October 2012

Why Carl DeMaio Has Made San Diego the “Battleground City” for his Radical Privatization Agenda

October 31, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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DeMaio Carries the Radical Right’s Agenda of the Private Ownership of (Our) Government

It was in the middle of April back in 2011, and a couple hundred local Republican bigwigs were holding a gala “unity night” at the Kona Kai on Shelter Island. Mayor Jerry Sanders was joining Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer, other honchos and establishment types from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Club, the Taxpayers Association, plus cadres of right-wing activists – all coming together in an orgy of unified puffery.

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Woman Rescued From Fall at Santa Cruz Avenue Cliffs

October 31, 2012 by Dave Rice

It was another fall off Sunset Cliffs. This happened Tuesday night, October 30th, about 7:30. An unidentified woman in her 20s was transported by paramedics and lifeguards off the beach at the foot of Santa Cruz Avenue into an ambulance. Her condition is not known.

One officer was overheard by Dave Rice, blogger for the Reader, to comment: “She just got drunk and fell off a cliff.” About a crowd of two dozen had formed to witness the rescue.

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Zombies to Invade Mission Bay Today – as Part of Military and Police Exercise

October 31, 2012 by Source
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UPDATED: See Inside

By NBC 7 San Diego / Oct. 30, 2012

Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.

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Examining Ocean Beach Crime Rates

October 30, 2012 by Christopher Dotson
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WTF, OB? Another Sex Crime?

We’ve had another sex crime in OB! Another woman was groped but this time the pervert was inside her home, creeping around at 5:45AM Sunday. The woman had to push the man away, running and locking herself inside her bathroom to call police. The suspected attacker was discovered by police afterwards in the victim’s backyard, and the Latino male adult with dark skin and bald head is being held on suspicion of sexual assault.

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Robert F Kennedy, Jr. : A Hostile Takeover of Our Country

October 30, 2012 by Source
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By Robert F. Kennedy Jr./ EcoWatch-RSN / October 29, 2012

American democracy is under assault.

In one super-PAC alone, Karl Rove and the Enron grifter Ed Gillespie, have assembled $200 million from big polluters and Wall Street moguls to buy the 2012 election.

Two of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, pledged $130 million to elect candidates who favor unrestrained corporate profiteering.

The senators and congressmen they fund and elect are not representing the United States-they are representing Koch and its oil industry cronies, Big Pharma, and the Wall Street banksters currently mounting a hostile takeover of our government.

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Finding the “God of the Dental Chair” Right Here in Ocean Beach

October 30, 2012 by Judi Curry
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Where Have You Been All My Life?

I think I have died and gone to heaven. Or someplace I never expected to be found in. I am walking around in a daze, with a smile on my face, and wondering how this wonderful man came into my life.

Oh no, no! This is not a result from my on-line dating. This is the result of a life-long fear perpetuated by my mother. When I was a little girl, she always told me that if I was a “bad girl” she would send me to her sister Mitzi because Mitzi worked for a dentist! “And you know that dentists can hurt people, Judi.”

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No More Stolen Elections! Sign the Pledge here.

October 30, 2012 by Source
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Join Noam Chomsky, Thom Hartmann, Tom Hayden, Jill Stein, Medea Benjamin, Rocky Anderson, Daniel Ellsberg, and Margaret Flowers and many others in signing this pledge.

A national organization Liberty Tree has called for Americans to sign a pledge – promising “No More Stolen Elections!”

American democracy is in crisis. The election of November 6th, 2012, is just one week away, and certain aspects of that election are already perfectly clear. Millions of Americans may be denied their inalienable right to vote. Millions more will be denied the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.

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Put the “Public” Back in Public Transportation

October 29, 2012 by Terrie Leigh Relf
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Sustainability 101: Put the Public Back in Public Transportation – Part 1

With this first introductory segment on public transportation, I wanted to raise just a few points. The next segment will feature a few anecdotes I’ve been collecting. I hope that you, dear reader, will also chime in so I can include your experiences as well.

