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Friday, March 03, 2006

Open Thread for Friday

Continuing our theme of California's Missions, today, Mission San Francisco de Solano.

Discouraged by declining opportunity at Dolores, a zealous young padre founded Mission San Francisco de Solano, at Sonoma, on July 4, 1823, without the knowledge of his superiors. He was encouraged by the governor, who wanted a buffer between the prosperous Bay Area settlements and the Russians, who had advanced down the California coast as far as Fort Ross. Actually,the Russian fur traders turned out to be quite friendly, donating many useful things to the new mission including the bells. Several hundred Indian neophytes from Dolores followed the Franciscans to Sonoma, but the mission prospered only briefly.

The ambitious padre intended to dismantle Mission Dolores and move everything to the new San Francisco of the North. After acrimonious debate, a compromise was reached which allowed both the new mission and Dolores to continue in their separate courses. But the copious gifts from sister missions which usually arrived to start a new mission on its way failed to reach Sonoma. Help came from an unexpected source. The Russian fur traders proved to be friendly, sharing their supplies and donating Russian-designed bells.

General Mariano Vallejo plundered Sonoma after secularization, along with San Rafael. He stated publicly that he was acting for the benefit of the Indians, but he never allowed the official appraiser to enter the property. After serving many years as a parish church the old mission finally was abandoned. Today the mission and a part of the town square at Sonoma have been restored as a California State Historic Park.

California Mission History

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana
Mission Santa Cruz


Blogger PhilKrakover said:

Bill Dwre is FINALLY leaving as Sports Editor of the LAT!!!

Thanks be to the Lord. Or Father Time.

What a disgrace to have a Sports Editor who was such a Notgre Dame fan that he could not even attend an event in the Coliseum, let alone support our local champion, USC.

USC and UCLA always got short shrift with Dwyre, and it is time ofr our major newspaper, rag that it is, to support ALL of our local teams. The LAT is probably the only "major" newspaper in American that doesn't.

Goombye Nick, don't let the door hit you in the butt as you leave.

March 03, 2006 3:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Notice the cross on the top of the Mission. To bad you can not see it on the County Seal, thanks to Zev, Burke, and Molina.

March 03, 2006 5:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayors, time for a new thread on Antonio's connection to the Ludlow/Local 99 scandal. The shit is about to hit the fan!

From today's Times:

An attorney for Humphries said he intends to question under oath other politicians who got support from Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union to look for more signs of illegal union campaign activities.

"Most of the political community and elected community in Los Angeles will be given a chance to testify on this, including but not limited to the mayor," said Ricardo A. Torres II, an attorney for Humphries.

How do you think Antonio will fare on the witness stand without the benefit of Parke's coaching? Ricardo will make minceMEAT out of him. Trujillo, this not so veiled reference toyou means that you and your blog posts will all be subpoened.

Ricardo Torres ended Richard Alatorre's political career via a simple custody case. What do you think Torres will do with Antonio in this case. Parke, got any answers? That's why you get the big bucks, right.

The party's over Antonio and Tony Lovers. Enjoy the crash and burn that's coming.

March 03, 2006 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Torres ended his best friend's political career with a simple mailer. Truly a genius.

March 03, 2006 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Keep believing that 7:59, it might make you sleep better at night.

March 03, 2006 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From today's Times:

Thomas Saenz, the mayor's chief counsel, said he has not been informed that the mayor's name has come up or will come up in the investigation.

"There is no conceivable circumstance where it would be appropriate for the mayor to be dragged into a suit as a witness," Saenz said.


Tomas, Tomas, Tomas. Let me give you some freebies.

Conceivable circumstance = Aldo Palma

Conceivable circumstance = cell phone records

Conceivable circumstance = Marco Palma

Conceivable circumstance = Farmdale Elementary

Get a clue Tomas, all these "ghost workers" and "ghost voters" are labor dumb fucks - and they talk. Give them half a Corona or a joint and they will drop their panties faster than a Ricardo Torres subpoena. You certainly are going to earn your money in this case.

On a side note, wasn't Fred Woocher Xavier Becerra's attorney during that Marina Message scandal? He didn't do Becerra any good.

March 03, 2006 8:23 AM  

Blogger PhilKrakover said:

Who is Torres' flack here?

The guy can't punch his way out of a paper sack. He got Alatorre when he was dumb enough to take a drug test when he was dirty. He just got lucky and had a foolhardy defendant who was represented by a careless attorney who let his client take the test without a private pre-test. Antonio is not stupid nor foolhardy.

