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The Brentwood Voice of Business July/August 2011

Vol. 47, No. 7/8

CORNFEST 2011 A GREAT SUCCESS! The 19th Annual CornFest took place the second weekend in July in its third location in as many years. Despite the challenges this presented for festival Chair Dirk Zeigler and Co-Chair Ken Seamann and the CornFest committee, the event had very few glitches. Crowds were estimated at 40,000 over the three days. The weather was mild, parking and space were plentiful, corn was delicious and the entertainment was one of the best lineups ever. Some favorites were back this year such as the car show and the tractor races, which were not held last year due to limited space in the downtown location. New this year was a heritage area that highlighted Brentwood’s agricultural roots with displays from the East County Historical Society and FFA. There was also a corn recipe contest sponsored by KSFO and the Brentwood Press. The carnival was bigger than ever as California Carnival brought new rides including a 7-story ferris wheel that lit up the night sky right along with the Friday night fireworks extravaganza. This event could not go on without the hundreds of volunteers and nonprofit groups that get involved to make CornFest a success. This year’s CornFest was profitable and the non-profit groups will be sharing in that success with a share of the profits to support the work they do right here in our Brentwood Community. Mark your calendars for CornFest’s 20th Anniversary on July l3th, 14th and 15th, 2012!

Vice-Mayor Steve Barr cuts the ribbon to officially open CornFest 2011. Also pictured are Chamber President Joe Trebino and CornFest Chairman and Co-Chair Dirk Zeigler and Ken Seamann.

Page 1: CornFest 2011 Page 2: Director’s Message; Board of Directors and Staff Page 3: Ambassadors Corner and Upcoming Chamber Events Page 4: June Mixer Page 5: July Mixer

See pages 10 and 11 for more CornFest pictures!

A Big Thank You to Our CornFest Sponsors… The City of Brentwood; DeNova Homes; NUCP, LLC; Brentwood Press; Wayne E. Swisher Cement Contractor; Comcast; Bud Light; Coca-Cola; 95.3 KUIC; 101.7 KKIQ; John Muir Health; Wire Tech Electric; Travis Credit Union; AMR; Lathrop Construction; East County Times; The Monthly Grapevine; KSFO 560; Sutter Delta Medical Center; Kat Country 103; 104.1 The Hawk; Special Events; G&S Farms; Dwelley Farms; Ron Nunn Farms; F.A. Maggiore & Sons; Simoni & Massoni Farms; 110 Magazine; Aero Pure Water; American Legion Post 202; Bank of the West; Black Sheep Communications; Minuteman Press; Brentwood Party Rentals; California Diesel & Power;; Crème Dela Gem Jewelry; Dallas Shanks & Sons Automotive; Delta Sun Times; Delta Valley Athletic Club; ECC Bank;; Farwest Sanitation & Storage; Fastsigns; Glamora by Sadia; Got A Party;; Herrington Tractor Rental & Repair; Home Depot; Keller Canyon Landfill; Kendall Automotive; Kohl’s; Latino Times; Mazzy’s Fire Protection Specialists; McCauley Bros. Pest Control; Mike’s Auto Body; Mimi’s; Nancy Kaiser; Pella Windows & Doors; Pizzagoni’s Towing; Postal Annex #10009; Quick-Deck; Quik Stop#140; Raley’s; Rave; Safeway; Smiles:Creative Imaging; Standard Pacific Homes; Stirling Architects; Terracare Associates;; The Streets of Brentwood; Tri-Delta Transit; True Visions; City Auto Supply/AC Delco; Solar Universe of Brentwood; Extreme Motorsports; Bill Brandt Ford; Vornhagen Body & Paint, Casey’s Auto Body; Borden Junction Garage; Les Schwab Tire Center

Page 6: New Members Page 7: New Members cont’d and Renewing Members Pages 8 and 9: Golf Tournament Pages 10 and 11: CornFest Photo Gallery

Page 12: Hometown Halloween Page 13: Member Notes Page 14: Cal Chamber article re: Workers Comp legislation Page 15: Community Notes Page 16: General Information

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Page 2 BRENTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joe Trebino, President Delta Pure Water

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE: New Networking Lunch

Shayn Cutino, Past President Anja Wellness Paul Kelly, President-Elect Home One Mortgage Dirk Zeigler, Chief Financial Officer Zeigler Insurance Group Olga Vidriales, V.P. Community Programs, Travis Credit Union Brent Aasen Equus Group Amy Alvis Alvis Frantz and Associates Greg Benner Les Schwab Tires Kathy Blanton Sutter Delta Medical Center Jacqueline Hanel John Muir Health Lori Knudsen California Payroll Madelynn Krebs Speedee Oil Change & Tuneup Robin Schiavone Raley’s Ken Seamann Discovery Professional Services ********************************

