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2017 Drug Take Back Day Apr 26, 2017

On April 29, 2017, the Alameda County DA’s Office will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day, in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The public is encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription or over the counter medication for free, confidential and safe disposal.

It is a great opportunity to rid your home of potentially-dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, thereby helping to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. This can also include unused pet medication. We can also collect unused pet medication for safe disposal.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

"The Alameda County DA’s Office is committed combating the serious issue of prescription drug abuse in our community," said District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley.

“Facilitating the safe disposal of these drugs serves a vital public safety and public health role. This is a critical step in reducing the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse and addiction in our community.”

Safe disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medication is essential in order to prevent the misuse of these substances, and to end the harmful environmental impacts of disposing of them in landfill or through our water system.

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DA O’Malley Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Apr 6, 2017

On April 4, 2017, DA Nancy O’Malley received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for HOPE International. The award was presented at their annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in front of 700 child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking professionals from around the world.

DA O'Malley received the award for her unwavering commitment to victims of crime, championing the Family Justice Center Model, developing innovative programs and training modules, and writing key pieces of legislation that protect victims of crime. She was the visionary behind the nationally recognized Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC), a space that unites police officers, prosecutors, advocates, counselors, and other professionals in one location to allow survivors to receive help within the one building. DA O'Malley also founded a Camp HOPE program that sends children exposed to domestic violence to camp each summer, and helps them navigate their way out of trauma toward a life of hope and healing.

“I am so proud to accept this award from the Alliance for HOPE. Developing the Alameda County Family Justice Center has been one of my chief priorities, and to see that over 120,000 people have been positively impacted by the ACFJC since it opened eleven years ago is truly wonderful," said DA Nancy E. O'Malley. "I am inspired and motivated to continue helping my community, to empower victims, and fight for their rights."

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DA Staff Honored for Restorative Justice Case Apr 3, 2017

Recently, SEEDS Community Resolution Center honored DA Nancy O'Malley, Deputy DA Colleen Clark, and Victim-Witness Advocate Yuen Chiang with the Community Partner Award.

The DA's Office reached out to SEEDS to facilitate a case involving a drug-related DUI in Berkeley. All parties were on board with pursuing this course of action and actively participated in discussions. DDA Clark was able to resolve the matter in a way that satisfied both the victim and defendant, and it was approved by the judge in late March.

The award was presented at their gala, in recognition of their commitment to pursuing alternative methods to reach a fair and just outcome that benefits all parties and facilitates healing.

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Fraud Alert: New Years Eve Concert Dec 22, 2016


The Alameda County DA's Office has been made aware of a concert being promoted online scheduled for New Years Eve in the East Bay is a scam.

The “I Love the 90’s Music Fest” or “New Years Eve 90’s Music Fest” is currently being advertised online, but the event is not taking place.

Read the East Bay Times article about the scam.

If you have purchased tickets or have any other information about the event, please contact our Consumer Protection Division on (510) 383-8600.

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31st Avenue Fire Resources Dec 13, 2016

For tips about the fire, the structure and anything that may assist us with the investigation into the 31st Avenue Fire, please call:1-877-288-2882

For survivors and the family of the victims, please call our Victim-Witness Assistance Division: (510) 272-6180

Other resources that may be of assistance:

Red Cross (for housing and other assistance): (510) 595-4441

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (for grief counselling): 1-800-260-0094

Governor Signs Important Public Safety Bills into Law Oct 6, 2016

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law numerous public safety bills that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office sponsored, authored, and supported.

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley said, “I am proud to work with California's lawmakers as we strive together to make our communities and our state a safe place for all Californians. I wish to thank Governor Brown for signing these important bills into law.”

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2016 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct 1, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


In the United States, a woman is physically abused every 15 seconds.
It’s time to 'Speak Up, Speak Out' against domestic violence in our community.

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we hope you can join us for a series of events throughout October as we reach out to our community and raise awareness about domestic violence.