If Pacheco and Torres, III think this is going to be a walk in the park, they best think again. It will be easier to run against Steve Cooley or Jose Huizar, just to mention a couple of their big wins.

Nick Pacheco and Ricardo Torres, III can't win a case or an election.

These guys are losers, squared, and some poster keeps flacking them like they are Melvin Belli or Clarence Darrow, or someone competent.

March 03, 2006 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I believe it was two mailers and obviously Nick doesn't believe that they ended his career. And I might add, they were two mailers that were full of factual information - this is why Antonio and Tony Lovers get all pissed when Torres' name comes up. I can see it now, right on the witness stand:

Torres: "Mr. Mayor, do you deny any specific allegation in these two mailers?"

Antonio: "Make no mistake about it, they are false allegations!"

10 to 1 Antonio perjures himself during this trial - any takers Parke?

March 03, 2006 8:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phill Bendover says:

"Antonio is not stupid nor foolhardy"

Boy are you out of the loop. Tony is about as stupid as they come, this case will bring that to light. And now we know why nick lost his campaigns. Parke was out ranting and raving about Nick's illegal activities and it turns out that Antonio was the one seeking and illegal adavantage.

This isn't an election Phil, it's a court case. When was the last time Antonio passed the bar?

Getting a little nervous?

March 03, 2006 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Alatorre wasn't dumb enough to take a drug test when he was dirty, Alatorre didn't want to take the drug test. Then when he knew he would have to take one, Alatorre wanted the Judge to grant him permission to use his own lab. No, Alatorre wasn't dumb, Torres was just smarter. Take a look at the court recordings, I'm sure Tomas Saenz is already looking at this. See if you can figure out how Torres got Alatorre to take a drug test. It involved one private investigator and now Torres and Pacheco have the whole FBI doing their investigations. It will be much easier to get Antonio to commit perjury.

March 03, 2006 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Phil Krakover Michael Trujillo? Uh oh, better run to the nearest Starbucks MEAT, IP addresses can be subpoened.

March 03, 2006 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick publicly blamed the mailers for his loss to AV. We can all thank slick Ric for that!

March 03, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Gee, where is that public statement. Last I check, Nick blamed the loss on Parke's misinformation campaign that destroyed a prominent community non-profit.

But lets not fool ourselves, the real reason he lost is because Lloyd wasn't around. With his labor contacts, Lloyd would have stopped all this illegal activity that benefitted Ludlow and Antonio. Lloyd used to work for Local 99.

March 03, 2006 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, Phil, where are you? The nearest Starbucks can't be that far away.

March 03, 2006 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Nunez Fibs About Nonprofits Political Activity

For reporters who attended Speaker Fabian Nunezs press conference today and were told by the Speaker that Voter Improvement Program (VIP) - which pays Nunez about $35,000 a year for providing strategic advice to VIP about voter trends and demographic patterns (Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2005) does not participate in political activity like phone banking, here are the facts.

Voter Improvement Program will not expend funds to influence or attempt to influence the action of voters, or expressly advocate for or against the nomination or election of a candidate or candidates for public office. (ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF VOTER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, Filed in the office of the Secretary of State Oct. 16, 2002)

Form 990, filed with IRS, indicates VIP is a 501(c) (4) and is related through common membership, governing bodies, trustees, officers to Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor paid VIP for phone banking services for the following candidates: (California Form 460, Schedule E, 10/01/00 10/21/00)

Dario Frommer
Barry Gordon
Scott Wildman
Jackie Goldberg Jerome Horton

MEMBERSHIP COMMUNICATION NOTIFICATIONS FILED WITH THE CITY ETHICS COMMISSION FOR CANDIDATES FOR CITY ELECTIVE OFFICE, Primary Election, March 4, 2003 indicates that VIP did quite a bit of phone banking on behalf of local candidates in Los Angeles.

Support, Martin Ludlow, Phone Bank 2/25/2003 Support, Martin Ludlow, Phone Banks to Union Members 2/13 & 2/20
Support, Martin Ludlow, Voice Blast message to Union Members 2/17& 2/18
Support, Martin Ludlow, Phone Bank Usage Calls made 2/11/03
Support, Antonio Villaraigosa, Phone banks to Union Members 2/18 & 2/20 Support, Antonio Villaraigosa, Voice Blast message to Union Members 2/17 & 2/18

The Speaker has a growing credibility problem. He is taking money from an organization that does not disclose its financial contributors, though we know from a Los Angeles Times article that at least three major oil companies are contributing to the nonprofit. How many other big corporations with business before the Speaker are contributing to VIP and directly or indirectly putting money into Nunezs pocket? And what will Nunez do about it? Here are a couple of unsuccessful approaches to dealing with scandal that Nunez may want to avoid.

