EDITOR: When people ask what justice for Andy Lopez means, tell them: Justice for Andy Lopez means re-training all of the officers trained by Deputy Erick Gelhaus.
It means a memorial park at Moorland and West Robles avenues dedicated to Andy Lopez and all victims of police brutality.
It means the de-militarization of local law enforcement. It means beefier pre-employment screening standards for law enforcement.
It means the establishment of a citizen review board. It means lapel cameras on every law enforcement officer. It means the annexation of Andy Lopez’s neighborhood into Santa Rosa.
It means local elected officials who are actually involved in the community instead of those who couldn’t care less.
EDITOR: The 33rd annual Sing-Along Messiah was a huge success thanks to Dan Earl, the director of the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, the Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, which is under the direction of Jody Benecke. Credit also goes to the Maria Carrillo High School Chamber Singers, directed by Gail Bowers, and the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Nicholas Xenelis.
Carol Menke sang soprano, Gail Bowers, mezzo soprano; Meg Stohlman, alto; and Nathan Zurakowski and David Stohlman, bass. The Angels, Katie Simpson and Ella Huggman, ages 10 and 11, were amazing, thanks to their vocal coach, Carol Menke.
A special thank you to The Press Democrat and Dan Taylor, the staff and the photographers who provided such great press coverage.
Thanks also go to the volunteers of the Santa Rosa Symphony League. We had a sell-out crowd, and we do thank the attendees as well. The purchase price of tickets will go to the music education program of the Santa Rosa Symphony and will touch more than 10,000 students in the Sonoma County area, who will learn to love music as we do.
Our biggest disappointment was to turn away people who could not buy tickets. Please do not become discouraged, as next year the Sing-Along Messiah will be held at Jackson Theater, a much larger venue.