We are launching our 'Speak Up, Speak Out' campaign in various public buildings around the county, and will also host the annual Day of Remembrance on October 28 to honor those who have been murdered as a result of domestic violence.

For more information about the events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month around the county, please visit the Alameda County Family Justice Center's News & Events page.

If you or someone you know are victims of domestic violence, you are not alone.
We can help you.
Call the ACFJC on (510) 267-8800 or visit acfjc.org.

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase Building Construction Oversight Sep 16, 2016

On September 15, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 465 by Senators Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and supported by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

This important piece of legislation requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the Contractors State Licensing Board, to make available copies of any citations or actions taken by the division against a contractor. This bill establishes greater accountability for contractors and ensures the public has critical disciplinary information about contractor licenses.

An example of this need for transparency can be seen by the tragic balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley in 2015. The company responsible has reportedly paid out $26.5 million in construction defect settlements, but that information was not known to the Contractors State Licensing Board or to the District Attorney’s Office.

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Honoring Mary C. Warren Aug 11, 2016

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mary C. Warren on August 6, 2016, following a long illness. Mary was one of Alameda County’s most active and dedicated public servants since moving to the county from Southern California more than 50 years ago. She made such a significant contribution to our nation and our county that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 16, 2011 as ‘Mary C. Warren Day’.

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DA Accepts Prestigous Award from American Bar Association Aug 10, 2016

At a ceremonial lunch at the American Bar Association’s Annual meeting in San Francisco on August 7, 2016, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley accepted the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

The award, established by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Honorees receiving the Margaret Brent Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced other woman to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, and/or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

DA O’Malley, who has served as the District Attorney of Alameda County since 2009 and is the first woman to hold that position, is now the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this prestigious award from the ABA. She now stands alongside other prominent past recipients of the award such as Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

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DA O’Malley & Rep Swalwell Host British MP to Discuss Gun Violence Jul 19, 2016

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton) hosted Patrick Grady, Member of the British Parliament, on Saturday at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse to discuss gun violence issues.

The event, highlighting the nations’ differing attitudes on gun ownership and violence, featured a display of dozens of firearms used in violent crimes in Alameda County.

DA O’Malley spoke of an Oakland mother who was shot to death in 2015 while shielding her two children from a gang-related gunfight. “Too many people get caught in the crossfire.”

She also said U.S. law enforcement officers run the risk of being outgunned.

“We can’t just keep escalating the firepower – we have to really address the guns in our community and do our best to get those off our streets,” said O’Malley. “It’s not about stopping people from owning guns, it’s just making sure that people who own guns are the people who should.”

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Celebrating the 2016 Graduates of Truancy Court Jul 14, 2016

Recently, the Honorable Judge Gloria Rhynes presided over a court experience of a different type: a graduation ceremony for Truancy Court.

Thirty-one families, with children ranging in age from elementary school through secondary, started their journey in Truancy Court after being referred to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for being chronically absent from school.

The parents of these children appeared throughout the year in a collaborative court setting aimed at addressing the underlying issues that prevented regular school attendance. Working alongside the court, community-based organizations, Alameda County Health, and Asthma Start, the DA’s office’s Truancy program was able to affect positive change in their lives.

To celebrate this achievement, the graduating families gathered in Department 3 to share their success with the court. After hearing about the tremendous progress of the students and the commitment of the whole family to ensure they attend school, Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick brought a motion to have their cases dismissed. These motions were granted by Judge Rhynes.

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DA’s Office Participates in Law Enforcement Torch Run Jun 21, 2016

On June 21, 2016, twenty employees from the Alameda County DA's Office participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness for the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Our runners took the ‘Flame of Hope’ torch on a four mile course through the streets of Oakland. As they ran past the courthouse by Lake Merritt, they were cheered by colleagues and stopped for a quick photo before they continued on to 7th Street to pass the torch to OPD.

The DA's Office Torch Run team with District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, Chief Assistant Kevin Dunleavy and Chief of Inspectors Robert Chenault.