Chamber Staff

Looking for a new and educational way to network at lunch? Come have a N.I.C.E. Lunch at the Chamber (Network, Interact, Connect, and Engage). No more old school brown bags. As a Board, we know that offering programs that provide value for your membership is important. We know many join the Chamber as a way to increase business and exposure to the community. How do you get it though? Well, it is simple… INVOLVEMENT. I know it sounds cliché but it really is true, the more you put into your membership, the more you get out of it. A great way to start getting more involved is taking a break out of your day and have lunch at the Chamber. Once every month the Chamber board and staff work hard to provide what used to be a ―brown bag‖ lunch with a speaker. We want to take this idea to the next level. We have revamped the old brown bags to give you more. We will incorporate a true structured networking aspect to these meetings with tips and ideas to increase your networking. We will continue to have speakers on rotating topics that support the core values of the Chamber – topics will include business development, technology, personal development, local issues and politics, as well as quality of life topics. Our goal is to provide topics that will interest many of our members as well as nonmembers. Additionally we want to tap the resources of our Chamber membership for speakers for these lunchtime events. If you have a topic that you feel would fit into our categories, please let the Chamber staff know so they can forward your ideas and contact information to the appropriate board members. If it weren’t for my involvement with the Chamber, I can honestly say my business would not be where it is today. Barbara Frantz and I formed our law practice at the end of 2009 after a meeting and discussion at a Chamber Mixer. Our business together is better than when we were in business apart. From the people I have met and formed friendships with over the years, provides amazing business connections that not only bring in referrals to my practice but provide me a resource of experts in a variety of fields to whom I can confidently refer any of my clients to when they have a need. See what your missing and come check out our NICE luncheons! Amy Alvis Attorney/Partner ALVIS FRANTZ AND ASSOCIATES 181 Sand Creek Road, Suite K Brentwood, CA 94513


Lisa Hurt, Support Services Director Jilda Fairhurst, Event Coordinator Pat Trombino, Event Coordinator Bill Putman, Volunteer

Mission Statement:

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion of the civic and commercial progress of the community. We will continuously strive to maintain and foster a healthy business climate for Chamber members and the entire community.

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Chamber Ambassadors Vicki Sexton, Chair, First Bank Amy Alvis, Alvis-Frantz and Associates Kathy Blanton, Sutter Delta Medical Center Maurice Daroy, Farmers Insurance Fred Ehler, Terracare Associates Kerri Fritsch, Monogramming by Fritchy Sarah Jamar, Paychex Lori Knudsen, California Payroll Sam Lamantia, Lamantia Insurance Services Michele Lane, ReMax/Accord Kathi Regan, Maxx Worms Paul Roman, Window Innovations, Inc. Patti Schneider, The Right Choice Kurt Tomicich, KRT Services Joe Trebino, Delta Pure Water, Etc. Pat Trombino, First Bank Olga Vidriales, Travis Credit Union

UPCOMING EVENTS Chamber Mixers Thursday, September 15th Alvis Frantz & Associates

Golf Tournament Friday, September 16th Deer Ridge Golf Club

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Ambassador's Corner Taking Financial Responsibility: What’s Your Game Plan? How’s your financial strategy coming along? That old adage, ―People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan,‖ can be especially true when it comes to finances. And, given the current economy, the best time to start taking control of your finances is today. Being financially responsible doesn’t just happen. It’s a conscious decision you make to live within your means. Slowly, U.S. consumers may be catching on. A nationwide survey on the financial state of U.S. households, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, found only 13% of households are currently saving 7% or more of their disposable income, although fully 36% of households expect to save at this level in 5 to 10 years. 1 While that trend may be encouraging, there remains ample room for improvement. It’s Never Too Late to Plan No matter what stage of life you’re in, you should have a strategy that helps meet your current financial needs while creating a path to help you reach long-term financial goals. Whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement, a strategy is necessary, and the good news is no matter what your age, it’s never too late to start. A proactive approach now can help avoid heartaches and disappointments later on. Consider the following scenarios: If you’re single and just starting out, it’s never too soon to start a savings plan. By just saving a small amount today, you can make a huge difference later on. What financial goals can you set today to help make your dreams a reality? If you’re the head of a new household, perhaps with a new baby, how do you protect your family’s standard of living in case anything happens to you or your spouse? If you died today, how would your family manage financially? If you have young children, it’s never too early to start saving for their college expenses. How can you start a college education fund so they won’t be burdened with student loans and can attend the college of their choice? If you’re thinking about retirement, consider what amount of your current income you can allocate into retirement savings vehicles, such as 401(k) plans, IRAs and other investments. With retirement possibly lasting 20 or 30 years, the more resources you have the more likely you’ll be able to enjoy it. Do you want to just get by or be financially comfortable so you can enjoy life with your family and friends? No matter where you are in life, a financial strategy is a necessity. With a proper strategy, you’ll always be in a better position to help achieve your financial goals, whether it’s buying a home, driving a new car or retiring. I am excited to become an Ambassador at our Brentwood Chamber. As a Brentwood resident since 2002 I am eager to serve and participate in seeing our community, families and businesses grow. 1

