Frank Stoltze

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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

More Indictments Against South L.A. Gang

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles Tuesday announced a second round of indictments against Florencia-13, one of the biggest gangs in South L.A. The gang allegedly ran drugs over a wide area south of downtown and east of the 110 Freeway. It also allegedly targeted African Americans for attack. One hundred and two members and associates of the gang are under indictment. Eighty are in custody. In an interview with KPCC's Frank Stoltze, lead prosecutor Peter Hernandez said the latest indictments targeted associates of Florencia-13.

Head of State Firefighters Association Criticizes Lack of Fire Funding

The president of the State Firefighters Association says the blazes burning across the region should convince Californians to invest more in firefighting resources.

FEMA Chief Tours Wildfire Areas

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, David Paulison, was in Southern California Wednesday to see the wildfire situation firsthand. While he was outside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Paulison spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze, and explained why President Bush changed the designation of the crisis from a disaster to a major disaste

Forecasters Say Fires Are Worsening Air Quality

Weather forecasters say the fires are compromising air quality throughout Southern California. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Bratton Releases Report on May 1 MacArthur Park Incident

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton today released a report on the MacArthur Park incident on May 1st, when his officers were seen firing rubber bullets and hitting people at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The highly critical document report says commanders and officers alike failed to properly do their jobs, leading to more than 40 injuries and nearly 150 lawsuits. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was at City Hall.

Skid Row Safer, But Homelessness Problems Remain

It's been a year since the LAPD added 50 officers to patrol Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The results have been dramatic. Violent crime is down by a third. The number of homeless people living on the streets has been cut in half. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls the policy a "phenomenal" success. Homeless activists charge it's been a policy of harassment, and complain city officials have done little to address homelessness.

Some GOP Voters In Turmoil Over Primary Contest

Golden State voters go to the polls February 5 and political junkies are predicting a big showdown within both major parties. While Hillary Clinton is the formidable frontrunner among Democrats, KPCC's Frank Stoltze says that plenty of California Republicans are undecided or disenchanted.

California Could Play Prominent Role in Upcoming Primaries

California has moved its presidential primary from June to February, and that could give the state its biggest role ever in selecting the Republican and Democratic nominees. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked to two veteran political consultants about the coming campaigns in the Golden State.

Dodgers Plan Big Golden Anniversary Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers say they plan a big golden anniversary next year, even as they struggle to make the playoffs this season. KPCC's Frank Stoltze was there as a few old timers kicked off the celebration at Dodger Stadium.

Law Enforcement Officials Urge Expanded DNA Use in Crime Solving

A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday tentatively accepted $500,000 from the Federal Justice Department to review 300 violent crime "cold cases" using DNA evidence. At the same time, law enforcement officials meeting at Cal State Los Angeles called for the expanded use of DNA to solve crimes. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

U.S., El Salvador to Open Transnational Gang Center

The United States and El Salvador plan to open a transnational gang center in the Salvadoran capital next month. Law enforcement authorities say the center will allow them to share intelligence and coordinate strategies against gang members deported from Southern California and elsewhere in the U.S. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Mayor Strikes Deal with School District

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled what he called a "historic" partnership with the L.A. Unified School District that will give him control over a small group of campuses. The agreement follows the mayor's failure to wrest control over the entire public school district. Villaraigosa promised to make his chosen schools a model of reform in a district long plagued by low test scores and high drop out rates. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Democrats Woo Gays and Lesbians at Hollywood Forum

Gay marriage topped the conversation at a Democratic presidential forum in Hollywood Thursday night. It was the first ever live TV forum devoted to gay and lesbian issues. The leading Candidates walked a fine line, showing their support for civil rights while refusing to endorse gay marriage.

Deported Citizen Guzman Found, Reunited with Family in L.A.

A U.S. citizen whom immigration authorities had wrongly deported is back in Los Angeles after what family members say was a harrowing three months in Mexico. Twenty-nine-year-old Pedro Guzman, who's developmentally disabled, was reunited Tuesday with his family in Lancaster. His lawyers say they had to fight for his release even after he was in the United States.

LAPD Mourns Loss of Two Officers

City flags in Los Angeles are flying at half staff for two off-duty LAPD officers who died in separate traffic accidents Sunday. The deaths, a rare double loss for the LAPD, reverberated throughout the department. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.