Attorneys

Hedding Street Office

Attorney Name

Assignment

James R. Williams

County Counsel

Areas of Direct Supervision:

  • Board of Supervisors​
  • Civil Grand Jury
  • County Executive
  • Legislation and County Executive's Office - Office of In​tergovernmental Relations
  • Management Auditor
  • Office of Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring
  • Redevelopment Dissolution​
Robert M. Coelho

Assistant County Counsel

  • CEO –  Learning Organization, Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance Supervision
  • Education Law (Labor & Employment)
  • Employee Services Agency (ESA) – Administration, Benefits, Human Resources, Labor Relations Supervision
  • ESA Executive Services
  • Equal Opportunity Division
  • Labor & Employment Team Supervision
  • Office of the County Hearing Officer Supervision
  • Surveillance-Technology Ordinance Use Policies Supervision

Board Committees:

  • Finance and Government Operations Committee (for ESA and EOD items)

Boards & Commissions:

  • Commission on Equal Access and Employment Opportunity

Boards & Commissions oversight:

  • County of Santa Clara Defined Contributions Plans Committee
  • Juvenile Justice Commission
Michaela L. Lewis

​Assistant County Counsel

  • CEO – Chief Privacy Officer; Information Security; Data Oversight, Management, & Evaluation
  • Child and Family Protection Team (juvenile dependency cases) Supervision
  • Data Sharing and Privacy Issues
  • Department of Child Support Services
  • Education Law Supervision
  • FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Supervision
  • HHS Ethics, Privacy, and Compliance Office
  • Human Services Supervision - Office of Supportive Housing and Social Services Agency (excluding Child & Family Protection and Adult & Elder Protection Team cases)

Board Committees:

  • Children, Seniors & Families Committee

Boards & Commissions Oversight:

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee
  • Senior Care Commission
  • Social Services Advisory Commission
  • Unhoused Taskforce
  • Youth Task Force
Tony LoPresti

Assistant County Counsel

  • CEO – Offices of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • CEO – Office of Sustainability Supervision (w/ Steve Mitra)
  • Civil and Code Enforcement Supervision
  • CPUC Proceedings
  • Environment and Land Use Team Supervision (Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation Department, Planning and Development Department, Roads and Airports Department, and Vector Control District)

Board Committees:

  • Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation Committee

​Boards & Commissions oversight:

  • Airport Land Use Commission
  • Airports Commission
  • Animal Advisory Commission
  • Assessment Appeals Board
  • Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study Policy Advisory Board
  • County Community Resources Group for Stanford University
  • Fish and Game Commission
  • Historical Heritage Commission
  • Integrated Pest Management Technical Advisory Group
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission
  • Roads Commission
  • San Martin Planning Advisory Committee
  • South County Joint Planning Advisory Committee
​Steve Mitra

Assistant County Counsel

  • Assessor’s Office Supervision
  • CEO – Asset & Economic Development; Countywide Contracting Management; Office of Budget and Analysis; Office of Public Affairs
  • CEO – Office of Sustainability Supervision (w/ Tony LoPresti)
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act Supervision (w/ Kavita Narayan)
  • General Contracting and Procurement Supervision
  • Finance and Government Operations Team Supervision (Clerk of the Board, Clerk-Recorder, Controller-Treasurer, Dept. of Tax and Collections, Facilities & Fleet, Fire Districts, Library, Procurement, Registrar of Voters)
  • Office of Veterans Services Supervision
  • Real Property and Public Works Team Supervision
  • Technology Services and Solutions Supervision
  • Whistleblower Program Supervision

Board Committees:

  • Finance & Government Operations Committee

Boards & Commissions:

  • Personnel Board (w/ Aaron Bloom)

Boards & Commissions oversight:

  • Board of Plumbing Examiners
  • Citizen's Advisory Commission on Elections
  • Code Enforcement Appeals Board
  • County Treasury Oversight Committee
  • Measure A (2008) Citizens' Oversight Committee
  • Measure A (2016 Housing Bond) Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee
  • Planning Commission
  • Sister County Commissions
  • Vehicle Accident Review Board
  • Veterans Commission of the County of Santa Clara
 ​​​
Kavita K. Narayan

