Three Simple Words for 2014

Andy Lopez

Memorial for Andy Lopez on Moorland Avenue

Jesse Love — pictured on the front page of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on Monday, December 30th — truly lived and embodied three simple words: “Making a Difference!”

As a young a man growing up and attending Community Baptist Church — where Mr. Love was a founding member and served as a Deacon — I watched him demonstrate patience, humility and a Christian attitude.

He was never without a smile on his face and love in his heart. He drove his white over blue 1964 two-door Pontiac Bonneville, dressed in a suit, white shirt and tie, and always wore shined shoes.  When asked how he was doing, he always responded,  “Happy, Thankful and Blessed!”

Jesse Love was married 56 years to Victoria, lived all his life in the same house, drove the same car since 1964, lived his life as an example of grace and love, and carried humility for all humanity in his heart.

I will miss his example.  He truly Made a Difference in Santa Rosa and beyond, and he especially made a difference for me.

I did not have the opportunity to meet Andy Lopez, but his death has made a difference in my life. Today, my mother and I left a candle in Mr. Love’s memory for Andy Lopez, at the site of Lopez’s fatal shooting on Moorland Avenue.

I pray that our local law enforcement will read the historical recommendations by the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Sonoma County Grand Jury and act with humility for all humanity to benefit the entire community. The recommendations were formulated to protect all citizens as well as law enforcement. Citizens review, community-oriented policing strategies, new training, vehicle and lapel cameras will truly “Make a Difference” for the entire community.

Please join me in honoring the memory of Jesse Love and Andy Lopez, and “Make a Difference” for Santa Rosa in 2014.

To learn more about Curtis Byrd for Santa Rosa City Council 2014, please visit our website at

Happy New Year!

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