For those of you who know me, I don’t drive, and have never had a license. I am therefore dependent upon my feet, public transportation, and the goodness of others to get where I need to go. Since I live in OB, I can walk most places, but when I leave this walker’s paradise, I mostly rely on the bus and trolley.

Other riders have their reasons for using public transportation, such as the following:

  • Limited parking where they work or attend school
  • The cost of parking garages and lots
  • To avoid ever getting a parking ticket
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Hey Obama Democrats, Don’t Get Fooled Again: DeMaio and His Big Money Friends Are Out to Screw San Diego and Ruin California

October 29, 2012 by Jim Miller

“We have a conservative movement that has learned, over the decades, to mimic many of the characteristics of its enemies.” ~ Thomas Frank

During the run-up to the June primary Carl DeMaio used a quote from one of my OB Rag columns in a mailer attacking Nathan Fletcher that implied the Rag’s support for his candidacy. My response was a column, “Carl DeMaio is a Dangerous, Mean-Spirited Liar and Other Tales of Fear and Loathing in San Diego” where I observed:
>As Frank Gormlie noted in an OB Rag piece last Saturday, Carl DeMaio used a pull quote from one of my OB Rag columns describing Nathan Fletcher as a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” . . . What is not at all surprising here is that DeMaio uses my piece and the OB Rag logo out of context, without permission, implying our endorsement of him. That kind of sleazy, unethical behavior is his raison d’etre.

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We’ve Changed Our Minds about Prop 35, but NOT about Sex Trafficking

October 29, 2012 by Source

During a meeting of the San Diego Free Press Editorial Board over the weekend, some of us expressed reservations regarding our stand, as a group, on a YES endorsement of Proposition 35. We agreed that we would do more research and report back. Below are the opinions of two of our members, whose views mirror my own and are expressed much more eloquently. ~ Editor du Jour, Patty Jones

SDFP Editorial Board Member Anna Daniels

Wading through the propositions on the ballot this year required both time and effort. I have felt largely confident about the positions I had taken on issues and candidates, except for Prop 35, the anti-sex trafficking initiative. …

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Romney’s Job Creation Plan That No One Is Talking About

October 29, 2012 by Source

By John Lawrence / San Diego Free Press / Oct. 27, 2012

Mitt Romney has a jobs creation plan if he becomes President, alright. But no one, including Mitt Romney himself, is talking about it.

Remember the $2 trillion he wants to spend on the military? That $2 trillion he wants to spend on the military which the Pentagon doesn’t even want (but Defense contractors certainly do) translates into a huge jobs program.

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Man arrested in another OB grope attack – this one inside victim’s apartment

October 28, 2012 by Staff

A man suspected of staging a grope attack was arrested by police early Sunday morning. A woman sleeping on a couch in an apartment at 2196 Abbott Street awoke to find a man groping her. Pushing him away, she jumped up, ran into the bathroom, locked the door and called police. One to two roommates also awoke and ran outside.

Police responded and found the suspect in the victim’s backyard. The victim ID’ed him and he was booked on suspicion of sexual assault. He has yet to be identified by police. Source: Fox5 News

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Appellate Court Reverses Conviction of Local San Diego Operator of Medicinal Marijuana Dispensary

October 26, 2012 by Staff
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Ruling Is Blow to DA Dumanis’ Efforts to “Criminalize” Storefronts of Medical Marijuana Collectives

On Wednesday, October 24th, the Fourth District Court of Appeal for California – located right here in downtown San Diego – issued a unanimous ruling reversing the conviction of a San Diego medical herb dispensary operator, Joyan Jackson. Medical marijuana activists hailed the ruling – a published ruling – as a landmark case. A published case means it applies to other future cases.

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Anti-Nuke Activists Claim Victory as PUC Orders Finanical Probe of San Onofre

October 26, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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On the facebook page of a well-known anti-nuke activist was this:

VICTORY! Financial probe of San Onofre nuclear power plant approved!

