Construction & real estate

Cash Caches, Real Estate, Organics and Cow Dung

Oct, 2017 Issue

Community banks are something of an endangered species while the mega depositories grow larger, busting the rules along the way.

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Affordable Housing is Crucial to a Thriving Community

Columnist: Joanne Webster
Oct, 2017 Issue

The legislation written by assembly member Marc Levine, AB 121, will extend the designation of Marin County as suburban rather than metropolitan for affordable housing zoning purposes until 2028. As a suburban-designated community, Marin will only be required to meet a housing density requirement of 20 units per acre rather than 30 units per acre.

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In Search of the American Dream

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Sep, 2017 Issue

Buying a house for the first time is a significant milestone for a young couple. It shows the desire to put down roots and become part of a community, and a home of their own gives them a meaningful place to make memories.

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North Bay Construction: What's Driving Costs?

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Sep, 2017 Issue

If construction is the indicator of the economic health of a place, then the North Bay is booming. Just about everything is going up—value, cost, demand as well as effort to contain the impact of that demand. Business, if possible, is almost too good for people in the construction industry. There is such demand and so much work, that those in the industry are doing exceptionally well, but, some, because of the rising costs, are losing out.

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Letitia Hanke

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Sep, 2017 Issue

Letitia Hanke is the chief executive officer and president of ARS Roofing, Solar and Electric in Santa Rosa. She grew up in Lake County and attended Sonoma State University from 1993 to 1997 with an emphasis on recording and performing arts in the music department. “I still enjoy getting away in my home studio,” she says.  With a great love for Sonoma County, Hanke and her 14-year-old son, Emil, live in Windsor where she plans to stay.

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The Risky Business of Land and Housing Development

Columnist: M.L. Tux Tuxhorn
Sep, 2017 Issue

Over the past 40 years, I’ve been involved in the production of housing in Sonoma County. In the early years of my career, buying land, hiring planners, raising capital (cash), studying the market, hiring architects and engineers, getting bank financing, bidding the project to the subcontractors, building the streets and homes, selling the homes and eventually meeting the new home owners was incredibly rewarding.

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Street Talk

Columnist: Christina Julian
Sep, 2017 Issue

 Despite all the money that lingers in these hills, how is it that our sidewalks border on unwalkable and in certain places flat out missing?

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Real Estate & Death)

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2017 Issue

GGT will also raise its fare schedule beginning this month for both bus and ferry service. The district is facing a $51 million deficit over the next five years thanks to seismic work on the bridge, anticipated drops in revenues and increased wage and pension contributions,  

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2017 BEST Commercial Real Estate Company: W Commerical Real Estate

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

In only 10 years, Randy Waller and Tony Shira have grown their real estate company from one office and 10 agents into five offices, 100 agents and 18 employees. Most of that growth happened in the last two-and-a-half years. The owners of W Real Estate and W Commercial Real Estate (the “W” is for Waller) are “local boys, born and raised,” says Dennis Park, general manager of the Sonoma County-based company.

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2017 BEST Contractor/Builder: Ghilotti Construction Company

Author: Sarah Stierch
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Ghilotti Construction Company continues to impact the daily lives of residents from throughout the North Bay through their work, which includes repairing Highway 37. That impact has not gone unnoticed, and this marks their sixth year being voted Best Contractor/Builder.

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2017 BEST Real Estate Company: Bradley Real Estate

Author: Elaine B. Holtz
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Melissa Bradley, founder of Bradley Real Estate, attributes her success to the influence of her grandmother, Sue Bradley, who sold real estate and introduced her to the business. At a young age, Melissa worked side-by-side with her grandmother, helping stuff envelopes. As she grew older, she took on more responsibilities and learned the ins-and-outs of the business. By age 22, she earned her real estate license and worked as a sales person and manager. Four years later, she started her own business in her garage in San Anselmo.