NICE Networking Lunch Thursday, September 22nd

Viewpoint on U.S. Savings Rate, PwC Financial Services Research Institute, 5/13/2010. This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by John Lawrence, LUTCF CA Insurance License #0E78351, New York Life Insurance Company. For additional information on the information or topic(s) discussed, please contact John Lawrence, Partner at 925-809-7051.

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June Mixer at

Thank you to East County Insurance Agency for hosting our mixer on June 16th at their Brentwood office and for providing a beautiful gift basket for the Members’ Business Card Drawing. Thank you to our raffle donors: The Monthly Grapevine, Sea Nymph Vineyards, Wineshop at Home, The Brentwood Press, Kimberly Victor of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Monogramming by Frichy, and Sutter Delta. Donations of raffle prizes are always appreciated. East County Insurance Agency is located at 6440 Brentwood Blvd. Their phone number is 925-240-1332 or 925-634-2252. Or visit them on the web at

Kerri Fritsch of Monogramming by Frichy presenting her ticket to Joe Trebino, Chamber President.

At left, Ken Seamann and Nick Gaunt probably discussing CornFest. At left, Chamber Ambassador Sarah Jamar and baby, with Directors Olga Vidriales and Dirk Zeiger.

Chamber membe r, Kathi Reed of Wineshop at Home checking in.

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July Mixer at Arbor Ridge Apartments July’s mixer was held on the 21st at Arbor Ridge Apartments in Brentwood. The Chamber thanks Cher Cha of Arbor Ridge for putting on a beautiful mixer at their apartment complex and for donating a gift for the Member’s Business Card Drawing. Thank you to the following for donating raffle prizes: The Brentwood Press, The Monthly Grapevine and Kimberly Victor of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Mr. Bill: volunteer/bartender

Arbor Ridge is located at 2400 Shady Willow Lane. Visit their website at Richard Wisdom and Anita Sparks

A beautiful spread of delicious food

Ambassadors helping at check-in: Patti Schneider and John Lawrence

Fred Ehler and Beth Zeigler

Kathy Mertens, Laura Page and Linda LoGrasso

Mixing and mingling

A happy Fred Ginsler!

Dirk Zeigler, Kathy Blanton and Bob Nicoles

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NEW MEMBERS A & B Creative Trophies Jackie Azevedo 19 West 6th Street Antioch, CA 94509 (925) 778-1244 Arbonne Sheri Dickson Brentwood, CA (925) 260-7832 Champlin Wireless Communications Leslie Champlin 2332 4th Street, Suite A Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 647-8274 Doneright Automotive Repair David Baxter 560 Valdry Court, Suite B7 Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 684-9870 Escape to Spa/Beauticontrol Maureen Bradley 2616 Torrey Pines Drive Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 634-8887 Express Employment Professionals Shellie Seyer 5356 Clayton Rd., Suite 102 Concord, CA 94521 (925) 676-6600

WELCOME TO THE BRENTWOOD CHAMBER! Golf By James Bud Kyle Discovery Bay, CA 94505 In Demand Plumbing Jeff Clinkenbeard Antioch, CA 94509 (925) 470-0142 Lamantia Insurance Services Sam Lamantia Brentwood, CA 94513 (510) 489-2481 Landmark Mortgage Group Linda LoGrasso 813 First Street Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 783-9872 Martin Family Chiropractic Dr. John Kearn 4550 Balfour Road, Suite D Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 308-7575 Meritage Limousine & Car Service Maria Ferreira Antioch, CA 94531 (925) 330-3960 Net-Pro by Tabucchi Engineering LLC Eric Tabucchi 51 Cunha Court Oakley, CA 94561 (925) 775-4446

