Monday, March 15, 2010

Is Nancy Walsh Trying To Sound Like Something She Is Not?

There has definitely been a bit of what political wonks call "message creep" in Nancy Walsh's portrayal of her stance on the slow growth concept here in Sierra Madre. From the rather bold statement she made in the Pasadena Star News blaming our preservation initiative Measure V for business stagnation here in town (obviously the effects from the historic recession we are all enduring couldn't have played a role, right?), to nearly proclaiming herself at the Sierra Madre Woman's Club confab the other evening to be the new incarnation of Kevin Dunn, her campaign has obviously been a work in progress.

Apparently Nancy, along with those she has been running with, have been getting an earful about over-development and just how much the residents of our town dislike that sort of thing. So the message adjustment must have been seen there as necessary.

We can see this roll out in Nancy's "slow growth" message by examining three very distinctly different and chronologically issued statements by her. Each one following the previous by a couple of weeks. It is an interesting evolution, and in some ways almost flattering. Because to me this indicates that both myself and those who share my opinions are on the right side of the issue, and support for our position is so strong in the community that the Three Moscateers have been forced to try and co-opt it.

But then, and far more telling in my opinion, we will get down to the real nitty gritty, which is nomination petition signatures and who actually signed on to the Friends of Nancy Walsh campaign. It is by identifying those who support her campaign that we can best discover where her true allegiances lay. Some of those signing her nomination papers were no friends of Measure V, and most of them remain indifferent to the notion of saving this town from the developer's wrecking ball.

Of course, the best way would have been to follow the money. That is, who has been contributing their dollars to fund such things as Nancy's pamphlet, mailing, and baby blue yard signs. State law recognizes that campaign financial contributions are a telling political statement in themselves, and therefore must be shared with the voters. But even though these filings were legally due two weeks ago, no such information from her campaign has been made available. At least as of this posting.

The first chapter in Nancy's slow growth evolution comes from a February 14 Pasadena Star News article entitled "Seven file for three seats on Sierra Madre City Council." Here is how it reads:

She (Nancy) said she voted for Measure V, but "I never thought it would paralyze the town and discourage business from coming in. Businesses don't want to come here," she said. "They feel discouraged. They feel the people of the town don't want them here."

Now I suppose that one reason businesses don't want to locate in our downtown is because certain leading lights in this community do not speak very highly of it. And I personally have never been able to figure out whose purposes are served by badmouthing the place. Myself, I love downtown Sierra Madre, it is the kind of bike-able and walkable place a Burbank or Glendale can only dream of having. But that said, blaming the economic situation on Measure V, when the effects are clearly due to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, is naive at best. The real key to making our downtown prosperous is getting residents off their sofas and spending money there, not engaging in politically driven claims that it's all the fault of people who love this town and want to preserve it.

The next statement comes from Nancy's "Leadership For Our Future" pamphlet that was mailed out a couple of weeks ago. Here her position on the "slow growth" issue softens somewhat from her trenchant Pasadena Star News claim, but it still has the distinct aroma of Sacramento's planning agendas.

Over the years, I've also come to appreciate how our town has retained its aesthetic values by saying "no thanks" to development that's out of scale with our small-town charm. Now we're at a crossroads. There's a temptation to go for short-term cash flow to our treasury by bringing in over-development - at the cost of ruining our tradition of sensible growth. It's my strong feeling that there needs to be realistic planning before things are irrevocably changed. And anything oversized needs to go out for a vote. We need to go forward with a common vision.

Correct me if I am wrong, but is Nancy actually stating here that she would be promoting a process that could lead to planning for "oversized" buildings? I am sorry, but hearing the prospect of something that potentially divisive from a candidate who has claimed to oppose unpleasant conversation is a bit jarring. Starting a planning process that calls for large scale construction in this town could lead to something far more explosive than "bickering." This sounds more like the kind of shadow talk we heard from the big development crowd in 2007 than a candidate who is authentically "slow growth."

