Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pasadena Star News Comes Out Against Measure UUT - Says No to Noah, Yes to Denise and Rachelle

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Measure UUT (or the MUTT as I have started calling it), just got a big thumbs down from that triumvirate of SGV daily newspapers, the Pasadena Star News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Whittier Daily News. Here is how that good news reads (link):

If the enduring political hubbub in the tiny — pop. 11,000 — middle-class-to-affluent hamlet of Sierra Madre were writ large in other Southern California cities, we’d be the most electorally engaged place on the planet. If many readers have only visited for the Wisteria Festival or mountain trails access, they may not know that many of the same issues that affect us all are hotly debated there: Preservation vs. development. High utility taxes. Public pensions. How to pay to repair an aging infrastructure. Unusually, there are three open council seats this election, and four candidates with good ideas vying to join the council. Noah Green’s good ideas are mostly confined to the excellent one of promoting gray-water solutions to the drought problem, and he needs more time in town to understand issues.

We strongly endorse the other three: Rachelle Arizmendi, who has served on the Community Services Commission and understands budgets from her management job in a large nonprofit. She’s for fiscal discipline, laments the town’s polarization and wants the utility tax hike sunsetted. Denise Delmar chaired a general plan committee and would be an excellent advocate for it, and her professional career in human resources will help the small and cash-strapped City Hall staff. Gene Goss, an American government professor, has the longest experience in town, and is a consummate volunteer.

We recommend a No vote on extending a high 10 percent utility tax that citizens were promised would decline.

One other thing - I posted a link to this story on the City of Sierra Madre's Facebook page and it was quickly taken down. Too much good news perhaps? Is this community's so-called public bulletin board only for news that City Hall approves of? Apparently so.

Los Angeles Times article on California Taxes

Interesting news from the L.A. Times (link).

California second only to New York in high taxes, study says Californians pay the second-highest taxes in the nation, beat out only by New Yorkers. That's according to personal finance firm WalletHub, which took a look at how states stack up against each other when it comes to taxes.

Taxpayers in the states with the highest taxes pay about four times more than those in states with the lowest taxes, WalletHub said. Conservative states tend to impose lower taxes than their more liberal counterparts.

Those living in the Golden State shell out about $9,509 for state and local taxes, 36% more than the national average. New York residents pay $9,718, or nearly 40% more than what people pay on average in the country.

Wow. A $9,509 average for state and local taxes in California. That is a lot of lattes.

I guess since Sierra Madre residents are currently paying the highest utility taxes in this state, that certainly must put us into an extra special class. Maybe we're one of the top tax paying cities nationwide as well?

Of course, the situation here could soon change.

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81 comments:

  1. The Star News kicks the MUTT!

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    1. it should be pointed out that Goss came in last place last election and the only reason he is the 3rd choice is because he's running against Green, both endorsed by the same crew that started the UUT mess and won't state that they will enforce Measure V and instruct the city manager to comply with Measure V 100% of the time.

      as I see the candidates, the third choice is the lesser of two evils and Goss can be told what to do as he's been doing the bidding of John Buchanan and Bart Doyle, two of his supporters.

      Neil the Pig could easily come in 3rd this election - Goss 4th and Green 5th.

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    2. I'm still not hearing Gene Goss's "good ideas"

      he's in favor of the UUT, anti-Measure V and he is supported by the same ilk that got us in the heap of mess.

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    3. this is a pitiful election, the 3rd candidate selected to the Council came in last place the most recent election and that is only by default

      ]If you are NO on the UUT, voting for either Green or Goss is a "would not" vote, as in, "I would not vote for Green or Goss had I had another option...."

      I'm concerned that given the flippant college professor atttitude, "the academic lectures as taught by John Buchanan" that if elected, Gene will actually believe he was a wanted choice, therefore his actual opinion on the Council should be least valued.

      He shouldn't be getting a 4 year term on the Council.

      I swear I may write in Neil the Pig becaue the city has to legally make public the actual tallies and it would send a clear message that "YOUR" way is the highway - BECAUSE WE CAN (aka Nancy Walsh, former Mayor of Sierra Madre)

      yuck

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    4. I am SO writing in Neil the Pig as my third vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. "Noah Green’s good ideas are mostly confined to the excellent one of promoting gray-water solutions to the drought problem, and he needs more time in town to understand issues." Uh, yeah.

