Monday, March 17, 2014

Gene Goss Has Developed A Troubling Veracity Problem

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If you go to Gene Goss's City Council campaign webpage you will be informed about his apparently quite serious pledge on the matter of support from outside organizations. Here is what Goss promises us:

Pledge: The trend in recent years of outside organizations trying to influence Sierra Madre politics is unacceptable. Therefore, in the interest of the independence of this town, my solemn commitment to fellow Sierra Madreans is that I will absolutely not solicit nor will I accept any support from political parties, outside political organizations, outside political interest groups, outside political consultants, labor unions, law firms, developers, etc. All of my campaign expenditures will be funded by individual donations or self-financed (link).

Unless I've read this wrong and Goss is actually talking about not accepting Lemon Pledge furniture polish, it at least appears that he is quite serious about keeping his act local and independent. And here Goss does state that he will not accept support from any outside organizations such as law firms and labor unions.

Yet if you look just above and to the left, you will find a screenshot taken from his full page ad in this weekend's Mountain Views News. Clearly you can see that he proudly lays claim to the endorsement of the United Teachers of Pasadena (link), which is very much a union.

And since they are not located in Sierra Madre, the UTP is also very much an outside interest group as well.

This lamentable instance of political campaign fibbing is also evident on the endorsements page of his campaign webpage (link). Again the United Teachers of Pasadena are clearly listed.

And if you need one more source, here it is again from an article in the Pasadena Star News (link):

Goss is endorsed by Mayor Nancy Walsh, Councilman John Harabedian, Chair Rob Stockly of the Library Board of Trustees, the United Teachers of Pasadena and many former Citizens of the Year ...

Here is another claim made by Professor Goss that smells just about as rank.

As a member of your City Council, I will be vigilant in fighting overdevelopment to maintain our small town’s character and independence. 

If you read through Goss's endorsement list, you will find many of the leading figures in the fight to build the Downtown Specific Plan, perhaps the most crass and destructive development threat this city ever faced. People who also took $180,000 in outside money from BIA and CAR lobbyists in a failed attempt to defeat Measure V, the people's homegrown response to the menace this DSP scheme represented to their community birthright.

With longtime uncontrolled development advocates such as John Buchanan, Josh Moran and Glenn Lambdin on his list, Gene Goss can easily be suspected of being no friend to those who oppose overdevelopment in Sierra Madre. Despite all of his lip service there is not one single authentic slow growth advocate listed on Gene Goss's endorsement page.

Then, of course, there is also the inevitable pandering to the fears of low information voters. Here is Goss at his most disingenuous, taken from his website's "issues" page (link).

Public Safety: I believe in local control and am committed to maintaining our own police department and do not support contracting out to the Sheriff’s Department. Our police, fire and paramedics should be our top priority and should be properly supported.

The issue here is not the Sierra Madre Police Department. There is little political will in this community to cut them loose and bring in the Sheriffs. Rather this is a ready-made and dishonest strategy adopted by Goss in order to defend Measure UUT, the do-over ballot initiative cooked up to reverse Sierra Madre's 2012 vote to sunset some of the highest utility taxes in California. A clearly wise decision by the residents of this community, voted into effect in order to drag City Hall kicking and screaming to a level of fiscal sanity it has long lacked.

Goss instead has gone with the current municipal employee union strategy to confiscate as much money from the taxpayers here as possible. Money that will then be used to fund city hall pensions, benefit packages and some of the most outrageously expensive health care plans anywhere (link). Goss, himself a government employee who has dabbled in similar union efforts where he works in Long Beach, is obviously quite comfortable with all of this.

One more point. There are only 4 people running for 3 available City Council seats this year. Of the two candidates on the pro-tax and pro-overdevelopment tip, one was outed for posting lewd photos of himself on Facebook. The other is Gene Goss.

Goss will probably win a City Council seat, but it won't be because very many people actually want him there. He will get in because he kept his clothes on in front of the camera and his ideological running mate didn't.

Not the most illustrious way to win a political office.

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87 comments:

  1. I pledge to back pedal on every issue

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  2. The Great and Mighty OzMarch 17, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Write in Buc Naked or Noah Pants. Make him collect his prize.

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  3. The United Teachers of Pasadena is not a union. It is an anarcho-syndicalist worker's collective. Please keep that straight.

