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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
Gays and lesbians peppered Los Angeles County's Clerk-Recorder with questions about how to get married at a forum in Hollywood Thursday night. Clerk Dean Logan predicts that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people will take advantage of the first day of legal same-sex marriage in California next Tuesday. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Utility crews on Monday dumped the first batch of about three million plastic balls into Ivanhoe Reservoir in Silver Lake. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the balls will help prevent the development of a cancer-causing chemical.
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas are headed for a runoff in November. Neither got a majority of votes for county supervisor. Ridley-Thomas fell shy at 45%; Parks received 40%. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.
The idea of "instant runoff" voting appears to be gaining steam in Los Angeles. The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and the League of Women Voters want change: a proposal would eliminate runoff elections in non-partisan races in several categories. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley is up for re-election. He faces two little-known and under-funded opponents, and he's expected to easily win re-election tomorrow. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports on a D.A. that law enforcement loves.
Voters in South Los Angeles, Compton, Carson and Inglewood go to the polls tomorrow to vote for a new county supervisor. Two of the region's best-known African Americans want the open seat: former LAPD Chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas. Both are Democrats, but it's a non-partisan race. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that doesn't begin to describe the complexities of this campaign.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain spoke with reporters at the Beverly Hilton before a Bel Air Fundraiser. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there and told KPCC's Shirley Jahad what Senator McCain discussed, including the recent California ruling on same sex marriage and the Iraq War.
Most people who know about it associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with soldiers coming home from war or with adults who've suffered severe trauma, like rape. But mental health professionals worry more and more that kids who grow up in violent neighborhoods suffer from some level of PTSD. As part of KPCC's focus on mental health issues, Frank Stoltze reports on gang violence and post traumatic stress.
Inglewood police on Wednesday released the sound captured early Sunday morning when officers shot and killed an unarmed man. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more.
Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks spoke publicly yesterday about the killing of an unarmed man by two of her officers early Sunday morning. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports the chief also tried to explain what happened.
Governor Schwarzenegger on Tuesday helped hand in more than enough signatures to place a redistricting initiative on the November ballot. He did so on the same day outgoing Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez introduced his own measure. Nunez wants the legislature to place his idea on the ballot this fall too. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says both measures are designed to end the practice of state legislators drawing the boundaries of their own districts.
A mostly Latino crowd of thousands took part in several marches in Los Angeles on Thursday. The protesters called for immigration reform, amnesty, and an end to workplace raids by federal immigration agents. The protest took place a year to the day after much larger protests in L.A. ended in violence. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Frank Stoltze followed this year's demonstrations.
As thousands of protesters planned to gather in downtown L.A., Juan Carlos Bautista's thoughts were on last year. He's from Mexico and has lived in Los Angeles for five years. Bautista overcame painful memories to return to MacArthur Park Thursday. Last year, the 33-year-old construction worker and his four-year-old son had a harrowing encounter with riot police as they marched for immigration reform. He spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze. Attorney Jorge Gonzalez translated.
Thursday is May Day, and thousands are expected to turn out in Los Angeles for immigrant rights marches. Last year, a day of peaceful protests ended at L.A.'s MacArthur Park in what's become known as the May Day Melee. L.A. police officers in riot gear clubbed and fired rubber bullets at marchers and journalists. As KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports, the LAPD has been working to prevent a similar incident.
Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas engaged in a feisty debate last night. Parks and Ridley-Thomas are the two leading candidates to replace retiring County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. Her district includes Culver City, Inglewood, South LA, Compton and Carson. KPCC's Frank Stoltze has more on last night's exchange.