Assistant County Counsel

  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act Supervision (w/ Steve Mitra)
  • County Executive’s Office – Division of Equity and Social Justice; Offices of Emergency Management; Mediation and Ombuds Services; and Reentry Services
  • Fairgrounds Management Corporation Supervision
  • Public Safety and Justice Team Supervision (County Communications, District Attorney’s Office, Medical Examiner-Coroner, Office of Emergency Management, Office of Reentry Services, Office of the Sherriff and Dept. of Correction, Pretrial Services, Probation Dept., Public Defender’s Office)

Board Committees:

  • Public Safety and Justice Committee

Boards & Commissions:

  • Anti-Terrorism Approval Authority
  • Hate Prevention and Inclusion Task Force
  • Re-Entry Network
  • Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council

Boards & Commissions oversight:

  • Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs
  • Asset Forfeiture Fund Oversight Comm.
  • Certification Appeals Board
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Community Corrections Partnership
  • Domestic Violence Council
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Human Trafficking Commission
  • Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative
  • SCC Cal-ID Remote Access Network Bd.
  • SCC Inmate Welfare Fund Committee
Douglas M. Press​

​Assistant County Counsel

  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation Supervision
  • Claims Administration Supervision
  • Health & Hospitals Team Supervision (Behavioral Health Services, Community Health, County Hospitals, Custody Health, Emergency Medical Services, Public Health, Valley Health Plan)
  • Jail Reform and Custody Operations Team Supervision
  • Writs and Appeals Supervision

Board Committees:

  • Federal Affairs Advocacy Task Force
  • Health and Hospital Committee

Boards & Commissions oversight:

  • Behavioral Health Board
  • Emergency Medical Care Committee
  • Health Advisory Committee
  • HIV Commission
  • Homeless Healthcare Advisory Board
  • Race and Health Disparities Community Board
  • Santa Clara County Health Care Reform Implementation Stakeholders' Working Group

Attorney Name

Assignment

Bryan K. Anderson
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
​James K. Ayden​
  • Education Law (labor and employment issues)
  • Employee Services Agency - Benefits, Hiring
  • Fairgrounds Management Corporation Labor and Employment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance

Boards & Commissions:

  • County of Santa Clara Defined Contributions Plans Committee
Hannah Begley
  • Social Justice and Impact Litigation Fellow
Jamila Benkato
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • Finance and Government Operations team projects 
  • Registrar of Voters (w/ Mary Hanna-Weir)
Mark F. Bernal
  • Assessor Litigation
  • Assessor’s Office (w/ Robert Nakamae)
  • County Hearing Officer
  • Independent Defense Counsel Office
  • Public Defender’s Office

Board & Commissions:

  • Code Enforcement Appeals Board
Aaron H. Bloom

​Lead Deputy​

  • Lead for Jail Reform and Custody Operations
  • Custody Health Services
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation

Board & Commissions:

  • Personnel Board (w/ Steve Mitra)
​Winifred Botha
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Xavier M. Brandwajn
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Valerie Brender
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • Labor and Employment
Christopher Capozzi
  • Bail Bonds Appeals
  • Cable Franchise / Water Franchise
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act
  • Department of Correction (w/ Karun Tilak)
  • Office of Veterans’ Services
  • Pitchess Petitions
  • Sheriff’s Office (w/ Karun Tilak)

Board & Commissions:

  • Board of Plumbing Examiners
  • Veterans Commission of the County of Santa Clara
​John A. Castro
  • County Hospital Facilities PSAs and PAs
  • County Sanitation District No. 2-3
  • Public Works
  • Roads Department

Boards & Commissions:

  • Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study Policy Advisory Board
  • Roads Commission
Michelle H. Chan
  • Office of Supportive Housing Real Property and Finance Issues 
  • Real Property
Gregory J. Charles
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Nancy J. Clark
  • County Communications
  • ESA – Human Resources
  • Labor & Employment
  • Learning and Employee Development
​Claire Cormier
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Samuel J. Cretcher
  • Labor & Employment 
  • Surveillance-Technology Ordinance Use Policies
Nick DeFiesta
  • Environment and Land Use team projects
  • Finance and Government Operations team projects
Wesley Dodd​
  • County Hospitals (w/ Theresa Fuentes, David McDonough, and Jennifer Sprinkles)
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health and Hospital IT Contracts
  • Health and Hospital Physician Contracts
  • Healthlink Implementation / Data Migration for OCH/SLRH
  • Medical Staff (w/ Theresa Fuentes)
  • Valley Health Plan (w/ David McDonough and Jenny Sprinkles)

