue and reached out to Muslims in what was billed as his first major address to a Muslim audience. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
The Los Angeles City Council has approved a package of laws intended to reduce the availability of illegal firearms. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that gun violence is down across the city, but it persists in some neighborhoods.
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley was sworn in for a third term yesterday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says Cooley's the first D.A. in 70 years to win a third term in L.A. County.
Mark Ridley-Thomas will be sworn in as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today. The former state senator beat L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks for the second district seat in last month's elections. He's replacing Yvonne Burke. KPCC's Frank Stoltze sat down with Ridley-Thomas to talk about the job he's taking on.
A long Southland political career ended on Tuesday. Yvonne Burke attended her last meeting as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says Burke achieved many firsts during her four decades in politics.
Fallout continues from the passage of Proposition 8, the measure on this month's ballot that banned same-gender marriage. During the weekend, the Los Angeles Sentinel - the region's leading black newspaper - convened a town hall on the issue. Blacks' overwhelming support of Prop 8 has generated angry protests from the opposing side. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Police today escorted occupants of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar back to their homes or to what was left of them. Almost 500 of the 600 homes in the park burned during the weekend. KPCC's Frank Stoltze brings us the story of one woman there who lost everything.
Police are expected to resume their house to house search today of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar, where nearly 500 homes burned over the weekend. There are no reports of missing persons, but police say they're not absolutely sure everyone got out alive. Fire swept through the foothill village late Friday night and early Saturday morning. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with two residents who lost their homes.