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

New LAPD Chief Beck talks about leadership style

Los Angeles celebrated its new police chief Thursday with a ceremonial swearing-in, a barbecue at the police academy and a Getty Center dinner. Chief Charlie Beck succeeded Bill Bratton two weeks ago, promising to continue his predecessor’s push for a more community-friendly LAPD and to put more officers in the field. (Audio: An excerpt of an interview Beck did with KPCC.)

Proposed LA pot law may confict with judge's opinion

The Los Angeles City Council plans to move forward with a medical marijuana ordinance that would allow people to exchange cash for pot, despite a judge’s opinion that suggests such transactions are illegal.

Panel says LA Mayor Villaraigosa should give up control of anti-gang programs

A Los Angeles City Council committee that reviewed gang prevention and intervention programs says the mayor's office provides too little transparency.

LA grapples again with pot shops

For the third week in a row, the Los Angeles City Council will attempt to pass a new ordinance that regulates medical marijuana dispensaries.

LAPD to expand police cameras in public housing projects

The Los Angeles City Council this week approved the extension of a $700,000 federal grant for police video cameras at a South L.A. housing project.

LAPD Chief Beck to patrol streets on Thanksgiving Day

The LAPD’s new chief, Charlie Beck, is spending Thanksgiving Day in a patrol car.

Chief Beck defends LAPD in car crash that killed woman in Venice

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Wednesday addressed concerns that officers in Venice were driving with their lights off last month when they smashed into another car, killing a 25-year-old woman.

LA City Council holds marathon debate on pot shops - delays vote

For the second time in as many weeks, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday delayed a vote on a new ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. The council spent more than seven hours debating the new regulations.

LA set to vote on shutting down marijuana dispensaries

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday returns to the sticky issue of medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly a thousand have sprouted up across the city – most since the Obama administration announced an end to federal raids on them in February.

Orange County white supremacist sentenced to death for murder

A judge in Santa Ana Monday sentenced a white supremacist to death for killing a fellow gang member.

LA City Council set to consider new rules for pot shops

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday is expected to vote on a new ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

Recall drive fails against Assemblyman Adams, who voted to raise taxes

The drive to recall Republican State Assemblyman Anthony Adams over his vote to increase taxes has failed. His district runs from La Canada to Hesperia.

California attorney general investigates scam targeting black churches

State Attorney General Jerry Brown Friday said he’s investigating whether 30 African-American churches in Southern California were the target of a computer scam.

Beck is sworn in as LAPD chief

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swore in Charles Beck as the 55th chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday. The swearing in came minutes after the City Council unanimously confirmed Beck.

LA City Council to debate medical marijuana regulations on Wednesday

[Update at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009] As hundreds of medical marijuana patients and providers overflowed Los Angeles City Council chambers today, two key council committees rejected an outright ban on the sale of medical marijuana in the city.