The California Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 today (Thursday) to institute an “OII” instituting a an “order of investigation” into costs and issues raised by the extended outage of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Units 2 and 3. Congratulations to all who turned out today to urge the PUC to take this action! The Scope and extent of the OII was/is NOT a foregone conclusion—our grassroots spotlight on this is building the momentum for REAL investigation and substantive action. Our coalition’s press conference was well attended.

It is all true, of course. The California Public Utilities Commission did decide on Thursday, Oct. 25, to launch an “exhaustive” investigation into the nine-month outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant. The investigation and subsequent changes could result in lowered rates for consumers or having money refunded. And the five commissioners voted unanimously to launch the probe at its meeting in Irvine earlier this week.

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DeMaio Campaign Tactic Backfires, US Attorney Laura Duffy Under Investigation as Calls for Her Resignation Mount

October 26, 2012 by Doug Porter

It all started with “a staff member” from Carl DeMaio’s mayoral campaign leaking an email from U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, who was unhappy with Congressman Bob Filner for lashing out in response to attacks by the City Councilman, who had just re-stated his oft disproved claims about Filner’s pension.

This ‘leak’ was to be yet another salvo in a last ditch campaign to portray Filner as too unreasonable and hostile to be Mayor of San Diego. Instead, it’s blown up in his face. Questions about whether Duffy was in violation of the Hatch Act, which restricts the activities of government employees in partisan political campaigns, are now at the forefront of the controversy.

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Pacific Beach or “Pee Beach”: Common Sense – You drink a lot, you pee a lot.

October 26, 2012 by Source
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By Sub-Committee

Thank God for the recent rains (and I mean that, God) because Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach after 6 rainless months smelled like a dirty toilet. After the heavenly cleaning, the sidewalks are much brighter and even the scraped off vomit stains are slightly improved, and most of all it cut down on the underlying stench. It is not God’s fault that all the filth washed right down the storm drains 5,4,3,2,1 blocks to dump right on the beautiful sandy beaches of Pacific Beach, it is our fault.

Y’all understand that you shouldn’t really go swimming in the ocean after a rain because of unsanitary microbes, right? I would go so far as to say, don’t be touching the sand in the drain pipe areas either if you know what’s good for you and your children.

Welcome to Pacific Beach, or Pee Beach as we have begun calling it around here.

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We Lost a “Mover and Shaker” of Point Loma – Nancy E. Miller

October 26, 2012 by Judi Curry
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We’ve lost a long-time “mover and shaker” of Point Loma with the recent passing of Nancy Miller (Wilberg).

Nancy will be remembered as a long-time – over half a century – local Peninsula Democratic Party activist and an early supporter of marriage equality. She was a member of both the Point Loma Democratic Club and San Diego County’s Democratic Central Committee for over 50 years. She served two terms as the president of the Point Loma dems, and as vice-chair for the county-wide dems.

As a party activist, Nancy attended over 20 state conventions, and in recognition of her service to the San Diego Democratic Party she received that organization’s highest honor, the “1996 Henry Auerback Award.” Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana was quoted in the U-T San Diego obituary for Miller, that “Nancy hosted many Democratic Club meeting at her home on Niagara Avenue.”

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Are shark attacks against humans increasing off the coast of California?

October 25, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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With this latest fatal great white shark attack up in Northern California earlier this week, another one at that same beach exactly two years earlier, and what with that deadly attack up in Solana Beach in 2008, does it seem that shark attacks against people are increasing?

Well, according to the California Department of Fish and Game, the answer is “no”. Here is what their website says: …

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Northern California Beach Closed for 72 Hours After Fatal Great White Shark of Surfer

October 25, 2012 by Staff
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The beach where a veteran surfer was killed by a Great White Shark on Tuesday, Oct. 23, was closed for 72 hours. The beach – called Surf Beach – is off the Vanderberg Air Force base and is expected to open Friday, the 26th.