A) Claim ignorance: "I didn't ask, I didn't want to know, it didn't seem appropriate," he said when asked why he did not inquire further. (Kevin Shelley speaking the to San Francisco Editorial Board, August 26, 2004)

B) Pretend youre sick: Embattled Secretary of State Kevin Shelley said Thursday his recurring problems with anger are due in part to the chronic neck pain he suffers as the result of a 1986 diving accident in the Russian River. (Sacramento Bee, August 27, 2004)

C) Be a martyr: "While I have made errors that I deeply regret, I have never, ever done so with the intent of subverting the law or of benefiting myself,'' he said. (Kevin Shelleys resignation speech, San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2005) ** In Nunezs case, of course, he is directly and personally benefiting from VIPs political activity.

March 03, 2006 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:07 anon:

If I recall correctly, Lloyd worked directly under Thomas Newberry. In fact, it was Tom that hired Lloyd. And Lloyd was Nick's chief of staff! What secrets did he let out of the bag Mr. Newberry. Are you walking into a blind alley here?

March 03, 2006 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The difficulty with this group of individuals comes from loyalty. Which involved party will take the heat off of the mayor and be sacrificed?

Would you go to jail + pay a fine 4 mayor or political consultant?

March 03, 2006 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about a sample of the exchange between Antonio on the witness stand and Torres?

Torres: "Mr. Villar, I can call you that , right? Mr. Villar, are you familiar with Aldo Palma?"

Tony: "Make no mistake about it, he is my godson."

Torres: "Mr. Villar, did Mr. Palma work on your 2003 City Council campaign?"

Tony: "Make no mistake about it, he is a loyal godson."

Torres: "Mr. Villar, are you aware that Mr. Palma was named on a list provided to SEIU Local 99 by Mr. Ludlow to be hired to work the campaign in District 10?"

Tony: "Make no mistake about it, that was a mistake."

March 03, 2006 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, Phil I'm out of the paper bag. It was a struggle but I did it. Can you come out and play now?

March 03, 2006 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On the trail in San Francisco Wednesday, Dean seemed very confident that he'd get the nod, and soon.

Clad in a trademark purple SEIU sweater, Dean stood on a makeshift stage in Lafayette Park with SEIU local 250 president Sal Rosselli.

Rosselli a huge fan of Dean's. He and New York local 1199's Dennis Rivera have been two of Dean's biggest advocates with other SEIU leaders. But SEIU bylaws prevent him from officially endorsing anyone until his parent union makes its own decision.

When actor Rob Reiner reminded the crowd of more than 1,000 that Dean had just received the endorsement of the California Teachers Association, Dean glanced at Rosselli and piped up. "And so does someone else I know … "

Reiner appeared momentarily confused.

"Who?" Reiner asked. He turned and look at Rosselli. "This guy?"

"We're working on it," Rosselli said.

In a brief interview after the event, Rosselli was circumspect, and would only say that he was "personally" lobbying other SEIU members on Dean's behalf.

SEIU's Sara Howard tells The Note to be cautious about believing the hype

March 03, 2006 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

African American Community should be infuriated by Ludlow staged as the scapegoat in this ordeal to protect the mayor.

Why do you think he was targeted?

His information will be controlled, he will have control of what is said to the FEDS and keep it the case away from Dadda Villaraigosa.

Respect the African American Community and do not protect a liar

March 03, 2006 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Ludlow isn't that smart. Although he has told Antonio that he will take responsibility, he has already said too much. And Martin is too stupid to realize that. This is what is keeping Parke up at night. These investigator are sharp, they know how to fish for information without the informant knowing that he is being made a stool pigeon.

March 03, 2006 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:19 What career would this be?

How to fish for information?


March 03, 2006 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


At 10:27 AM, June 23, 2005, Anonymous said...
Ahhh the hypocrisy!!!

Yes, Nick take the money, you're going to need all of it because you're not going to come close to Huizar's fundraising efforts.

No folks, I never commented on AV's personal faults or lack there of. He and Corina have their own arrangements and if it works for them- so be it.

Back to Huizar - no where in any article or financial report has Meruelo been tied in to Huizar. So I really can't understand why people keep claiming that there is some quid-pro-quo here.