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    1. Backing Gross and Arizemendi.

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    2. The Pasadena Teachers can back anyone they want. But Goss is the only candidate that said he would;t accept union backing. That makes him a mulch plated phony.

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  4. Gene Goss is a straight up liar. At the Woman's Club forum last week he was doing his best fear mongering when he stated that if Sierra Madre goes to the Sheriff that the response time will be much longer and in fact, he said, some 911 calls may never be answered at all. this is patently untrue, yet Gene is able to state it with a sincere voice and a straight face. How can someone with such a lack of integrity be trusted to spend the taxpayers' money appropriately?

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  5. Fresh Lemon PledgeMarch 17, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Oh, that?

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  6. It's not what we say, it's what we do! No, wait, let me rephrase that .....

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  7. Vote NO on the UUT
    We are voting for the two women, Rachelle and Denise. The other two choices are very dangerous.
    Remember, these people are responsible for your money.
    Again, NO ON THE UUT TAX INCREASE
    all this protects is mass DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!!

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    1. Show your support for "NO on UUT" and order up a yard sign from the Mod. He's been getting lots of them placed around town lately!

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    2. Your yard will look just fine
      With a No on UUT sign

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    3. I will vote NO on the UUT tax.
      I will not vote for the candidate that has sent out 5 mailers, talks about fiscal responsibility and spends $600 on a professional photo shoot, and all of the endorsements come from unions, PUSD board members, and a LA County supervisor. None of these endorsements have anything to do with Sierra Madre. Plus thousands in contributions but only 3 from Sierra Madre.

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    4. I think it's foolish to vote or not vote for someone you have not talked to personally.

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    5. 9:51, I spoke to Joe Mosca personally (first election) and voted for him and it was a foolish vote

      Dude flat out lied to me.

      I get the same vibes from Goss and Green - say whatever you want to hear.

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    6. Me too, 1:45, me too. Mosca would look a person straight in the eyes and lie his heart out. But still, talking to a candidate is better that just listening to gossip, spin and rumors, or a presumption based on a mailer.

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  8. Josh, Carol and Glenn all endorse:March 17, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    http://i.imgur.com/7l62E.jpg

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  9. We are voting for Denise, and against the UUT.

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  10. endorsed by John Buchanan, the former Mayor who lied to us about the UUT and used a false public emergency to cover up his actual agenda and he's a shill for SoCal Edison

    Harabedian openly dismissed campaign laws when he used photos of the SMPD (with badges photoshopped out) in campaign photos implying endorsement

    creepy endorsements

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    1. and endorse by Glenn Lambin, a SM contractor who while on the Council didn't meet any development that he didn't like

      we keep electing those with severe conflict of interests and those endorsed by those with obvious agendas

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  11. Goss and Green are running some of the worst campaigns I have ever seen in this town. And that is saying a lot. Behind the scene those endorsers must be throwing up.

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    1. Their entire campaigns are being run behind the scene and by lies spread by emails and word of mouth.

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    2. what's the problem? that's what gets you elected in SM

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  12. Goss is being true to the pro-development party - say one thing, do another, and keep repeating the word "preserve."

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    1. Not at all - he's proudly declared he is for responsible development of the monastery. I guess the definition of that would be what passes muster with him.

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  13. He's also got an endorsement from one of the architects of the disasters at Stonehouse and Carter, Rob Stockly.

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    1. you mean the commercial banker that ran on preservation but then did an about face when it came time to vote on development which could benefit his employer? that Rob Stockley?

      is that the same Rob that kept claiming that the library was on the verge of closing?

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    2. Mr. Stickly should have recused himself from any decision that impacted a developer that the bank that employed him had a financial relationship with. Another serious lapse in ethics by a council member.

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  14. Rob Stockly was reported to be on "suicide"watch after Measure V passed and saved Sierra Madre, temporarily, from total destruction.
    Wonder how much money he had invested in destroying downtown Sierra Madre?

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  15. Voting no on UUT. Denise will get three votes from our household. Rachelle lost our support by posing with Mike Antonovich in her mailer. What was she thinking?!

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    1. Ask her.
      I'me voting for Arizmendi and Delmar.

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    2. What was she thinking - what were you thinking? You actually prefer that child Green to a successful professional who has strong financial oversight experience?

