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The Charter Mess

“The city is throwing its clerk under the bus in one of the most cowardly moves I’ve seen as a litigator,” said John Stephens, an attorney and Costa Mesa resident. This was said [in court] at 5 p.m. yesterday [March 27].

By 11 a.m. today, [City Clerk] Julie Folcik was placed on administrative leave.

And the city still wants to appeal Judge Miller’s ruling?

Fearless prediction: We Costa Mesans are in for a rough nine months in city government.

— Centercut / March 28

Interesting they are throwing Folcik under the bus.

Contract City Attorney [Thomas] Duarte was in the city clerk’s office helping oversee submittal of election materials the afternoon of March 9, when the city was due to file with the OC registrar. If anyone would be expected to know all the rules, wouldn’t that be the city attorney? Why is he unscathed in all this?

And what about [City Councilman Jim] Righeimer? He was there, too.

— La Femme / March 28

Twenty-five thousand dollars a week to [law firm] Jones Day, and they already blew through it. Now they come back for seconds, and the council gives it to them.

And the best thing that Jones Day can come up with is a personal attack against the petitioner [City Clerk Julie Folcik], whom they are representing.

Now they squeal for an appeal, for which we are footing the bill and will most likely lose.

What’s the definition of insanity?

— Gericault / March 28

When, oh, when will “transparent” City Hall actually live up to its advertising?

They twisted themselves a dozen different ways to get around the Brown Act. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t, but who’s going to spend the money to sue? There’s no big state policeman in the sky to pounce on these slick characters.

— Flaming Realist / March 29

Interim Auditor-Controller Bails Out

Mr. [Shaun] Skelly [interim county auditor-controller] was blindsided by certain board members. If they wanted to meet with him, the auditor’s office is a short five-minute walk to the building next door.

He’s doing the right thing by leaving the “Animal Farm” of county government. Run, don’t walk, off of this sinking ship of incompetence, Shaun. Good move, and don’t look back.

— Modjeskawater / March 29

Good for Skelly.

These nincompoops are supervisors, not micromanagers. They want to interview him themselves?

— Moonunit / March 29

What’s Wrong With a Homeless Shelter?

[Using an abandoned bus station as a homeless shelter] is a great idea! The Santa Ana Civic Center is homeless central anyway, so they wouldn’t have to move too far. It has bathrooms and is covered for when it rains but is open so police can do regular patrols to control the criminal element.

It’s right across the street from where they already serve several meals a day and provide all the homeless services.

[Board of Supervisors Chairman John] Moorlach is thinking out of the box on this one. It could work.

— Al Simmons / March 23

People who are homeless will be in the area anyway. Why is it a bad idea to give shelter to the countless number of people who already sleep outside in that general area?

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

— Certainpeace / March 27

Banned Elephant Rides

I think the Fair Board is missing the whole point by a wide margin.

Where else can people young and old be able to get up close to these beautiful animals and enjoy a lifelong and memorable experience? This exhibit and “ride,” if you choose, has had zero problems in the 25 years it has operated at the OC Fair and other venues as well.

The reason why Have Trunk Will Travel has such a pristine record is because these large animals are their family and are treated and respected by all of the handlers and their owners. All one has to do is to see the expression and smiles on the faces when they are enjoying their time with these magnificent animals.

Bad decision, OC Fair Board!

— Goombah / March 26

You are missing the point of the [Fair] Board’s decision and putting your happiness and experiences ahead of abused animals.

These elephants were ripped from their families in the wild when they were babies, beaten their entire lives with bullhooks, shocked with tasers and live the majority of their lives shackled in chains like modern-day slaves.

I hope and pray that you find compassion in your hearts and souls for the downtrodden and innocent and evolve enough in this lifetime to realize that our happiness and experiences are no more important than all the other living beings on our planet.

— Lorraine / March 27

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Assembly Candidate Julio Perez’s Address

It seems to me that the Voice of OC was created to provide a news source with credibility in Orange County. When Voice regurgitates substandard, sensationalisitic Orange County Register stories that have not even been fact-checked, well, you might as well be the OC Register.

