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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.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch holds fundraising advantage over challenger Victoria Shanahan

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch maintained her fundraising lead over June 3 election rival Victoria Shanahan in the first 10 weeks of the year while outspending her on campaign literature and consultants by a margin of more than 2-to-1.

D.A. Jill Ravitch leads opponent in campaign fundraising

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch raised nearly twice the cash contributions as her campaign rival, Deputy District Attorney Victoria Shanahan, in the six-month period ending last month.

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.

Bill by state Sen. Noreen Evans seeks to shrink juror pools

Legislation billed as an effort to make jury service less onerous in California, but which critics fear could harm a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial, advanced last week in the state Senate.

New courthouse in Santa Rosa clears key hurdle

Construction of a new $174 million courthouse in Santa Rosa received a huge boost Friday from state court officials, who also blessed plans for new facilities in Lake and Mendocino counties.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch defends Andy Lopez inquiry amid pair of protests

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.

Four county supervisors endorse Healdsburg’s Jim Wood in Assembly race

Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood has virtually cornered endorsements from local Democratic leaders in his bid for the Assembly seat representing the North Coast.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo told to stay away from Sonoma County Family Justice Center

Embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo is no longer welcome at the county’s crisis center for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse.

Gun control advocates rally in Santa Rosa

Shirley Gillham was overcome with emotion Thursday as she read aloud the name of 5-year-old murder victim Max Walters to a group gathered at Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa.

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