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Governor Announces Several More Appointments

Over the past two weeks, Governor Jerry Brown announced several more appointments.

Brown was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Ted Benito, 48, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Benito has been executive director at the Apl.de.ap Foundation International since 2012 and has been a senior paralegal at Nantworks Inc. since 2007. He has been founder and principal partner at Pastiche Alchemy Entertainment since 2003. Benito was a paralegal at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLC from 1991 to 2006. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Benito is a Democrat.

Jan Garrett, 51, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission, where she has served since 2008. Garrett has been program manager at the Pacific ADA Center in Oakland since 2010. She was executive director at the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley and the Center’s representative on the Ed Roberts Campus Board of Directors from 1999 to 2009. Garrett was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund from 1995 to 1998 and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1992 to 1995. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Garrett is a Democrat.

Kimberly Quinones, 53, of Pacific Palisades, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Quinones was a managing director and head of the western region of public finance at Ramirez and Co. Inc. from 2006 to 2012. She was a public finance director at Citigroup from 2000 to 2005 and vice president and manager of the New York Region at Raymond James and Associates from 1997 to 2000. Quinones was director of economic development at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning in the New York City Mayor’s Office from 1996 to 1997 and vice president of public finance at Citicorp Securities Inc. from 1992 to 1996. She was vice president of public finance at Bear Stearns from 1990 to 1991. Quinones is a member of the California Women Lead Executive Committee and the Women in Public Finance, Los Angeles Board of Directors. She is a member of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, where she served as president from 2000 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Quinones is a Republican.

Clara Chiu, 50, of Alhambra, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Chiu has been an executive assistant to the president and executive director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles since 2012. She was a development director at the Asian Pacific Community Fund from 2009 to 2012. Chiu was an Advancing Justice Conference coordinator at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in 2009 and a senior community benefit specialist at Kaiser Permanente from 2008 to 2009. She was a senior director of operations and programming at the Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Los Angeles from 2002 to 2008 and an account executive at Coach Inc. from 1998 to 2001. Chiu is a member of the Great Leap Inc. Board of Directors and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Los Angeles Lodge Board of Associates. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Chiu is a Democrat.

Yvette Radford, 52, of Oakland, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Radford has held multiple positions at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals since 1995, including vice president of external and community affairs and public affairs director. She was a legislative aide for California State Assemblymember Tom Bates from 1983 to 1995. Radford is a member of the Alliant Credit Union Advisory Board, the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora Board of Directors and National Medical Fellowships Inc. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Radford is a Democrat.

Kathy McKim, 51, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. McKim has held multiple positions at AT&T California since 1986, including vice president of external affairs, assistant vice president of operations for external affairs and assistant vice president of sales operations. McKim is chair of City Year Sacramento, Teach for America, Sacramento and College Track, Sacramento. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. McKim is a Republican.

Andrea Zussman, 49, of Burlingame, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Commission. Zussman has held multiple positions at the San Francisco Foundation since 2007, including disaster preparedness officer and disaster preparedness project coordinator. She was manager of emergency preparedness education at the American Red Cross, Bay Area from 2000 to 2007 and held multiple positions at Catholic Relief Services from 1991 to 1999, including justice and peacebuilding advisor, strategic issues advisor and deputy emergency coordinator. Zussman held multiple positions at the Society for International Development from 1986 to 1989, including executive director and administrative assistant. She earned a Master of International Affairs degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Zussman is a Democrat.

Raymond Mallel, 76, of Agoura Hills, has been reappointed to the Board of Registered Nursing, where he is president and has served since 2012. Mallel has been a private investor since 2001. He was director of marketing and operations at Long Beach Mortgage Company and Ameriquest Bank from 1991 to 2001 and vice president of Loubella Extendables Inc. from 1971 to 1991. Mallel served as vice president of the State Bar of California Board of Governors from 1983 to 1986 and was chair of the State Bar of California Client Security Fund from 1986 to 1990. He served on the Medical Board of California from 1982 to 1994, where he held multiple positions including president and vice president. Mallel is a co-founder and member of the International Executive Board for the Sephardic Educational Center in Jerusalem, Israel. He serves as president of the Raymond Mallel Foundation. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Mallel is a Democrat.

