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

LA Mayor Villaraigosa orders more furloughs after workers reject deal

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday ordered more than seven weeks of unpaid furlough days for thousands of city workers after they rejected a labor union deal.

LADWP General Manager Nichols defends billing practices

The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is defending his agency’s billing practices.

Audit says Los Angeles fails to collect on parking ticket scofflaws

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel Tuesday said cash-strapped L.A. is failing to collect millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets.

Los Angeles City Council holds budget hearings over Mayor Villaraigosa's proposed budget

The Los Angeles City Council this week begins scrutinizing the mayor’s proposed $7 billion budget.

Mail-in voting begins in race to replace Congresswoman Jane Harman

Mail-in voting’s begun in the campaign to replace Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman of the South Bay and Long Beach.

Mayor Villaraigosa's budget could furlough Los Angeles workers, reduce some fire services

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has released his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It calls for furloughing city workers if they don't agree to contribute more to their pension and health care plans. The city faces a projected $460 million deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Los Angeles County faces budget deficit, but seeks to avoid layoffs

Los Angeles County’s chief executive said Monday the county faces a $220 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, as lower tax revenues continue to strain local government coffers.

LA City Attorney Trutanich explores run for District Attorney

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has formed an exploratory committee in preparation for a likely run for Los Angeles County district attorney next year. It is a major break with the current D.A. Steve Cooley, who has said he would prefer his assistant Jackie Lacey to succeed him.

LAPD eases daytime curfew enforcement on teens

The Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to ease daytime curfew laws amid complaints that officers are indiscriminately handing out tens of thousands of tickets to high school students. Officers will stop most sweeps during the first hour of classes and no longer ticket students on campus.

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa takes aim at teachers' union contract in State of the City

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday said he intends to push for dramatic changes in the contract between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its powerful teachers union this year. Villaraigosa delivered his message in his annual State of the City address.

Los Angeles City Council delays vote on police, fire health care plans

Labor union leaders representing Los Angeles city firefighters and police officers Tuesday beat back an attempt to cut back their health care benefits.

Los Angeles police union challenges vechicle impound policy

The labor union that represents Los Angeles police officers is trying to block the department’s new, more lenient policy for unlicensed drivers stopped at DUI checkpoints. Chief Charlie Beck said the old policy was unfair to illegal immigrants.

Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata found dead

Democratic political consultant Kam Kuwata has died. Los Angeles police say they found his body inside his Venice home Monday morning after friends worried about his whereabouts. Police have not announced a cause of death, but they say they found no evidence of foul play. Kuwata was 57.

Los Angeles Police Chief Beck vows to make Dodger Stadium safe

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has vowed to make Dodger Stadium safe. This follows the severe beating of a Giants fan in the parking lot on opening day last week.

Dodgers hire former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton after opening day beating

The Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday announced they’ve hired former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton to review and improve security at the stadium. The move follows the severe beating of a Giants fan in the parking lot on opening day.