Boards & Commissions:

  • Emergency Medical Care Committee
H. Luke Edwards​​
  • Adult Protection Services General Advice (w/ Michaela Lewis)
  • Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator General Advice (w/ Michaela Lewis)
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation
  • Social Services Agency Department of Employment & Benefits Services, In Home Supportive Services, and Senior Nutrition Programs General Advice
Robert D. Fannion
  • Clerk-Recorder 
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act
  • Department of Tax and Collections General Advice
  • Finance and Government Operations projects
Aaron Forbath
  • Environment and Land Use team projects
  • Finance and Government Operations team projects
  • Real Property
Theresa J. Fuentes

Lead​ Deputy

  • Lead for Health & Hospitals Team
  • County Hospitals (w/ Wes Dodd, David McDonough, and Jennifer Sprinkles)
  • Medical Staff (w/ Wes Dodd)

Boards & Commissions:

  • Santa Clara County Health Care Reform Implementation Stakeholders' Working Group
Juliana Goldrosen
  • Finance and Government Operations
  • Technology, Data Security, and Privacy
​Andrew Gottlieb
  • Intellectual Property (w/ Robert Nakamae)
  • Technology, Data Security & Privacy
  • Technology Services & Solutions (w/ Robert Nakamae)
​Susan P. Greenberg​
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation
  • Writs and Appeals
Mary Hanna-Weir
  • Annual Reporting on Non-Cooperation with Identity-Based Registries and Internment Activities
  • Clerk of the Board (w/ Elizabeth Pianca)
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Gender- Based Violence Prevention
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of LGBTQ Affairs
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Women’s Policy
  • Education Law
  • Registrar of Voters

Boards & Commissions:

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Domestic Violence Council
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Human Trafficking Commission
  • Sister County Commissions (Florence, Hsinchu, Moscow)
  • Task Force on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Glenn Hanzlick
  • Technology, Data Security, and Privacy
​Kim H. Hara

Lead Deputy​​

  • Lead for Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
  • Assessor’s Office Oversight
Aryn P. Harris
  • Civil Grand Jury
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
  • Jail Reform and Custody Operations
​Lisa M. Harrison​

​Lead Deputy​

  • Lead for Technology, Data Security & Privacy Team
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act
  • County Executive’s Office – Information Security Office
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Countywide Contracting Management (OCCM)
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Sustainability
  • County Executive’s Office – Privacy Office
  • Facilities and Fleet Energy Projects
Shana Heller
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of ReEntry Services
  • Education Law
  • Public Safety and Justice Team
Meredith A. Johnson

​Lead Deputy​

  • Lead for Social Justice and Impact Litigation
  • Department of Family and Children’s Services Advice (w/ Nandini Iyer and Laura Underwood)
  • Social Services Agency – General Advice, Office of Research and Evaluation (w/ Michaela Lewis)
Melissa R. Kiniyalocts

​Lead Deputy​

  • Lead for Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation 
  • Claims
  • Library Joint Powers Authority
  • Medical Examiner/Coroner

Boards & Commissions:

  • Vehicle Accident Review Board
Grace Kouba
  • District Attorney's Office (including Crime Lab)
  • Writs and Appeals

Boards & Commissions:

  • Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs
  • Asset Forfeiture Fund Oversight Committee
  • Certification Appeals Board
Jenny S. Lam
  • County Executive’s Office - Office of Emergency Management (back-up to Kavita Narayan)
  • Education Law
  • Public Health Department (w/ Jessica Mar)
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation

Boards & Commissions:

  • HIV Commission
Michael J. Leon Guerrero​
  • Labor & Employment
​Tara C. Lundstrom
  • Pretrial Services
  • Public Safety Legislation
  • Technology, Data Security & Privacy
Lauren Lystrup
  • Education Law
  • Labor & Employment
Mary L. Malysz
 