— OC Truth / March 22

Mr. Perez,

Would it not be both prudent and responsible to get your own fiscal house in order before attempting to take on the complex and politically charged task of working for California’s fiscal responsibility?

These are hard times for sure — you obviously know that, but hiding from bill collectors, avoiding your responsibilities, gives me no confidence you are mature enough to represent the district. A man with a master’s degree should be smart enough to deal with a $5,000 Chase [credit card] bill. Seriously, you come off either dishonest or inept.

— Kenlaysnotdead / March 22

Lobbyist Gets Extra Time to Speak

The First Amendment seems to have been cancelled by the Costa Mesa right-wing Republican majority that are attempting to create some form of independent Costa Mesa Republic. We’ve had the People’s Republic of Santa Monica, and now we have the Fascist Republic of Costa Mesa. Shame on the people of Costa Mesa for allowing this tyranny to continue. When will the recall begin?

— Dr. Dan / March 21

Dr. Dan, the citizens of Costa Mesa have the opportunity in November to change the current makeup of the City Council. Three seats are up. It also looks like the charter will be going on the November ballot instead of June.

— Sam Grady / March 21

Bustamante Scandal Snags Another County Exec

Even if it’s paid leave, it’s the last stop before he [Jess Carbajal, director of OC Public Works] is invited to retire to spend more time with his family or be fired.

I’d be surprised if any other senior manager gets the ax. Carbajal is the sacrificial lamb. That being said, if I was one of Carbajal’s “special” appointees I’d be real nervous right now.

— OC Bureaucrat / March 20

Many (maybe most) county workers are very concerned about the current state of the upper leadership in our county. I’m a longtime county resident and short-time county employee, and I’m very concerned about my job and the health of the county.

I attend many meetings with high-level managers from most county agencies. These meetings are consumed with discussions of staff’s low morale; lack of trust and respect for the board and executive management; and complete disgust for the waste of time and money. I’m sure a poll would disclose that a very high percentage of county workers have no confidence in the current leadership in our county government.

The Carlos [Bustamante] mess is only the latest issue among many. The real facts are not being told. The board was aware, the CEO was aware and Carlos’ bosses were aware of his activities. I almost feel sorry for Carlos, because he must of thought it was OK. He wasn’t even trying to hide it.

Who is going to pay? As usual, the lowest-level person they can blame — the human resources director, who worked directly for Carlos. I bet his boss and everyone else slides. The county workers and taxpayers deserve better.

The current Board of Supervisors does not have the respect or trust of county workers, and if you are a taxpayer, you shouldn’t trust or respect them either. The board doesn’t need to be full-time. We need business professionals who are full-time [county employees] during the day. The board doesn’t really need to do anything more than approve the budget and hire a good CEO to manage the county.

There is a voter referendum process with a handbook posted on the registrar of voters website. If the board and CEO don’t shape up, maybe we should get a petition going to change to a part-time government.

— OC insider / March 18

Santa Ana Ethics Committee

Residents in attendance expressed disappointment that the next meeting of the Santa Ana ethics subcommittee was put off until after the November election. That would be seven wasted months. Some might get the impression that the committee members and the council do not really want to tackle this issue.

Santa Ana has an ethics code with no teeth, and that appears to be the way the SA Council would prefer it to remain.

— Junior / March 22

A ‘Sick’ County Office Building

Like these workers, I once worked in a building that was making me sick. Because mold was the suspected cause, tests were run and nothing was detectable. So I must be a hypochondriac. The building could not be at fault.

The best relief I ever got was retirement. That was the same thing I heard from a few co-workers. Unfortunately the long-term exposure has left some permanent sensitivity problems. Ignoring these complaints can have long-term quality-of-life consequences.

The real test of a sick building is not what some expert can find. That’s only a tool. The real test is whether sick people feel better when away. Vacation or maybe even just a long weekend may bring significant relief. If so, the building is still suspect, no matter what some analysis shows. Focusing only on one item discovered to have once been present is ignoring the multitude of other problems possible.

Don’t be too quick to dismiss the complaints of suffering employees.

— Gil Vice / March 20

“The real test is whether sick people feel better when away.”

The power of suggestion and human psychology could be major factors in whether someone “feels better” when away from the workplace. That is why empirical scientific testing was required to evaluate the work environment for toxins. Apparently nothing significant was found.