Each year, the DA's Office participates in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to help raise awareness of the Special Olympics and has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 26 years. We join with other local law enforcement agencies to support the Special Olympics mission to help athletes with special needs transform themselves, their communities and the world.

Restitution In Excess of $330,000 Paid to Victims of Wage Theft Dec 10, 2015

Oakland, CA -- Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced that her office has secured restitution for the victims in the Calvin Harris prosecution. Payment of $339,347.89 was made to nine victims at the defendant’s sentencing hearing.

“I am pleased to announce that the victims in this matter have been reimbursed in full for their financial losses. My office is steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that victims of all crimes receive the restitution owed to them," stated DA O'Malley.

"We remain diligent in enforcing the laws that are in place to protect the rights of workers and employee, as one of the most fundamental of those is the right to be paid a full and fair wage for the work that they do,” she said.

Background

In February, 2015, the DA’s Office secured eight felony convictions against licensed electrical contractor, Calvin Harris (Harris Electric), for failing to pay his employees the prevailing wage and for filing false documents to hide his illegal conduct. The violations of the law occurred over the course of four years.

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Protecting seniors from scams and fraud Dec 1, 2015

On November 30th, KALW, local public radio in San Francisco, hosted a panel discussion about scams aimed at seniors. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Poncini, an elder abuse specialist from our office, was a guest speaker and addressed a number of issues facing seniors.

Listen to the broadcast.

If you would like to learn more about issues affecting elders or if you or someone you know has been victimized, please visit our Elder Abuse page.

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2015 Day of Remembrance Oct 15, 2015

On Friday, 30 October, 2015, the DA's Office and the Alameda County Family Justice Center will celebrate the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 13th Annual Day of Remembrance.

The event honors victims who have died at the hands of their intimate partners, celebrates those who have survived, and connects those who work with victims of domestic violence. During the ceremony, a survivor will tell their story, and the names of those murdered by their domestic partners will be read and remembered.

We hope you will join us for the event to demonstrate domestic violence will not be tolerated in our society. We unite to say: #NoMore.

WHERE:

Alameda County Administration Building Plaza
1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612.

WHEN:

Formal program from 12:15pm to 1:15pm, with resource tables open from 11:30am.

COST:

Free.

For more information about the event, please contact the Alameda County Family Justice Center on (510) 267-8800.

DA O’Malley Helps Launch New Initiative for Students Sep 30, 2015

On September 29, 2015, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley joined forces with two non-profits to help launch a new initiative called '10 Deep Breaths'. The program, part of a broader Be Kind Online campaign, is designed to help students foster positive online relationships, and build digital environments based on kindness and respect.

10 Deep Breaths is an innovative new program by two Bay Area based non-profit organizations, Beyond Differences and iKeepSafe. The program encourages youth to pause before responding to negative communications online, foresee the potential ramifications of their communications, as well as to increase empathy and awareness, and decrease social isolation.

The two non-profits, along with DA O'Malley, launched the program at an interactive event with more than 100 students from Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro. As part of the presentation, the students were shown negative online comments and asked how they would respond. They were guided through a mindfulness exercise - taking 10 deep breaths - by their school counselor and she discussed how using this technique can positively affect their behaviour and decision making.


DA O'Malley presenting to the students from Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro.

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DA’s Justice Academy Accepting Applications for 2016 Class Sep 21, 2015

Applications for the 2016 District Attorney’s Justice Academy are now available.

The District Attorney’s Justice Academy is a six month learning and working experience for high school juniors and seniors ages 16 and up who are interested in pursuing the study of law, justice, social justice, and the courts. The Academy is offered to students who are residents of Alameda County and attend public school in the following districts:

  • Tri-Valley: Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore Valley.
  • Eden Area: Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo.
  • North County: Alameda Unified, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, Oakland, Piedmont.

To find out more about the program and download an application form, please visit our DAJA page.

DA’s Office Secures Restitution for Victim of Dentist’s Illegal Business Practice Aug 25, 2015

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office’s Consumer, Environmental and Worker Protection Division has settled a civil law enforcement action against Livermore Dentist Dr Rakhibahen Tejas (Rakhi) Jani, owner of Smiles Unlimited in Livermore, CA.

