The owner of the empty lot where 13-year-old Andy Lopez died more than six weeks ago is in talks with people who want to turn it into a memorial park for the slain boy.
Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday sought to map out their response to the Andy Lopez shooting with a robust plan of action, endorsing work on a memorial park in the Santa Rosa boy’s neighborhood and more than a dozen other proposals aimed at repairing trust in local government and law enforcement.
Beating on drums, pans and blowing on plastic stadium horns, about 150 activists protesting the shooting death of Andy Lopez picketed a re-election event Tuesday evening for Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch.
In an attempt the quell a controversy over the legal advice given to Santa Rosa City Council members in the wake of the Andy Lopez shooting, the city took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing previously confidential emails on the subject.
A Santa Rosa City Council meeting that was supposed to provide clarity regarding advice given to council members about what they could say about the Andy Lopez shooting only made things murkier Tuesday after it was disclosed that an outside law firm is conducting some type of probe into the issue.
Fueled by a burning need to build something enduring to remember Lopez, residents have staked their unofficial claim to the lot where he was shot and killed. With every play structure, candle and flower arrangement, they believe it belongs more to the neighborhood than to the Santa Rosa real estate agent who owns the property. Some vow to never give back the land.
Two weeks after the shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez convulsed the city with grief and confusion, Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Julie Combs plans to publicly ask for clarification Tuesday about what she and her colleagues can and cannot say about the tragedy.
Nearly 800 people filled the Sonoma Academy gym Sunday evening in Santa Rosa to rally for progressive community issues, such as immigration overhaul, new efforts to keep kids in school and better access to public transit.
The fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy has galvanized the Moorland Avenue neighborhood in which the teen lived and played, local residents and community leaders say. It also appears to have strengthened a sense in Sonoma County’s substantial Latino community — at least a quarter of the county’s population — that they have the numbers and power to command the attention of government officials, and even affect policy.