I understand that the employees association had a hand in choosing the evaluator. Now that the tests have been completed, you really have no cause to complain just because you don’t like the results.

— Beelzebub / March 20

Paramedics in Santa Ana

The Orange County Fire Authority’s plan will not reduce the level of paramedic service to the citizens of Santa Ana. For the majority of medical calls, patients will have paramedic-level assessment on the first response, which should be arriving in less than five minutes 80 percent of the time.

This may be from a single-paramedic team, an overtime paramedic working on a basic life-support (BLS) unit, or a former paramedic who dropped his or her certification working on a BLS unit. If needed, paramedic-level care (scope, drugs, intubation) will arrive soon after or be cancelled and freed up for other responses.

This article covers the nuts-and-bolts difference in the way paramedic service will be delivered. Better or worse? No, just different.

As a medic here in Orange County for over 25 years, I worked all of the systems: two-medic advanced life-support vans, medic squad, medic-engine, paramedic assessment unit, basic life-support unit. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. But because of the dedication of those who always answered the bell, the level of care was never compromised.

Emergency rooms are getting more crowded. Budgets are being squeezed. And OCFA’s plan is only different. You can do all the studies you want, but just like in LA city, liars figure and figures lie. That’s today’s reality.

— Adrian Montoya / March 20

Very poor reporting.

Let me ask you a question. Santa Ana is currently running six two-man paramedic units. Are nine two-man units (the Orange County Fire Authority’s plan) better than six?

Additionally, would you concur that one paramedic is better than none at all? Currently there are 10 fire engines and all three truck companies that do not have paramedics on them. With the new OCFA plan, every unit in the city will have at least one paramedic on it. That means the citizens will have paramedic-level care to their door step in a timelier manner, more so than the current Santa Ana system.

Additionally, the extra paramedics will be available to treat firefighters that are injured at emergency scenes in town or out of town on brush fire deployment.

Sounds like a better system to me.

— Smoke eater / March 19

Another Outsourcing ‘Mess’

You can thank our Anaheim City Council for another mess contracting out city employees. Why don’t you hire back the city employees who were doing a great job?

So now they want to increase the budget to pay for outsourcing. Now who is going to cover the extra cost? Is the City Council going to lay off more employees?

Thank yourselves, City Council members, for another mess and the code enforcement manager for not fighting to keep a great program in house.

What a shame. What is happening to our city?

— Anaheim Taxpayer / March 19

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Bustamante Sex Scandle

[OC Public Works Director Jess] Carbajal and [county CEO Tom] Mauk are the tip of the iceberg in this sad saga. Everything rests on [Internal Audit Director] Peter Hughes’ report. If/when that is made public, we’ll see how far and deep this investigation went.

I know of two other agency heads that were fully aware of Bustamante’s behavior and have taken really good care of his girlfriends in their agencies.

As far as lawsuits, you should know what happens to whistle-blowers. They follow the county’s procedure to report wrongdoing, and then they become the target of institutional retaliation. Their careers are quickly over at the county. The county says they will keep the names of whistle-blowers confidential, but they don’t.

— OC Bureaucrat / March 13

Apparently Jess Carbajal and Tom Mauk will no longer be working for the county. Hopefully some more individuals will be leaving the county too. Like the ones that received the promotions or raises from Carlos [Bustamante] because he needed them to remain loyal. Or the ones that knew what he was up to as far back as four years or more.

Both Carlos’ and Jess’ favoritism caused others to suffer by being displaced, passed over for promotion and even feeling forced to quit. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been any lawsuits. Or are they too scared of retribution?

— Ex-OC employee / March 12

And for those ladies who are apparently being “promoted” in lieu of filing a claim for damages: beware. Once the time passes for you to file your claim, the county will probably fire or demote you. Retaliation is the county way.

— Cacityguy / March 9

Charter Misses Deadline

[Costa Mesa City Councilmen Steve] Mensinger, [Jim] Righeimer, and their two stooges can’t actually seem to accomplish anything they want to do.

If they were at all competent, they would have outsourced several departments by now and outsourced their fire service to the Orange County Fire Authority for long-term savings.