As far as accomplishments for Huizar - I don't want to be part of the cut and paste crew so here goes ONE - he made sure that ALL kids can get into college by ensuring that these classes be made available to all. Not even Tokosfsky with all his years on the board EVER thought about that one! This is only going to benefit our kids.

To that self identified "college recruiter” you should point out the fact that we are forced to teach remedial courses to all kids from all the 50 states that come to college. It's not just an LAUSD shortcoming but a national education crisis. With Bush's every child left behind program and lack of leadership, schools are forced to hire more paper pushers than teachers. Ask ANY teacher out there today and they'll tell you they spend more time teaching to the test than teaching the State standards.

Come on folks just be upfront with it, you want Nick in because you were able to push his buttons and got your shi_ taken care of over the needs of others. Well, those days are over. Get used to.

I’ll see you precinct walking next week.

-El Sereno

March 03, 2006 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it that everyone is responsible for Pacheco being a loser except Pacheco?

Lloyd went and checked out, Torres III went and sent some mailer that was "unauthorized", Ludlow got the unions against him, Antonio did this, Miguel did that...

Pobrecito Lauro...

March 03, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 03, 2006 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Maybe it is because in the one election where the playing field was level - 1999 - Nick beat a labor backed, over funded candidate. You've got to give him credit for that. But you are right, he did have some bonehad mistakes of late, namely John Edwards.

March 03, 2006 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That "El Sereno" comment wasn't Alvin Parra. That was Enrique Gasca. I guess this loyalty didn't do much good. Why didn't Huizar endorse you?

March 03, 2006 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 03, 2006 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 03, 2006 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is the brilliant legal mind that is going to bring down the Mayor?

I like that phrase "moral turpitude"

Richardo A. Torres II: RICARDO ANTHONY TORRES II [164848], 37, of Alhambra was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual 30-day suspension and until he proves his rehabilitation, and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Jan. 16, 2002. Torres stipulated in two matters that he misused his client trust account by depositing attorney fees in it and by writing checks against it for personal expenses. He also did not cooperate with the bar's investigation of his actions. In a third matter, he wrote checks against insufficient funds in his trust account, committing acts of moral turpitude. In mitigation, he has no record of prior discipline, no clients were harmed and he cooperated with the bar's investigation.

March 03, 2006 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 03, 2006 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:50 AM


March 03, 2006 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello, Hello, Hello, any 17th floor wilshire bloggers today?

March 03, 2006 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian Nunez met with Governor KCRA.com site wrote:

"The normally talkative Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez was clearly agitated after leaving a meeting with the governor. But irritation with Schwarzengger was also apparent earlier, as legislative leaders arrived at his corner office."

Is he worried about his connection with Unions, Phone Banks, Laundering of Money back home?

March 03, 2006 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Officials reassure Valley of 99 funds
Local leaders seek $1b immediately from $6b plan of improvements.
By E.J. Schultz / Bee Capitol Bureau

"The 99 earmark is the 99 earmark. We're committed to it," Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, said at a news conference. "It's a separate pot of money."


March 03, 2006 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Politicians and Unions Target Charitable Organizations
Written by Fernando Oaxaca


"Without warning or previous rumors, in the spring of 2002, the board of directors of this charitable foundation was notified by staff that the child care centers in Los Angeles had been targeted for unionization by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 99 of Los Angeles. Union demands flowed into MAOF: demands for names, home addresses, home telephone numbers of employees. Union organizers wanted the right to visit the child care centers during working hours; employees were accosted on the way to or as they left their young charges.

Enter the politicians. Assemblywoman Judy Chu, (D) Monterey Park, while this disruptive activity at MAOF was ongoing, telephoned the director of the Foundation, delivering what was, in effect, a thinly veiled "encouragement" to cooperate with union access and organizing requests (veiled by such rhetoric as "the need for fair treatment of workers" and an honest concern for "the well-being of the community."

" Putting aside why, with this annual income, they need the measly $110K from a charitable foundation¹s low income employees, the path of the money begins with the trip from the taxpayer's pocket to Sacramento and Washington. Then from the IRS and the State Franchise Tax Board bureaucrats it goes to Gray Davis' bureaucrats; then from Gray Davis & Co. it goes to MAOF. From MAOF it converts to a paycheck for the child care instructors (with income tax, FICA, the SEIU union dues and SDI taken out); then to SEIU from collector MAOF. MAOF's $9,100 per month is added to the tens of millions of dollars sent by employer dues collectors to the various offices or bank accounts of the SEIU. Finally, part of it is then disbursed as political donations to people like Assemblywoman Chu, Congresswoman Solis and, to two new players in our drama, State Assemblyman Fabian Nuñez, (D) Los Angeles and Senator Martha Escutia (D) from eastern Los Angeles.

