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“Baby and Me at the Library” is Back!

Good afternoon – A lot of people have asked, and here it is: the return of Baby and Me at the Library!
The details of this six-week program are below – please read on, and pass this along to others who may be interested!
~ malcolm


Baby and Me at the Library 
is accepting sign-ups for the next six week session!  
The class is open to babies from birth to 12 months of age, and their parents/caregivers.
This very popular program is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 13 at 10:15 am at the Downtown Library. To sign up or get more info, contact Jan Pedden at

Each week you and your baby will enjoy a variety of activities including songs, stories, unison reading, nursery rhymes, flannel board stories, crafts, parenting information and great opportunities for socialization.

This is a wonderful way to introduce the babies to such concepts as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes; build listening, memory and vocabulary skills.

Interest lists are also being formed for:

  • Baby and Me at the Library – in Spanish
  • Baby and Me at the Library –  Saturdays
  • Toddler and Me at the Library for kids 12 to 30 months old.

If you are interested in any of these classes, or want more information, please contact Jan Pedden at

The Award Winning Redwood City Public Library connects the community and inspires a love of reading and learning through innovative, visionary programming and services such as literacy programs, access to technology, safe, inviting spaces for youth and families, and gathering places that connect the members of the community with a love of reading and learning.. It’s all online at 


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‘Young Dreamers’ Charity Car Wash / Sierra Club Presentation on Gray Fox

Good morning – I’d like to share two events with you, which I think you’ll find of interest. First is a fundraiser car wash this Saturday to benefit the Young Dreamers Network, and the second is a presentation on March 6, “”Our Local Elusive California Grey Fox” sponsored by the Sierra Club. Please read below for the information!
~ malcolm


Support motivated youth who are a part of the local Young Dreamer Network leadership program at the

Young Dreamer Network Charity Car Wash

All proceeds from the car wash help the Young Dreamers go on their international service trip this summer. Just $5 per car!

  • Saturday, March 2, 2013
    9 AM to 4 PM
    Red Morton Community Center
    1120 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City

For more information contact Sean Story, or see

Young Dreamer Network (YDN) exists to empower teens to become difference makers in their communities. They are identifying challenges within their community and are addressing these challenges through strategic actions. In San Mateo County, our program entails leadership development, service-learning, international volunteer trips and after-school workshops at local high schools. In our international locations, YDN includes the aforementioned components along with academic scholarships for promising youth to attend quality high schools. These are youth who live where school is a privilege not a right, and their parents are unable to pay for them to attend secondary school.


Sierra Club invites you to a special presentation on

“Our Local Elusive California Grey Fox

Monday March 4 – 6:30 pm
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road (2 blocks from the Train Station)

Have you seen a fox when you are out hiking?

Over 140 species of bird, 39 species of butterfly and many wild creatures still live among us and rely on our Valley’s natural landscape for their food, water, and shelter.

One of the more elusive inhabitants of the Valley is the California Gray Fox. Bill Leikam, local Grey Fox Expert, will share photos and stories of the Gray Fox, as part of his work with the Urban Wildlife Research Project.

Learn how you can make a difference in protecting these beautiful creatures. Find out what we can do to protect other fox populations as well.

As part of the program, you’ll find out about upcoming Walk and Talks led by Bill at the Don Edwards Refuge in the coming weeks.

We’ll enjoy a light meal and have a brief social session starting at 6:30 pm, with the formal program beginning about 7 pm, wrapping up the evening about 8:30 pm.

Admission is free but RSVP via at 

Donations at the door are gratefully accepted to help us defray costs.

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2 Items – Redwood City “Tree Walk” / Financial Workshop for Sml Businesses at Cañada College

Good morning – here are a couple of items of interest. One is a Redwood City Tree Walk on March 9 led by the great nonprofit group CityTrees, and the other is a workshop for small businesses/entrepreneurs at Cañada College called “Creating Financial Wisdom.” Please read below and get these on your calendar!
~ malcolm

You’re invited to a

Tree Walk in Redwood City

with CityTrees!

CityTrees has teamed up with The Davey Tree Expert Company and Encore Performance Catering to offer an arborist-led tree walk in Redwood City.

  • Saturday March 9th 

    8:30-9 am Check in and complementary refreshments
    9 -10:30 am Tree Walk

In this fun and educational experience the group will be led on a walk that starts and ends at Wellesley Crescent Park. The one-and-a-half mile walk will highlight some of the area’s interesting and important tree specimens. One of Davey’s certified arborists will be on hand to answer any questions ranging from identification and historical context to tree selection and care.  Wellesley Crescent Park is located near the intersection of El Camino Real and Edgewood Road (near the Stack’s restaurant).  Suggested donation: $10.00 per person.