Bumbling scoundrels.

— Moonunit / March 14

Great Park Neighborhoods

Is it any surprise that there is a request to build additional houses on this property? The already wealthy developers will eventually get approval to overbuild the area to ensure they make as much money as possible.

— I Live in Fullerton / March 14

There needs to be a reality check soon in Irvine. As they continue the Great Abyss by adding more apartments and more million-dollar homes with nowhere in between, they are actually adding more cars to an already gridlocked city.

Everyone in Orange County needs to realize that Irvine stretches completely across the 5 Fwy and the 405 Fwy, and the domino effect they can potentially create by adding more and more homes and adding more and more cars will eventually put a stranglehold on traffic in Orange County.

— Reality Check / March 15

With the closing of the old Lion Country/Wild Rivers water park, I fail to understand why the city hasn’t aggressively pursued a relocation of the Water Park to the Great Park, which unfortunately, until the sports park is built, is a might short of recreational facilities.

The Irvine City Council has been good stewards, but how about doing something quickly to move the water park from the Irvine Center/Moulton area to the Great Park? I know Larry [Agran, city councilman] isn’t that old that he wouldn’t enjoy a good water slide.

— Dr. Dan / March 14

Neglected Minutes

Excellent article. Santa Ana LULAC [League of United Latin American Citizens] brought this issue up a number of times during the redistricting process for county supervisorial maps. The issue was ignored by the supervisors as well as by the general public. I commend you for bringing this to the forefront.

The approval of minutes as it is today needs to be changed to more accurately reflect a better recording of board meetings and actions taken.

— Santa Ana LULAC 147 / March 13

Graffiti in Anaheim

I never understood why the cost savings was considered a plus. Never once have I heard anyone say, “Gee, I wish we didn’t spend so much on graffiti removal.”

Are you kidding me, City Hall? We need to be spending more, not less. Why is it that with all that beloved room tax revenue, Anaheim’s streets look worse than surrounding cities? Where is the money going? Not into our neighborhoods.

Clean up our city! Now!

— Cynthia Ward / March 12

Selling the Santora

The artists need to call on their patrons to purchase this building for the artists. But the artists shouldn’t knock the restaurants either. Even the Getty has restaurants.

But $6.5 million for that building? Sounds like he is not serious about selling the building.

— Keepdapeace / Mar 13


Latina Leadership

Congratulations to a local organization [Latino Health Access] that gets recognized nationally for its outstanding leadership and programs. Locally, it gets punished, like when the OC supervisors took issue with Latino Health Access because they use words like “promotora.”

Why do we always have to rely on outsiders to see the great programs we have in Orange County? Is there a perpetual marine layer surrounding the Hall of Administration that clouds their vision?

— Redman / March 14

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Bustamante Sex Scandal

As a county employee for over 20 years, I can tell you the county bureaucracy is a small place. There are no secrets.

The reason no “victims” have filed sexual harassment lawsuits (yet) is they have all been given promotions and other special considerations in exchange for their silence. OC Public Works is conducting a rigged recruitment right now in order to promote one of Bustamante’s girlfriends.

Senior management in several agencies had full knowledge of Bustamante’s predatory behavior, yet protected him every step of the way. The boys’ club takes care of its own.

I would wager it is this complicit behavior that has senior managers, the CEO and the Board of Supervisors very nervous. As the Hughes report no doubt documented, the cover-up is as bad as the crime.

— OC Bureaucrat / March 8

I guess this explains pretty clearly why women were reluctant to come forward. What a story! Let’s hope this is a wake-up call to put an end to the county’s coverup culture.

— Lostinspace / March 8

How much does [County CEO Tom] Mauk make a year — $300k or more? And this is the performance we get for that kind of money? Total farce.

Now we can expect lawsuits against the county by the women who were sexually harassed by Bustamonte, and this will be a direct result of Mauk and the board failing to initially act on the reports and do their jobs. At that time, Bustamonte was being protected by his fellow executives.

— Beelzebub / March 8

Anaheim’s Hotel Subsidy

This is a very simple issue now. It boils down to our American principles: “one person one vote,” democracy.

