Frank Stoltze

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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

LA County DA pledges to prosecute medical marijuana distributors

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley apparently had tough words for medical marijuana dispensaries at a conference of narcotics officers in Montebello today. The Los Angeles Times quotes the DA as saying all of the county's hundreds of dispensaries are illegal, and that he intends to prosecute their operators. Later in the day, the D.A. sent out a toned down news release.

LAPD Chief William Bratton blasts LA's political culture

A few weeks before he leaves his job, Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton has called the civilian panel that oversees the department “unnecessary.” Bratton ends his seven years as chief at the end of the month. Wednesday, he talked about his time as LAPD chief at an event sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze was there.

Survey looks at Internet use by Latina registered voters

A group that advocates on behalf of Latinas in California Wednesday released a survey of the state’s Latina registered voters.

Growing unemployment forces more onto LA County welfare rolls

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is seeking to reform its largest welfare program amid a dramatic increase in the number of people who seek help.

2 LA police officers, 1 former officer face conspiracy, perjury charges

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged two LAPD officers and one former officer with lying under oath. The case stems from a drug bust in Hollywood two years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze spoke with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen about the case.

3 LAPD cops charged with lying under oath

Two LAPD officers and an ex-officer have been charged in a conspiracy and perjury case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced today.

Clinton praises Newsom's environmental policies, endorses him for governor

San Francisco mayor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom received some help from one of the biggest names in Democratic Party politics Monday. Former President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed Newsom during a joint appearance at Los Angeles City College.

Pasadena Police Chief Melekian resigns, takes federal post

Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian is resigning his post to head the federal COPS program. United States Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement at a police conference in Denver Monday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

In first joint appearance, Clinton backs Newsom for governor

Former President Bill Clinton Monday put his political muscle behind Gavin Newsom’s bid for governor.

President Clinton in LA to endorse Gavin Newsom for governor

Former President Bill Clinton’s visiting Southern California Monday to help Gavin Newsom in his campaign for governor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says Clinton planned to appear with the San Francisco mayor at Los Angeles City College Sunday afternoon and at a private fundraiser.

Nahai leaves LA DWP for Clinton Climate Initiative

The chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has resigned. David Nahai leaves as the utility struggles to address a rash of water main breaks and seeks to meet the LA mayor’s renewable energy goals.

FBI opens civil rights investigation into Burbank Police Department

The FBI is investigating whether Burbank police officers committed civil rights violations. The FBI reportedly is focusing on 12 current and former Burbank police officers and their use of force. KPCC's Kari Moran spoke with reporter Frank Stoltze about the story.

FBI investigates Burbank police, Mayor says department in 'turmoil'

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the Burbank Police Department.

LAPD officers union close to contract as Bratton warns against furloughs

The city of Los Angeles may be close to a deal with its police officers’ union after months of contract negotiations. More on the story from KPCC’s Frank Stoltze.

Mayor Villaraigosa, labor unions celebrate arrival of Ansaldobreda

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and labor union leaders Wednesday said the arrival of an Italian light rail car manufacturer in Los Angeles will bring much-needed jobs to the city. The mayor and his union allies exercised their considerable power to push the AnsaldoBreda deal through. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.