A Whistleblower's Memoir


by Lloyd Kraal


Paperback / $20 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58790-166-9 / 180 pages / 5.5” x 8.5”


Whistleblowers / San Francisco / San Francisco Zoo


In this lively, first person narrative, Lloyd Kraal documents his twenty years experience working in a variety of construction capacities for the City and County of San Francisco. Everywhere he went, he encountered institutionalized corruption, fraud, widespread alcohol and drug abuse, intimidation, racism and violence. Lloyd captures the grittiness of his experiences with vividness and wit. In his culminating employment as the maintenance supervisor for the San Francisco Zoo, he witnessed first hand and attempted to correct the appalling neglect of facilities and abusive conditions that led to the fatal tiger attack of Christmas Day, 2007. There are many illuminating parallels that may be drawn between this insider account of the corruption in San Francisco and other large cities across the country.


Lloyd Kraal is a licensed General Building Contractor with over twenty-five years of experience, specializing in construction management. He is currently a small business owner under contract with several local government agencies. He has estimated or managed 100 million dollars in construction work and evaluated over 1,000 employees and subcontractors. He teaches classes on construction estimation and acts as a small business consultant. He has been married for twenty-seven years and has three grown daughters. Along with his wife he has owned and operated a restaurant and a catering company. In his free time he enjoys oil painting, travel, and being outdoors.

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