Which, if what I've heard is correct, is exactly the kind of feedback Nancy received from her mailing. People were concerned to hear that she could very well be advocating expensive special elections on the kinds of development people clearly don't want. As long term supporters of Measure V know, the vote requirement was put into that initiative as a kind of "nuclear option." It was called that because we believed nobody would ever be daft enough to even think about using it. But who knows, maybe that is no longer the case.

Nancy's last known utterance on the topic came at last Thursday's candidates get-together at the Sierra Madre Woman's Club. And it was here that Nancy delivered a statement that I myself would have been very comfortable making. That being we need to keep the character of this town as it is, development must remain within the parameters of Measure V, and while a town must always be willing to evolve, we don't want to make the same kinds of dreadful mistakes Burbank, Glendale, or Pasadena made.

Of course, the difference between Nancy and myself is I've been saying these things for years now, whereas Ms. Walsh's mid-campaign conversion is less than a week old. Making her something of a recent arrival to the concept in my opinion.

While this is, I believe, a useful exercise in understanding exactly where Nancy Walsh is coming from (and on one of the most important issues this town faces), there is also something else that must be looked at. And that is who actually signed her nominating papers to run for Sierra Madre City Council.

The number of people who autographed that petition is 25, or 5 short of the maximum of 30. And out of the 25 who signed it, 12 (or almost half) were either visible supporters of the "No on V" effort, or come from the families of those closely associated with opposing something Nancy has made a centerpiece of her campaign. That list includes both John Buchanan and Joe Mosca, two of the most prominent opponents to Measure V, and therefore the slow growth persuasion here in Sierra Madre as well.

And out of the 12 Measure V opponents who signed Nancy's nominating papers, six were either somehow connected to - or actual signatories of - the most famous 2007 "No on V" broadside of all, linked here.

Beyond Nancy, who signed her own petition, there were no purported Measure V supporters past or present to be found on her nomination papers. Or at least I didn't recognize any.

We will be able to finish this all up by examining the Friends of Nancy Walsh campaign financial filings when they become available. But until that time the evidence seems to point towards Nancy Walsh's slow growth claims as being for political convenience only.

57 comments:

  1. Where's the link?

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  2. Nancy needs to play by the rules to be taken seriously..No excuses for late financial filings!Two weeks..inexcusable!

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  3. The No on V link? I found it OK.

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  4. Didn't Joe Mosca pull a similar scam on the voters in 2006, when he claimed to be against the overdevelopment nightmare that was the DSP?

    Yes, I recall he did, that is why he deserved to be recalled for lying on such a crucial issue.
    Many voters were furious, because he had lied to their faces, then betrayed them.
    That is why he deserved to be passed over as Mayor.
    That is why he deserves to be defeated in this election.

    Let's not make the same costly, painful mistake with Nancy Walsh and/or Josh Moran.
    They are puppets of Bart Doyle's Dirts.

    Vote for John Crawford, Vote for Don Watts, Vote for Pat Alcorn.

    They are for us, not Sacramento/development special interests.

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  5. The development slate candidates have to deny what they are up to on development because their cause is such an unpopular one. Mosca did it in 2006 because he wouldn't have been elected had people known what he really represents. So all we're hearing from him and his running mates are fairy tales designed to fool the gullible.

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  6. It's funny...every screams that we need new business in town ..but let's look at it for it what is. The economy is in terrible condition! When was the last time your heard someone got a raise? Let's see; it seems every week I know of someone losing their job(s).

    The businesses we have downtown are struggling...Restaurant Lozano closed it's doors this weekend after 30 some odd years in business....do you think they were just tired of cooking? The economy has effected everyone. Thank Goodness for measure V or we would have empty space/condo's down there as well...

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  7. THE PHOTO ABOVE WAS USED WITHOUT PERMISSION, REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY!

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  8. Come on 91024...can't take it ?Get real,everyone has your number!

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  9. hey 90124, as a photographer who knows a little about photo use of public photos, the blog does not have to remove it for any reason and your screaming is certainly out of control.

    now, if your dog is a Hollywood actor and has an agent, by all means, your dog may be due royalties and your dog's business manager may contact the Editor and I'm sure he'd understand and remove the dog, or is the sign that has an agent?