The Tree Walk is limited to 30 people so please reserve your spot today by signing up here.

Cañada College and the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities Presents:

“Creating Financial Wisdom

Thursday, February 28, 2013 
3:30 to 5:30 pm

University Center Conference Room, Building 6, Room 102, on the Cañada campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd.
Join the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) & hear directly from experts in the financial arena. This workshop is aimed at helping small business owners and entrepreneurs. Guest speakers include:
* Leila Perreras, Business Development Manager at Provident Credit Union
* Tara Fowler, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
* An expert in the loan department at Wells Fargo Bank
Learn valuable tips and discover new ways to:
  • Budget & Save your hard earned money
  • Invest & Plan for your future
  • Gain Access to Capital for small businesses.
  • Manage debt
  • Qualify for loans to Start and Operate your business
Let us know you are planning to attend by emailing For more information and directions, visit


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Caltrain Signal Testing – Horn Use / Reminder of Lunar New Year Fest Tomorrow

Hello – two more quick items for you this afternoon.

First: people who live near the Caltrain tracks in Redwood City should have received a notice from Caltrain about some signal testing that is taking place tonight and tomorrow, as part of their Signal Optimization Program. This signal testing requires that the train horn is sounded more frequently than usual, for a limited amount of time, so some of you may hear that increase in noise between 6 am and 11 am tomorrow (Saturday). I’ve put the text of the Caltrain notice below.

And second: don’t forget tomorrow’s Lunar New Year Festival on Courthouse Square, between 11 am and 4 pm. Lots of great family stuff, please go to for all the details.


~ malcolm

Caltrain Signal Optimization Project – notice sent to addresses in a half-mile radius of the tracks

Dear Caltrain Neighbor:

The Signal Optimization Project will design and install new signals on the railroad to allow Caltrain to run trains closer and faster, while maintaining safe braking distances.

To implement this project and assure the signals are functioning properly, Caltrain must test the signal system from midnight Feb. 22 to 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at crossings in Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park, weather permitting.

During this time period, Caltrain will use extra trains to test the performance of the signals. Engineers will be required to sound the train horns as they approach the crossings, per Federal Railroad Administration regulations.

The additional horn noise is scheduled only from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 23.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Caltrain Office of Public Affairs at
650.508.7726 or visit our website at for project updates.

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Apply to Serve on Parks Commission

Good afternoon – here’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to get involved and serve their community. There’s one seat available on the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, and applications are now being accepted (deadline is March 25). Please read the news release below for the details.

~ malcolm

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2013

Silvia Vonderlinden
City Clerk
(650) 780-7220

Community Members Invited to Apply for Seat on Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission

Redwood City, CA – The   City of Redwood City is offering a great opportunity to serve the  community: one seat is available on the City’s Parks, Recreation and  Community Services Commission, expiring May 31, 2014. Qualified   community members with a strong desire and willingness to work  diligently on behalf of the community are encouraged to apply!

The application deadline is 5 pm, Monday, March 25, 2013. Applications are available online at, or may be requested by calling 650-780-7220.

Appointment to the Parks Commission will be made by the City Council. Selected applicants will be invited for oral interviews.

Serving   on a Redwood City advisory committee is an important way to offer new perspectives and ideas, and contribute to the City’s discussions and  decisions on a variety of substantial matters. Members of these  committees serve an essential function in helping to manage the  significant issues our community faces – and being appointed requires a commitment to carrying out the responsibilities of serving. Applicants’   ability to build consensus, their willingness to offer thoughtful,  productive recommendations, and their motivation to be prepared,  informed, and engaged in their committee’s work are all critical factors   contributing to being appointed.

Typical   basic requirements are that applicants must have a strong interest in civic involvement, must be 18 years of age or older.

Visit Redwood City’s website at for   information about the City and its services. Subscribe to Redwood  City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting


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Fire/Police Depts Announce Towh Hall Meetings Schedule (and, “Coffee with the Cops” returns!)

Good morning, and happy Friday!

Many of you have asked whether our Police Department will be holding more Town Hall meetings or Coffee with the Cops events. I’m happy to share with you this news release that went out late yesterday, outlining the 2013 schedule for both of these great activities (and, the Town Hall meetings will include our Fire Department).

Please read below for all the information about these tools used by our public safety staff to maintain good communications with our community.


