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THE NOONER for May 28, 2016

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BALLOT UPDATE from Paul Mitchell, Political Data Inc.:

  • Ballots returned by 12 days out Primary 2016: 225,448
  • Ballots returned by 12 days out Primary 2014: 117,308
  • 2016 Primary (12 days out) 50% Democratic, 33% Republican, 17% Other
  • 2014 Primary (complete): 44% Democratic, 37% Republican, 20% Other

HYDROLOGIST IN CHIEF: Trump tells California 'there is no drought' [AP] - "'They don't understand — nobody understands it,' he said, declaring at one point: 'There is no drought. They turn the water out into the ocean.'"

Politically influential rural water districts and well-off corporate farmers in and around California's Central Valley have been pushing back against longstanding federal laws protecting endangered fish and other species, saying federal efforts to make sure endangered native fish have enough water is short-changing farmers of the water they want and need for crops.

Water authorities say they can't do it because of the water rights of those upstream of the farmers, and because of the minimum-water allowances needed by endangered species in the bay and by wildlife in general. 

Water is a politically potent issue in California, and will continue to be as the state grows and--possibly--precipitation is reduced temporarily or over a long period of time, regardless of your perspective on climate change. There is no scientific issue of whether there is a drought. Here is the current drought monitor of the nation, measured by University of Nebraska-Lincoln in partnership with several federal agencies.

Incidentally, Nebraska is the most irrigated state in the nation, and is building market-based solutions for its water challenges. When I asked a friend who is working in Nebraska on this about its applicability to California, her head exploded. The legacy water rights and contracts in California just make it very difficult. Remember the energy crisis in which out-of-state companies (no, I'm not related to Enron's Ken Lay) extorted the natural gas market by reducing supplies to push up prices?

When I grew up in OC, I just expected the tap to flow and our lawn to be green. My fish and turtles were in a fountain in the backyard. When I moved to Northern California for college, learned to drop the "The" article from my freeway names, adopted the word "hella," and caused horror to Dan Weitzman by rooting for both the Giants and the Dodgers, I learned about water politics.

In fact, in my break over the last month, I re-read "The King of California" about the Boswell family's grab of water rights near Corcoran to support its cotton empire. (King of California is on the Nooner's Sofa Degree list.) The J.G. Boswell Company is known as the world's largest privately owned farm. The company's farming operation in Kings County has largely drained Lake Tulare's naturally occurring ebbs and flows of water based on annual variations in snow melt and other precipation, and now relies on state water deliveries.

Trump claims that the Delta's water is being sent out to sea and could be delivered to Central Valley farmers and Southern California, and he will fix it as president. Farming is a big part of the state's economy, directly accounting for 2.1% of the state's economy and far more in collateral economic benefits. Restaurants wouldn't be charging $150 for prix fixe dishes with Iowa corn. No offense to Hawkeyes, but you can't beat summer Brentwood corn.

Micheael Finnegan and Kurtis Lee report: [Trump] mocked environmentalists for 'trying to protect a certain kind of 3-inch fish,' repeating an apparent reference to the delta smelt, a fish on the verge of extinction that is regarded by scientists as a barometer of California's environmental health."

Now, Delta smelt isn't found on the menu of The Kitchen, Nobu, or Chez Panisse, but is found on the Endangered Species List. That's a federal legal issue and not at the whim of state official, as Trump seemed to assert in his speech yesterday. Its biggest predators are striped and smallmouth bass, both of which are non-native species to the Delta. Incidentally, the bass also eat a large percentage of endangered salmon. However, Delta smelt are an indicator species of the environment, in the way bald eagles were an indicator of the harm of DDT. Yes, I just compared Delta smelt with the bald eagle for hyperbole sake. In all, there are six species of fish that are listed as endangered or threatened.

If you're in Sausalito, a great stop to make is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model to understand the complex hydrological system in Northern California. 

It is a system largely unique in California, where a very large estuary is created that creates a brackish condition, blending salt water and freshwater as rivers flow to the ocean. If you change the freshwater flows too much, the ecosystem is disrupted and animal and plant species are adversely affected.

