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

Angry LA County supes postpone vote on parolee transfer plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed a vote on a plan to manage new parolees California releases from its prisons. A new state law requires local counties – instead of state parole agents - to supervise non-serious offenders.

Cooley predicts dramatic crime spike under state plan

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said California's plan to shift supervision of thousands of former state prison inmates to counties will be a "disaster" for L.A. He made the comment as the Board of Supervisors prepared to vote Tuesday on a plan to manage the felons.

Quick recovery expected for officer wounded in South LA shoot out

The officer wounded in Thursday's South Los Angeles shoot-out underwent a successful hand surgery Friday, according to doctors at the California Medical Center. Quick thinking by the officer accounts for what doctors expect to be a 100 percent recovery, LAPD's Police Chief Charlie Beck said Friday.

Race to replace Hahn getting crowded

The race to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn is getting crowded.

Vernon's debt may save it from disincorporation

Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday said they may oppose the disincorporation of the troubled city of Vernon because the move could force the county to assume Vernon's debt. Their comments came as State Sen. Kevin deLeon, who represents Vernon, withdrew his support of a bill to disincorporate the city.

LA County supervisors worry about prison release plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors raised concerns Tuesday about the planned release of thousands of state prison inmates. The state plans to release about 9,000 inmates to L.A. County during the next year starting in October. Over three years, the number will climb to nearly 30,000 as California complies with a federal court order to reduce its prison population.

LA finally ready to get a new football stadium?

Los Angeles may soon host professional football again. The City Council this week is likely to approve a tentative deal for a new football stadium that’s expected to attract an NFL team to L.A. for the first time in decades. The city’s leadership is unanimous in its support of a project that promises new jobs and tax revenue. Critics say stadium developers are promising more than they can deliver.

Fullerton residents angry over police killing of homeless man

Last month’s police killing of an unarmed schizophrenic homeless man in Fullerton has sparked debate about how police deal with mentally ill suspects. Kelly Thomas died after half a dozen police officers tried to subdue him at a bus depot.

Greuel has edge in mayoral candidates' early fundraising efforts

Candidates who seek to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have filed their first campaign finance reports.

Norco immigrant family claims they were assaulted by ICE agents

An immigrant family claimed on Monday that immigration agents roughed up their grandmother during a raid in Norco.

Hundreds flood city council chambers to support stadium

The Los Angeles City Council Friday heard an avalanche of voices in favor of a new downtown football stadium project that's projected to bring thousands of jobs and new tax revenue to L.A. Legendary Los Angeles Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo, who led the team to the Super Bowl three decades ago, was among the first to testify. The Rams left L.A. in 1994. “When the Rams left, L.A. lost a piece of itself," he said. "It's time to get it back."

NFL stadium proposal heads to LA City Council

Anschutz Entertainment Group and the city are moving closer to a tentative agreement that would allow the company to build a $1.2 billion football stadium next to Staples Center, a project that would change the face of downtown Los Angeles. A proposed, non-binding deal receives its first full city council hearing Friday.

Angelenos to weigh in on proposed downtown LA NFL stadium

The Los Angeles City Council’s ad hoc committee on the proposed downtown football stadium holds a public hearing tonight. Anschutz Entertainment Group, or AEG, hopes to win preliminary approval of its proposal within weeks.

Korean-American student dreams big with passage of Dream Act

Jaime Kim, 20, and her parents arrived in Southern California from South Korea a decade ago. Her parents, like so many others, used a limited tourist visa to travel to the U.S. and never returned home.

Brown signs Dream Act, opening private aid to undocumented students

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will let college students who entered the country illegally receive private financial aid.