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Cook Middle School students walk in remembrance of Andy Lopez

Chanting “We walked out. So can you,” about two dozen Cook Middle School students protesting the killing of a 13-year-old classmate streamed onto the Elsie Allen High School campus Tuesday morning, prompting a school lockdown and police response.

Jill Ravitch, Victoria Shanahan spar at district attorney candidates forum

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch and her challenger, Deputy District Attorney Victoria Shanahan, sparred Friday afternoon in a spirited debate about leadership and accountability as protesters continued to press Ravitch to prosecute the sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

D.A., rival spar over pace of Lopez review

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch and her main political rival sparred Friday over her handling of the investigation into the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

Santa Rosa council still divided on response to Lopez shooting

The way Santa Rosa officials responded in the wake of the shooting of Andy Lopez continues to divide City Council members, with some continuing to criticize key decisions while others are seeking to move on.

State safety committee in favor of colored BB guns

A bill that would require BB guns and similar weapons to be brightly colored, drafted in response to the shooting death of a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy, passed its first major hurdle in Sacramento today.

The bill made it out of the Senate’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday on a 4-1 vote, over the opposition of the gun lobby.

It would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be brightly colored or translucent so that they are not mistaken for the real thing.

Report outlines cost estimates for Andy Lopez memorial park

The estimated cost of building a park where 13-year-old Andy Lopez died last October could be between $2 million and $3 million, according to Sonoma County officials.

Protesters demand action for Andy Lopez killing

Hundreds of protesters converged on the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, demanding a variety of actions in the wake of the shooting last year of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus.

Legislator offers to pay for rebuilding of Lopez memorial

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has pledged to pay for the materials used to restore the fire-damaged memorial to Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in October.

Marc Levine offers to pay for rebuilding of Lopez memorial

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has pledged to pay for the materials used to restore the fire-damaged memorial to Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in October.
Levine, whose district includes the Moorland Avenue neighborhood where Lopez lived and died, said he was impressed by the community effort that rebuilt the tent-covered shrine that includes flowers, mementos and photos of Lopez.
Levine, who was at the scene for about 90 minutes, said he was asked to help and agreed to pay for the materials — as soon as the receipts are totaled — from a campaign fund.

Supervisors pick appointees to law enforcement task force

Sonoma County supervisors took further steps Tuesday in their response to the Andy Lopez shooting, naming most of their appointees to a community task force that will study models for future citizen oversight of local law enforcement.

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