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

Feds Arrest More Than 50 Men in Internet Child Porn Crackdown

Federal authorities yesterday said they arrested more than 50 Southern California men for sharing child pornography over the Internet. The arrests resulted from an eight-month investigation that targeted people who use anonymous peer-to-peer networks to swap illegal images of children. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

California Supreme Court: Doctors Can't Refuse Treatment to Gays Based on Religion

Doctors may not use their religious beliefs as justification for refusing to treat gays and lesbians, the California Supreme Court yesterday. The decision arose from a case involving a lesbian who wanted to become pregnant through artificial insemination. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.

State Prisons to Begin Desegregating Inmates

California prisons are one of last, and strongest, bastions of racial segregation in America. For decades, corrections officials have bunked inmates of the same race together to keep the peace among race-based prison gangs. That's about to change as the nation's largest prison system prepares to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the practice as unconstitutional. Inmates and guards fear the change will prompt an outburst of racial violence. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited the state prison in Tehachapi.

Latino Groups Launch Voter Registration Drive

Latino leaders from around the country wrapped up a three-day meeting in Los Angeles over the weekend. The Latino Congreso brought together more than 1,500 activists from around the country. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports voter registration topped the agenda.

L.A. City Attorney Files Complaint Against Blue Shield

Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo on Wednesday filed a complaint against Blue Shield, alleging the medical insurer unlawfully rescinds policies. In April, he filed a similar complaint against Blue Cross. The lawsuit coincides with California's effort to force Blue Shield and other insurers to reinstate coverage for thousands of customers tossed off their insurance rolls. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Jury Decides Against Death Penalty in Metrolink Train Crash

A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday decided against the death penalty for the man it convicted of murder in a fatal Metrolink train crash three years ago. The crash killed 11 people and injured 180. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

IndyMac Customers Line Up to Withdraw Deposits from Pasadena Headquarters

Hundreds of customers lined up outside IndyMac branches throughout the Southland yesterday to withdraw their money. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over IndyMac after the cut-rate mortgage lender failed under the weight of rising foreclosures, falling home prices and tighter credit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to the IndyMac branch in Pasadena.

Hundreds Wait Hours to Withdraw IndyMac Funds

Hundreds of customers lined up outside IndyMac branches throughout the Southland Monday to withdraw their money from the failed financial institution. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took over IndyMac after the cut-rate mortgage lender failed under the weight of rising foreclosures, falling home prices and tighter credit. KPCC's Frank Stoltze visited the IndyMac branch in Pasadena.

Gang Experts Criticize L.A. City's Anti-Gang Efforts

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likes to say the city's crime rate is at historic lows. But gang crime continues to plague neighborhoods in South and East L.A., and in parts of the Northern San Fernando Valley. That makes it dangerous to walk some streets even during the day. KPCC's Frank Stoltze listened in on a discussion of the problem sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A.

Authorities Target Notorious Compton Gang

State and local law enforcement authorities have arrested two dozen members of one of Compton's most infamous gangs. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that Mob Piru gained national recognition along with gangster rap in the 1990s.

Parks to Stay Open Late

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday that eight city parks will stay open until midnight four days a week during the summer months. The mayor says he wants to provide a safe place for kids. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that as part of the program, the city is employing young people to reach out to their peers.

Feds Indict 70 Members of Local Gang, Launch Massive Raids

The federal government announced indictments against 70 members of a Los Angeles street gang Wednesday. The announcement followed pre-dawn raids on the Drew Street gang's neighborhood near Glassell Park, north of downtown. It was the sight of a major shootout just a few months ago. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says more than 500 local and federal law enforcement personnel were involved in the roundup.

McCain Visits Santa Barbara to Tout Energy Policies

Republican presidential candidate John McCain visited Santa Barbara Tuesday. At the city's natural history museum he touted his environmental platform. The Arizona senator also ran into stiff criticism of his support for lifting a decades-old federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Longtime L.A. Activist Don White Dies at 70

Longtime Los Angeles political activist Don White has died. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that White was a fixture in progressive movements for more than three decades.

Advocates Prepare to Battle Over Ballot Measure Banning Same-Sex Marriage

Voters will decide in November whether same-sex marriage is constitutional. Frank Stoltze says it's likely to be one of the most provocative and divisive fights in state history.