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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.

Are they job killers?

It’s an annual rite of the legislative session – the California Chamber of Commerce designates its job-killer bills. How will they fare this year?

New posts for Levine, Allen

Marc Levine, the North Bay’s new assemblyman, and Michael Allen, the man he replaced, each got lucrative appointments on Thursday courtesy of Speaker John Pérez.

Some surprises in early county returns

Early returns show close races for Michael Allen and Proposition 37, while Measure Q supporters are faring better than the measure itself.

Independent groups backing Allen pour nearly $500,000 into Assembly race

Two independent expenditure committees poured in nearly $500,000 to support Michael Allen in the waning days of his campaign against a fellow Democrat for a newly-drawn state Assembly seat, records show.
The Peace Officers Research Association of California kicked in $252,000, and the California Alliance put in another $238,000.
The alliance is comprised of consumer attorneys, conservationists and nurses. The money was spent on television ads opposing Marc Levine, who on Friday criticized the expenditures.

Results show Democrats shied away from party favorite

Of all the Sonoma County votes that went to Democrats in the 10th Assembly race, 57 percent of them went to someone other than Assemblyman Michael Allen. In Marin County, 63 percent went to Democrats other than Allen.

Assembly incumbents in trouble?

Paul Mitchell, a Democratic political consultant and redistricting guru, included this note in his pre-election summary today: Assemblymembers (Betsy) Butler, (Michael) Allen, (Allan) Mansoor, (Tim) Donnelly and Beth Gaines are all facing tough re-elections. Rumor has one of them coming in third or fourth depending on the poll, so brace yourself .”

Were our dual endorsements too confusing?

We received a complaint this week from someone concerned that The Press Democrat dual endorsement in the races for the 2nd Assembly and 10th Assembly seats could throw off voters. Do you agree?

Allen says he will vote no on compact. Levine calls it a ‘farce.’

After supporting the casino in Rohnert Park as a labor leader, Assemblyman Michael Allen says he will vote “no” on the compact when the document comes up for a vote, possibly on Thursday. His election opponent calls it “beyond a flip-flop.”