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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

by Avg. Joe 27 days ago   Respond   Read article

Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

by jimragan796 64 days ago   Respond   Read article

An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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 Del Beccaro Wins on Books
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 Do Costs Matter When Climate Change Policies are Being Considered?
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 Bernie Sanders Hits a Triumphant Note As His Crowds Grow
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 Pirates at the Port (of Los Angeles)
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 San Francisco: Sanctuary City for Whom?
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 Ro Khanna outraises Mike Honda again, has far more campaign money banked

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna has almost four times as much campaign money banked as Congressman Mike Honda. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Doerr, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama
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 Pols urge immigration policy change as immigrant felon enters murder plea in San Francisco

As a convicted felon who had been deported several times after entering the country illegally was arraigned Tuesday for a San Francisco woman's murder, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called for more local cooperation with federal immigration ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Jeff Stone
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 San Francisco supervisors defend ordinance in wake of Pier 14 shooting

As officials continue to investigate shooting at San Francisco's Pier 14, an immigration battle is being waged at the local and federal levels. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee
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 Lawmakers warned about threat over vaccine bill

California lawmakers and their security officers have been warned to keep an eye out for a man who was arrested last week after he spray-painted threats against public officials for the approval of a tough new vaccine requirement. »Read

In this article: Debra Gravert, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 Two L.A. County supervisors seeking crackdown on wage theft

As Los Angeles County prepares to vote on a proposed minimum wage increase, two members of the Board of Supervisors moved Tuesday to curb illegal efforts to deny employees their full pay. »Read

In this article: meal and rest, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Judge to city of Sacramento: Don't delete emails

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has pulled the plug on the city's plan to mass-delete millions of e-mails. »Read

In this article: PAUL NICHOLAS BOYLAN, Katy Grimes, Kevin Johnson
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 City ballot initiatives include Mission development moratorium

An 18-month ban on construction of anything but affordable housing in the Mission District and another attempt to tighten rules on short-term rentals lead a list of voter initiatives aimed for San Francisco’s November ballot. Election officials ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Felon in immigration furor pleads not guilty to San Francisco shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A convicted felon who had been deported five times from the United States to Mexico pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to first degree murder in a San Francisco shooting that has spawned passionate debate about the city's ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee
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 Can Drones Solve America's Wildfire Crisis?

Congress gets creative in a quest to fight fire.  »Read

In this article: Drought, global warming, Duncan Hunter, water
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 Gun in fatal San Francisco shooting belonged to federal agent

The gun used to fatally shoot a woman on the San Francisco Embarcadero belonged to a federal agent, sources confirmed Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Diana Garcia, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 California lawmakers warned after arrest for anti-vaccine threats

Authorities have charged a Southern California man for threatening graffitiThe Beverly Hills PD arrested Marlon Brian Andrino July 2 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Debra Gravert, Legislature, referendum
Bills: SB 277,
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 Could Fort Bragg be compelled to change name?

New bill aims to expunge Confederate names in CaliforniaFort Bragg named for man who became top Confederate general … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Steve Harmon, Legislature
Bills: SB 539,
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 The candidates who can't

Nobody knows which of the one-in-a-million candidates might 'catch fire' like Barack Obama. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin
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 Man charged in California pier killing pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A man charged with killing a San Francisco woman as she was sightseeing along a popular pier has pleaded not guilty to murder.... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Ross Mirkarimi, Barack Obama
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 Feinstein: Immigrant charged in killing should not have been freed

In a sharply worded rebuke just days after the killing of Kathryn Steinle, California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the accused killer — an undocumented immigrant with a string of felonies and deportations — “should not have been released” ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Carla Marinucci, Ross Mirkarimi, Jeff Stone
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 California state government diversity lacking

Hispanics underrepresented in agenciesWhites, blacks overrepresentedWednesday hearing to examine causes, solutions … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Richard Pan
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 More Support from Democrats and Labor on Disney Deal

A broad coalition of elected and local Democrats and labor groups are coming out in strong support to urge the Anaheim City Council to approve an agreement that would extend an existing tax policy in Anaheim for another 30 years. In exchange, Disney ... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, Jose Moreno
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 Democrats push for Prop. 13 changes to raise commercial property taxes

