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

MWD staff urges HQ upgrade at cost of at least $20M

Metropolitan Water District staff say the agency needs to spend more than $90 million to have its headquarters meet code requirements for an "essential facility."

NAACP Riverside chapter award to DA Zellerbach stirring controversy

Some question honoring District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who faces a rocky re-election bid next month after allegedly tampering with his opponent's campaign signs.

LA sheriff’s race: Todd Rogers says his insider status is an asset

To another competition of sorts...for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's spot. One of the seven candidates running is currently an assistant sheriff. Todd Rogers says he's frustrated by the problems he sees -- and he's the man to fix them.

LA sheriff’s race: Rogers says insider status is an asset

He's spent nearly three decades with the department, rising to assistant sheriff last year. Todd Rogers says he knows the bad apples at the troubled agency.

LA sheriff’s race: In debate, candidates urge delay in jail expansion

In Sunday night's debate, two former colleagues had a tense exchange over who was responsible for violence in the jails.

Etiwanda Fire: 67 percent contained (updated)

A wildfire near Rancho Cucamonga that forced the evacuation of about 1,600 foothill homes is now only smoldering, and crews expect to make significant progress as winds ease.

Etiwanda Fire burns into second day; 53 percent containment

Authorities say the wildfire east of L.A. did not grow overnight and is 53 percent contained. They hope calmer winds will let firefighting helicopters take to the air.

Garcetti’s attorney sues for access to DWP nonprofit records

The lawsuit follows one by City Controller Ron Galperin that seeks to force DWP union leader Brian D'Arcy to disclose how $40 million was spent.

DWP union vows appeal of judge's audit ruling

The utility and its union jointly operate training institutes that are funded with taxpayer dollars. The battle continues over how the funds are spent.

Feinstein backs Padilla in tight Secretary of State race

L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.

Fight over $40 million in DWP union money enters new phase

If a judge issues an order as expected Tuesday, LA City Controller Ron Galperin can soon start digging through the books of two DWP-controlled safety and training institutes.

City of Bell shouldn't count on being paid back by Rizzo, Spaccia

Former officials Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia were ordered to pay the city almost $9 million as part of their sentencing, but both are said to be broke.

Friction lingers among Asian-Americans over affirmative action

A recent fight over reinstating affirmative action at California public universities has the community's political class debating the issue among themselves.

Alert to homeowners: property tax hike may be in your future

As home values go up again, so do property taxes. L.A. County will reassess 345,000 homes to provide additional revenue for discretionary spending.

LA County budget proposes hiring hundreds of nurses, social workers

"The county continues to emerge from an extremely difficult economic period," said LA County CEO Bill Fujioka. The board of supervisors must approve his budget.