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 looks at big hike in ambulance fees

The Los Angeles City Council's Public Safety Committee Monday approved a nearly 40 percent fee hike in emergency ambulance services provided by the L.A. City Fire Department.

State Sen. Jenny Oropeza diagnosed with blood clot

Senator Jenny Oropeza, Democrat of Long Beach, has been diagnosed with a blood clot in her abdomen and is expected to miss next week's legislative session.

LAPD officers' union criticizes budget cuts, closure of 4 evidence rooms

The Los Angeles Police Department is closing four evidence rooms to save money.

LA may fine banks that don't maintain foreclosed properties

The Los Angeles City Council Friday considers a proposal that would create a registry of foreclosed homes — and would levy fines on banks that don’t maintain them.

LA City Council approves boycott of Arizona over immigration law

Los Angeles City Council members Wednesday assailed Arizona's new immigration law as they approved an economic boycott of the state. The council banned most official city travel to Arizona and future city contracts with companies based there. The move is designed to pressure Arizona to repeal a law that makes it a state crime to lack immigration papers, and which allows police to check the immigration status of people they have stopped for another reason.

Democrats target Whitman in governor's race

The California Democratic Party Friday jumped into the Republican race for governor. It launched a TV ad that attacks former eBay chief Meg Whitman, who holds a wide lead in the GOP primary.

GOP Senate contenders boast they're the best to beat Boxer

The three candidates running for the Republican nomination for United States Senate debated Thursday night in Los Angeles. The primary election is less than a month away, and each hopes to face Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer in November. The three agreed on many conservative issues, but also offered some sharply differing views.

ACLU: LA County jail guards perpetuate violence

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies use violence to mete out discipline at the Men’s Central Jail, says a report the American Civil Liberties Union released Wednesday. In its annual report on the downtown lock-up, the A.C.L.U. calls the aging facility a “medieval dungeon” where prisoners live in fear of retaliation and abuse. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department declared that the report gets it wrong.

GOP candidates for governor face off in Sunday debate

Republican gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner face off for their second and likely final debate Sunday.

Villaraigosa backs Arizona boycott; LA prepares for big immigration rally

Police say as many as 100,000 people may attend Saturday's immigration rights rally in downtown Los Angeles. The protest is aimed at Arizona’s new law that requires local police in that state to arrest undocumented immigrants.

Daryl Gates remembered by friends, family and colleagues

More than 3,500 police chiefs and beat cops, politicians and judges paid their last respects Tuesday to former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, during a downtown funeral procession and memorial service. Gates died April 16 of cancer. Friends and colleagues heaped praise on a man once called “America’s Police Chief” but who also polarized the city he protected.

Daryl Gates funeral held in downtown LA

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and civic leaders from across the region paid final respects to former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl Gates, whose funeral was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels today. (Audio: KPCC's Shirley Jahad talks to Frank Stoltze as he brings us a live report from former Chief Daryl Gate's funeral procession in downtown L.A.)

Daryl Gates remembered by hundreds who pay tribute

A closed casket viewing at police headquarters drew hundreds of current and former cops.

Daryl Gates recalled by old adversary City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky

As a city councilman during Daryl Gates' tenure, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky often battled the police chief. He sees his old adversary in a different light today. The Los Angeles Police Department is hosting a closed-casket viewing for former Chief Daryl Gates Monday inside the auditorium of its new downtown headquarters. It runs from noon until 8 p.m. Gates died April 16, 2010, after a bout with bladder cancer. He was 83.

Villaraigosa proposes budget, offers city council olive branch

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered his state of the city address Tuesday, and a proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It includes hundreds of layoffs and deep service cuts.