Additionally, environmentalists point to the hazard created by pumps, which alter water flows (sometimes even reversing them), confusing fish and drawing them into the south Delta, where they are more likely to be preyed upon.

Delta-area farmers express concern that their water rights and supplies will be harmed by increasing salinity of the farming islands of the Delta, which affects not only water availability but also the balance of peat in the soil that provides carbon in a unique farming environment. This concern is accelerated with warnings by most scientists that sea levels will rise. Additionally, two Southern California water agencies are in the process of buying four Delta islands for freshwater storage and habitat preservation, raising suspicions of Delta activists.

Meanwhile, the country's hunger for California produce continues to rise, as do the international demands. There aren't many states where entire salad bowls move from one region to another (notably east Monterey and San Benito counties to Imperial County) based on the season. Almonds have been heavily criticized as drivers along I-5 and 99 see large acreage converted to nut farming. Of course, I have almond milk and almond butter in my Nooner-supporting smoothie right now and have almonds as a snack nearly every day. (Disclosure: I have an upcoming ad by the Almond Board of California, although my consumption far proceeded the ad placement.)

Jerry Brown has proposed adding two large tunnels in a $15 billion project to increase the amount of water pumped from the Delta (which currently is around 20% of the Delta's freshwater inflow. Brown calls for paying for the project, which is currently under administrative review by using revenue bonds, which don't require voter approval. However, Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi has qualified an initiative for the November ballot to require revenue bonds totalling over $2 billion for a specific project to be approved by voters (treated like general obligation bonds, which don't have an underlying revenue source such as water rates).

Brown's proposal satisfies neither the most passionate environmentalists nor the farmers erecting the signs along the highways running north-south. However, it is also the most comprehensive plan put forward, in addition to the water bond.

Yesterday, a bill by Susan Talementes Eggman (D-Stockton) to force approval of voters of Brown's plan was killed in the Assembly Appropriations Committee as part of the Suspense File clearing.

Trump didn't mention Brown's proposal to the crowd yesterday, and its likely it would have fallen flat with the red-meat seeking audience. But, there's a real discussion about how to preserve the Delta habitat and ensure adequate water for agriculture and urban users. There's no such thing as simply turning on a giant tap to the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.

Regardless of your candidate of choice for president, Californians should agree that overly simplific assertions won't fix a complex problem. Particularly from a guy who owns this golf course in a Mediterranean climate--the most expensive golf course ever constructed with lots of water features, although the three artifical waterfalls have been removed.

Ironically, the website for Trump National states that it "has established a strong reputation for its environmental practices. Trump National is dedicated to protecting the environmentally sensitive habitat that plays host to several protected plant species and the endangered Coastal California Gnatcatcher (a small migratory bird)." Save the gnatchatcher, but screw that 3-inch fish.

Is this really a statement from a presumptive nominee of President of the United States? It may be cute in rallies, but in real press statements?  Reminds of Schwarzenegger calling legisiators "girlie men." Stay classy, folks. Respect the office you're running for or holding.

END THE SUSPENSE (KILL BILL VOL. 3): The LAT has lots of coverage on the winners and losers in yesterday's Suspense file hearings.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Bill Cardoza and Chris Fadeff!

 


 

