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

Garamendi once had his own close call with violence

In the wake of the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, California Congressman John Garamendi is recalled his own brush with violence.

Brown's budget further frays social safety net

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget cuts $12.5 billion in spending. Under the plan, California’s social safety net takes a big hit. People who provide those services, and people who use them, are worried.

LA budget committee takes up dire money picture

The Los Angeles City Council’s Budget Committee today takes up how to address the city’s worsening financial outlook. The idea of privatizing the city’s parking garages tops the agenda.

Police chief says crime this year hinges on LAPD hiring

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Thursday warned that crime will go up if the City Council refuses to continue hiring officers who'll replace the ones that retire.

Jockeying begins in Los Angeles District Attorney's race

Assistant District Attorney Jacquelyn Lacey announced Wednesday that she's formed an exploratory committee to run for District Attorney in the 2012 election.

Well-known civil rights lawyer disbarred for tax evasion

The California State Bar has stripped Los Angeles-based civil rights lawyer Stephen Yagman of his law license. Yagman sued local and federal law enforcement agencies countless times, before his conviction on tax evasion charges three years ago.

Kamala Harris brings different tone as California attorney general

Kamala Harris took the oath of office as California’s first female and first minority attorney general Monday. Many Democratic Party leaders regard her as a rising star who could someday run for governor - or even for higher office. She's also someone who brings a different sensibility to the state's top law enforcement job.

How to get rid of your Christmas tree? Recycle it

If you have a Christmas tree that’s losing its leaves, it’s time to let it go before it becomes dangerous.

The best personal earthquake preparedness plan is simply to be prepared

The Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan sounds a familiar warning to people in the region, as KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports in this installment of his series of reports on the plan.

Jerry Brown: Now and Then

Next week, nearly three decades after he left it, former California governor Jerry Brown – who’s also a former Secretary of State, former Oakland mayor and former state Attorney General - returns to the governor’s office. He first served from 1975 to 1983. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze takes a look back at Brown’s first stint as the state’s chief executive.

LA fire chief says city swamped with calls

Los Angeles city fire officials say calls for help are pouring as the storm continues.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca sworn for 4th term

Governor-elect Jerry Brown administered the oath of office to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Baca’s entering his fourth term as sheriff.

Unarmed man killed by Long Beach police was avid surfer, snowboarder

In an emotional news conference, Doug Zerby's family spoke lovingly of him and decried Long Beach Police officers for opening fire on an unarmed man without every identifying themselves.

LAPD detective tells of finding photos of women at 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer's home

The “Grim Sleeper” serial murder case took another turn Thursday. Trying to identify more victims, Los Angeles police released 180 photos found at the home of alleged killer Lonnie David Franklin Junior. Franklin’s charged with killing 10 people, but police believe he murdered more.

LAPD releases photos of possible 'Grim Sleeper' victims, asking public for help

Los Angeles Police Thursday released more than 180 photos of mostly African American women who may have been victims of the “Grim Sleeper” serial murderer.