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2017 BEST Company to Do Business with in Marin County: Bradley Real Estate

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

As a teenager, Melissa Bradley, helped her paternal grandmother, Sue Bradley, who was in the real estate business. “She called me her little entrepreneur,” Bradley recalls. With a natural instinct for the business, Bradley eventually forged her own path. It’s now been 20 years since Melissa Bradley founded her real estate company, working out of a small home office in San Anselmo. From those humble beginnings—and because Melissa preferred to be her own boss—Bradley Real Estate has emerged as the North Bay’s largest independently-owned local real estate brokerage. This year, NorthBay biz readers selected Bradley Real Estate as the Best Company to Do Business With in Marin. The company picked up the same award in 2015.

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Homes of Future Past

Author: Judith Wilson
Apr, 2017 Issue

The movement to tear down and replace mid-century modern homes is often controversial, but Marin County preserves Eichler homes. The demand for new homes was on an upswing after World War II. The post-war Baby Boom was underway, and subdivisions with cookie-cutter tract houses were the trend, as developers raced to meet a growing need. But Joseph Eichler had a different idea. He’d lived in a house in Hillsborough designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and he envisioned building affordable, modern homes that made the most of opportunities for indoor-outdoor living.

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Sitting Pretty

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Apr, 2017 Issue

Architects, designers, contractors, and all those involved in the construction trades are breathing a sigh of relief in seeing an upturn in remodeling projects. Homeowners too, who either do not want to or cannot move in our tight housing market, are elated to finally have money in equity again and feel confident enough in our economy to spruce up their homes, complete necessary repairs, and generally make their home work for them.

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The State of Section 8

Author: William Rohrs
Apr, 2017 Issue

The biggest difference, though, isn’t just climate. Marshall is now living in Pennsylvania. She moved away from the North Bay—her home since childhood—because her mother can’t afford to live there anymore. Marshall’s mother is unable to stand for hours at a time due to a physical disability, so they have been assisted by a Section 8 voucher, a program of the National Department of Housing and Urban Development that assists with rent payments because the family falls at or below 30 percent of the county’s average income.  

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Napa Takes The Next Step

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Apr, 2017 Issue

Responding to a severe lack of affordable housing in Napa County, several developers are moving forward to help build living spaces for those who need it most. The Valley View senior housing project at 31 Theresa Avenue in American Canyon, expected to start construction this month, will set aside 22 of its 70 units for veterans and homeless veterans 55 years of age and older. The rental subsidy for homeless veterans is being provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program.

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Lets Build Affordable Housing Now

Author: Shirlee Zane
Apr, 2017 Issue

Given the scarcity of housing and the pressure it places on prices, the real question is: What is the strongest solution to ensure housing opportunity for all? If you follow the daily news, then you know I’ve said many times that Sonoma County is in the midst of a housing crisis. The lack of housing is impacting almost everyone in our community at most income levels. From students to seniors, the need for affordable housing is demonstrated by high rents, a vacancy rate of less than 1 percent, and sharp increases in rents and home sales prices.

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We Can Do Better

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
Apr, 2017 Issue

In a market like this, with extremely high rents coupled with low incomes, it becomes impossible for the vast majority of buyers to save enough money to qualify for a down payment on a home. Welcome to the April Housing and Real Estate issue of NorthBay biz magazine. In addition to all the stories, this month, there’s a special report on healthy living. I invite you to enjoy all the special features and columns in the regions only locally-owned, formerly glossy business publication.

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Guest Column A Look at the North Bay Real Estate Market

Author: Bill Facendini
Apr, 2017 Issue

The North Bay residential real estate market is decelerating and showing signs of fatigue after five consecutive years of growth. That was the main takeaway by three of our associates from Terra Firma Global Partners when they studied sales statistics and trends from the first three quarters of 2016 and compared them with the first three quarters of 2015.

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What Could Go Wrong

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2017 Issue

Let’s start with a true story about one small California town’s attempt to provide a free weekly meal for needy persons in its community.  Although this was a private non-governmental program, it has lessons for governmental efforts “to help.” The plan was simple: provide a free Wednesday night meal for up to 200 needy persons, using donated food and labor.