Just days ago, on May 22nd of 2003, at 11:55 AM a FAX came to MAOF from Assemblyman Fabian Nuñez (D) 46th Assembly District, exhorting MAOF to get off the stick and settle the legal issues delaying the signing of a final contract with the SEIU 99 union representatives."

March 03, 2006 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hacopain skipped the country today.
I wonder which of the other rats are going to run next.

March 03, 2006 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Aldo Palma is a great kid. Marco Palma is an honorable guy, so leave the alone.

March 03, 2006 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What are you smoking? Hacopian skipped town? Yeah right

March 03, 2006 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I just checked, and Ricardo Torres is still able to practice law in this state. So what is your point?

Just sit back and see him in action. I'm sure Parke can't wait.

March 03, 2006 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


True, true. Aldo is just a kid and Marco is a great guy. But have you heard of guilt by association. Antonio is going to drag this family through the mud and he won't lose a second of sleep over this tragedy. You can't deny the evidence, Aldo is there in black and white, just like Marco.

From what we've been hearing, Aldo is the link between Antonio's 2003 campaign to Ludlow's 2003 campaign and Local 99. Maybe his parents should have been more cautious. As was said on this blog before, anything Antonio touches turns to shit. I feel for the Palma family, but you reap what you sow. If the shoe were on the other foot, do you think Antonio or Parke would have any mercy? Come to think of if it, not too long ago, the shoe was on the other foot and those allegations were false - but there was no compassion. So cry me a river.

March 03, 2006 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hacopian skipped town? Did Nick do him a favor and give him advance notice that the subpoenas were coming down. Just like Nick, Hacopian must have touched his sensitive side.

Who are the other weasles that will flee. Parke, are you packed?

March 03, 2006 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what a bunch of mastabatory losers.

nick 'n' ric can't make this a fishing expedition. go ahead and blog about your imaginary revenge if it makes your cheeto-stained lives in your mom's basement any better.

but after this is over, and martin and jeanette wake up in jail, nick will still have lost.]

get over it.

March 03, 2006 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't believe Hacopian fled.


luke skywalker

March 03, 2006 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eric's ark, loaded with two from every party, can be found resting comfortably on the summit of Mt. Ararat.

March 03, 2006 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Now we know why Nick lost. It is proven that Ludlow stole an election in south central, how much longer before the same is true about Antonio in East L.A.. Empowering people of color, way to go Parke.

Oh and thanks for your permission to post. It must make yo feel good to still be giving orders with all this ahit falling around you.

March 03, 2006 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Florida in 2000. Illinois in 1960. Those were stolen.

Nick lost by 17% in 03 and 28% in 05. Those were not stolen.

March 03, 2006 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They were financed with crooked many and staffed by illegal union workers - they were stolen.

March 03, 2006 3:05 PM  

Blogger PhilKrakover said:

Damn right they were stolen; and Cooley stole it from Nick as well.

And Pigs fly.

March 03, 2006 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ricardo Torres continues to shame his family. The harder he tries, the more he disappoints. I didn't know the apple could fall that far from the tree. Poor mosca

March 03, 2006 6:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geez, I wish someone had the balls to use their real name on these threads.

Who said that? Not me.

March 03, 2006 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ricardo III does not fall far from the tree.

His father, Rick, the Judge, is a hothead and a blowhard, just like Ricardo III.

No attorney worth his salt would want to he in his courtroom, and many are the CCP 170.6's were filed in order to get to another courtroom, any other courtroom. Those are Affidavits of Prejudice, for the benefit of those who do not practice law.

Yep, Torres III gets his obtusiveness right from the tree itself. That apple truly does not fall far.

Maybe, if he can manage not to get suspended by the bar again during this action, we can see him and Lauro demonstrate their lack of knowledge once again.

By the way, who is paying Laurel and Hardy for their act here?

March 03, 2006 9:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Only Kosher Pigs fly.

March 04, 2006 7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

can some one explain to me what Parke and Hacopian have to do with any of this.

Neither of them worked for Martin.

March 04, 2006 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous poster
Answer to your ?

Call FBI

March 04, 2006 1:37 PM  

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