    IMMEDIATELY!, y90124, ou trying out for Hollywood reality show? you've got the gunk down with the temper tantrum

    as far as Ms. Walsh, as long as she continues to focus on Measure V and development, I'll consider that's her primary and only agenda, to build out downtown Sierra Madre, because she can't answer any question about what's happening in the city or how she'd negotiate on lawsuits or water issues or tree trimming or whatever. She bascially is about development - first and the city or individual citizens, somewhere down the line

    I'm also wondering if the dog in the photo a prop used by the No On V committee, since their primary spokesperson is Joe Mosca, who borrowed a dog as a prop for his campaign photo.

    This agenda of development nonsense keeps up with Walsh, Moran, Buchanan and Mosca on the Council, the downtown will be developed, regardless of the short and long term consequences, it's all good for them as a group or personally.

    Councilman Buchanan's decsions regarding development benefits his employer,
    Edison sells more electricty and will find other ways to bill the city for construction related costs.

    Councilman Mosca will use the development of Sierra Madre for his resume' and next gig. His campaign flyer is almost laughable, he takes full credit for things he had little and sometimes almost nothing to do with, he's the guy at the office that will steal your idea and sell it to the highest bidder, himself.

    Josh Moran's family and former business associates will profit personally from the potential of millions of dollars in real estate sales commissions with a downtown condo project. He has no place on the Council as a real estate agent who can renew his license after leaving the Council and personally profit from his Council decisions and networking.

    Ms. Walsh just appears to be one tracked minded on yes on development and hasn't shown that she understands what it takes to be a Councilmember because her bullet points of her platform are mostly issues that have all ready been resolved or pending Council vote, Ms. Walsh sounds coached by Bart Doyle, the lobbyist for the Building Association.

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  10. hey 90124, get your head on straight or start drinkingMarch 15, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    lol 90124, what's that twenty posts in a row, seconds apart....REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY! you really should drop your own website, you obvioulsy know nothing about the public domain use of photos and professional consideration.

    the only similar childish rants or tantrums I've seen recently that matched yours was from Beth Buck and the Cumquat crew.

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  11. Who's this person who runs the blog, Sierra Madre - A View from the Canyon? Running on Wordpress right now, but was kind of an online publication during 2008 on the old Blogger site. Interesting stuff.

    http://sierramadre91204.blogspot.com/2008/03/enid-joffes-answers-to-questions-posed.html

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  12. Wow, Crawford, was it something you said? LOL
    Or, maybe something the Mayor, MaryAnn said? LOL
    The dirts have a major meltdown, last guy I saw do this on the internet ended up in a mental hospital!

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  13. Whoever they are 9:34, they better get back on their meds.

    Seriously out to lunch. Hard to say which dirt it was, since to be a dirt, you have to be somewhat light in the upper stories!

    And, 9:34, none of the content of that website was of any interest, obviously a loon runs the website.

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  14. Nah, that was just my old friend Niney. I snagged one of her pictures off of Google, and had no idea it was hers. She did ask in a most demonsrative way that it be pulled down, and I accomodated. All is good.

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  15. So Nancy Walsh was running View from the Canyon? With a Glendale zip?

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  16. The "late" filing of required disclosure forms is a very common flaw in the system. No real enforcement by the FPPC and a minor fine at best.
    Many seeking office choose to not file so folks won't be able to see who is behind the campaign and will simply pay any fine that may be levied.

    Might be something for the new Council Members to consider....a city reporting requirement. The City could mandate an additional filing deadline and impose fines for failure to comply.

    Something like....for every day the disclosure is overdue, a $500.00 fine.

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  17. No, it's probably Lisa Spigai Perez.

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  18. A sort of Ides of March kinda day. It'll be good when it's gone, doncha think?