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Middle Ground

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Feb, 2017 Issue

In the ever-evolving world of business, middle skills are earning new respect. Once known as blue-collar jobs, hands-on positions today often require a high degree of technical expertise, and workers with that kind of knowledge, plus training relevant to the workplace, can find satisfying careers with good wages and benefits. Employees are in demand and play an essential role in the local economy, but qualified workers aren’t easy to find.

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Encouraging Economic Development

Author: Judith M. Wilson
NB Persepective, Jan, 2017

Business growth is esential for a strong economy, and local resources to make it possible are one other North Bays biggest secrets to success.  

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There Goes the Neighborhood

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2016 Issue

Times are changing, just ask Dick Blakeley. In 1961, his dad started a little construction business in the hills on the northern end of Calistoga on Franz Valley School Road. From this remote, forested location, the family has run the business, serving northern Napa clientele—new wineries, private homes and, occasionally, the county of Napa, without incident—until the neighborhood started to change.

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So Happy Together

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Dec, 2016 Issue

Multigenerational living arrangements are on the rise. Sasha Oaks lives upstairs in the vintage Victorian home in Petaluma that her parents bought in 1971, the year she was born. Her 70-year-old father and 68-year-old mother still live there, too. Sasha’s 23-year-old son rents a room on the top floor and shares a bathroom with her, while her son’s great-grandmother, 88, occupies a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.

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Petalumas Next Phase

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Dec, 2016 Issue

Petaluma has come a long way since its early days as the egg capital of the world. For well over a decade, the city and residents have been proactively working to revitalize the downtown area while preserving as much of its historic charm as possible. Exciting developments continue to be in the works in and around downtown Petaluma – projects that will not only continue to revitalize the city aesthetically, but also meet the needs of businesses, tourists, residents and the general public.

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It's All About the Real Estate, Baby

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2016 Issue

Real estate here is about as far from normal as one should venture without adult supervision, smelling salts and a bank you think you can knock over.

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Landesign Construction & Maintenance, Inc.

Oct, 2016 Issue

“Thank you, NorthBay biz. You’ve lead the way for helping us grow and market our business. ”

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Building is Back

Author: Cerissa Kim and Petter Westby
Sep, 2016 Issue

North Bay construction is on the rise after several slump years.      

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The Key to Home

Author: William Rohrs
Sep, 2016 Issue

Realtors in the North Bay agree its a good time to buy a house—if you can afford it.

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Conflicted

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
Sep, 2016 Issue

 A potential solution to unleash the power of the market might be in the offing, and I’m forced to hold my nose because of the stench of how this scheme/solution was hatched.

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September 2016 Build

Sep, 2016 Issue

Building advacements in the North Bay.

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Captain Obvious Researches Homelessness

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2016 Issue

Homelessness was much less obvious in Sonoma and Healdsburg, our county’s most high-profile tourist destinations. I wondered why.

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Era of Change

Author: Karen Hart
Jun, 2016 Issue

What's happening in local real estate during a time of historically low inventory.

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2016 BEST Real Estate Company: Bradley Real Estate

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Bradley Real Estate has been voted Best Real Estate Company in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Contractor/Builder: Ghilotti Construction Company

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Ghilotti Construction Company has been voted Best Contractor/Builder in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Commercial Real Estate Company: Keegan & Coppin Co., Inc.

Author: Elaine B. Holtz
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Keegan & Coppin has been voted Best Commercial Real Estate Firm in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Green Business: Clear Blue Commercial

Author: William Rohrs
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Clear Blue Commercial has been voted Best Green Company in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Redefining Women's Work

Author: Judith M. Wilson
May, 2016 Issue

Misperceptions about a woman’s role in the business world still exist, but talented female executives are proving their worth and leading the way for others.                          

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No Vacancy

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenburg
Apr, 2016 Issue

A housing shortage, rising rents and inflated home prices are tough on working families.

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Building Community

Author: Juliet Porton
Apr, 2016 Issue

With low- and middle-income residents shut out of home ownership in much of the North Bay, self help housing development is one way to open more doors.