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    3. I got a great idea! Let's help the dirts out and beat ourselves up! Then we'll get a Council with Noah Green and it and boy howdy we'll have something to complain about then!

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    4. One part of the Dirt campaign that is going really well is to turn Delmar and Arizmendi supporters aggainst each other.
      Dirts are not as stupid as you think - they keep winning, don't they?

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    5. It is called vote supprression. Gross (exciting new combo word) have professionals working for them. Prolly paid by the BIA other industry lobbyists. Only idiots would fall for it.

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  16. Put a NO UUT sign on your dead lawn.
    Tell 1 person everyday to vote NO.

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    1. I am surprised at all the lush green lawns that are still left. If the drought continues, that will have to change.

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    2. I can't believe anyone would really behind a union hack like Gene Goes. All of his endorsements are a disgrace. The same uninformed ignorance that got Obama elected will get Goes elected.

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    3. O.K., who would you like best on the City Council - Goss or Green? You have a choice.

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    4. I will vote for neither of them.

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    5. 10:51, then you have absolutely voted for the G who gets the most votes.

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    6. Garbage race to the bottom, eh?

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    7. Not voting for either, but...March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I would prefer Noah Green. I think he could be controlled. Goss is arrogant, a liar, and supported by some not very nice people .

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    8. Doesn't make any difference whether it's Noah Pants or Tax Me Goss as the 3rd winner. They both have lied during the campaign. We need to get Arizmendi and Delmar BOTH elected and cut off the big $$ by defeating the UUT 25% increase.

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  17. 10:57 did you get the "best math wizard" trophy in your class?

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  18. The DIRTS are knocking Arizmundi.
    What does that tell you?
    Vote for her.

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  19. According to Goss' FPPC forms, Goss' treasurer is the notorious Yolanda Miranda and Associates located at 728 W Edna Place, Covina CA.

    Yolanda Miranda was also the treasurer for indicted State Senator Ron Calderon and other Calderon family members.

    http://www.fppc.ca.gov/enf_letter/JulyNoViolation/ENF000.pdf
    Cut and paste that link to see a nasty letter from the FPPC sent to State Senator Ron Calderon and Yolanda Miranda.

    Click here to see an LA Times story detailing Yolanda filing false FPPC forms for Tom Calderon

    I don't understand why Gene Goss decided he had to go all the way to Covina and hire the Calderon's treasurer for Goss' tiny little city council campaign.


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    1. Calderon, huh? Damn. Talk about outside influences. Gene is fulla hoot.

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  20. I do not like Arizmendi's outside campaign manager, but she paid for it to get a win. Who knows, maybe she's going to be a career politician. And someone might not like that she's a Republican, but since when do national party affiliations have anything to do with how our candidates turn out once they are up there, or people might not like the fact that she's photogenic, and her bought campaign manager is using that to the max - but for goodness sake, she's the only other candidate besides Delmar who has specifically said she wants to limit and control development, no oversized houses on small parcels, she will tell you in plain English that she is against the UUT. Compared to Goss and Green? Really? Do we have to have this discussion?

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    1. No we don't. I'm mailing my absentee ballot back - I'm voting for Denise, Rachelle and a bug fat NO on the UUT. Enough is enough.

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    2. Post of the month 12 noon. And yes, it is so simple. If a candidate is against Measure UUT, they're honest and deserve your vote. If they are for Measure UUT, then they are dishonest and I don;t vote for liars. Voting for the ladies. Gross can go jump in a spreading pond for all I care.

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    3. Even if the two women get elected, it's still going to be 3 vs. 2. S.O.S. !!! (no, not that meaning...the one you need a shovel for).

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    4. Anything will be better than Gross.

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    5. Well.... either way, we're going to get one of those two for sure. Ha!

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    6. The Mumbling Mortician vs. The Mannequin Molester. It's like a bad wrestling match in Tijuana.

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    7. Maybe they'll wear luchador masks!

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    8. Yes! Gene's mask could feature the wrinkled nose of someone who perpetually acts like everything smells bad, while Noah would sport Gene Simmons with his tongue out.

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  21. If there's a Green, Goss, Harabedian majority on the next city council, it's a guarantee that there will be more taxes, more city staff privileges, and an open door for any and all development, as long as the developers come equipped with their polite fictions.