Let the people vote. That way both sides can debate the issue and try to persuade the public regarding their respective positions.

If these elected officials deny the public an opportunity to vote on something that is this big and affects their city so much, then you know the fix is in.

— Truevoice / March 2

Editor’s note: The City Council declined to call an election on the issue.

How many months will it take a lawsuit like this [against the hotel subsidy] to come up on the calendar in an OC courtroom? My guess is that those hotels will be holding a grand opening about then.

— Praetor / March 5

What Loophole?

[Re Anaheim Councilwoman Lori Galloway voting on issues involving contributors to her charity:]

This is one of the areas where disclosure is a good thing, but saying that there is a loophole in campaign finance law is quite the stretch.

We want our elected officials to be actively involved in the community, and we are delighted when local nonprofits provide services to the needy.

And we are also proud when local companies are good corporate citizens and donate to local charities from their locally derived profits.

So what’s the issue here?

— Moonunit / March 6

Supervisors’ Pensions

“[Supervisor Shawn] Nelson says he feels he deserves something when it comes to retirement. ‘I just want to be like every worker in the U.S.,’ he said.”

Uh, news flash, Shawn: Most U.S. workers get nothing at retirement unless they’ve saved on their own. The exception is — gasp! — union members.

— Sincerely yours / March 5

I cannot see anyone serving four or eight years, then expecting thousands a month in a pension.

— Dweezle / March 2

Coaches’ Kickbacks

So, the only really new details that have emerged are what Teresa Sando has to say? Everything else is old news?

Is it not really irresponsible on your part to have Teresa Sando tell you what the investigator said in confidential findings — if, in fact, he really even said that? Did you fact-check?

And that there are coaches who have come forward and admitted they knew there were double books on the part of Lapes [Athletic Team Sales] does not mean that the three fired by the [Capistrano Unified] district knew anything about it or were in any way responsible for the actions of others.

There has been no due process in this entire misreporting storm. This whole thing stinks beyond belief — as does your article — and to continue to quote one person with highly suspicious motives is questionable reporting at best.

— The Lone Wolf / March 3

Santora Arts Building

Perhaps a silver lining to the cloud hanging over the Santora? If [owner Mike] Harrah were to sell, the logical thing to do would be to mobilize the art community to find a way, possibly through their patrons, to purchase the building. What better way to ensure their place in the community?

— Keepdapeace / March 5

Keepdapeace, great advice. We are doing everything we can to mobilize the creative community in the Santora and throughout the downtown area.

The arts and entertainment venues are the glue that keep much of the peace between the different economic classes and ethnic groups there. If only the City Council, management and Planning Commission recognized the true value of that kind of system.

— Got your back / March 7

Anaheim’s $19,000 Fee for Public Records

The cost [of restoring emails that have been purged] is probably for combing the [computer] servers, which means paying a programmer’s salary to query and locate records that have been moved offline.

Of the millions of email correspondence items in a server or on a hard drive, it will take considerable time to load the data back onto a server and write a query. The cost may seem a little high, but given the volume and the data compilation and the California Public Records Act’s requirements to locate all the material requested, it simply proves the public is unaware of how much of their tax dollars is being spent to provide public openness and transparency.

Most municipal agencies are looking at 3 to 5 million emails a month, 100 to 200 tapes backing up data and a program to seek the requisite information from them. Saving records that document business is one thing. Saving every email correspondence to be sent to a public agency sort of boggles the mind.

— Slidnpaint / March 7

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More Terms for Supervisors?

Aren’t they all Republicans? Aren’t Republicans always the ones pushing for term limits? Remember the national elections back in the ’90s and the “Contract with America”? Peculiar that many of the politicians that signed that document are still in office.

I know this was not a local issue, but it all goes to show Republicans will say anything to get into office and say anything else to stay in that office.

I believe I live in Moorlach’s district, and I will be happy to help vote him out.

— Dweezle / Feb. 26

I strongly support a three-term limit for supervisors. Change and reform take sustained effort. When those like Moorlach demonstrate their commitment to fiscal responsibility and the voters, that they know the ropes and have developed the relationships, we need the opportunity to let them continue doing the job for us.

