November 2019

DA O’Malley Announces Funding Plan to Combat Illegal Dumping in Alameda and Contra Costa County Nov 13, 2019

Today, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) joined Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Contra Costa County Supervisor Burgis to announce funding for a one-year pilot program to combat illegal dumping in the two counties.

$750,000 in State funds, secured by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, now support the creation of pilot programs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by funding increased law enforcement efforts to combat illegal dumping in both counties.

“Illegal dumping is an environmental justice issue that disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities, and impacts the sense of well-being of all who live and work in neighborhoods where it is rampant,” says DA O’Malley. “Unscrupulous commercial haulers as well as individual violators illegally dispose of construction debris, mattresses, and trash of all sorts, wreaking havoc on the environment, ruining neighborhood streets and forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab to clean up the tremendous amounts of garbage dumped on city streets, highways, parks, and in our waterways. Dumping “hot spots” become breeding grounds for vermin and impact public health.”

“This state funding will provide our counties with the resources they need to combat this difficult problem,” said Bauer-Kahan. “The funding will provide both counties with the ability to have a full time police officer to enforce illegal dumping laws and make a huge impact in tackling this problem” she concluded.

The funds will support increased investigations of illegal dumping by dedicated peace officers, which will provide for much-needed deterrence. In Alameda County, these peace officers will coordinate their efforts with a newly formed Alameda County Regional Illegal Dumping Task Force, which has developed both a strong sense of what works and has significant ties to communities within the County and is able to provide helpful information and evidentiary leads. Evidentiary leads will also be provided by surveillance cameras placed at illegal dumping "hot-spots" and from clues found in waste by workers from the Men of Valor Academy, an Oakland non-profit program founded by Acts Full Gospel Church that provides job training for formerly incarcerated individuals. Suspects identified in these investigations will be held to account. Penalties for illegal dumping vary based on the severity of the crime, and can range from fines, to community service picking up trash, to jail time.