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    1. Oh you mean the shrinking Farmer's Market and more activities on Halloween were not good ideas? Just because the market manager hasn't responded to the request to move the day and location of the market, and trick or treat, parade and costume events on Halloween aren't enough, doesn't mean we should count Green out. And just because he thinks the water UUT funds stay in the water fund, doesn't mean he isn't ready for prime time.

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    2. Uh, didn't the council already put in a gray water ordinance? is Noah late to the party once again?

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    3. It was the only nice thing the Star News could think to say for Mr. Pants.

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    4. Editorial boards don't usually come out and say it when a candidate is totally hopeless. Although maybe they should.

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    5. I think they ran him over about a nicely as they could.

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    6. this has got to infuriate Susan Henderson, she considers the MtnView News as the voice of Sierra Madre and the Pasadena Star News is an outsider publication. if Nancy Walsh was running for relection the Pasadena Star News wouldn't have much to say about her either and she's been on the Council for 4 years and still nothing to show for it

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    7. somebody get Noah a hanky in case he starts crying in his beer

      he should be thoroughly upset with Walsh and Henderson who probably tag teamed him and convinced him to run and he said it was his lifelong ambition to be elected to a political office

      but not at our expense please, Noah and don't run next election cause you just look like a sore loser like Goss who came in last place last year

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    8. Henderson is a joke. Anyone with a 3 digit IQ can see through her humbuggery.

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    9. hindsight is 20/20, when she was just a writer at the Sierrra Madre Weekly she wrote editorials with her taking a strong pro Measure V (height/densiity limits) and that was when Josh Moran on a local online forum suggested that he and the realtors boycott advertisers in the paper.

      That's no longer a problem because Henderson at the Mtn View News bought another fading sidewalk paper that had the rights to the city legal notice contract and since then we all know the paper as just hype and not really distributed as promised.

      Susan snookered the Dunn's and that is when we all figured out who wanted to be in SM and then the realtor crowd embraced her.

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  3. What ever you voters do, please don't let the crooks at city hall misuse our money!
    They have lied and cheated us enough!!!!
    NO ON THE UUT

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  4. Johnny "I'm gonna be Mayor" H.March 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Vote YES on the UUT. We need the $$ to pay for awesome health insurance and pensions! Oh yeah.

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    1. and if you don't vote yes the library will be closed, seriously, for real, it's a fact and the senior center and rec center will have to close

      but pensions will be protected - those that retired at 50 after a few years of working for the city and we've got to pay them more than they made when they worked here

      what a corrupt system

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  5. Finally, two smart and well qualified women! Maybe Cappocia will get some conejos to stand with them against the tax and spenders.

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  6. Like Noah, Goss needs more time to understand the issues, too. He hasn't even reviewed the budget, and he seems to think that the water revenue will be placed in the General Fund.

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    1. can we recall him before he is elected? This Calderon problem of his is terrible.

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    2. just don't vote for a 3rd candidate or write in an alternative

      he'll get the point if he gets 1/2 the votes of first and second

      he needs to be nipped in the bud before his ego takes over - he's endorsed by John Buchanan

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  7. Yes! I mean, NO!!

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    1. Gene's answer.

      Yes for now.
      No for now.
      What do you want to hear?

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    2. Gene will tell you whatever you want to hear in exchange for your vote. You have never met a more transparent phony.

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    3. while I respect teachers and think city colleges are valuable, being the head of a dept especially political science at a city college...well that's not experience that translates to the real world

      to me, Goss is just looking to expand upon his research, how much you wanna bet that his experiences will be a focal point of his lectures at Long Beach City Colllege

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  8. Now is the time to order up your NO on UUT yard sign. Just let the Mod know and we'll get one out to you ASAP!

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  9. Just met a nice woman who was at City Hall at 2 p.m.to turn in her absentee ballot. She peered into the darkened foyer and then came over when she saw me passing by. I said I knew they were now closed every Friday, having upped that from just everyother Friday and not opened until 11 a.m. Mon-Thurs. She was agast. I asked her if she was new to Sierra Madre and no, she had lived here for 35 years. People who have accidentally been at city hall when it was opened have had no idea of these changes. Why on earth is our city hall filled with people who can't do their work and answer the public's questions throughout the hours of a normal work day?

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    1. and this city management claims they are overworked and underpaid

      if the city manager is off on those days and not at the office even if the city hall is closed, she should be fired or told to come in and work a 50- 60 hour week for what she gets paid.

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  10. It won't even be close. MUUT is going to go down hard.

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    1. From your lips to G*d's ears.

