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 district attorney's race getting crowded

Career prosecutor Bobby Grace is the latest entry in next year's contest for the top prosecutor's job in Los Angeles County.

Bernard Parks challenger says she has him 'on the ropes'

It's a cliffhanger, but Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks on Wednesday declared victory in his re-election bid. His main challenger, Forescee Hogan-Rowles, is saying ‘not-so-fast.'

LA City Council moves to keep nearly $1 billion from state

The Los Angeles City Council today rushed to lock up more than $1 billion in local redevelopment money to keep it out of the state’s hands. Lawmakers in Sacramento could vote as early as this week to eliminate redevelopment agencies - and shift their tax dollars back into the state’s coffers.

Measure G would reduce pensions for new police, firefighters

This coming Tuesday, voters will decide on Measure G, which would reduce the pensions of police officers and firefighters hired after July 1.

Officers file lawsuit against Westminster Police Department

Three Latino police officers announced Wedensday that they’ve filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Westminster Police Department in Orange County.

Measure G is modest reform of LA city pensions

Next Tuesday, Los Angeles city voters consider whether to roll back retirement benefits for new police officers and firefighters. If the approve it, Measure G would be L.A.’s first stab at reining in the growing cost of pensions and health care for retired city workers.

Los Angeles votes on library funding next week

Los Angeles city voters decide next week on Tuesday, March 8 whether to set aside more money for public libraries in the city’s charter. Last year, the mayor and City Council slashed spending on the library system to address a big budget deficit. That forced all 76 locations to close two days a week for the first time.

Religious leaders express concern over Muslim hearings in congress

More than 100 religious leaders in Southern California have signed a letter urging Congress to cancel hearings on the “radicalization” of Muslims in the U.S.

Governor Brown remains hopeful for California budget deal

California Governor Jerry Brown this week continues his campaign for Republican support of his tax hike proposal. The governor remains hopeful, even as time runs out to place his measure on the June ballot.

Metro buys Union Station

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that it’s buying Union Station in downtown L.A.

LA firefighter funeral being held this morning

The Los Angeles City Fire Department sponsored a candlelight vigil Thursday night for Glenn Allen, who died last week while fighting a fire. His funeral takes place this morning, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Muslims sue FBI for alleged First Amendment violation

Civil rights groups on Wednesday said they’ve sued the FBI for allegedly violating the First Amendment by spying on Orange County Muslims inside mosques. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the case focuses on the activities of a paid informant for the federal law enforcement agency.

Office of Independent Review says no evidence journalist Salazar was targeted by law enforcement

The Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review Tuesday issued its report on the death of journalist Ruben Salazar, who was killed 40 years ago when a sheriff's deputy fired a tear gas canister into an East L.A. bar during anti-war demonstrations. It said there is no evidence that law enforcement targeted Salazar. Salazar’s daughter said the report doesn’t go far enough.

LA city ballot measure locks in money for libraries

On March 8, Los Angeles city voters will decide whether to set aside more money for public libraries in the city’s charter. Last year, the mayor and City Council slashed spending on the library system to address a big budget deficit. That forced all 76 locations to close two days a week for the first time. The measure would reverse that, but may require deeper cuts elsewhere in the city.

Los Angeles City Council races heat up with 2 weeks to go

Just two weeks are left before Los Angeles voters make their choices to fill seven City Council seats. A number of important issues will face the new City Council, including dealing with the projected $530 million budget deficit for next fiscal year and deciding on a new NFL stadium proposal.