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 -#8212; as soon as the receipts are totalled -#8212; from a campaign fund.

Levine is seeking re-election this year to a second term in the state Legislature.

"I can't think of a better way to spend the money," he said.

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