It is now accepted that it was a Great White – estimated at 15 to 16 feet – that attacked and killed Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. Solorio was an avid surfer who had been surfing at the spot ever since he was a kid. He is survived by his wife Kasey, and two daughters, Monique and Frankie.

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Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association Appeals to L.A. Owner of Apple Tree Property

October 25, 2012 by Source
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Executive Director Denny Knox requests re-consideration on behalf of Ocean Beach.
Here below is the letter from Denny Knox of the OBMA, sent October 1st to the landowners of the property that Apple Tree Market sits upon:

Mr. Elliot Megdal
Elliot Megdal and Associates
1875 Century Park East – Suite 1840
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Re: Apple Tree Supermarket Notice to Vacate

Dear Mr. Megdal,

By way of introduction I am the Executive Director of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association (OBMA), which represents 525 businesses in Ocean Beach, CA. I am writing on behalf of the Executive Board of the OBMA as well as Saad Hirmez, owner of Apple Tree Market located at 4949 Santa Monica Ave. San Diego, CA as regards the notice to vacate sent to them on 9/27/12.

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OB’s Own Halloween Story – the Case of the Unclaimed Cremated Ashes of Henry Lefebvre

October 25, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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Ocean Beach has its very own Halloween mystery: the case of the unclaimed cremated remains of Henry Lebebvre.

You may have heard by now, that a locked metal box with cremated ashes with a label reading: “Henry Lefebvre” and dated April 30, 1995, was found about six months ago in a bay of an OB carwash facility, the OB Suds, on Voltaire. The carwash owner saved the box thinking that someone would show up and claim it, but no one has.

So on Monday, OB Suds owner turned it over to the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association for safekeeping. It sits on a table at the OBMA’s office. Denny Knox, executive director of OBMA, told the media:

“We would like to return it to a family member.”

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Lawsuit Challenges Massive Expansion of San Diego Landfill

October 25, 2012 by Source

from the Center for Biological Diversity

Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit this week challenging the city of San Diego’s decision to triple the amount of garbage that can be processed daily at the Sycamore Landfill and allow operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The lawsuit, filed by Preserve Wild Santee, the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Chaparral Institute, is aimed at protecting people and wildlife, and encouraging a transition toward more sustainable and efficient solid-waste processing. Left unchallenged, the Sycamore Landfill’s overall disposal capacity would more than double, increasing by approximately 82 million cubic yards to 153 million cubic yards.

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Bilbray Is a No-Show at Ocean Beach Town Council Debate; Scott Peters Makes His Case

October 25, 2012 by Andy Cohen

Bilbray’s campaign had confirmed his attendance – no reason given for his absence.

Congressional candidates Scott Peters and Brian Bilbray were scheduled to square off in front of the Ocean Beach Town Council last night as a part of the council’s Candidates Forum, but apparently someone forgot to inform Mr. Bilbray. Instead, Democrat Scott Peters held the floor to answer questions from the audience.

It was noted that the council had invited Mr. Bilbray, and that he and his campaign had confirmed that he would attend. No explanation was given for his absence.

“I want to cut costs to save the program,” Peters said when asked about the attack ads by his opponent regarding his stance on Medicare. “Mr. Bilbray has voted to cut benefits and end the program.” He said that savings in Medicare can be achieved by allowing the government to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs, which it currently by law cannot do; by reducing fraud and overbilling; electronic record keeping that will help increase efficiencies; and taking it from “a sick care system to a healthcare system that incentivizes prevention.”

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If Apple Tree Market Is Forced Out and Condos Are Built – Where Will OB Shop for Food?

October 24, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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There’s a “For Lease” sign on Apple Tree market in Ocean Beach.

The rumors that have been circulating since late Winter 2010 are back: Apple Tree is closing and condos will be built in its place. Although, some say, this time around, they are not just rumors, but the future.