Dr Jani advertised in the PennySaver weekly flyer delivered to a residential senior facility offering dental implants to new patients at a cost $1,200. Ms Evelyn M., age 80, read the advertisement, went to the dental office, and began the implant process at this agreed upon price. The dental office immediately signed her up for Care Credit, a dental credit business that charged 27% interest without informing her of this fact. Additionally, Dr Jani charged the victim in excess of twice the advertised amount once the lengthy dental procedure had begun.


Ms Evelyn M receives her restitution check from DA Inspector Bermudez.

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2015 National Night Out Aug 7, 2015

National Night Out is a yearly event that takes place in more than 16,000 communities across the United States. Each participating neighborhood hosts a block party, cookout or other event to unite those living in the area. The aim of National Night Out is to encourage neighbors to interact with each other and to foster neighborhood spirit and camaraderie, thereby making a community safer.

Each year, teams from the District Attorney’s Office participate in our local National Night Out festivities and this year’s event was held on Tuesday, August 4. Our teams visited a number of National Night Out block parties around the county, along with representatives from law enforcement, local government, and other community organizations.

“Our aim in visiting these neighborhoods throughout the county is to engage with members of community, to listen to their concerns and to let them know how the District Attorney’s Office can help them,” said Chief of DA Inspectors, Robert Chenault.

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Doctor Charged with Multiple Counts of Illegal Presciptions Jul 30, 2015

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office today charged defendant Dr Carol Jessop with four felony counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance, two felony counts of providing prescription of a controlled substance to an addicted person, three misdemeanor counts of excessive prescribing and administering of drugs, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Dr Carol Jessop had a pain management and palliative care clinic in Oakland. Dr Jessop wrote nearly 5,000 prescriptions for controlled substances in a year period in 2014-2015. She wrote prescriptions for such large quantities of opioids and other dangerous drugs (in some instances more than 10 times the recommended daily maximum dose) that many major pharmacies began to refuse to fill prescriptions written by her. Dr Jessop used to hand out to patients a flyer listing the small pharmacies that would fill her prescriptions.

“The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is ever vigilant in our investigation and prosecution of health care providers who disregard the law. We as a community place deep trust in those who are trained and licensed to practice medicine, and Dr Jessop failed to abide by the basic standard of care and professionalism we expect of our health care providers,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

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Our Family Justice Center Celebrates a Decade Serving Victims Jul 17, 2015

On June 30, 2015, the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) celebrated ten years helping victims of crime in Alameda County by hosting an Open House for the community. Hundreds of people came out in support of the positive role the Center has played in our community and they enjoyed a BBQ lunch and guided tours of the facilities.

The founder of the ACFJC, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, spoke of the inspiration behind establishing the center. “Back in 2003, I performed a needs assessment of the services available to, for example, a female victim of domestic violence with two children in Alameda County. I found that she would potentially need to visit over 25 different sites to access all the services that she required for herself and her family,” DA O’Malley said.

“This status quo was further victimizing these victims. So I decided to change this by establishing a center that housed an abundance of allied health, legal, psychological and other support services in one, easily accessed location. And in 2005, the Alameda County Family Justice Center became a reality, making it much easier for victims of crime to seek the help they need,” said DA O’Malley.

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DA Opens Formal Investigation into Balcony Collapse Jun 25, 2015


Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced her office has opened a formal investigation into the residential balcony collapse in Berkeley last week that claimed the lives of six young people and left seven others with serious injuries.

Below is the full press conference that took place at 11am on June 25, 2015, at the District Attorney’s Office.

DA’s Office Carries the Flame of Hope in Special Olympics Torch Run Jun 24, 2015

On Tuesday, June 23, employees from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics of Northern California.

The DA’s Office team accepted the ‘Flame of Hope’ torch from Alameda Police Department, taking it on a four-and-a-half mile course through Alameda and into Oakland. At the end of their route, the team passed the Flame of Hope to representatives from the Oakland Police Department outside their headquarters on 7th Street.


