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

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.

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.