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  • Southern California Democratic Member of Congress seeking full-time finance director. Applicant should be self-starter, able to work
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    efforts. Finance director works out of Los Angeles-area political office. Candidate should have at least one year of campaign/government/fundraising experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Email resume to
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  • SEIU CA Job Announcement: Gov’t Relations Advocate (Lobbyist)
    The Gov’t Relations Advocate of SEIU CA is responsible for lobbying on legislative, budget and regulatory matters affecting SEIU Public Sector Locals and members. The position will work closely with the SEIU Local Union leaders and staff on legislative, budget and regulatory advocacy. BA and 2 years political or lobbying experience required.Competitive salary and excellent benefits are provided including comprehensive health insurance, defined benefit pension plan, and car allowance. How to Apply: Email a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Chris Hansen (chansen@seiucal.org) by Friday, May 27, 2016.
  • CA Charter Schools Association - Manager, Political Infrastructure Development (Los Angeles or Sacramento).Provides operational, management, and strategic support toward our effort to build out political infrastructure in communities throughout California. Works closely with charter leaders and directly manages local Political Action Committees (PACs) in regions all over the state. www.ccsa.org/about/careers/manager-political-infrastructure-development.html
  • NARAL is hiring in CA, NV and DC. The country's most innovative pro-choice advocacy organization is seeking creative, passionate, detail-oriented pro-choice folks to join our committed and talented team. Here are numerous opportunities to help bring true reproductive equality to America. Positions open until we find the right fit.  
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  • Finance Assistant for Frontline Congressional Democrat: The Finance Assistant will be responsible for managing low dollar events, staffing Sacramento call time and assisting with the implementation of the fundraising plan, both in district and nationwide, for a top-targeted Frontline Democrat. Send resume and cover letter to DemFrontlineJobs@gmail.com.
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  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references: recruiter@seiu-uhw.org

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Independent Expenditure Reports

