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

GOP takes Senate, but not California, in hard-fought races

Democrats won outright or were poised to win highly contested Southern California seats. Still, retirements and redistricting mean a flotilla of freshmen are headed to Capitol Hill.

Election 2014: Kuehl wins LA Supervisors Race (and other local election results)

Labor unions helped retired state legislator Sheila Kuehl best Bobby Shriver to win a seat on the powerful Los Angeles Board of Supervisors.

Kuehl, Shriver discuss accountability in final debate

Election 2014: At Encino debate, Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver discuss accountability on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Election 2014: We fact check 2 ads in the Shriver/Kuehl race

Two political ads by Bobby Shriver deserve a closer look. One could easily mislead readers. The other overstates Sheila Kuehl's role in the state Legislature.

Sheriff frontrunner McDonnell cautious on citizen oversight

Election 2014: During a weekend forum, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell reiterated his support for a Sheriff's oversight panel. Paul Tanaka did not attend.

Ezell Ford killing: City says LAPD officers acted in self-defense

The August 11 shooting of Ezell Ford in South LA triggered numerous protests and comparisons to the police killing of Michael Brown in Missouri.

Report: Use of force against inmates up at LA jails

The increase in use of force by LA County deputies against inmates comes as the agency seeks to transform itself amid multiple federal investigations into corruption and civil rights violations.

Election 2014: Kuehl, Shriver differ on landmark environmental law

Both Board of Supervisors candidates say CEQA can be too onerous for developers, but Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver give different views when asked about one big project.

Election 2014: Labor Super PAC raises $935K for Kuehl in race with Shriver

Labor unions are coming to the aid of Sheila Kuehl in the race for L.A. County Supervisor against the well-connected Bobby Shriver, who is supported by business groups and wealthy individuals.

LA County jails: Feds seek oversight to improve plight of mentally ill

Mentally ill jail inmates in Los Angeles face poor living conditions and inadequate health care, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

LA County supervisors: 6 key questions facing Kuehl, Shriver

Most voters ignore the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, even though it is the single most powerful group of elected officials in the region.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.

Woman punched by CHP officer settles for $1.5 million

A woman struck by a California Highway Patrol officer in a videotaped incident will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign.

Labor unions raise $362,000 for Kuehl through outside group

Independent expenditure committees could play an important role in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, who are competing to replace Zev Yaroslavsky.

Paul Tanaka slowly returns to LA County sheriff’s race

Over the summer, Tanaka closed his campaign headquarters, held no events and posted nothing on social media. He faces an uphill battle against Jim McDonnell in the race for L.A. County sheriff.