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    2. what a shame the message can't be completed with a slamming of the door cause our 3rd candidate is a weak choice regardless and Goss is touting his volunteerism, which I assume he means he worked clearing the track for the Mt Wilson trail race or he spent hours decorating the Rose Bowl float or he worked the Wisteria Festival or he did field maintennce at Heasely Field for a season or two?

      or did he just do the "image" and "in" events and show up at the Wine Tastings?

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    3. Rose Bowl Float?...Wisteria Festival?...Good Lord, are you newer than Green?

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    4. Spelling nanny.

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  11. Please vote yes on the UUT.

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    1. 6:05, I'll fund big pensions and Cadillac health plans right after I'm done funding my own.

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    2. I am ready to enjoy no services. Not really quite sure what those services were, anyway.

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    3. If by services you mean tickets, then yes. I have been serviced.

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  12. Got another Goss card.
    Gotta love the strong stance he takes when he writes: " Fight to protect the Monastery from irresponsible development."
    Yeehaw, get ready for a whole lot of responsible development.

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    1. Did Yolanda tell him to say that?

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    2. Goss is yet another master of nothing speech. Words that sound like they are real important, but when looked at closely actually mean nothing at all.

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    3. what does he mean?

      he gets to define "irresponsible"?

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    4. 7:41, he is a John Buchanan clone

      but you can bet he'll never miss a photo op like John

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  13. I must say that the Star News has been really strong lately at ferreting out corruption and casting a spotlight on the pension crises. They understand what the Yes on UUT people are all about because the same scare tactics are used in every city to try to pass the tax. The public employee unions have never been against more revenue....ever. That ought to tell you who ultimately benefits by the passage of these taxes.

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    1. and they are all saying the same thing and it's 100% BS

      me for one, I'm not that concerned that public employees who retire at 40 or 55 and expect the public to pay outrageous pensions and take 2nd jobs and still get paid a pension from us

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    2. @ 8:04 - you are absolutely correct about the Star News/Tribune. While resources have not improved at the paper, a change of local leadership has occurred and an immediate improvement in coverage has occurred. Take the time to shoot them an email letting them know you appreciate the expanded coverage of local issues that matter to the readers.....corruption, mis-use of public funds, burdensome bond programs, union influence in campaigns, etc.

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  14. Good post. 8:04

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  15. I heard that Noah Green went into Albertson's and wiped them out of Kleenex

    I'm still laughing that he broke down and started crying at the Kiwanis debate because he said he was so depressed that we are making fun of him for posting lame childish Facebook pics and calling us "townies" and boasting that he hangs out at the Buc.

    if Noah understood us "townies", we don't boast about hanging out at the Buc, we may go now and then but we don't post it on Facebook

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  16. City Dept. of DesperationMarch 22, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Vote yes on the UUT or we'll have to fire the lsdy who censors the Facebook page!

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  17. It might be time to turn your home and business security cameras towards your newly installed "NO on UUT" tax signs, so you can prove who are vandalizing the political signs. Remember if the present city hall employees can't fix the financial problems then it's time to hire new one's who can, it's easy to add more taxes to solve a problem but it takes dedicated employees to ferret out the source and make changes.

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    1. leave them up vandalized and add a new sign or for every sign vandalized - add two

      those putting up YES signs must feel like bllooming idiots because that is just obnoxious and arrogant

      I see a YES sign and I figure that person has a profit motive, is selling the BS spin on the UUT or is completely ignorant of the facts or doesn't care about the facts or narrow minded like a real estate agent.

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  18. Show your support - order up your NO on UUT years sign today! Just let the Mod know you want one.

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    1. Ach! I hate spell check! Ask for a yard sign.

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  19. I agree with earlier posters. I'm voting NO on UUT, for Rachelle and Denise, and I'm either leaving the third candidate place vacant or I'm going to write in a different name. it's time to send a clear message to the folks who lie and cheat and pretend to understand the finances of this city.

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  20. I will vote for Denise and Rachelle because they tell the truth. Goss uses a lot of typical goverment weasel words. You have no idea what he is really thinking.

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    1. what do you want Goss to think cause that is what he'll think for you

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    2. how did Goss vote with regards to Measure V

      if he voted, no - he needs to explain himself

      becaue an overwhelming majority of the city voted YES on Measure V

      and should vote NO on the UUT

      but I get the feeling that Goss thinks we are all wrong and popular votes have no place in Sierra Madre

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  21. With Green and Goss your getting the same group that put Sierra Madre in this mess. A lot of people are so impressed with youth and a nice smile. Just like with Joe Mosca, nice smile and an agenda for high density that our city could not sustain. Look at the players and follow the money. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

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  22. Okay, I get it and I agree: No on UUT, Arizmendi and Delmar, write in Koerber as a protest against Goss and Green. But what happened at the Wistaria Festival last weekend? I was out of town. Did it get rained out? Were there any blossoms? Brakes give out on the shuttle? Anything? Weepy Green Nopants handing out signed Facebook photos?