~ malcolm

For Immediate Release
February 21, 2013

JR Gamez
Redwood City Police Chief
(650) 780-7122

Redwood City Police and Fire Departments Announce Town Hall Meeting Schedule
“Coffee with the Cops” Schedule Also Announced
Redwood   City, CA – In January of this year, the Redwood City Police and Fire  Departments announced a collaboration to prevent violence and enhance  safety at neighborhood schools. The comprehensive plan included  synchronizing response procedures between the two departments in  addition to training school staff regarding protocols for sheltering in place or responding to violent intruders on campus. The positive  response to the initiative from those involved was overwhelming.
In   an effort to expand the benefits of this groundbreaking initiative to the greater community, the Police and Fire Departments will be hosting a   series of Town Hall-style community meetings. The theme of this year’s   Town Hall meetings is: “Residents and Public Safety working in partnership to improve our neighborhoods.”
One   meeting per quarter will be held during 2013, beginning in March, at  varied locations throughout the city. The Town Hall meetings will be  facilitated by members of the Police and Fire Departments. Residents  will hear formal presentations about programs and services offered by  each department and participate in a facilitated discussion to voice  their concerns about public safety issues in their community.
In   addition to the Town-Hall meetings, the Police Department will continue  its popular “Coffee with the Cops” events. “Coffee with the Cops” is a  program implemented by the Redwood City Police Department in an effort  to enhance communication between community members and the police  department. “Coffee with the Cops” is an informal event designed to  allow citizens the opportunity to ask questions and learn about new   programs and efforts the police department is currently focusing on in   their neighborhood. During “Coffee with the Cops,” no formal  presentation takes place, so citizens are welcome to drop in anytime  during the event. Citizens will have the opportunity to meet the  officers who are working in their neighborhoods. Officers will be  answering questions, passing out crime prevention information,  connecting citizens with City services, and helping citizens get  connected to the Redwood City Police Department’s Social Media sites.
Public Safety Town Hall meetings:
  • Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road Redwood City, CA 94063 March 19, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Peninsula Covenant Church, 3560 Farm Hill Blvd Redwood City, CA 94062 June 19, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road Redwood City, CA 94061 September 11, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway Redwood City, CA 94064 November 13, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm
Coffee with the Cops events:
  • Canyon Coffee Roastery, 3203 Oak Knoll Drive Redwood City, Ca. 94062 Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:30am to 9am
  • Hoover Family Center, 701 Charter Street Redwood City, Ca. 94063 Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:30 am to 10 am
  • Starbucks, Marsh Manor, 955 Marsh Road Redwood City, Ca. 94063 Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • Summit Coffee, Roosevelt Plaza, 2137 Roosevelt Redwood City, Ca. 94062 Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, 8am to 9:30 am
  • Franklin Street Café, Sequoia Station, 1053 El Camino Real Redwood City, Ca. 94063 Sunday, June 9th, 2013, 2pm to 3:30 pm
  • Starbucks, 820 Woodside Road Redwood City, Ca. 94062 Sunday, July 21st, 3pm to 4:30 pm
  • Peet’s Coffee, 2600 Broadway Redwood City, Ca. 94063 Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, 8am to 9:30 am
  • Starbucks, Redwood Shores, 264 Redwood Shores Parkway Redwood City, Ca. 94063 Saturday, August 24th, 2013 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Visit Redwood City’s website at for   information about the City and its services. Subscribe to Redwood  City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting


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Meet the Author / Baskin-Robbins Community Event / Woodside HS Play

Good morning – well, more and more events and activities are coming our way, and this morning I wanted to let you know about three in particular:

  • A Meet the Author event at the Library TOMORROW, talking about how to accomplish a “Debt Free Spending Plan” for your personal finances;
  • The Grand Re-Opening of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store on Roosevelt this Saturday, featuring a financial donation to Redwood City’s Parks department;
  • A musical extravaganza at Woodside High School in early March – their presentation of “Legally Blond – the Musical.”

Please read below for details!

~ malcolm


The Friends of the Library Presents

Meet the Author – JoAnneh Nagler, Author of The Debt-Free Spending Plan

Thursday, February 21 – 7 pm
Fireplace Room at the Downtown Library – 1044 Middlefield Road

Meet the Author: JoAnneh Nagler

The Debt-Free Spending Plan is a book for people who want to free themselves from the choke hold of debt but who don’t know how. It’s for people who hate numbers, never liked math, and rarely, if ever, balance their checkbooks.

The Plan is simple, easy and takes just five minutes a day – and it doesn’t matter if you make $14,000 or $14 million, the Debt-Free Spending Plan will work, every time.

