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March 12, 2012
We were there on time, 10:30am in front of the Government Center 3/12,
on Telephone and Victoria.  The Ventura County Star was there as well.
The female reporter followed us over to the Government Center.  In front of
the entrance on the library side of the center, the auction was held.  By
the time it started, our numbers had grown to about 12 occupyers.
     The auctioneer stepped forward with a laptop computer.  She began
to recite numbers of property for bidding, asking for “qualifyers” and
dictating the price the bidding started.
     Before bidding could start, occupyers cut in with questions:  “Are
you bonded?  Do you know you have to be legally bonded to sell prop-
erties?”  She tried to ignore us and rotely continued.  “I have another
question.  Are any of these properties toxic?  Do they have clouded
titles?”  Again, quiet.  But no response.  “Have any of these properties
been MERSed?  Buyer beware.  Fraud takes precedence over owner-
ship.”
     After the auctioneer was interrupted several times with the same
questions, she left the auction.  Occupy805 had successfully shut it
down!  Many of us stayed on for awhile to talk with buyers.  “We’re
looking out for you.  If banks could screw over past property owners,
they could screw over new buyers as well.”
     One woman wanted to know if buying a clouded title meant that
the title would continue its clouded status.  I responded to her by
saying, “It’s kind of like going through an adoption of a child.  You
don’t want an illegal adoption, because that child, after all the care
you give it, could be returned to its legitimate parents.”
     “I see,” said a man next to her.  “It’s kind of like buying stolen
property.  If it’s proven stolen, no matter what you paid for it, you
have to return it,” he said.
     I agreed with the analogy.  At that point, the Star reporter came
over to me.  “How come that woman would not respond to the ques-
tions?  Who is she?  Is she here all the time, or are the people al-
ways different?”  The reporter seemed shocked by the auctioneer’s
non-response to our questions.  We told her that our questions
were reasonable, in that people should know if they are buying prop-
erties that are not undergoing investigation by the Justice Department.
And we should have the right to know if she is legally bonded to do
what she does.
     The group then went over to the Recorder’s Office.  We were
greeted respectfully by Mr. David Valenzuela, the Division Mgr.
He asked that a clerk step aside, and he handled our cases himself.
Each of us had letters requesting a moratorium on foreclosures and
asking for verification of our legal property status.  We homeowners
were given the information we needed for the cost of $4 each.
     I then left the group with 4 letters, and went over to the court-
house, to drop off letters for the Distrct Attorney, requesting an
investigation by his office of illegal banking practices and illegal
foreclosures in Ventura County.
     The action took place without incident, although two specula-
tors, there week after week, grew impatient when the auction was
interrupted.  Several people, who were experiencing the auction for
the first time, thanked us for being there.  Each buyer also received
a little slip of paper that read: “Please stop profiting off the pain
and suffering of your fellow Americans.” –Grant
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