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 City Council approves giant digital billboards for Wilshire Grand project

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a developer’s plans to include bright digital lights on the new Wilshire Grand hotel and an adjacent office tower.

Late Secretary of State Warren Christopher remembered at Disney Hall service

Former Vice President Al Gore was among those who honored the late Secretary of State Warren Christopher at a memorial service at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Gore called Christopher “one of the great statesmen of our era” and “an extraordinary man of integrity.”

Los Angeles labor union leaders try to sell deal to members

Los Angeles city labor leaders will try this week to sell their members on the idea of contributing more to their pension plans.

Labor rally planned for downtown Los Angeles

Organizers say they expect several thousand people at a labor union rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. It coincides with similar demonstrations in several cities.

Mayor Villaraigosa cuts pension reform deal with Los Angeles labor unions

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday said the city’s largest labor unions have agreed to increase retiree health care and pension contributions – an important step in addressing the city’s budget crisis.

Warren Christopher: A powerful and quiet player in LA

When former United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher died last week, most people focused on his foreign policy accomplishments: He secured freedom for the American hostages in Iran in 1980, and helped broker the Bosnian peace deal for the Clinton administration. But Christopher also played a quiet yet crucial role in Los Angeles.

LA County sheriff's deputies at Men's Central Jail under investigation

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Wednesday confirmed that the department has broadened its investigation into a clique of deputies who worked at Men’s Central Jail.

Los Angeles County Supervisors raise fees

In a theme that’s playing out around California, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved fee increases to address a growing budget shortfall.

LA facing $47 million deficit over next 3 months; CAO suggests freezing police hiring

The Los Angeles City Council this week returns to the subject its likes least: L.A.’s burgeoning budget deficit.

Los Angeles officials seek to allay concerns about radiation, earthquakes after Japan

Emergency planners in Southern California Friday sought to allay concerns that the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan threatens public safety here.

2013 Los Angeles mayor's race well under way

The field is expected to be crowded in the race to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Two candidates Wednesday added their names to the list of contenders.

LA Police Commission supports officer shooting of Guatemalan day laborer

The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday said an officer was justified in killing a Guatemalan day laborer in the Westlake District last year. The shooting last September prompted violent protests.

LAPD eases impound policy for illegal immigrants

In a move closely watched by other Southern California law enforcement agencies, LAPD Chief Chalie Beck has ordered his officers end the practice of immediately seizing the cars of undocumented immigrants who are stopped at sobriety checkpoints. The move comes amid concerns that police were unfairly targeting those drivers.

LAPD makes it easier for illegal immigrant drivers

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Monday that his officers will no longer automatically tow the cars of illegal immigrant drivers stopped at sobriety checkpoints.

Officer who lied about being shot is charged

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Thursday against the Los Angeles Schools police officer who lied about being shot outside a Woodland Hills high school.