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

VA releases plan to expand homeless services at West LA campus

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tuesday released a Master Plan that increases homeless services at its sprawling West Los Angeles campus. Earlier this month, civil rights and veterans groups sued the V.A., alleging the facility failed to provide adequate help to chronically homeless vets, many of whom suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

California redistricting hearings resume

The Citizen’s Redistricting Commission resumes hearings this week on its proposed changes to California’s political districts.

LA County Supervisors take up county budget

Los Angeles County Supervisors today conduct a hearing on the spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. The 23 billion dollar budget averts layoffs, but eliminates 250 vacant positions.

Hundreds pack first hearing on California draft redistricting plan

Hundreds of people packed Thursday night's meeting of the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. They came to complain about the panel’s plan redrawing political lines in Los Angeles.

Brown vetoes budget after state Democrats pass it on party lines

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the budget passed Wednesday by state Democrats, and made the unexpected announcement in a press release and a video posted on YouTube.

New report finds decline in LA homeless population, leaving some in doubt

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Tuesday released the results of its biennial count of homeless people. The report indicates that the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County fell three percent over two years, to 51,340.

Lawsuit declares LA 'homeless veterans capital' of the country, says West LA VA complex being misused

In a major lawsuit aimed at providing housing for homeless veterans in Southern California, the American Civil Liberties Union and veterans groups have sued the federal government for alleged misuse of the Veterans Administration complex in West Los Angeles.

Federal indictment says Latino gang Azusa 13 targeted African-Americans

A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a Latino street gang in Azusa of trying to push black people out of the city. Authorities say it marks only the second time they’ve used federal civil rights laws against a criminal street gang.

LA City Council considers allowing local police to opt out of Secure Communities immigration program

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday jumps into the debate over deportation. The Council considers a resolution that urges the federal government to allow local police to opt out of its Secure Communities program.

Jackie Lacey announces her run for LA District Attorney

The second-in-command to Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley Monday announced her campaign to succeed him. Jackie Lacey would become the first woman, and first African American to serve as the county’s top prosecutor.

Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt was victim of FBI Cointel program

Geronimo Pratt, the former head of the of the Black Panthers’ Southland chapter, died Thursday. He was 63. Most people who knew Pratt’s name recall that he was the target of an FBI program during the early 1970s that landed him in prison for more than a quarter-century for a crime he did not commit.

Dodger Stadium beating: Police chief remains vague about charges against Giovanni Ramirez

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck remained vague on Thursday about when he would file criminal charges in the Dodgers Stadium beating case. Speaking to reporters outside of police headquarters, he said only that he would file charges against Giovanni Ramirez, the man who was arrested more than a week ago for the crime, "in the near future."

ICE dramatically increases Southern California detention capacity

The federal government is dramatically increasing its detention facilities in Southern California with a new facility in the San Bernardino County town of Adelanto.

Los Angeles City Council takes control of Autry's renovation

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday put the brakes on a planned $6.6 million "major renovation" of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.

Leimert Park Metro stop's future remains uncertain following board vote

The future of a light rail stop at the cultural core of black Los Angeles remains in doubt following a recent vote by the Metro board of directors.