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A Perfect Place to Live if You’re a Salamander

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
NB Persepective, Mar, 2016

It’s estimated that between 750,000 to 1 million units of new housing stock are required just to keep up with the state’s population growth over the past decade.   This isn’t a revelation to North Bay residents, but California has a severe housing crisis that’s only getting worse. While politicians stumble all over themselves and dither in agreement with that statement, their solutions are often just clever gimmicks that don’t address the root cause of the problem: demand vastly outnumbers supply.   

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Perspective 2016: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2015 Issue

The housing market continues to recover, but limited supply is slowing the pace and strict regulations are bringing some development sectors to a standstill.  

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Perspective 2016: Marin County

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Dec, 2015 Issue

Development tends to be controversial in Marin County, where limited space and competing concerns make it difficult to find a balance that will satisfy everyone.

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Water Worries

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Dec, 2015 Issue

Hopes are high for significant rainfall this winter, but counting on El Niño to remedy four years of drought is taking a risk.

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Perspective 2016: Napa County

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2015 Issue

The county comes together in rebuilding, disaster relief, ongoing success and progress.

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The Title I Wrote Was Too Long

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2015 Issue

Commercial real estate goes nuts, Marin Econ Forum gets a new chief and Mount Tam Bio goes public.

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Making a Comeback

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2015 Issue

What’s happening in real estate development throughout the North Bay in the aftermath of the housing bubble

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Sold!

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Jul, 2015 Issue

Vineyard and winery sales are on the upswing.

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Guest Column: Affordable Housing Is Good for Business

Author: Shirlee Zane
Jul, 2015 Issue

The housing crisis has business-related repercussions.

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Six Billion Hours and Counting

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
Jun, 2015 Issue

The original tax code contained only 11,400 words; today, it has more than 7 million.

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Is It Time to Drop the Gauntlet on Development?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jun, 2015 Issue

Christina hopes winery development gets under control sooner than later.

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2015 BEST Chamber of Commerce: Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has been voted Best Chamber of Commerce in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Commercial Real Estate Company: Keegan & Coppin Co., Inc.

Author: John Abbott
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Keegan & Coppin has been voted Best Commercial Real Estate Firm in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Contractor/Builder: Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

Author: Tori Goldman
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Ghilotti Bros., Inc. has been voted Best Contractor/Builder in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Real Estate Company: Coldwell Banker

Author: Tim Carl
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Coldwell Banker has been voted Best Real Estate Company in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Company to Do Business with in Marin County: Bradley Real Estate

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Bradley Real Estate has been voted Best Company to do Business with in Marin County in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Stop Talking and Start Doing

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
May, 2015 Issue

How is it that our roads are in such bad shape given that California already has the highest gas taxes in the nation?

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Priced Out of Paradise

Author: Bonnie Durrance
May, 2015 Issue

How skyrocketing housing costs are changing North Bay communities.

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Sonoma County's Gordian Knot

Columnist: Mike Martini
May, 2015 Issue

It’s time to truly address Sonoma County’s housing needs.

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Brown Is the New Green

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
May, 2015 Issue

Water-wise landscaping in the North Bay

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Worst Roommate Ever

May, 2015 Issue

Haunting housing situations remind us of how far we’ve come.    

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The New Napa Valley: Country or Cosmo?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Apr, 2015 Issue

Christina hopes that as Napa Valley’s population grows, its small town feel will remain solid.

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Modern Moves

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Mar, 2015 Issue

The evolution of the North Bay real estate and construction industries

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Shelter from the Storm

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Jan, 2015 Issue

North Bay organizations are striving to help the homeless population.

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Perspective 2015: Napa County

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2014 Issue

A year of challenge and accomplishment

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Perspective 2015: Marin County

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Dec, 2014 Issue

Fertile ground for great ideas

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Shake It Off

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2014 Issue

Napa earthquake shakeup shows city and county strength.

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Perspective 2015: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2014 Issue

NorthBay biz shines a spotlight on the economy and culture of Sonoma County.

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Small-Town Celebrations

Author: Karen Hart
Nov, 2014 Issue

How North Bay merchants ring in the holidays and spread good cheer to keep local economies thriving.

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