About the Author – JoAnneh Nagler is a former fundraiser and a grant writer who, spiraling in debt, was unable to find a simple, workable solution. She developed her own system-a five-minute-a-day plan that really works. She now coaches individuals and couples, using The Debt-Free Spending Plan to help them revolutionize their relationship with money. She lives in Burlingame, California, and welcomes visitors to her website,

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To learn about all of the great services and programs at your library, visit


You’re invited to the

Grand Re-Opening and Community Partnership Event at Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty stores, announces the grand re-opening of its store in Redwood City, and a community partnership with Redwood City’s Parks Department. This fun community event takes place:

Saturday, February 23
Noon to 4 pm
2107 Roosevelt Avenue

To thank Redwood City community members for their support, Kurt will be donating $250 to Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services at the store’s grand re-opening event to help support health and fitness activities for local youth in the community.

This festive event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 pm with local VIPs.  During the party, customers will enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, live entertainment, and fun giveaways.

The Redwood City community is invited to join in the celebration, and the City thanks Kurt Smith and Baskin-Robbins for their support of Redwood City’s parks and programs.


Woodside High School Presents

Legally Blonde the Musical

Support Woodside High School Drama by enjoying this fantastic show!
This totally upbeat musical tells the story of Delta Nu sorority sister Elle Woods. Don’t let this seemingly ditsy fashionista fool you, this girl is totally focused, smarter than she seems, and doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “more serious”, Elle sets out to win him back by putting down the credit card and hitting the books. Ready to revamp her image, Elle, with her Chihuahua Bruiser, goes where no Delta nu has gone before; Harvard Law School! Along the way, our heroine proves that being yourself and going after what you want never goes out of style.
Fridays, March 8 & 15, 8 pm
Saturdays, March 9 & 16, 8 pm
Sunday, March 10, 22 pm
Order your tickets online TODAY!!!!

OR Call the BOX OFFICE @ 650-367-9750 x4851

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Reminder: Info Meeting TONIGHT (Tuesday) on Reusable Bag Ban

Good morning – Here is a reminder that there is an informational meeting TONIGHT concerning Redwood City’s consideration of a reusable bag ordinance (also known as a plastic bag ban).
The  detail is below – this is the second informational meeting on this issue, and will be held in the community room of the Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. More information on the possible ordinance is online at, and on the County’s model ordinance and multi-agency EIR at
~ malcolm


You’re invited to a

Redwood City Informational Meeting – Reusable Bag Ordinance  

At its meeting of March 11, 2013, the City Council of  Redwood City will be considering adoption of a reusable bag ordinance  which would prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags within  the City. This follows San Mateo County’s adoption of a reusable bag  ordinance last year, which has subsequently been adopted by a number of  other cities on the peninsula. The second of two informational meetings is scheduled for TONIGHT,  Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7 pm in the Community Room of the Redwood  City Downtown  Library, at 1044 Middlefield Road. The meeting is  intended to assist businesses and  community members with understanding  the scope and effect of the  proposed reusable bag ordinance. The City’s  web page outlining  the consideration of a reusable bag ordinance is  located at

The County provided the environmental analysis for its reusable bag  ordinance, which the cities, including Redwood City, can rely upon for  their ordinance. The purpose of a multi-agency process such as this is  to provide for a uniform, consistent standard across the region, making for a smoother transition and easier compliance by affected businesses.   If adopted, the City’s ordinance would take effect on April 25, 2013.If  adopted in Redwood City, the ordinance would ban distribution of  plastic bags by all retailers except restaurants and nonprofits (not  including protective bags for produce or meat, dry-cleaning, and  newspapers, among other exemptions), and require retailers to charge a  minimum of 10¢ per paper bag used (25¢ as of 2015).
In 2012, San  Mateo County prepared a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and  passed an ordinance for a ban on single-use plastic bags, in favor of  the use of reusable bags, affecting unincorporated County areas. The  County’s ordinance takes effect on April 22, 2013. All cities in San  Mateo County with an interest in adopting the County ordinance within  their borders have either passed or are considering passage of a  reusable bag ordinance. These 18 cities are all identified in the  County’s EIR and its Study Area, which allows cities to adopt the  ordinances without needing to conduct a separate environmental analysis. The  EIR notes that an estimated 400 million single-use plastic bags are  used each year in San Mateo County, including an estimated 42 million in  Redwood City, with only a small percentage being recycled. The majority  end up in the landfill, or as litter and in storm drains, and they are a  common litter item found in roadway, park, and creek cleanups in  Redwood City. As litter, these plastic bags can adversely affect marine life when they find their way into streams, creeks, lakes, and the bay.   The EIR estimates that an ordinance would potentially reduce Redwood  City’s annual use of plastic bags by 95%.
Further, use of  reusable bags reduces litter and conserves natural resources: a reusable   bag has the potential to replace over 600 single-use plastic bags over   its lifetime, significantly reducing plastic bag litter, and reducing the one-time use of paper bags.
The community is invited to this information meeting, and to the March 11 City Council meeting, to learn more and participate in the discussion of a possible ordinance banning the use of single-use plastic bags. If the Council approves, a second reading of the ordinance would be held at the City Council’s March 25 meeting, with the ordinance becoming effective 30 days later.