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    1. Nothing that exciting 11.20

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    2. The wistaria was already past peak. There were no refunds.

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    3. The Wisteria Festival lost it's appeal to me when after 5 years I see the same vendors. The best festival we had was the Car Show which brought in outsiders and residents. The Wisteria Festival is trying be be bigger than SM needs. Everything has to be production in Sierra Madre. I would love to know what the budget is for our library as it releates to SM compared to Pasadena?

      Everybody wants a library and the idea of it being there, but I AM NOT beholden to the idea that the branch be annexed into Pasadena.

      Pasadena would keep the same desk clerks and keep it the same on the surface but we'd have much better services and it would still be the Sierra Madre Library.

      I would guess that comparing our library finances against a similar size Pasadena branch might show us we can upgrade library services and save $$$.

      Does anybody else notice that everyone who is clamoring YES on the UUT tax is also on the "Friends of the Library"

      You would think that those associated with librarians would get their facts straight cause the YES crowd is stating the the library would be cut if we dont' pass the UUT

      so, lets annex into Pasadena Library with a SM branch and I will be happy and so witll the seniors

      the seniors are being lied to and that's all they hear so I don't fault them but the library isn't part of the UUT

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    4. so do your homework

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  23. Just mailed my ballot. Voted for Denise & Rachelle, wrote in Mary Ann MacGillvray, voted NO!!! On the UUT.

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  24. Anyone reading this blog and is still voting yes on the UUT is a member of the DIRT CRIME FAMILY and an enemy of the honest people in Sierra Madre

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    1. not really. we are honest, smart and educated and care about the future of Sierra Madre.

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  25. 12:00 great idea to write in Mary Ann and she might step up and fix this mess once and for all

    Sierra Madre city government caters first to the real estate industry and too much to individual real estate salespeople who volunteer here and there or join the Chamber as a marketing stragety

    but I still think having Neil the Pig get more votes than Goss and Green combined would be so damn funny

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  26. 7:45 pm I though the Rec Center and the Senior Ctr. were contracted out? Is the Library contracted out also??

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  27. Poster 03/20/2014 Suz Levoe. Would you tell me what has the city paid off or invested in over these past years with the UUT tax? and why does it take a million dollars to run this city for a year? signed: needs more information.

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  28. We are getting too many lawyers and busybodys who are using city time and business as a learnng experience and I would rather only know Mr. Goss is going to be on the Council for 2 years instead of 4 because he doesn't deserve it just cause he volunteers in high profile executive type organizations like the Chamber or the Kiwanis Club or heaven sakes, "The Friends of the Library", which all have become political in being openly anti measure V, pro UUT and those organizations are full of realtors, commerical bankers, utility company lawyers, mortage salesmen, etc and out of tourn sales reps.

    I see the City Council as nothing but a Homeowners Association and I would rather not have the SM Council as a playtime for overmassage male egos pretending to be an orator and educating us poor serfs with their scholary or legal book knowledge.

    I feel sorry for Candidate Green cause he manipulated by the most agendized residents AND out of townies, I can just picture him sniffling at the Kiawanis debate commenserating on how he always wanted as a professional career goal was to be elected to a political office and got introduced to SM politics by two of our worst offenders.

    Mr Goss should only serve a 2 year term - he didnt' want that last election he only wanted a 4 year term and when he came in last place in the last election, he will be elected by default and not with any joy among the community. He said he will not take ANY support from outside interests so that also means to me he turns down endorsements, but Goss only means $ but said he returned money he previously took and knew he was being hypocritical.

    Not a good start for a Councilnan and I'm sure SM will be a topic in his lectures at Long Beach City College

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  29. While Goss is probably a "Friend", he is actually one of the library trustees. Not all Friends of the Library are pro UUT.

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    1. Goose got appointed to the Library Board in 2012 as the "nice try for dead last in the Council race 2012" by Moran, Harabedian & Walsh...

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  30. Went out this morning and got 10 NO signs up. Easy as pie.

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  31. Neil The Pig !!!

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    1. Run Neil Run! Or at least trot.

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  32. Vote YES on UUT

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