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    1. Harabedian is the LA County political machine's boy toy. A Mayor Harabedian will give them anything in exchange for a Sacramento political career.

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  22. If you vote only for a candidate(s) that really represent what you want then when some other one who will be elected as well (without your vote) you have the knowledge that you did not participate in that smucks election nor feel responsible for their obnoxious decisions or behavior on the council. There have been many years when I would look at a seated City Council and did not vote for one of them, "my candidates" having all been defeated. Not a lot of fun, let me tell you, but at least had the realization in taking no part in electing the idiocy pretending to represent the city of Sierra Made.

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    1. In Sierra Madre if you hold your nose and vote for the least obnoxious candidates you end up with a very sore nose.

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  23. I know I'm voting NO on the UUT

    I guess I'll vote for Rachel but she seems a little snarky to me like she's hiding something and a little too slick but if the development crowd is against her I guess she had redeeming values, unless the developement crowd is saying anti stuff so she gets elected, who knows.

    For my 3rd choice, I will either write in a candidate or leave blank

    Since by default, Goss or Green will get elected (assuming they are 3rd), I'd rather either of them know that the final vote tally shows that they were elected but shown with half the votes - a silent vote.

    Shame that these are our choices.

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  24. I heard the SMPD was handing out literature saying to vote "YES ON THE UUT". Does that mean that the 2 yes on the UUT candidates Green and Goss are being supported by the PD? What about the incorrect information that is being put out by the 2 candidates and the PD, who is responsible for that? Is wrongful information grounds for invalidating the UUT vote? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. How do we get these answers?

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    1. why would the SMPD be doing this?

      I thought the UUT was about water bonds and debt service but it's being presented is that if we don't vote to keep the highest tax rate in the state we will lose the police department and the library and the city will start public executions for parking violations.

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    2. The UUT doesn't have anything to do with the water dept. You are confusing that with the 218 protest.
      The UUT scares the police and city hall people because they want to keep the highest pensions in Calif with a YEs vote,

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    3. The Police were not handing out Yes on UUT literature, they were handing out the false fact sheet that has been floating around and the city council meeting and elsewhere.

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    4. The UUT money is about whatever will frighten the populace the most. since all UUT taxes go into the general fund, they can spend it on whatever they want.

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    5. The scary thing is that UUT money is being spent on pensions and crazy expensive health care benefits, and not public safety. We've been lied to for years.

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    6. 3:01 I really hope you are joking about your understanding about the UUT and what the money is for..

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    7. When people are repeatedly lied to, issues can easily become confused. Trust is hard to win back.

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  25. Goss lied,

    His credibility died.

    Noah's crude,

    In the hammock & nude.

    Burma Shave

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  26. Has any support coalesced around a write in option? It's doubtful they could win, but at least it would siphon support from the pro-development candidates. Where's Bill Tice?

    I plan on only voting for 2 and leaving the third blank otherwise.

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    1. that's what I'm doing

      it will be a statement if two candiates receive a 1,000 votes and the 3rd place candidate receives 300 and gets elected

      a vote of no confidence

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    2. I am going to write in Noah Pants. If 30 or so people do it that name may be listed in the totals.

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    3. The write-ins won't count if the candidate isn't registered, but it would be fun to use a satirical name.

      I like Buc Naked but the nickname Noah Pants seems more popular?

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    4. Buc Naked is more obscure. You have to be up on the whole Buccaneer/townies story. Noah Pants describes that part of the sprite's misadventure that everyone is familiar with.

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  27. You know what? If Measure UUT goes down it doesn;t matter who is on the city council. It is going to be a fire sale down there no matter what. That is good enough for me.

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    1. But what about my pension?

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  28. What about my health plan?

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  29. Noah Pants has been spotted around town planting his signs. It appears he is just putting them here and there without actually having permission.

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    1. Well that is just pathetic isn't it? Does he not know how truly amateurish he appears? What a geek.

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    2. I have noticed signs for all candidates placed on medians.

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    3. He wants to dress it up a little for the debate tomorrow. Yep, he is that desperate.

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    4. Yes 7:27. But usually the candidates ask permission first.

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    5. Anyone notice the misspell on Noah's Sign. Some have been cover with white-out.

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  30. Where can I get a No on UUT sign to put in front of my house? Anyone know?

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    1. sierramadretattler@gmail.com - Ask for The Mod.

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