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

Diane Watson announces plan to retire from Congress

Congresswoman Diane Watson of Los Angeles today said she won’t seek re-election this year because she wants to spend more time with her 100-year-old mother.

Congresswoman Diane Watson to retire; Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to run

Democrat Diane Watson will announce tomorrow that she's not running for re-election to Congress. The heir apparent in the heavily Democratic district is Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Both women have long ties to the south Los Angeles community.

City financial advisors warn LA of dire outlook

The Los Angeles City Council heard more dire warnings about its financial outlook Tuesday. The city faces a $685 million shortfall over the next 18 months.

LA City Council delays decision on layoffs to address budget crisis

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday put off tough decisions on a looming budget crisis – despite warnings that any delay would only worsen the city’s financial position. Hundreds of people packed City Council chambers to lobby against budget cuts.

AG Jerry Brown sounds very much like the candidate for governor

In an appearance before a thousand union activists in Los Angeles, State Attorney General Jerry Brown railed against Republicans and hailed trade unionists.

LA faces depleting reserve fund to remain solvent

The City of Los Angeles faces an increasingly dire financial picture. L.A.’s chief administrative officer Monday said the city will have to deplete its emergency reserve fund almost completely to remain fiscally solvent this year. He said Los Angeles will also have to lay off hundreds of workers to address its budget deficit next year.

City of LA could cut 1000 jobs; city attorney Trutanich "troubled," will fight

More than a thousand jobs could get eliminated from the payroll of the City of Los Angeles. As Frank Stoltze reported Friday afternoon, a new report from LA's chief administrative officer says cuts are necessary after recent drops in revenue and years of warning about budget shortfalls. The present deficit's estimated around 200 million dollars.

City official says LA's fiscal crisis demands 'swift action'

The chief administrative officer for the City of Los Angeles has issued a bleak financial report that calls for the elimination of at least a thousand positions and the elimination of some city departments.

Supporters say they'll qualify California ballot measure to legalize pot

Supporters of a statewide initiative to legalize marijuana say they've gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Medical marijuana operators worry about new LA law

The Los Angeles City Council voted 9-3 Tuesday in favor of a new law that seeks to regulate a proliferation of pot shops across the city. The ordinance will force most of about 1,000 shops to close, and will closely regulate those that remain.

LA City Council considers layoffs to cut deficit

The Los Angeles City Council is considering as many as 1,000 layoffs - and extending mandatory unpaid days off for city employees - to address a widening budget deficit. City Controller Wendy Greuel today said L.A. faces serious cash flow problems.

LA City Council members talk about their marijuana use

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is expected to approve a new ordinance that would shut down most medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. It would place a cap of 70, with up to about 140 pot shops grandfathered in. KPCC surveyed councilmembers about whether they’d ever smoked pot – medical or otherwise.

Inglewood Mayor Dorn pleads guilty to conflict of interest, resigns

Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge and resigned his office. The plea came the day jury selection in his trial was to begin.

Medical marijuana activists worry about crackdown on LA pot shops

The Los Angeles City Council expects this week to give final approval to a new law that’s shut down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries. Some people wonder how city officials will enforce the new law.

Jury selection to begin in Inglewood mayor's corruption trial

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the corruption trial of Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn.