Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that Aurora Loan Services LLC a former subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., has been held accountable for maintaining a blighted property in East Oakland. The action against Aurora occurred under a newly created program by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office that focuses on banks that allow vacant, foreclosed homes to become magnets for crime and blight in urban neighborhoods. Under the program, the District Attorney's Office works with police and city agencies to ensure that banks clean up blighted homes or face possible criminal nuisance charges. In this case, the District Attorney’s Office, Real Estate Fraud Division, notified Aurora Loan Services that they were in violation of California’s criminal nuisance statutes and demanded that they abate the nuisance immediately or face criminal charges.
On November 25, 2009, District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office hosted a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs. The delegation toured the Rene C. Davidson courthouse, meeting with Presiding Judge Yolanda Northridge. The Delegation also toured the Alameda County Family Justice Center.
On November 20, 2009 The Victim/Witness Assistance Division of the Alameda County District Attorneys Office learned that it is the recipient of two Stimulus Recovery Act Grants, one from VOCA (Victims of Crime Act), in the amount of $45,438.00, and one from VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), in the amount of $32,615.00. The VOCA funds will be used to support a victim advocate in the DA’s South County Office. The advocate will work with victims and their families in felony domestic violence cases, particularly those that involve stalking and those that result in homicide. The advocate will also act as a liaison to connect with the local shelters and community based organizations. The VAWA funds will be used to help fund a victim advocate at the Alameda County Family Justice Center. The advocate will to work with victims of domestic violence and domestic violence stalking.
District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces the new CRIMINAL DOCKET FINDER. In accordance with the Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Law, the Criminal Docket Finder was developed to provide victims with information on a defendant's appearance at public proceedings. By logging onto the Criminal Docket finder, a crime victim can check on all future appearances in court. The Office of the District Attorney hopes to assist victims in using this valuable tool. This tool can be accessed at any time from the Home Page of District Attorney's Website.