The DA's Office Torch Run team with District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, Chief Assistant Kevin Dunleavy and Chief of Inspectors Robert Chenault.

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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month Jun 4, 2015

June 2015 is recognized as Elder Abuse Awareness month and the dedicated members of our Elder Abuse Unit have been working hard to increase awareness in the community of the unique challenges facing our elderly and dependent adult population.

The DA's Office has partnered with all 14 incorporated cities as well as with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to issue proclamations in support of this good cause. Recently, members of our Elder Abuse Unit accepted the proclamation from Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. The proclamation designated June as Elder Abuse Awareness month and acknowledged the DA's Office for all the work we do in serving elderly and dependent adult victims of crime.


Members of the DA's Office Elder Abuse Unit along with a representative from Adult Protective Services (APS) accept the proclamation from Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.

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DA’s Office Successfully Resolves Homeowner Bill of Rights Case May 28, 2015

OAKLAND – In 2013, the California Legislature enacted the Homeowner Bill of Rights to protect homeowners from unfair and illegal foreclosures by banks. In one of the first cases of active enforcement this Bill of Rights by a law enforcement agency, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has successfully obtained an injunction against Central Mortgage for engaging in business practices that contravene these rights.

The DA’s case against the Arkansas-based Central Mortgage demonstrated the company sent letters to distressed homeowners, steering them toward the short sale of their homes as opposed to other forms of mortgage debt relief, such as a loan modification.

Without admitting liability, Central Mortgage agreed to an injunction to refrain from sending homeowners letters highlighting, bolding, or displaying in a larger font any information, such as the words “short sale”. Central Mortgage also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $75,000 that will be used to investigate and prosecute future consumer protection actions by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance Making Headlines May 27, 2015

The final hurdle facing the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance was yesterday overcome when the United States Supreme Court refusing to hear the challenge brought by the pharmaceutical industry against the County without comment. This affirms the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals decision upholding the US District Court’s decision in favor of Alameda County’s Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley was proud to stand with Alameda County leaders including Supervisor Nate Miley, County Council Donna Ziegler and others in support of the County's Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

L-R: Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler, and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley

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ACFJC Commended by DOJ for Helping & Protecting Women and Children May 22, 2015

Recently, a delegation from the Department of Justice - Office of Violence Against Women visited the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) to acknowledge and commend the considerable inroads the ACFJC has made in coordinating the response to violence against women in our region. The visit was honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and part of a national tour of outstanding facilities making a difference in the lives of women.

The group, led by Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, saw first-hand why the ACFJC is a model for excellence for centers around the nation. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison led the delegation on a tour of the ACFJC facility, introducing our service partners and demonstrating the specific ways in which we serve victims of crime.


L-R: ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison, DA Nancy O'Malley, DOJ-OVW Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, DOJ-OVW Confidential Assistant Carla Bernal, DOJ-OVW Deputy for Policy Rosie Hidalgo.

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DA’s Office Celebrates 2015 Bike to Work Day May 14, 2015

Today, some of our staff at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office opted for a two-wheel commute in celebration of the Bay Area's Bike to Work Day 2015.

The DA's Office is a proud member of Alameda County's Sustainability Committee and embracing the Bike to Work initiative is just one of the ways in which we are committed to reducing our footprint and improving the health of our employees.

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DA’s Office Collaborates on Statewide Campus Sexual Assault MOU May 13, 2015

Representatives from the Alameda County DA's Office worked on the groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office partnered with the California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, University of California Office of the President, San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office, San Francisco Police Department and Oxnard Police Department to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addressing the issue of sexual assault on campus.

The MOU includes a How-To Guide and Template MOU for higher educational institutions and law enforcement agencies to improve their coordination, collaboration and transparency in response to cases of campus sexual assault.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, a national leader in the prosecution of sexual assault, said, “The work we have undertaken will forever impact the way California’s universities and colleges address sexual assaults on campus.

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Call for 2015 Earl Warren Fellowships May 13, 2015

Are you a recent college graduate?