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NEW MEMBERS Continued Relay for Life of Brentwood Ron Yarolimek Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 706-9900 Smeed CPA, Inc. Noja Uadiale 201 Sand Creek Road, Suite F Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 634-2344 Tamale Lovers Julie Bess 8610 Brentwood Blvd., Suite F Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 240-7100 The Lemonade Yard Kevin Wall Columbia, CA 95310 (209) 988-5660 Wire Tech Electrical, Inc. Greg Reppert 25375 Marsh Creek Road Brentwood, CA 94513 (925) 513-2421

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17th Annual" Fun Scramble�

Golf Tournament

Friday, September 16, 2011 Deer Ridge Golf Club 801 Foothill Drive Brentwood Event Details: Registration Begins at 7:30 am Driving Range Practice Shotgun Starts 9:00 am. (Scramble Format)

GOLD SPONSOR: $10000 Includes: Foursome, Banner Recognition, One Tee Sign, Set-up Company tent at hole of your choice. Reserved table and front of the line privileges at Lunch.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast, and Lunch will be served by the Golf Course.

Lunch: Raffle Prize & Awards Presentation Extra Luncheon $25.00

Tournament Games: Closest to the hole Long Drive and Putting Contest for Men and Women

Early Bird Special! $100.00 per player $400.00 per foursome, if paid by September 2, 2011. First 10 teams to get their money in to the Chamber office by September 2, 2011 will be entered in a special drawing.

Second Chance Special! $125.00 per player, $500.00 per foursome. All fees after September 9, 2011 $135.00 per player. Full payment must be received at the time of booking.

GOLF CART SPONSOR: $400.00 Includes: Set-up of Tent at hole, One Tee Sign.

HOLE SPONSOR: $100.00 Includes: One Tee Sign

Name of the Company: For Hole Sponsor _______________________________________ All sponsors must send their company’s artwork or Corporate logo in jpeg format, to If you sponsored last year we will not need your art work again.

Contact person:________________________ Phone Number:_________________________ Raffle Prizes: Raffle prizes, gift certificates or items for our gift bags are needed. Please let me know if you would like to donate an item. I will donate: __________________________ Cash Value of prize or certificate:_________ Need to pick-up:_____ Will bring to Chamber:_____ For more information contact Jilda at (925) 634-3344 or stop by the Chamber Office at 8440 Brentwood Blvd. Ste C. Brentwood

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Cut out the form below and sign up your team today! Team Players Player #1 ______________________________ Company:________________________________ Address:_________________________________ City:_______________ State:______ Zip:_______ Phone:_______________ Cell:____________ Email address:_________________________

Golf Glove size:______ M:__ W:__ L:__ R:__

********************************** Player #2 ____________________________ Company:_____________________________ Address:______________________________ City:____________ State:______ Zip:_______ Phone:_______________ Cell:____________ Email address:_________________________ Golf Glove size:______ M:__ W:__ L:__ R:__

********************************** Player #3 ___________________________ Company:____________________________ Address:______________________________ City:____________ State:______ Zip:_______ Phone:_____________ Cell:______________ Email address:_________________________ Golf Glove size:______ M:__ W:__ L:__ R:__ **************************************** Player #4 ___________________________ Company:_____________________________ Address:______________________________ City:____________ State:______ Zip:_______ Phone:_______________ Cell:____________ Email address:_________________________ Golf Glove size:______ M:__ W:__ L:__ R:__

Early Bird Special $100.00 per player if paid on or before September 2, 2011 at noon Registrations Fill out back side of this form for player information and send it to the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, along with your payment. 8440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite C Brentwood CA. 94513 Total Amount Due $_______________ Make Checks payable to the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce Name:____________________________ Type of Card:_________#______________________ Need this information in order to process card: Expiration Date:______________

Billing Zip Code____________

Signature: ____________________

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CORNFEST 2011 PHOTO GALLERY Photos taken by the Brentwood Press and Chamber staff

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Notes for Members... Chamber Lobby Display The Chamber lobby is a great place to display your business cards, flyers and brochures. This is a member benefit...only members may advertise their business here! We regularly remove items belonging to members who have not renewed. Promote your business by bringing in your current materials. The Chamber is widely visited by our members and people new to the Brentwood area.

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Join Us on Facebook! Click the Facebook picture to the left to be directed to our page. Also Look for our CornFest Page.

Also Join us on our Linked in page by clicking the link above.