A San Francisco Assemblyman introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at rewriting part of Proposition 13 to raise taxes on commercial properties. The legislation adds to a growing stack of bills offering to change Proposition 13 -- each of which faces ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1040,
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 Cruz partners with donor's 'psychographic' firm

The GOP candidate's campaign is working closely with a data company owned by Cruz's biggest donor. »Read

In this article: Early Primary, Thomas F. Steyer, Chris Wilson
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 Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. »Read

In this article: Early Primary, Mitt Romney, Ryan Williams
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 California water bill likely to pass U.S. House, then lose steam

California Republicans unite behind 170-page water billPackage resurrects ideas favored by San Joaquin Valley farmersThe big question mark for water bill resides with the Senate … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jim Costa, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, Kevin McCarthy, David G. Valadao, Nancy Vogel, water
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 California right-to-die bill stalls with Catholics opposed

SACRAMENTO -- Legislation that would have allowed terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in California stalled Tuesday amid fierce opposition from religious groups.The authors of the right-to-die bill did not present the legislation to ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 Catholic Opposition Stalls California Right-To-Die Bill

Legislation that would have allowed terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in California stalled Tuesday amid fierce opposition from religious groups. »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 California bill would ban Confederate names on schools, public property

Two schools would have to change names by 2017Ban includes any ‘elected leader or a senior military officer of the Confederacy’ … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
Bills: SB 539,
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 SB 128, California's right-to-die bill, is dead for the year

In a startling turnaround for a measure that just weeks ago appeared to be headed for easy passage, the sponsors of SB 128 conceded this morning that they don't have the votes on the Assembly Health Committee to move the highly controversial ... »Read

In this article: William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 California lawmakers grapple with 'right-to-die' legislation

As a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs approaches a vote Tuesday, support for the legislation seems to be weak. »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez
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 Why Hillary is afraid of Bernie

Polls show that Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont Senator with openly socialist leanings, is in a dead heat with fellow presidential contender Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Does he pose a serious threat to the Clinton campaign? »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Family Leave, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Early Primary, sick leave
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 California aid-in-dying bill shelved for the year

Lacking the votes to pass a key committee, a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California was shelved until next year on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, William W. Monning, George Skelton, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 CYRF Announces Chairman-Elect Matthew Del Carlo and Newly Elected Executive Board

For Immediate Release Contact: Stephanie Freedman (408) 348-0687 California Young Republican Federation Announces Chairman-Elect Matthew Del Carlo and Newly Elected Executive Board Board consists of some of the top names in political activism from ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Matthew Del Carlo
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 Road-fixing deal won't be an easy ride: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThe Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a new state budget, and that's that, right?Not on your sweet bippy, to channel comedian Dick Martin.The Capitol's politicians left three major budgetary issues undone -- highway ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Dan Walters
Bills: SB 16,
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 Rep. Ami Bera posts another strong fundraising quarter

Bera’s on-hand cash at $685,000Republican Doug Ose may again challenge … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose, Scott Peters
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 California right-to-die bill struggling amid religious fight

Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong opposition from lawmakers in Catholic districts and others ahead of a Tuesday vote. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 SF sheriff defends prior release of suspect in pier slaying

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally and who is now suspected in the killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners

Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, state budget
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 San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Marc Levine
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 Lawsuit filed over use of LCFF dollars in L.A. Unified

The Local Control Funding Formula enacted by the Legislature in 2013 at Gov. Jerry Brown’s behest was billed as a great way to get additional help to English-learners and foster children in California public schools. It changed the formula ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Shirley Weber
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 California Right-To-Die Bill Struggling Amid Religious Fight

The bill's authors already postponed the vote last month because they did not have enough support from fellow Democrats on the 19-member Assembly Health Committee to advance it. The panel is scheduled to hear the legislation Tuesday afternoon. »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 Developmental funding needs leadership from legislators

State Sens. Mike Morrell, Isadore Hall III, Jean Fuller, Connie Leyva and Tony Mendoza, and Assemblywoman »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Jean Fuller, Jimmy Gomez, Isadore Hall, Ed Hernandez, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Connie Leyva, Tony Mendoza, Holly J. Mitchell, Mike Morrell, Jay Obernolte
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 BOE building doesn't make list of worst state-owned properties. Now what?

