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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
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.
Gays and lesbians across the state are not sitting easily with the passage of Proposition 8 last week. California voters passed it 52 to 48 percent. Ken Pflueger and Sid Schwarz were among more than 12,000 people who showed up to a protest in Silver Lake during the weekend. The couple traveled from Simi Valley and spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.
Several thousand people protested the passage of Proposition 8 on Thursday night outside the Mormon Temple in West Los Angeles. At the urging of their church, Mormons across the country contributed millions of dollars in support of the measure to ban same-sex marriage. Among the many protestors on Thursday, KPCC's Frank Stoltze found one woman who supported Proposition 8.
Several thousand people protested the passage of Proposition 8 on Thursday night outside the Mormon Temple in West Los Angeles. One of the chief arguments in favor of Proposition 8 was that it would lead to the teaching of gay marriage in elementary schools, something the State Superintendent of schools denied. Thursday night's protest happened to fall directly in the path of a group of kids on their way home from a nearby elementary school. They spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.
Voters in South Los Angeles, Compton, Carson, and Inglewood elect a new county supervisor on Tuesday. Two of the region's best-known African-Americans are running: former LAPD chief and current city councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Governor Schwarzenegger and his four predecessors announced their opposition to Proposition 5 yesterday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports it was a rare joint appearance by the last five California governors.
California voters face another get-tough-on-crime measure on next week's ballot. Proposition 6 would increase funding for law enforcement agencies and lengthen prison sentences for dozens of crimes. Supporters say it'll improve public safety. Opponents argue it's a draconian measure that promotes bad budgeting. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Southern California remains the gang capital of the world. Law enforcement officials estimate more than 100,000 mostly young adults claim membership in hundreds of gangs. Police have had some success in reducing gang violence. But they say they can't keep up with the constant flow of kids joining gangs. In the city of Los Angeles next week, voters will consider a new tax to pay for more gang prevention and intervention programs. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
For years, many black and Latino residents of Los Angeles have complained of racial profiling by police officers. They say police pull them over for little or no reason and harass them. LAPD Chief Bill Bratton says that may have happened in the past, but it doesn't happen on any systemic basis today. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a new study that suggests racial profiling remains a serious problem at the department.
Southern California social service providers are seeing the effects of the country's economic turbulence. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there when they gathered at a town hall in South Los Angeles to discuss what they're calling the crisis on Main Street.
Los Angeles Police Commission president Anthony Pacheco has asked for a review of fingerprinting policies at the LAPD. That follows the release of a report that found shoddy work by specialists in the department's Latent Print Unit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the report raises concerns that misread fingerprints may have sent an unknown number of innocent people to jail as a result of misread fingerprints.
State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas today highlighted Latino support for his campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor. Ridley-Thomas faces L-A City Councilman Bernard Parks in what some political observers consider the most important local contest in the region. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.