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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.

Alameda County DA O’Malley Announces Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in Environmental Protection Law Oct 25, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 10 other California District Attorneys, announced today that a judge in Alameda County has ordered Service King Paint & Body, LLC to pay $2.35 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the auto body repair company mishandled hazardous waste and confidential customer information.

Service King, a Texas limited liability company, currently owns and operates 42 auto body repair facilities throughout California. In Alameda County, there are three Service King auto body shops. In the complaint filed in Alameda County, prosecutors accused Service King of illegally disposing of hazardous waste generated during its auto body repair operations, and of violating laws related to the storage and management of this hazardous waste.

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Governor Signs Historic Bill Sponsored By DA O’Malley Ensuring Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors Oct 9, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed groundbreaking legislation to ensure that never again will a sexual assault kit languish, untested on the shelves of police departments or crime labs. Senate Bill 22, sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Joyful Heart Foundation and Natasha’s Justice Project and authored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) requires the prompt testing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAKs).

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DA O’Malley Announces $3.7 Million Settlement to Address Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Waste Sep 30, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has announced a $3.7 million settlement against The Pep Boys Manny Moe & Jack of California (Pep Boys) to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste, and hazardous materials, by routinely and illegally disposing of automotive fluids, used motor oil and other hazardous wastes into company waste bins destined for municipal landfills not authorized to accept hazardous waste. The lawsuit also resolves allegations that Pep Boys routinely failed to shred customer records containing confidential information before disposing of those items into the trash.

“When businesses like this one illegally dispose of toxic waste, they pollute our natural resources. Substances like motor oil and automotive fluids leach into the soil and the groundwater. They make their way into streams, and eventually the San Francisco Bay, poisoning wildlife, sea life alike,” says DA O’Malley. “There are good reasons that regulations exist for the disposal of toxic materials and my office will continue to investigate and bring to justice any business that violates these important environmental protection laws.”

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Outcome Of People v. Almena & Harris Jury Trial Sep 5, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has announced that a jury has found the defendant Max Harris not guilty in the involuntary manslaughter trial stemming from the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire. A mistrial has been declared as to defendant Derick Almena, with the jury announcing today it is unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

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Twelve Defendants Face Felonies in Million Dollar Cell Phone Robbery Crime Ring Sep 5, 2019

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has announced that her office has charged twelve individuals in a widespread crime ring that targeted UPS and Federal Express drivers delivering cell phones to cellular telephone stores. The defendants stand charged with multiple separate robberies and grand thefts. An extensive investigation that spanned four months and involved 31 cities and ten counties throughout Northern and Central California culminated in a coordinated search and arrest operation conducted on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Oakland, San Leandro, and Pittsburg, CA. Eight men and women were arrested. Additionally, six guns were seized including an assault rifle, along with two illegal ammunition magazines, stolen property from the thefts, and other physical evidence.

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DA O’Malley Releases New Gun Study Aug 21, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has released a comprehensive report covering six years of data on gun use, sales, possession and theft in Alameda County, including detailed statistics of firearm related crimes.

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Settlement Reached with 7-Eleven, Inc. for Improper Hazardous Materials Filings Aug 12, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today a $1.525 million civil settlement with Texas-based 7-Eleven, Inc., to resolve allegations the company violated state laws requiring training of store personnel in hazardous-materials handling. The Alameda County District Attorney joined the District Attorneys of Contra Costa, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Solano, Ventura, and Yolo Counties in the prosecution of this case.

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DA Participates in National Sex Buyer Sting Aug 2, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney and Law Enforcement Agencies Participate in National Sex Buyer Sting Netting More Than 500 Sex Buyer Arrests

OAKLAND, CA- District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, under the leadership of Assistant District Attorney Sharmin Bock, conducted four covert operations targeting sex buyers, yielding a total of 45 arrests of sex buyers and two sex traffickers.

Participating in the operation were the Oakland Police Department and the Hayward Police Department. Also participating in the operations were the Alameda County Sheriff’s Transit Crime Unit, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Special Victims’ Unit and the Alameda County S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency law enforcement team, led by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, focusing on predatory sex offenders.

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$11 Million Settlement Announced to Address Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Waste Jun 19, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced an $11 million settlement against AutoZone, Inc. (AutoZone) to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste, and hazardous materials, by routinely and illegally disposing of used motor oil, automotive fluids, and other hazardous wastes into company waste bins destined for municipal landfills not authorized to accept hazardous waste. The lawsuit also resolves allegations that AutoZone routinely failed to shred customer records containing confidential information before disposing of those items into the trash.

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