I've mentioned what's been happening in Oakland a couple of times, but haven't been able to provide a whit of veracity. Now the Grand Jury's report is finally out and Chip Johnson of the Chronicle has finally, FINALLY taken it seriously. (My sister contacted him two years ago and he told her he didn't find her to be credible. High-fivin' motherfucker.) I won't post the GJ report, it's 165 pages, but I am posting the all-too-brief article published in the Chronicle written by Mr. Johnson. Many of the findings were uncovered by my sister, including the interest-free 10-year no-interest loan. There is much that is not mentioned in this article, for instance, how many of the players are related, by business dealings, marriage or blood. The GJ report might, but I haven't read it in full yet, just the scathing introduction. Obviously, no officials from the City of Oakland were available for comment. I pray that my sister and brother-in-law can now move forward, that the liens on their home in west Oakland are relieved and that, finally, the people who've been trying to make homes and lives there be relieved of the burden of the true and sheer greed displayed by those in positions of power. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/28/BAQ91K3C69.DTL You can read up on the history and see much more detail, as well as the information upon which the GJ based much of their report and investigation at http://www.auditoaklandceda.com This is the city that wanted to permit cannabis factories, that requires anyone who has a HOME OFFICE to acquire a permit, and is planning on arbitrarily creating a permitting process for people to grow FOOD on their own property. You know, like lettuce, fruit trees, peppers, tomatoes and the like? Yep, Jean Quan thinks it would be great if they can collect more money by illegally forcing residents to acquire a permit for that which has been more than a right for all Americans since inception of the country and before. Way to go, Jean, et alia! Ya high-fivers. I can hardly wait til the feds get a hold of you ALL!!!!!!