  • ​Labor & Employment
Jessica E. Mar
  • Health & Hospitals Privacy and Compliance (w/ David McDonough)
  • Public Health Department (w/ Jenny Lam)
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation
José L. Martinez
  • Civil Rights, Torts, and Employment Litigation
David McDonough
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act
  • County Hospitals (w/ Theresa Fuentes, Wes Dodd, and Jenny Sprinkles)
  • Health & Hospitals Privacy and Compliance (w/ Jessica Mar)
  • SCVH Pharmacy Department
  • Valley Health Plan (w/ Wes Dodd and Jenny Sprinkles)
Elizabeth G. Morgan
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Robert A. Nakamae
  • Assessor Litigation
  • Assessor’s Office (w/ Mark Bernal)
  • Intellectual Property (w/ Andy Gottlieb)
  • Procurement Department (w/ Sara Ponzio)
  • Technology Services and Solutions (w/ Andy Gottlieb)
Rajiv Narayan
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation Fellow
Rachel Neil
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation
Willie Nguyen
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • Environment and Land Use projects
  • Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency (Agriculture & Environmental Management and Department of Environmental Health)
  • Vector Control District

Boards & Commissions:

  • Animal Advisory Commission
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission
​Lesley Pak
  • County Executive’s Office General Contracts
  • Finance Agency: Administration and Controller/Treasurer
  • Santa Clara County Financing Authority
  • Santa Clara County Tobacco Securitization Corporation
  • Silicon Valley Tobacco Securitization Authority

Boards & Commissions:

  • Assessment Appeals Board (w/ Jerett Yan)
  • 2008 Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee
  • County Treasury Oversight Committee
Elizabeth G. Pianca

Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Environment & Land Use Team
  • Lead for Finance & Government Operations Team
  • Assessment Appeals Board oversight
  • Clerk of the Board (w/ Mary Hanna-Weir)
  • Conflicts & Political Reform Act
  • County Executive's Office - Office of Mediation and Ombuds Services
  • CPRA Disclosure Questions
  • Fire Marshal
  • Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Planning and Development Department (w/ Lizanne Reynolds)

Boards & Commissions:

  • County of Santa Clara Community Resources Group for Stanford University
  • Fish and Game Commission
  • Historical Heritage Commission
  • San Martin Planning Advisory Commission
  • South County Joint Planning Advisory Committee

Jeremy Pilaar

  • Finance and Government Operations projects
  • Health System Finance

Boards & Commissions:

  • Citizens' Advisory Commission on Elections
Sara J. Ponzio
  • Blood Test Petitions
  • Collections (DTAC, ESA, SSA, and County Hospitals)
  • County Hospitals Subrogation
  • Procurement Department (w/ Robert Nakamae)
​Marcelo Quiñones

Lead ​Deputy​

  • Lead for Education Law Team
  • Lead for Public Safety and Justice Team
  • Census 2020
  • Probation Department (w/ Mona Williams)
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation

Boards & Commissions:

  • Community Corrections Partnership
  • Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative
  • Youth Task Force
Ravi Rajendra​
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Cultural Competency
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Immigrant Relations
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation

Boards & Commissions:

  • Juvenile Justice Commission
​Lizanne Reynolds​​
  • Environment and Land Use projects
  • Finance and Government Operations projects
  • Planning and Development Department (w/ Elizabeth Pianca)

Boards & Commissions:

  • Airport Land Use Commission
Michael L. Rossi

​Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Civil and Code Enforcement Team
Karl A. Sandoval

Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Equal Opportunity and Employment Investigations
Stephen H. Schmid
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Michael C. Serverian
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Lauren Shepard

 

  • Social Justice and Impact Litigation Fellow
Masa Shiohira​

Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Labor and Employment Team
  • ESA – Labor Relations
  • Fire Districts (labor and employment)
Kanwalroop Kaur Singh
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
  • Public Safety and Justice Team
Jennifer S. Sprinkles
  • Behavioral Health Services Department (w/ Megan Wheelehan)
  • CEO – Employee Wellness Program
  • Community Health Services
  • County Hospitals (w/ Theresa Fuentes, Wes Dodd, and David McDonough)
  • Health & Hospitals Ethics
  • SCVMC Institutional Review Board
  • Valley Health Plan (w/ Wes Dodd and David McDonough)
  • Valley Homeless Healthcare Program

Boards & Commissions:

  • Health Advisory Commission
  • Homeless Healthcare Advisory Board
Relic Sun
  • Equal Opportunity  Division
  • Labor and Employment
Karun Tilak​
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • Department of Correction (w/ Chris Capozzi)
  • Sheriff’s Office (w/ Chris Capozzi)
  • Social Justice and Impact Litigation

Boards & Commissions:

  • Santa Clara County Cal-ID Remote Access Network Board
  • Santa Clara County Inmate Welfare Fund Committee
Laura Trice
  • Appeals
  • County Counsel's Office Contracts
  • Office of Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring
  • Social Justice and Impact Litigation

Boards & Commissions:

  • Community Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring Committee
Elizabeth Vissers
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • County Executive's Office - Integrated Pest Management
  • CPUC Proceedings and Public Safety Power Shutoffs
  • Environmental and Land Use team projects
  • Parks and Recreation Department
  • Planning and Development Department projects

Boards & Commissions:

  • Integrated Pest Management Technical Advisory Group
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
Aaron Voit
  • Health and Hospitals team projects
  • Human Services team projects
  • Office of Supportive Housing
​Robin M. Wall
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Jennifer Wang
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
Megan Wheelehan
  • Acute Psychiatric Services Division (EPS/BAP)
  • Behavioral Health Services Department (w/ Jenny Sprinkles)

Boards & Commissions:

  • Behavioral Health Board
Mona M. Williams
  • Education Law
  • Probation Department (w/ Marcelo Quinones)
​Karen M. Willis
  • County Executive’s Office – Office of Asset and Economic Development
  • Facilities and Fleet Department Real Property
Sonia Wills
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • Environmental and Land Use projects
Stefanie Wilson
  • Civil and Code Enforcement
  • Social Justice & Impact Litigation
Jerett Yan
  • Environment and Land Use projects
  • Finance and Government Operations projects
  • Santa Clara County Digital Equity Consortium

Boards & Commissions:

  • Assessment Appeals Board (w/ Lesley Pak)
Randy Zack
  • Civil and Code Enforcement

Julian Street Office

Attorney Name

Assignment

Gita C. Suraj

​​Assistant County Counsel​

  • Adult and Elder Protection Team Supervision (Social Services Agency Public Administrator/Guardian/ Conservator cases)
  • County Counsel Office Fiscal and IT Operations
  • Industrial Disability Retirement Appeal Supervision
  • Workers’ Compensation Team Supervision

Attorney Name

Assignment

​Kristin W. Baker​
  • Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
​G. Allen Brandt
  • Representation of Public Administrator / Guardian / Conservator in Probate, Conservatorship, and Related Proceedings
Howard G. Frank​
  • Representation of Public Administrator / Guardian / Conservator in Probate, Conservatorship, and Related Proceedings
Henry K. Gaus

Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Workers' Compensation Team 
  • Workers' Compensation Claims Department General Advice
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Industrial Disability Retirement Appeals
Mark A. Gonzalez​

​Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Adult and Elder Protection Team
  • 8102 Petitions (Sheriff/DOC)
  • Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST)
  • Representation of Public Administrator / Guardian / Conservator in Probate, Conservatorship, and Related Proceedings
Kevin M. Hammon
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Brian R. Holdaway
  • ​Workers’ Compensation Claims and Subrogation
Nandini K. Iyer​
  • Department of Family and Children’s Services Advice (w/ Meredith Johnson and Laura Underwood)
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Hilary T. Kerrigan

​Lead Deputy

  • Lead for Child and Family Protection Team
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Erin Emily Pritchard Liem​
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Bhavit Madhvani​
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Jessica E. Pentland​​
  • Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST)
  • Representation of Public Administrator / Guardian / Conservator in Probate, Conservatorship, and Related Proceedings
​​Matthew E. Stanek​
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
Laura M. Stornetta
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims
Braeden L. Sullivan
  • Jail Reform and Custody Operations
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
​Jennifer A. Tsou
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
​Laura E. Underwood
  • Department of Family and Children’s Services Advice (w/ Meredith Johnson and Nandini Iyer)
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Avril D. Vazquez
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
Kimberly B. Warsaw
  • Representation of Department of Family and Children’s Services in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings
John L. Winchester, III
  • Independent Defense Counsel Office

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