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

Ridley-Thomas says black political power remains in LA

District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s election is a sign blacks continue to hold onto power, despite their decline as a percentage of the population.

LA Sheriff Baca faces critical year for jail reform

The L.A. County Sheriff is under intense pressure to stop what a citizen’s panel called “a persistent pattern of unreasonable force” against jail inmates.

Sheriff Lee Baca under pressure to curb inmate abuse

Sheriff Lee Baca is under intense pressure to stop what an independent citizen's panel called "A persistent pattern of unreasonable force," against jail inmates. The FBI is reportedly examining dozens of allegations of abuse by sheriff's deputies, and the federal government could seek a consent decree mandating reforms if Baca fails to reduce violence inside his lockups.

Obama, California, and gun laws after Sandy Hook

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. But it could still be affected by President Obama's initiative to examine gun violence.

New audit from Wendy Greuel focuses on mileage reimbursement

Controller says the City of L.A. regularly overpays mileage reimbursements to employees who use their own cars.

Heavyweight Republican lends support in LA mayors race

One of the US's best political advertising minds aims to change the course of the LA mayor’s race. Republican Fred Davis has created a political action committee to support Kevin James.

Raid finds 16 tons of pot in Long Beach

Police raid uncovers one of California's biggest pot stashes ever. Did growers produce for the streets, medical marijuana dispensaries or a high school horticulture project?

LA Mayor Villaraigosa under fire for joining 'Fix the Debt'

The debate over the nation’s debt hit LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s desk when activists delivered signatures opposing his decision to join "The Campaign to Fix the Debt.”

Greuel beating Garcetti in race for prominent elected Latino endorsements [UPDATED]

With endorsements come quibbles over the true Latino candidate in the campaign for L.A. mayor.

Westminster’s Tri Ta first elected Vietnamese American mayor

Tri Ta is a philosopher, a black belt, and the son of a political refugee. His election represents another step in the maturation of Vietnamese Americans in the US.

All Saints Church target of hate mail for hosting Muslims

All Saints Church has received dozens of e-mails denouncing its decision to host a conference by the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Lacey era begins in LA County DA's office

Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as L.A. County’s first woman and first black district attorney. She's also the first black woman elected to countywide office.

Cooley reflects, offers advice to new Los Angeles DA Lacey

One of LA’s longest serving District Attorneys leaves office Monday, making way for Jackie Lacey, the first woman and African-American DA in Los Angeles County.

Downtown LA residents to vote on tax to fund streetcar

This weekend marks the last opportunity for residents in downtown Los Angeles to vote on a special property tax. It would fund construction of a four-mile electric streetcar in their neighborhood.

What's next for Riordan's pension plans?

Former mayor says he'll now seek support directly from union leaders, but they maintain city employees are already paying plenty into their retirement.