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the field of law?

Why not apply for our prestigious 2015 Earl Warren Fellowship!

The Earl Warren Fellowship was established in honor of Earl Warren's commitment to professionalism, integrity and fairness. Our hope is that graduates of this paid Fellowship continue on to study law at university and will serve the field of law with those same virtues.

For more information on how to apply for the Alameda County District Attorney's 2015 Earl Warren Fellowship, please visit our information page.

PSA: How the DA’s Office Helps Victims of Crime May 11, 2015

As part of Crime Victims' Awareness Week, the Alameda County DA's Office produced a public service announcement (PSA) demonstrating some of the ways in which the dedicated staff in our Victim-Witness Assistance Division can help if you have been a victim of crime.

Our Victim-Witness Consultants act as the link between a victim and the DA's Office, and are trained to provide victims with support and resources to help them throughout and beyond the criminal justice process.

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HEAT Watch Community Initiatives Receive Prestigious Award May 6, 2015

On May 5, 2015, the District Attorney's Office was presented with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Merit Award for our the innovative and effective community initiatives of H.E.A.T. Watch. Our H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation And Trafficking) Watch Community Initiatives serve to educate and engage the public, as well as reach and save victims who are currently being trafficked.

The initiatives included our successful 2014 and 2015 billboard campaigns, engagement and discussion with the community on social media about the issues surrounding human trafficking, the successful passage of Senate Bill 1193 and the accompanying web application to track signage compliance.

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Dollar Tree Stores to Pay $2.72 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations Apr 24, 2015

Dollar Tree Illegally Disposed of Hazardous Wastes at its Retail Stores and Distribution Centers

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, together with 45 other California District Attorneys and 2 City Attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson has ordered Virginia corporation Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. to pay $2,720,000 in civil penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental projects. Dollar Tree Stores is also ordered to implement an improved hazardous waste compliance program at its retail stores and distribution centers in California.

The judgment is the result of an investigation into Dollar Tree Stores’ unlawful disposal into store trash bins of hazardous waste products. Ignitable and corrosive liquids, toxic materials, batteries, electronic devices and other e-waste, and other hazardous waste generated by circumstances including spills and damage, were illegally handled and disposed of at each of its stores and distribution centers, over 480 facilities in California. Instead of being transported to authorized hazardous waste facilities, the waste was illegally transported to local landfills not permitted to accept the waste.


Dollar Tree Stores, Inc, ordered to pay $2.72M in civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects.

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DA O’Malley Announces $30K Settlement with C&F Foods, Inc. Apr 24, 2015

OAKLAND, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that C&F Foods, Inc., a food distributor and packager, entered into a stipulated judgment to resolve labeling and slack-fill packaging violations in “Sunny Select” brand instant rice products. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office also joined in bringing this consumer protection action.

The complaint involved Sunny Select instant rice products packaged by C&F Foods and sold in certain retail stores throughout California until July 2012.

Staff from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office volunteering at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, March 2015.

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DA’s Office Launches Designated Friend Initiative at Victims’ Rights Week Forum Apr 20, 2015

Today representatives from the Alameda County DA's Office and the Alameda County Family Justice Center hosted a community forum at Cal State East Bay, focusing on sexual assault on campus.

Speaking at the event were the head of the DA's Office Sexual Assault Unit, Assistant District Attorney Joni Leventis, Criminal Justice Administration Department Chair Dr. Dawna Komorosky, and Title IX Coordinator Terri Labeaux.

"Sexual assault, wherever it occurs, is one of the most devastating crimes a victim can suffer, and based on that, these offences are amongst the most important that we prosecute," said ADA Leventis.

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DA’s Office to Host Victims’ Rights Week Forums April 19-25 Apr 13, 2015

In recognition of 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and the Alameda County DA’s Office will be hosting a series of community forums around the county.

These forums will provide residents with an opportunity to learn about their rights, the resources available to them should their lives be impacted by crime, honor those impacted by crime and to raise awareness of the numerous roles the DA’s Office plays in our communities.

