Frank Stoltze

frank-stoltzeFrank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.

Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.

Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.

LA Sheriff’s Antiquated Computer System Hinders Data Collection

t’s hard to ignore the security that surrounds the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's communications center. It sits atop a hill in Monterey Park behind a tall fence and inside a building with thick concrete walls and no windows. Inside, dispatchers don headsets and deploy deputies from the 10,000-strong force across the nearly 5,000 square miles that comprise L.A. County. It's impressive until someone shows you the technological guts of the operation. The room is mostly silent … [Read more...]

Californians Split Over Extent of Police Abuse

A new survey commissioned by a consortium of public radio stations including KPCC has found Californians, like much of the nation, are divided by race when it comes to their views of police profiling and excessive use of force. When asked about racial profiling in the U.S., 68 percent of Californians said it is a “huge” or “significant” problem in the U.S. Twenty-five percent of state residents polled said it was a minor problem or not one at all. The survey was conducted by the … [Read more...]

Crime’s Up: Chief Beck Says It’s Too Early to Know Why

After declining for more than a decade, crime rates in Los Angeles were on the rise for the first half of the year, according to LAPD statistics released last Wednesday. Violent crimes including robberies and aggravated assaults jumped by 20.6 percent during the first six months of the year, compared with the first half of 2014. Property crimes, including burglaries and auto thefts, jumped by 10.9 percent. Listen to report here:   "This is bad news," Mayor Eric Garcetti said … [Read more...]

Subpoena Power for Sheriff Civilian Oversight Panel?

There’s a sharp debate underway over whether a new civilian oversight panel should have subpoena power over the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. One key figure believes such power is necessary to give the panel teeth. “Its certainly a club should you ever need it,” said Dean Hansell, who chairs the working group which is designing the new oversight panel. ubpoena power would give the panel the ability to force reluctant Sheriff’s officials to testify before it and to obtain certain … [Read more...]

What Happened to Paul Tanaka?

he once bustling campaign headquarters of Paul Tanaka, tucked in the middle of a Torrance strip mall is empty now. No volunteers busily calling voters, no campaign signs stacked high. No Tanaka buzzing around, giving orders and thanking people. One of the agents at the State Farm Insurance office next door says Tanaka’s people decamped about a month ago. KPCC calls and emails to both the would-be sheriff’s campaign manager and chief fundraiser went unreturned. His campaign consultant during … [Read more...]