If we don’t like the job they’re doing, we can vote them out. If we like the job that any elected official is doing, we should be able to reap the benefits of a known quantity. This applies not only to the Board of Supervisors but to all elected offices with the exception of U.S. president.

— Steve W / Feb. 25

Eight years of sustained effort aren’t enough?

It’s an all-Republican Board of Supervisors. They can pretty much do what their hearts desire and have for some time now. Perhaps if John Moorlach hadn’t wasted time supporting [former Sheriff] Mike Carona and [former Treasurer-Tax Collector] Chriss Street as well as a horribly misguided pension reform lawsuit, he would have had time to make more changes.

This is a cheap attempt to extend his office, and cloaking it in weak rhetoric doesn’t make it any less slimy.

— Don Draper / Feb. 26

I could see term limits being extended at the state level just for the reasons Moorlach mentioned. But county supervisors should not be viewing their positions from the long term. They are truly the citizen politicians who should do their civic duty and then leave office to go back to their real jobs.

— Keepdapeace / Feb. 24

I couldn’t agree more with Jon Fleischman about the extension of term limits proposed by John Moorlach.

Term limits have worked very well at the local level, but at the state level they have become simply “musical chairs” for termed-out officials. Termed-out state officials bring their campaign war chests (money raised primarily from PACs all over the country) to run for local offices, which gives them a tremendous financial advantage over local candidates.

Plus, state term limits have increased the influence of lobbyists at the state level, because lobbyists are not term-limited.

— Shirley Grindle / Feb. 29

I support two terms: one in office, one in prison.

— Mukooh / Feb. 25

County’s ‘Toxic’ Office Building

I have posted many times my feelings about unions, particularly in the public sector, but this time I have to agree with that Lisa gal [Lisa Major, assistant director of the Orange County Employees Association]: The county’s actions are disgusting!

— Truevoice / Feb. 28

[County CEO] Tom Mauk claims he’s concerned for the safety of these county employees, yet it took lawsuits and threats of lawsuits to motivate him to act.

The only way to get the CEO and Board of Supervisors to move is to hit them in the wallet, even when employees are threatened with deadly cancer. Disgusting.

— OC Bureaucrat / Feb. 28

It’s been reported that the perchloreothene vapors found in the soil were within EPA guidelines, so let’s not jump to conclusions here.

If you took random soil samples from around Orange County, 50 percent of them or more would probably contain some sort of “carcinogen.”

And where did it say that perc causes autoimmune disorders or birth defects?

— Beelzebub / Feb. 28

Grilling the City Manager

What did Bob Wigenroth [interrim city manager of Anaheim] actually do wrong? Disagree with this crazy amount of money giveaway. Murray, Sidhu and Eastman voted for it. They should be investigated, to say the least.

— Bongor / Feb. 28

What kind of person, let alone a council member, should be allowed to strut such arrogance? This is nothing short of a direct attempt to intimidate and threaten the job of the city manager, interim or not.

Bob Wigenroth’s job is to oversee and manage the affairs, services and financial business of our city in the best interest of its citizens, not to blow sunshine recommendations up the skirts of the City Council. Shame, shame on you, Kris Murray.

— Heyitsjack / March 1

Step Up, County Government

No thanks.

Counties are incredibly archaic political subdivisions which now exist almost exclusively to deliver state services locally.

If we want do a mental experiment about the best way to make substantive changes to improve California government, we would start by breaking the state up into several smaller states and eliminating counties completely.

But that, like your proposal, is not going to happen.

So perhaps we should focus on doing the one thing that would make local government work much better — finding a different agency than our politicized local district attorney to prosecute corruption and conflict of interest.

— Moonunit / Feb. 27

One Broadway Plaza

Dear Michael Harrah,

Don’t let all these government and community-imposed obstacles get you down. Keep your eye on the ball and never give up. One day in the not-so-distant future, you will be standing atop your One Broadway Plaza building reflecting with pride on the vision you had over 10 years ago. All the nay-sayers will have retreated back into their caves to lie in wait for the next pioneer to shoot arrows into.

Keep up the good work, Mike. Let me know when the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be, because I want to be there applauding you with all the rest of us who appreciate your representation of the American Dream.

— Bill Taormina / Feb. 25

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