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Four Convicted in Violent Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Case Mar 17, 2015

Four co-defendants in a violent human trafficking and sexual assault case pled no contest and have been found guilty of multiple crimes. After months of investigation by the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, four men were charged with the trafficking and sexual assaults of four teenage girls, ages 13 through 17, in Oakland.

Defendant Isaiah Seymour was charged with trafficking three different teens along with 15 counts of sexual assault-related offenses. Defendant Gary Holt was charged with trafficking another teenage girl, along with 6 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to two of the victims. Defendant Delvahn Mosley Davis was charged with 15 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to three of the teenage victims. Defendant Matt Brito was charged with 12 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to one of the victims. All four men entered pleas during the course of the preliminary hearing, which took place in the first two weeks of March 2015.

All of the victims showed tremendous bravery in coming forward and cooperating in this prosecution.

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Mortgage Relief Scammer Receives 24 Years Prison Sentence Mar 10, 2015

The Alameda County DA's Office assisted with an investigation into a mortgage fraud operation that resulted in defendant Alan David Tikal receiving a sentence of 24 years in prison.

Tikal was successfully convicted of 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in a joint prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General’s Office. The Alameda County DA's Office, along with Stanislaus County DA's Office, assisted the Special Inspector General for the Trouble Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Strike Force investigation.

Previously, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office prosecuted Tikal for for felony mortgage securities fraud and filing false documents in 2011-2012. For a number of years, Tikal operated 'KATN Trust' and targeted vulnerable, non-English speaking homeowners looking for mortgage assistance in the wake of the financial crisis. In Alameda County, He was sentenced to 16 months state prison and also ordered to pay restitution to the 11 homeowners victimized by this scam.

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ALCO Iron & Metal Agree to Settlement Mar 5, 2015

Oakland, CA -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that ALCO Iron & Metal, a metal recycling company headquartered in San Leandro, CA, entered into a civil settlement with her office to resolve allegations that it had underpaid for recycled aluminum.

The District Attorney’s investigation began in mid-2014, when a customer reported that ALCO employees had been underreporting the weight of recycled aluminum that was being processed through ALCO’s industrial truck scale in San Leandro. It was later determined that there were numerous instances involving the same customer in which underweighing had occurred.

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Using New Technology to Assist in Processing Backlog of DNA Kits Feb 27, 2015

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is continuing to champion the use of new technologies to assist in processing the backlog of DNA kits in Alameda County.

The new RapidHIT machine, recently acquired by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, is just one of the new technologies that can help us to process the backlog of DNA kits in this county, as well as perform contemporaneous investigations of in-custody suspects. The machine can process a full DNA profile from a kit in under two hours, which would usually take weeks or month if it were sent to a state lab.

DA O'Malley said, “We can’t spend the next 20 years testing kits of sexual assault crimes that happened 10 years ago. We need to do it now and we need to do it efficiently; we need to utilize all the technology that’s available to us so that we can bring justice to victims who have been sexually assaulted and to those whose cases have never been solved.

"We can get people out of jail or prison who have been wrongly convicted, and we can continue to keep our community safe," O'Malley said.

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DA O’Malley Receives the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award Feb 15, 2015

In a recent ceremony in Sacramento, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley was honored as a recipient of the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. This award recognized DA O’Malley’s innovative and effective solutions used in the fight to end human trafficking and child sex trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond.

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DA O’Malley recognized on Capitol Hill Jan 28, 2015

United States Congressional Record: Congressman Eric Swalwell recognizes District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and the work of the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit.

Read the complete Congressional Record (pdf).

TJX Companies, Inc. to Pay $2,777,500 Settlement Sep 22, 2014

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced today that Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Wills has ordered Massachusetts-based retailer The TJX Companies, Inc. to pay $2,777,500 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution. The TJX Companies, Inc. operates throughout California as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods brands.

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CALICO Mutual of America Foundation Luncheon Apr 14, 2014

April 24, 2014


Video also available on the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office YouTube Channel