An ongoing effort to move state employees out of the troubled headquarters of the state Board of Equalization in downtown Sacramento hit another hurdle last week after the state released a study suggesting the building isn’t as dilapidated and ... »Read

In this article: state budget, George Runner, Roger Dickinson, Board of Equalization, Air Resources Board
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 San Francisco: A shooting death, sanctuary and immigration

California has long been Ground Zero for the national discussion over immigration policy, but the shooting of a woman in San Francisco's Embarcadero by a man authorities describe as an undocumented immigrant with a criminal record is intensifying ... »Read

In this article: water, Bill Quirk, Ross Mirkarimi, Jim Miller, Mike Gatto
Bills: AB 51,
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 SF sheriff defends prior release of pier shooter

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally and who is now suspected in the killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Special Contracts Allow 'Full-Time' Teachers To Work For Both Union and District

It’s been called “ghost teaching,” and it thrives in California. Full-time teachers are paid six-figure salaries to work for their union while keeping their school district seniority and pensions afloat. The dual work arrangements are built ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel
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 Bernie Sanders Hits a Triumphant Note As His Crowds Grow

Riding a wave of momentum before the biggest crowds of the election season »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Family Leave, global warming, minimum wage, water
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 Broken water main gushing in Brentwood

Water started gushing after 2 a.m. today as a result of a water main break at San Vicente Boulevard and Montana Avenue in Brentwood, according to reports from the scene. »Read

In this article: Drought, Richard Pan, water
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 Do Costs Matter When Climate Change Policies are Being Considered?

Regardless of differences in opinion about approaches to combatting climate change, California decided in 2006 that the state would have a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program. Now, nine years later, the AB 32 programs are beginning ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Legislature, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32, SB 32, SB 350,
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 Del Beccaro Wins on Books

He doesn't have much of a chance of winning in next year's U.S. Senate elections. But if former California GOP chair Tom Del Beccaro can somehow make the 2016 contest a referendum on the quality of the candidates' books, he could make it a race. I ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Sanchez, Linda T. Sanchez, referendum, Kamala Harris, Thomas Del Beccaro
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 Pirates at the Port (of Los Angeles)

The growth of the Port of Los Angeles and its ability to maintain and create good paying jobs and its market share of imported cargo are under siege by external market forces as well as the demand by the San Pedro and Wilmington communities to ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, water
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 San Francisco: Sanctuary City for Whom?

Did San Francisco's sanctuary city ordinance contribute to the senseless shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she was out for an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week? This is a national story, because the federal government released accused ... »Read

In this article: Ross Mirkarimi
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 CA right-to-die bill struggling ahead of key vote

A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of a legislative vote Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 Essential California: The problem on your teen's phone

Good morning. It is Tuesday, July 7. Hooray -- the public can finally access a stretch of sand that it owns along Billionaires' Beach in Malibu. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES New day at ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 Water and Power: Good job, California, you're saving water

Your guide to the California drought from the Los Angeles Times. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using airborne research equipment to track California's snowpack levels. The Airborne Snow Observatory flies over California and Colorado three or ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: U.S. Seeks Mideast Shift, More

The Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter is The Wall Street Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carly Fiorina, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans
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 The Brief: July 7, 2015

The Big Conversation The nearly 40-year 'Texas Two-Step' tradition at the Texas Democratic Party is over, with the Democratic National Committee asking the state party to pick between a caucus and a primary. Unlike any other state in the country, ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Battle over access to Hollywood sign heads to court

Like a beacon, the iconic string of towering white letters has drawn throngs of tourists and locals into the Hollywood Hills, many craving the perfect photo to show off to friends, family or their Instagram followers. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Tom LaBonge, Rob Wilcox
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