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  19. Being aligned with Buchanan (his wife is her campaign manager, Mosca, and Moran says it all. She is for development. She is for SB375. She is for Sacramento medling in our city. She is a puppet and John Buchanan is the puppet master. Without her on the council, Buchanan will be by himself.

    If her treasurer can't file the financial disclosure papers, why can't she? After all she claims to be an expert with finances and budgets. Surely she could fill out a little form.

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  20. that's right! she claims to have 25 years of budget experience. she understands these things -- that's what she said! i thought Buchanan's wife was Moran's treatsure...

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  21. Me thinkith the woman is confused... she was against it before she was for it... what will it be after tomorrow's Kiwanis lunch? I bet the Buchanan's lights will be on late tonight getting the new version installed.

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  22. I think the new version is Nancy Walsh invented Measure V and we stole it.

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  23. I'm waiting for Mosca to claim he voted for measure V

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  24. To paraphrase a favorite play, there is an unmistakable odor of mendacity in the room: coming from lies and liars, namely council candidates Joe Mosca, Nancy Walsh, Josh Moran and all of their downtown dirt supporters. We lived through and fell for the blatant obfuscation of political leanings during Mosca's original candidacy; I personally am not willing to do it again. Let's call a spade a spade; Walsh, Moran and Mosca are all toadies for the development industry and they should be exposed for what they are often and mercilessly right up to voting date. What a bunch of pricks.

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  25. Fibbing is the only way they can win. They represent an unpopular agenda, and they have to bend the truth in order to make themselves electable. Everytime they make something up is another confession of weakness.

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  26. Hey, 2 weeks overdue on financial disclosure?
    Sounds like shenanigans and Shenanigans to me.

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  27. Make that a question at the Kiwanis candidates' forum tomorrow! Don't let her get by with this!

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  28. Off with her head!

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  29. That is no way to refer to Arnold.

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  30. Nancy Walsh got up at a council meeting and explained her second thoughts about Measure V.
    She did it at community communication time, 2 weeks after, or the meeting following, John Buchanan's effort to stop a letter to SCAG, a letter that argued for smaller transportation/employment estimates that would in turn effect our Regional Housing Needs Assessment numbers.
    How did that work out?
    Oh yeah, SCAG backed down. Thank you the slow growth majority of the council for making that happen.
    Buchanan lost another one of his attempts to protect the developers at the cost of the residents.
    Let's see how he argues against the dust ordinance.

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  31. Did you know that the Blight Ordinance is now in effect? 90 days warning to the offending party. But done very quietly so that sensitive souls would not be put into a bad light is my guess.

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  32. 227 --- judging by what she is saying now, she has had 3rd thoughts. Or is that 4th...

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  33. The whole town can watch her and see what she said before she cleaned p her act.
    The whole town can watch Joe Mosca's lies, or watch Susan Henderson's lies.
    I do not get it. The evidence is overwhelming, and some residents just refuse to look at it.

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  34. Senator PalpatineMarch 15, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    There is no civility only politics.

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  35. Anyone paying attention to the ads in Susie's paper? It looks like John Buchanan has gotten Edison to start subsidizing the Dirts. In the last several issues the biggest ads were for Edison, and Edison is also now a sponsor of various Chamber events. Also A LOT of Real Estate ads, and low and behold, Bill Coburn is in cahoots with Susie as well; sharing pictures and story lines. And I thought Bill was a decent guy.

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  36. Senator Palpatine:

    I am confident that civility will return once Joe Mosca is retired. He and the drama he seems to enjoy have caused great harm to our town. Once he is gone the wound will be lanced and we can go back to loving our neighbors and arguing on the merits.

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  37. Bill Coburn and Mountain Views News have been sharing letters to the editor, photos, stories, and the volunteer feature for several years. They also share the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis. Soon only Mountain Views News will remain after it eats Bill Coburn.

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  38. So how does that Edison thing work? Lobbyists run to corporate and tell them to fund certain candidates so that they can get ___________- (fill in the blank). Is Edison a backer for SCAG directives? More development so they make more revenue? They've already got this smart grid meter thing being installed, which will significantly raise summer rates when the AC goes on before 6 pm.

