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

Beutner faces DWP with history of resisting oversight

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Wednesday appointed his economic czar to temporarily head the city’s Department of Water and Power. Austin Beutner steps into a firestorm of controversy surrounding the powerful agency. The recent debate over a power rate increase and accusations that agency managers lied to elected officials have raised the ire of many in and out of City Hall.

LA County budget proposal would shrink spending nearly 4%

Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer released his proposed budget Monday. It’s a $22.7 billion plan that shrinks county spending by 3.7 percent.

Former LAPD Chief Gates loved, reviled in the city he policed

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates died Friday from cancer. He was 83. Gates, the chief from 1978 until 1992, was a major figure in the city’s history – a polarizing man who engendered deep admiration and bitter revulsion. Among Los Angeles police officers, Daryl Gates was a giant. “I thought the guy walked on water," Officer Ossie Crenshaw said as he took a break from working out at the Police Academy in Elysian Park.

Former LAPD chief Daryl Gates dies

Former Los Angeles police Chief Daryl F. Gates, who was credited with modernizing the department but later forced out in the wake of the 1992 riots, died today from complications of bladder cancer at age 83. (Audio: KPCC's Steve Julian talks to reporter Frank Stoltze about Gates' death.)

Cops fighting Southern California hate gangs honored

The Anti-Defamation League has honored Southern California law enforcement officials involved in combating street gangs that commit hate crimes.

Villaraigosa says revenue increase will keep parks, libraries open

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he no longer believed it would be necessary to shut down some city services because of a gaping budget hole.

New LA archbishop emotional in first news conference [Update]

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a conservative Mexican-born archbishop to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony as head of the archdiocese of Los Angeles. Archbishop Jose Gomez immediately becomes a leading Latino spiritual leader in the Catholic Church, and a powerful player in the church’s conservative movement.

City controller says LA may not be able to pay bills

The L.A. City Council and Board of Water and Power commissioners are meeting separately today to discuss their ongoing dispute over a proposed DWP rate hike. (Audio: City Controller Wendy Greuel says the loss of the DWP money means she won’t be able to pay L.A.’s bills next month unless the City Council dips into the reserve fund. She spoke with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.)

Eastman suffers setback in California attorney general bid

Former Chapman University Law School Dean John Eastman has suffered a setback in his bid for the Republican nomination for State Attorney General.

LA power politics threaten city's financial stability

By most accounts, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has lost an extraordinary political showdown. But the City Council’s refusal this week to approve Villaraigosa’s proposed electricity rate hike – and the mayor’s refusal to accept a smaller rate increase – threaten the city’s financial stability.

LA kids plead with City Council to save Parks programs

Kids and parents pleaded with the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday to prevent deep cuts to the Recreation and Parks Department. L.A. faces a deficit of more than $600 million, and the city plans to eliminate hundreds of jobs at its parks.

LA City Council moves to ban mobile billboards

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday moved to ban mobile billboards.

Business groups lobby against DWP surcharge

Powerful business groups have played a key role in opposing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed 2.7 cent per-kilowatt-hour power rate increase over the next year, which included a "carbon reduction surcharge." Carol Shatz of the downtown Central City Association could be seen lobbying the City Council to oppose the plan, which could raise power bills for businesses by more than 20 percent.

ACLU report: Latinos increasingly sentenced to death in Calif.

California sent more people to death row last year than in the past seven years, says a report the American Civil Liberties Union released Tuesday.

Toddler's death prompts LA County to cancel contract with foster care agency

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday canceled its contract with the private foster care agency that oversaw a home where a woman allegedly beat a little girl to death.