Committee Candidate (Support/Oppose) Amount Received Date Report Date
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Mark Ridley-thomas (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Kathryn Barger (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Janice Hahn (Support) $1,077 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Autumn Burke (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Mike Gipson (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/28/2016
Acosta For Assembly 2016, Grow Elect Independent Expenditure Committee To Support Dante Dante Acosta (Support) $16,737 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Acosta For Assembly 2016, Grow Elect Independent Expenditure Committee To Support Dante Dante Acosta (Support) $16,852 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project   $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Karen Bass (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Isadore Hall (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Reginald Jones-sawyer (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Steven Bradford (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Cheryl Brown (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Hillary Clinton (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
African American Voter Registration, Education And Participation Project Chris Holden (Support) $98 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Alliance For California's Tomorrow, A California Business Coalition Sandre Swanson (Support) $110,664 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Jerry Rindone (Oppose) $505 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Richard Shea (Support) $33 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Mark Anderson (Support) $2,616 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Richard Shea (Support) $3,045 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) J. Gregg Robinson (Support) $21 05/23/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Paulette Donnellon (Oppose) $2,616 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Mark Wyland (Oppose) $3,045 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) J. Gregg Robinson (Support) $687 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Guadalupe Gonzalez (Support) $505 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
American Federation Of Teachers Guild, Local 1931 San Diego And Grossmont Cuyamaca Community Colleges Committee On Political Education (aka: Aft Guild, Local 1931 - C.o.p.e) Mark Powell (Oppose) $687 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Beall For Senate 2016; Valley Neighborhoods United To Support Jim Nora Campos (Oppose) $63,624 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Beall For Senate 2016; Valley Neighborhoods United To Support Jim Nora Campos (Oppose) $63,624 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Caballero For Assembly 2016; Working Families United Against Anna Caballero (Oppose) $8,357 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Caballero For Assembly 2016; Working Families United Against Anna Caballero (Oppose) $8,107 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Ash Kalra (Oppose) $35,730 05/28/2016 05/27/2016
California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee Janice Kamenir-reznik (Support) $37,997 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jerry Rindone (Support) $14,460 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mark Powell (Support) $33,029 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Mark Wyland (Support) $35,045 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Paulette Donnellon (Support) $24,164 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Jerry Rindone (Support) $7,455 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California Farm Bureau Federation Fund To Protect The Family Farm (farm Pac) Bill Dodd (Support) $28,438 05/28/2016 05/27/2016
California Latino Caucus Leadership Pac Katherine Perez-Estolano (Support) $30,000 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Ardy Kassakhian (Support) $5,145 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Bill Haldin (Support) $11,963 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Harry Sidhu (Support) $5,499 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Bill Haldin (Support) $13,469 05/23/2016 05/27/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Young Kim (Support) $4,203 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee - California Association Of Realtors Andy Pugno (Oppose) $17,192 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
California State Council Of Service Employees Political Committee Ardy Kassakhian (Support) $12,471 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Laura Friedman (Oppose) $11,931 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee Ardy Kassakhian (Support) $11,931 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Californians Allied For Patient Protection Independent Expenditure Account Bill Dodd (Support) $49,680 05/28/2016 05/27/2016
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Tim Grayson (Support) $10,000 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Californians For Jobs And A Strong Economy Bill Dodd (Support) $25,000 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Consumer Attorneys Of California Independent Campaign Committee Steven Bradford (Support) $25,000 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Cook-kallio And Bryan Urias For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West; Working For A Healthier California To Support Cheryl Bryan Urias (Support) $353 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Cook-kallio And Bryan Urias For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West; Working For A Healthier California To Support Cheryl Cheryl Cook-kallio (Support) $143 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Cook-kallio And Bryan Urias For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West; Working For A Healthier California To Support Cheryl Bryan Urias (Support) $6,186 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Peter Ohtaki (Support) $10,819 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Cooperative Of American Physicians Independent Expenditure Committee Peter Ohtaki (Support) $2,150 05/28/2016 05/27/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Mae Torlakson (Oppose) $31,877 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $4,955 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Edvoice Independent Expenditure Committee Dan Wolk (Oppose) $28,772 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Equality California Political Action Committee Scott Wiener (Support) $1,200 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Equality California Political Action Committee Anna Caballero (Support) $18,182 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Family Farmers Working For A Better California, With Major Support By Western Growers Association Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $28,796 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Govern For California Action Committee Tim Grayson (Support) $30,284 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $6,786 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Cecilia Aguiar-curry (Support) $7,161 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Aissa Sanchez (Support) $16,870 05/19/2016 05/27/2016
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Devon Mathis (Support) $17,139 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers Aissa Sanchez (Support) $12,484 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Keeping Californians Working, Dentists, Housing Providers, Energy, And Insurance Agents Blanca Rubio (Support) $20,661 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Keeping Californians Working, Dentists, Housing Providers, Energy, And Insurance Agents Eloise Gomez Reyes (Oppose) $20,993 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Linder For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West; Inland Empire Values Healthcare To Support Eric Eric Linder (Support) $49 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Mendoza For Assembly District 26; Republicans For Lower Taxes 2016, Supporting Rudy Devon Mathis (Oppose) $14,871 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Tim Grayson (Oppose) $3,126 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Opportunity Pac - A Coalition Of Teachers, Health Care Givers, Faculty Members, School Employees, And Public And Private Employee Associations Mae Torlakson (Support) $39,020 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sukhee Kang (Support) $249 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Orange County Dignity Pac, Sponsored By Orange County Federation Of Labor, Afl-cio Sharon Quirk-silva (Support) $249 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Ardy Kassakhian (Oppose) $26,788 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Laura Friedman (Support) $83,476 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Anna Caballero (Support) $47,560 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Lashae Collins (Support) $20,986 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Madison Nguyen (Support) $48,810 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Parent Teacher Alliance, Sponsored By California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee Matt Dababneh (Support) $24,000 05/28/2016 05/27/2016
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund Laura Friedman (i) (Support) $619 05/21/2016 05/27/2016
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund Laura Friedman (i) (Support) $1,044 05/24/2016 05/27/2016
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund Laura Friedman (i) (Support) $86 05/10/2016 05/27/2016
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County Action Fund Laura Friedman (i) (Support) $100 05/12/2016 05/27/2016
Progressive Kick Independent Expenditures (fed Pac Id # C00492595) Ash Kalra (Support) $16,757 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Progressive Kick Independent Expenditures (fed Pac Id # C00492595) Mariko Yamada (Support) $32,179 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Cheryl Brown (Oppose) $18,596 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Reyes For Assembly 2016, Sponsored By A Coalition Of Labor Unions And Environmental Justice Organizations; Neighbors United For A Stronger Middle Class To Support Eloise Eloise Reyes (Support) $17,059 05/26/2016 05/27/2016
South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Committee On Political Education (cope) Sponsored By: South Bay Afl-cio Labor Council Ash Kalra (Support) $5,269 05/25/2016 05/27/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California Phillip Chen (Support) $17,498 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California David F. Hadley (Support) $38,486 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
Spirit Of Democracy California Art Kiesel (Support) $10,412 05/27/2016 05/27/2016
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