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  39. Well we know that the game is to stay in the game, right?
    So I figure they have plenty of strategizing and sizing up activities.
    Slow growth is probable not their favorite community happening.

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  40. Crawford,
    I like your picture of the pirate.

    Fitting, the dirt candidates Walsh and Moran have pirated your platform.

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  41. still read the papersMarch 15, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    The special Wisteria section of the latest edition of the...uh...paper, was hysterical. One nice picture, one nice article, and a thousand realtor ads.It was just ridiculous, and belongs on those "Homes for Sale" racks around markets.

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  42. Civility is as civility doesMarch 15, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Looks like this issue of the Looney Tunes News is paid for by the Chamber of Commerce and the AAR with a side of SoCalEd. No wonder she's slamming poor old Bill Tice! It's good for business. She'll be doubling her ad rates before the election's over. Do you think there's some sort of competition for candidate and council bashing? Dean Lee and poor old doofus Hail Hamilton are working overtime to play kissy face with the Publisher!

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  43. Who is Hail now? Surely he's not the same person who wrote for the paper when it WAS a paper.
    Metamorphosis. Into what.

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  44. The LVN is now a paid for political attack rag. But after that? Back to bowing and scraping most likely.

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  45. Can we back up to the failure to disclose financial contributions part?
    OK, so the state doesn't take it seriously, and it's easy to violate.I guess the point is that a contributor will pick up the fine?
    Where can we find the info once it is submitted?
    Isn't any candidate in this town ashamed to keep sloppy records/miss deadlines given the legacy of the Shenanigan years and all those blown audits????
    Wouldn't you think that financial transparency and accountability would be a top priority?

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  46. Nah 5:49. It's about carrying on the Dirt Tradition of playing fast and easy with transparency, keeping secrets and making plans. It's for your own good.

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  47. ..........DIRT BAG SPEAKING POINTS........

    --Security & the Economy--

    Go back to bed America.
    We've figured it all out.
    Go back to bed America.
    You're government is in control.
    Go back to bed America!

    --Civil Liberties--

    You are Free
    To do as we tell you.
    You are Free
    To do as we tell you!

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  48. I see Joe and Josh signs without Nancy. What's up with that? They will dump her, and so will Johnny B. It must feel awful to be used in your golden years. I kinda feel sorry for her.........

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  49. I can't wait to see just how many Sierra Madreans have wised up and will not vote for Joe.
    An interesting reckoning is coming, to be sure.

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  50. Tis a pity, I've seen Mosca signs on their own, and some Walsh signs on their own, and same thing with Moran - maybe more Moran & Walsh.
    Can't figure it out.
    It's rare to see a slow-growther out there alone.

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  51. If they fall for Joe, then it will be because the vigor and strength of this tow has gone. It would be an abject surrender of every good and worthy thing to interests that couldn't care less about what we want or believe. They just want what we have, and don't think that we can get out of their way fast enough.

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  52. If Mosca or his dirts think they will get all the votes he got in 2006, when he campaigned on lies and got all our side.....they are nuts.
    Won't happen Mosca. You're never going to win back our trust, never.
    You are a liar and you have caused great pain to this city.

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  53. Come to the Kiwanis thing at noon. See if Nancy is a switch hitter. See if Joe lies. See if Josh is jumping to the Crawford wagon.

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  54. Hopefully those attending the Iguanas hour of power will stay awake. It does take place right after the poor dears' luncheon, you know.

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  55. Anybody feel that earthquake?

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  56. Yes, earthquake woke me and I stayed in bed for the duration and then down to watch the coverage on channel 7. Hard to know what woke me--the shaking or the noise of the shaking, or woken by the shaking and then heard the noise of the house shaking. Went on USGS website to catch the details. 4.4, in Pico Rivera, at a depth of 11 miles.

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  57. Made this old house creak, that's for sure. Hopefully it relieved some of the pressure on the fault running through here. Been so many big quakes around the world lately. It makes you wonder about our little corner of the planet.

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