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CalChamber Opposes Workers’ Comp Bill Costing Employers $210 Million

(August 25, 2011) A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that increases employers’ costs by broadening the definition of the types of injuries that qualify workers to receive temporary disability (TD) benefits for an extended timeframe has been placed on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file, pending review of the bill’s fiscal impact. AB 947 (Solorio; D-Anaheim) extends the time frame that injured workers may receive TD benefits from 104 weeks to 240 weeks, depending on a physician’s requirements. ―AB 947 adds huge new payroll costs for private and public employers in California while our 12 percent unemployment rate remains among the highest in the nation and government is struggling to protect public services,‖ said CalChamber Policy Advocate Thomas Vu. Last week the state Department of Finance announced its opposition to the bill based on the fiscal impact to the state. California businesses, schools, local governments and the state will pay an additional $210 million annually for workers' compensation TD benefits under AB 947, according to a recently released analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senate Appropriations published the analysis based on work by staff to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC). Increased costs of $210 million annually amounts to a 1.5 percent increase *to the $14 billion workers' compensation system, the legislative analysis said. Total paid state workers' compensation costs in 2009–10 were $503 million. Current law includes a number of exceptions under which injured workers may receive TD payments beyond 104 weeks, to a maximum of 240 weeks. The injuries cited in the statutes are very specific and include hepatitis B and C, amputations, severe burns, injuries to the eyes, lung disease and several more. AB 947, however, includes broad provisions—rather than specific types of injuries as under current law—thereby circumventing TD benefit statutes. As written, the bill allows for extending TD benefits to 240 weeks for an injury depending on the requirements of a physician. Although there certainly is a need for the physician to make some type of determination, the allowances for the types of injuries are open-ended. AB 947 is a broadly written bill that would unintentionally include cases where TD payments do not need to be extended to 240 weeks. As a consequence, workers’ compensation costs would increase for all employers, both public and private, at a time when the economic recovery is still frail. It is estimated that AB 947 will have a system wide cost of more than $200 million, of which $8.5 million would have a state impact for employees’ workers’ comp claims. AB 947 will be reviewed by Senate Appropriations at the committee’s next hearing and may be voted off the suspense file and sent to the full Senate for a vote. Contact your senators and members of the Senate Appropriations and urge them to oppose AB 947.

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In Our Community...

Brentwood in the News Brentwood was recently featured on ABC in a news segment entitled, ―Brentwood Prospers in a Tough Economy‖. In case you missed it, visit the City’s new Economic Development website at and click on the link on the home page to view the video.

MARSH CREEK CLEANUP Looking for a great volunteer opportunity in our community? Well your chance is right around the corner. Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed is holding its annual Marsh Creek Cleanup event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 17th. Last year over 500 volunteers came out to clean up Marsh Creek and picked up over 5.25 tons of trash over 14 miles of creek.

Got Glasses? Drop off your old prescription eyeglasses in the donation box at the Chamber office. Lions Club collects these to recycle and sort for distribution to people in need in developing countries. Lions 2nd Annual Walk for Diabetes Awareness September 24th, 2011 The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Creekside Park, on Claremont Dr. and follow Marsh Creek Trail to Veteran’s Park on Balfour Road., then circle back and finish at Creekside Park. Health screening and information will be available to the public free of charge near the finish line. For more information, contact Fred Ginsler at (925) 642-2825 or email

Visit their website at to view the different sites available to choose from. You may register online or just show up the day of the event. This is a great way to get the whole family involved in beautifying our community.

Shepherd’s Gate is holding its 27th Annual Gateway to Hope Banquet on September 22nd at the Casa Real Event Center in Pleasanton. For tickets or to sponsor a table, contact Jen Harp at Holiday Drive: From November 28th thru December 9th, Shepherd’s Gate will be collecting donations of food, toys and new clothes for needy families at its Brentwood and Livermore campuses.

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(925) 516-5400

Parks & Recreation

(924) 516-5444

Community Development

(925) 516-5405

Brentwood Library

(925) 516-5405

Police Non Emergency

(925) 634-6911

Fire Department

(925) 634-3400

Brentwood Aquatic Park

(925) 516-5430

Newspapers Brentwood Press

(925) 634-1441

Contra Costa Times

(925) 757-2525

Brentwood News

(925) 779-7120

Transportation Tri Delta Transit

(925) 754-4040

Hotels Hampton Inn

(925) 513-1289

Holiday Inn Express

(800) 345-8082

Medical Services Sutter Delta Medical Center

(925) 779-7200

John Muir Outpatient Center (925) 308-8100 Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center

SCORE Counselors, Counselors of Small Business Now at the Brentwood Chamber Office 1st and 3rd Monday’s: 1:30 and 2:30 pm----Call (925) 634-3344 for your appointment today.

(925) 813-6000

Theaters Delta Cinema

(925) 240-7370


(925) 809-0030

The Brentwood Clarion Brentwood Chamber of Commerce 8440 Brentwood Blvd., Suite C Phone: 925-634-3344 Fax: 925-634-3731 Email:

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