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

Jury begins deliberating gay retaliation claim against LAPD

Jury deliberations resume today in the case of a gay Los Angeles police sergeant who claims the department retaliated against him.

Los Angeles City Council backs off police, fire cuts in $7 billion budget

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a nearly $7 billion budget that cuts an array of city services to address a deficit of more than $300 million.

Voters go to the polls in 36th Congressional District election

Voters go to the polls today in the special election to replace retired Congresswoman Jane Harman. Harman quit two months after her November re-election to head a Washington D.C. think tank.

Mall developer Caruso mulls run for Los Angeles mayor

Rick Caruso, who developed the Grove in Los Angeles and the Americana in Glendale, said L.A. City Hall is a "bureaucratic nightmare." In his address to Town Hall Los Angeles at the Biltmore Hotel this week, Caruso said it's time for new leadership in the city, and he might be referring to himself.

Federal deportation program under fire in Los Angeles

Civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles on Thursday said federal immigration authorities are snagging innocent crime victims in their drive to increase deportations using the Secure Communities program. They pointed to the case of a domestic violence victim recently arrested by the LAPD.

Los Angeles Fire Department faces permanent cuts in service

Facing the worst budget deficit in decades, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has proposed deep cuts to the city’s fire department. His plan would permanently close nearly 30 fire trucks and paramedic units, and would shrink the department by more than 300 firefighters. Fire officials who designed the plan promise that it would maintain public safety. Critics predict that it’ll lead to unnecessary deaths.

Los Angeles criminal courts building closed again Tuesday

Officials say flooding will keep the criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles closed for a second day today.

Search and rescue team practices responding to radiation disaster

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s urban search and rescue team has increased its training for radiation-related disasters, in the wake of what happened at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. “In light of what happened in Japan with the nuclear reactors, we could theoretically have that happen here,” said Rick Godinez of the fire department’s California Task Force One.

Judge sentences Rosemead man who planned to smuggle missiles into U.S.

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday sentenced a Rosemead man to 25 years in prison for plotting to smuggle missiles from China.

LAPD cops remember fallen colleagues

The Los Angeles Police Department Thursday held its annual memorial for officers who died in the line of duty. Top brass and officers gathered outside police headquarters.

LAPD gay cop case goes to trial

A gay Los Angeles Police officer claims in a lawsuit that his superior harassed him because of his sexual orientation.

City cuts deal with Olvera Street merchants

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday signed off on a deal with merchants along downtown’s historic Olvera Street.

Bowen, Gin, Hahn, Winograd in crowded field for 36th Congressional District

The tone of political campaigns may divide voters as much as ever, even turn them off. But that hasn’t stopped 16 people from jumping into the special election to replace former Congresswoman Jane Harman, who quit a couple of months after her re-election last year to head a think tank.

LA City Council approves labor union deal

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved a labor union deal that will require many city workers to contribute more to their retirement healthcare plans.

LAPD says it's cleared backlog of rape kits

Los Angeles Police Department officials Wednesday said they’ve cleared a backlog of untested DNA evidence collected in sexual assault cases.