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Small Increase in Garbage/Recycling Rates Proposed

Good morning – I wanted to be sure you received this information, about a proposed increase in the rates for garbage/recycling in Redwood City. Please see the news release below, for all the details (you can also get details at


~ malcolm

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2013

Mike Gibbons
Public Works Superintendent

City to Consider Small Increase in Solid Waste (Garbage/Recycling) Collection Rates

Redwood City, CA – The City Council of Redwood City will be considering a 3% increase in the residential and commercial rates for garbage and recycling collection within Redwood City. For the majority of Redwood City households (most of which have a 32-gallon cart), this would be an additional 79¢ per month/per cart (for those with 20-gallon carts the proposed increase is 33¢ per month/per cart). A 3.25% increase is proposed for “unscheduled” other services.

The City Council will be considering this proposed rate increase at a public hearing on February 25, 2013. The City Council meeting starts at 7 pm, and takes place at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.  If the proposed rates are approved by the City Council the rate increase would be effective the next day, February 26, 2013.

In general, the proposed rate increase is a result of a number of factors, including higher disposal and processing costs (due to increases in tonnage and tipping fees), higher service levels due to an increased number of residential customers, Recology’s wage and benefit cost increases resulting from its collective bargaining agreements, fuel rate increases, and general operating cost increases (more details on the cost factors are online).

The rates charged to customers must reflect Recology’s actual cost of providing service, and take into account the contractually-agreed upon revenues – in other words, Recology is guaranteed a specified amount of revenue, which was negotiated as part of the franchise agreement. This type of arrangement is typical in the garbage/recycling collection industry. Notices of the proposed increase have been sent to all garbage/recycling service customers in Redwood City. Customers may protest the proposed rate increase at the public hearing, or may do so by writing to the City prior to the hearing.

Solid waste collection rates are adopted annually by the City of Redwood City. The proposed new rates are based on a financial projection of operating costs and revenues for Recology San Mateo County for calendar year 2013. The costs owed to Recology for collection services of solid waste, recycling, and organics materials in 2013 have been reviewed by City staff and the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) staff, and have been approved by the SBWMA Board of Directors. In addition, operating costs include the cost for disposal and processing collected materials at the Shoreway Environmental Center and franchise fees paid to the City of Redwood City. The SBWMA ( is the joint powers authority representing the various cities and agencies that contract with Recology.

Other member cities in the SBWMA are also considering rate increases. Due to Redwood City’s ongoing deliberate, conservative fiscal management, we’ve been able to keep the proposed increase to a reasonably low level, and avoid the more significant increases being proposed by some cities.   Visit  Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting

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City’s Annual Report, Initiatives, and State of the City – Online!

Good afternoon –

There is so much exciting stuff going on in our community, and I think you’ll all be very interested to check out Redwood City’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011/2012 – it’s absolutely filled with a lot of great info about the City’s accomplishments, innovations, performance indicators, “facts and figures,” and a  look at some of the significant challenges and initiatives that each department will be addressing during this fiscal year. A bunch of great photos are in there, too!

You’ll also want to see the Strategic Initiatives Update, which will bring you up to speed on the work that City staff is doing  in fulfilling the City Council’s Strategic Initiatives and Strategic  Goals.

And, staff made a Strategic Initiatives Update Presentation to the City Council at their February 11 meeting – you’ll hear from the City Manager and staff, as well as the City Council, with an overview  update of the City’s Strategic Initiatives, along with Power Point slides. Click on the link above for the video – the presentation starts at about the 13-minute mark.

Don’t forget, you can also see the State of the City address made by Mayor Alicia Aguirre and Vice Mayor Jeff Gee in January – more great information about what the City was able to accomplish in 2012, and what will be happening in 2013.

These documents (and video!) are a great way to see what’s going on in Redwood City, and what’s coming up. I encourage you to take a look, and be sure to share this email with others.


~ malcolm

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