We had heard that the Los Angeles- based landlord/ owner of the property raised the rent to an exorbitant amount – an amount the current Apple Tree owner can not afford.

Yet, if this true, if Apple Tree does move or close down completely, and if condominiums are built in its stead, the changes to this community would be horrendous. For many OBceans – especially the elderly – Apple Tree is the only large market in OB central – their only store within walking distance. With its closing, where are these folks going to shop?

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Bill Moyers: The Plutocracy Will Go to Extremes to Keep the 1% in Control

October 24, 2012 by Source
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Moyers, Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland explain how the plutocrats have willfully confused their self-interest with America’s interest.

From BillMoyers.com and AlterNet /October 19, 2012

The One Percent is not only increasing their share of wealth — they’re using it to spread millions among political candidates who serve their interests. Example: Goldman Sachs, which gave more money than any other major American corporation to Barack Obama in 2008, is switching alliances this year; their employees have given $900,000 both to Mitt Romney’s campaign and to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future. Why?

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Romney’s Bain Capital To Send Nearly 200 High-Tech Jobs to China the Day Before the Election

October 24, 2012 by Staff

By Joshua Holland /Alternet

On the day before an election that’s supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will close the doors of a factory in Freeport, Illinois, and ship 170 good, high-tech jobs to China.

The employees of Sensata Technologies were forced to train their Chinese replacements, and the American flag that long flew over the factory was reportedly removed while the Chinese engineers were visiting the site. A group of workers have set up camp across from the factory — calling it “Bainport” — and some supporters have tried to block the trucks hauling equipment out of the plant. According to Dave Johnson, there have been several arrests.

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Peters vs Bilbray Debate in Ocean Beach – Wednesday, Oct 24th

October 23, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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The 52nd Congressional District campaign is coming to Ocean Beach Wednesday night – the 24th of October.

The OB Town Council is hosting a debate between Brian Bilbray and Scott Peters, the two candidates squaring off in the District that includes Ocean Beach. (It may not be an actual debate as the candidates will field questions from the Board and the audience.)

It will be held at 7:00pm this Wednesday, October, 24, 2012 at the Masonic Center -1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

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A Timeless Red Man Speaks

October 23, 2012 by Ernie McCray

Looking through words about California history, my mind wanders momentarily, and a tall timeless man with reddish brown skin and long braids ala Russell Means, appears in the periphery of my daydreams. He says:
They, these conquering men, stepped from their boats
wearing more clothes than was necessary,
shiny metal hats and vests,
heavy leather foot wear,
bearing swords and knives,
boasting of braveries
and discoveries
and some day living in the memories
of civilizations yet to be
and when they gazed our way
they never looked us in the eye
with any deep sense
of wonder
or human curiosity.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Elects New President – Dave Martin

October 23, 2012 by Staff
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A long-time member of the OB Town Council – Dave Martin – has just recently been elected its new president in elections for the Board. Martin has taken the reins of the Ocean Beach organization at a time when there seems to be new blood and energy stimulating the council.

Martin, who has served on the Council as a Director for 11 years, is the owner of Shades restaurant on Abbott Street.

Also elected to the executive board was Brennan Bazar as vice president, Gretchen Kinney Newsom as recording secretary, Heather Richards as correspondence secretary and Melinda Therkalson as treasurer.

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“Backyard Chickens” Class at the Green Store in Ocean Beach

October 23, 2012 by Staff
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With the latest legalization of live chickens in the City of San Diego, many people are starting to flock to the idea of gathering their own eggs from their backyard.

If you are interested in raising backyard chickens, “Backyard Chickens” class will be held at The Green Store, 4843-B Voltaire St. , Ocean Beach , Sunday, October 28 from 10 am until 12:30 pm. There is a $30 charge for participants.

The class is being taught by poultry specialist Paul Barbano. Mr. Barbano is an experienced chicken raiser who recently taught this class at the San Diego Botanic Garden ( Quail Gardens ) in Encinitas.

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