FROM: Nick Muyo, Public Information Officer   CONTACT PERSON: Nick Muyo, Public Information Officer (408) 792-2826   For release on September 5, 2008   SANTA CLARA COUNTY OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DEDICATES NEW CRIME LABORATORY   On Wednesday, September 3, 2008, the Santa Clara County Office of The District Attorney held a brief ceremony to dedicate their new Crime Laboratory, located at 250 West Hedding Street (at the corner of Guadalupe).  The ceremony included comments from Congressman Mike Honda and Supervisor Blanca Alvarado and was hosted by Santa Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr.    Guests included Supervisor Ken Yeager, Assistant County Executive Gary Graves and a long list of city and county officials including Mayors, Council members and Police Chiefs from Santa Clara County and other guests from throughout the State of California.  Also on hand were Mrs. Anne Bradford and her family.  Mrs. Bradford is the widow of Mr. Lowell Bradford, Santa Clara County’s first Crime Laboratory Director from 1947 to 1973.   The ceremony began outside the new Crime Laboratory with a welcome by District Attorney Dolores Carr and continued with comments from Congressman Honda, Supervisor Alvarado, Mr. Dana McManus from S.J. Amoroso and Mr. Roger Stewart from HDR Architecture, Inc., two of the companies involved with building the facility.  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the Crime Laboratory.    Congressman Honda said, “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, securing $1.3 million in federal funding for Santa Clara County’s new Crime Lab has been one of my most important achievements.  Equipping our Silicon Valley law enforcement officials with the cutting-edge technologies that they need to analyze evidence efficiently and clear the backlogs in our labs continued to be a top priority for me.  I will keep pushing for more resources in Congress to help keep Santa Clara County ahead of the curve in fighting crime.”   District Attorney Dolores Carr added, “We are pleased and proud to have a facility that is energy efficient and has been designed and built with an eye to the future.  As crime laboratory technologies and equipment change, this building will be able to accommodate those changes and will serve the residents of Santa Clara County for many years to come.”   Questions about the event may be directed to Public Information Officer Nick Muyo at (408) 792-2826.   ###

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