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

Brown, Boxer win California statewide races; Cooley-Harris still too close to call

Unlike in much of the country, Democrats fared well in California Tuesday. The cliffhanger: the race for attorney general between L.A. County DA Steve Cooley and San Francisco DA Kamala Harris.

California bucks national trend, chooses Democratic candidates

California voters elected Jerry Brown governor and decided to return Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate Tuesday, bucking national trends that saw widespread Democratic defeats.

Election Day arrives after barrage of negative ads

Polls are open across Southern California from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Brown, Boxer, fellow Democrats rally in downtown LA

A day before voters go to the polls, the entire Democratic ticket of candidates for statewide office gathers outside the central library in downtown Los Angeles.

Fiorina hoping for comeback win against Boxer

Former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina hopes for a comeback victory against incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Tuesday. She trails in the polls, but says she believes she still has a chance of catching the anti-incumbent wave sweeping the country.

Prop 19 battle heats up with $1 million from George Soros

The battle to legalize marijuana in California is heating up in the final days of the campaign.

Cooley says he'd be a nonpartisan attorney general

The race for California attorney general pits Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley against San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris. Both are career prosecutors. The similarities stop there. Harris bills herself as an innovator. Cooley says he’s a by-the-book lawman.

Fiorina hospitalized with infection related to breast cancer surgery [Updated]

U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina entered a hospital today, and it's unclear when she'll be able to resume campaigning. A statement from her campaign says the Republican challenger to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has an infection from surgery she underwent this summer.

National GOP group targets Calif. attorney general candidate Kamala Harris

A national Republican group has purchased more than one million in TV ads attacking the Democratic Party’s nominee for California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. National GOP groups are flush with campaign cash this year, and are able to exert influence in more races than in the past.

Whitman struggling to close the deal with Latinos

Latino voters make up about a fifth of the electorate in California. They’re overwhelmingly Democratic. Meg Whitman had hoped to win over enough to beat Jerry Brown in the race for governor.

Meg Whitman campaigns in Los Angeles

Republican Meg Whitman campaigned in South Gate Thursday, following a poll that indicated she trails Democrat Jerry Brown by eight points in the governor’s race.

Whitman, Brown target Latino voters in gubernatorial race

Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown are trying to win over Latino voters in this year’s gubernatorial race. For months, Whitman’s targeted them with ads in two languages. Brown’s labor union allies recently launched an ad campaign called “Cambiando California” – Spanish for “Change California.” Whitman faces the tougher sell to a constituency that’s traditionally voted Democratic.

LAPD officer dies in Afghanistan

For the second time this year, a Los Angeles police officer has died in Afghanistan.

Director of LA County Child, Family Services responds to new child death numbers

Documents show that the number of deaths of children of the the care of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services is higher than previously thought, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest change was a revision of this year's number from 6 to 21. Trish Ploehn, director of the L.A. County DCFS, appeared on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" to respond.

Villaraigosa proposes changes to police pensions

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today unveiled a pension reform proposal that requires newly hired police officers and firefighters to work more years before they qualify for enhanced retirement benefits.