June 2012

DA's Office National Conference on Human Trafficking a Resounding Success Jun 22, 2012

From June 13-15, 2012, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office hosted the Bay Area's first National Conference addressing the epidemic of domestic minor sex trafficking. The Conference, entitled "Plan 2 Act: the 2012 National Human Exploitation and Trafficking (H.E.A.T.) Watch Conference", brought together a capacity crowd of over 450 prosecutors, law enforcement and community practitioners from throughout North America for three days of intensive training, education and problem solving.

Speaking at the conference were national experts in the field, as well as notable speakers such as United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier, US Attorney – Northern District of California Melinda Haag, award-winning investigative journalist Julian Sher, survivor “T” Ortiz and actress/activist Jada Pinkett Smith.

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$3.6 Million Dollar Settlement in Environmental Action Against Costco Jun 20, 2012

OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, together with 28 other California District Attorneys, has filed and settled a $3.6 million civil law enforcement action against Costco Wholesale Corporation. The civil action was filed in Alameda County Superior Court and the settlement resolves allegations that Costco violated California laws for the safe storage, handling and disposal of pharmaceutical and pharmacy waste as well as other hazardous waste.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office teamed up with the other DA offices as part of a joint investigation and prosecution to address statewide violations of law after San Joaquin County inspectors found evidence of improper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste products at Costco stores. Upon notification of the investigation, Costco officials cooperated with prosecutors and quickly came into compliance with hazardous waste management regulations.

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