Press Releases

$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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Bill Requiring Prompt Rape Kit Testing Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee Jun 11, 2019

SB 22 Helps Ensure Justice for Survivors and Hold Rapists Accountable

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, the Assembly Public Safety Committee today passed Senate Bill 22, important legislation co-sponsored by DA Nancy O’Malley and authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California.

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District Attorney Diversity Recruitment May 2, 2019

Sacramento, CA – The California District Attorneys Association Foundation has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people from all backgrounds to consider becoming prosecutors and fostering greater diversity in district attorney’s offices throughout the state.

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Alameda County DA’s Office Participates in National Drug Take Back Day 2019 Apr 22, 2019

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, is participating in National Drug Take Back Day.

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

Safe disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medication is vital 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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Alameda DA Announces Consumer Protection Settlement With Rental Car Companies Apr 18, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, along with the California Attorney General and the District Attorney of San Mateo County, have settled a consumer protection action against E-Z Rent-a-Car LLC (“E-Z”) and Advantage OpCo LLC (“Advantage”), along with another related entity. The civil action was filed in Alameda County Superior Court. E-Z and Advantage are in the business of renting automobiles to the public. They operate many locations in California, including at various airports. The companies merged together in 2015.

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Alameda County DA Files Felony Charges Against Father Hector Vela Alleging Lewd Acts Upon A Child Apr 2, 2019

Oakland, Ca- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that her office has filed a criminal complaint alleging 30 felony counts of Penal Code Section 288(c)(1), lewd act upon a child, against Father Hector David Vela. The defendant has served as a priest in Alameda County since 2013. He worked at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo, CA and, more recently, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont, CA.

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AB 688 Life-Saving Gun Safe Storage Bill Mar 26, 2019

Assembly Public Safety Committee Passes AB 688- Life-Saving Gun Safe Storage Bill

Sacramento, CA- The Assembly Committee on Public Safety Committee today passed Assembly Bill 688 potentially life-saving legislation sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and authored by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) requiring that all firearms left inside of a car must be securely locked and secured to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain that is permanently affixed to the vehicle.

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DA O’Malley Announces Bill Requiring Prompt Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Mar 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – With unanimous support, the Senate Public Safety Committee today passed important legislation co-sponsored by DA Nancy O’Malley and authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California.

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Alameda County United Against Human Trafficking Jan 25, 2019

Strategic Gathering Coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Oakland, CA-- Today, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and AC United Against Human Trafficking host a retreat that has gathered together an impressive range of professionals and organizations working to combat human trafficking. The collaborative effort disrupts traditional approaches to combating trafficking. The group of professionals explores new and diverse means of addressing trafficking and helping survivors through tactics such as technology, data sharing, funding identification, policy and legislation.

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Human Trafficking Billboard Campaign Jan 16, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Reignites Billboard Campaign Key to Combatting Human Trafficking in the Bay Area

2019 Effort Timed with Human Trafficking Awareness Month Continues Decades Long Fight to Help Victims Escape

Oakland, CA—Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Bruce Qualls, Vice President, Real Estate and Public Affairs Clear Channel Outdoor, today unveiled a public awareness campaign designed to heighten community awareness, mobilize the public and offer assistance to victims of human trafficking. The District Attorney’s Office and Clear Channel Outdoor have collaborated for many years to deliver important messaging to communities throughout Alameda County and the greater Bay Area. January 2019 is National Human Trafficking Awareness month, a time to start the year with a renewed sense of determination and action aimed at stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children and teens and the commercial labor exploitation of workers.

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