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

Baca's plan to monitor ex-prisoners faces skeptical supervisors

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca faced stiff resistance from the board of supervisors Tuesday to his plan to supervise ex-offenders returning home from state prison.

Voters go to the polls in 36th Congressional District special election

Voters go to the polls in a special election today to fill the South Bay congressional seat once held by Jane Harman. They'll be choosing between Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Craig Huey. About 40,000 mail-in ballots already have been received. Polls are open until 8 tonight.

Sheriff Baca seeks to rehabilitate felons in realignment

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is vying to take control of state prison inmates released as part of Governor Jerry Brown's realignment plan. Most counties are assigning the responsibility for supervision and rehabilitation of ex-offenders to probation departments, but Baca says he can do a better job.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn's mother dies

The mother of Councilwoman Janice Hahn and former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn has died. Ramona Hahn's unexpected death at age 86 was confirmed by her daughter's chief of staff, and comes one day before Janice Hahn competes in a runoff election for the 36th District congressional seat.

California chief justice blasts budget cuts to courts

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Friday railed against budget cuts to the state’s court system. She said the $350 million hit comes on top of previous budget cuts.

In debate, Hahn denies she pushed for gang member's release from jail

During a debate at KPCC Thursday, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn – a Democratic candidate for Congress – found herself fending off charges she helped a gang member get out of jail.

Nationally known Chicano activist charges FBI with targeting him for political speech

Carlos Montes, an icon among Chicano and Latino activists, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to illegal gun possession in Los Angeles. He said authorities are using the charges to target him for his political beliefs.

LAPD inspector general resigns

Inspector General Nicole Bershon said she’s leaving her job to become a Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner. In the hierarchy of superior court, its 140 commissioners sit just below judges and decide certain lower level legal matters. She said she’ll leave her current job in the next few weeks.

Money on the way for LA's homeless vets?

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says federal money may be on the way to help homeless veterans in Southern California.

LA City Council approves police contract

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a new labor contract with the union that represents rank and file police officers.

AEG picks architect for proposed downtown LA NFL stadium

AEG, the company that hopes to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, has already picked an architect for part of the project – even though it has yet to win approval from the city.

Immigrants rights groups sue LA County sheriff Baca

Immigrant rights groups are suing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in an effort to force him to hand over information about his cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

LA County supervisors concerned about limiting use of fire retardant

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday raised concerns about the federal government’s plan to reduce the use of fire retardant during wildfires.

LA city fire chief to retire after painful budget cuts

Los Angeles City Fire Chief Millage Peaks Monday announced he is retiring. His departure, announced by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, follows deep cuts to the fire department amid a citywide budget crisis.

Los Angeles City Council revives red light cameras

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday revived the possibility that L.A. will continue to use red light cameras at city intersections.