Elizabeth Woods, 71 of Sonoma, has been appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Woods has been a nurse practitioner at the Jewish Community Free Clinic since 2005. She was a registered nurse labor representative at the California Nurses Association from 1994 to 2007, an adjunct clinical professor at Sonoma State University from 1984 to 1995 and a nurse practitioner and sexual assault examiner at the Sonoma County Community Hospital from 1982 to 1988. She was a family nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa from 1976 to 1994 and a registered nurse in the Hillcrest Hospital Intensive Care Unit from 1966 to 1976. Woods earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from Sonoma State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Woods is a Democrat.

Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz, 54, of Bakersfield, has been appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Ceja-Butkiewicz has served in multiple positions at the Kern County Department of Public Health since 1999, including project specialist for the Refugee Health Assessment Program and for the Kern Access to Children’s Health Program. She held multiple positions at the Kern County Economic Opportunity Corporation from 1995 to 1998, including immunization coordinator, health educator and Medi-Cal outreach coordinator. She was legal secretary at Chain Younger Stiles and Cohn from 1988 to 1995 and legal secretary for Daniel Rodriguez, Esq from 1986 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Ceja-Butkiewicz is a Democrat.

John Carvelli, 51, of Newport Beach, has been reappointed to the California State Athletic Commission, where he has served since 2013. Carvelli has been executive vice president of the LIBERTY Dental Plan companies since 2004. He was president of Medimanager Inc. from 1999 to 2003 and a health care consultant at Empire Pacific LLC from 1996 to 2004. He is a member of the Team 100 Food for Kids Board of Directors and the Parents Television Council Advisory Board. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Carvelli is a Republican.

Robert Alvarado, 61, of Pinole, has been appointed to the California Transportation Commission, where he has served since 2006. Alvarado has been executive officer at the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council since 2001. He is co-chair of the Carpenter Funds Administrative Office Corporate Board and a member of the Drexel University Board of Advisors. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Alvarado is a Democrat.

Frances Inman, 67, of Santa Ana, has been reappointed to the California Transportation Commission, where she has served since 2011. Inman has been founding president of the Majestic Realty Foundation since 2002 and senior vice president at Majestic Realty Co. since 1996. Inman is a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Project Delivery and Operations subcommittee. She is a board of directors member at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, California Business Properties Association, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Inland Action and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Inman is a member of the University of Redlands Board of Trustees. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Fullerton. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Inman is a Republican.

Oscar E. Villegas, 47, of West Sacramento, has been appointed District One Supervisor of Yolo County. Villegas has been a field representative at the California Board of State and Community Corrections since 2008 and a West Sacramento City councilmember since 2000. Villegas served in multiple positions at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 1990 to 2008, including deputy director of the CARE Program, deputy director of the Governor’s Mentoring Partnership, staff services manager and associate governmental program analyst. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $59,004. Villegas is a Democrat.

Geoff Dean, 57, of Ventura, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections. Dean has held multiple positions at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office since 1977, including sheriff, commander, sergeant and deputy. He is a member of the American Cancer Society community council and the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families Board of Directors. Dean earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Business Administration. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Dean is a Republican.

Tian Feng, 55, of Oakland, has been appointed to the California Architects Board. Feng has been district architect for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District since 2001. He was senior architect at LCA Architects from 2000 to 2001 and an architect at JKA Construction Consultants from 1997 to 2000 and at Jacobs Engineering-Sverdrup Corporation from 1994 to 1997. Feng was project manager at Sue Associates Architecture from 1989 to 1994, architectural designer at Fong and Chan Architects from 1988 to 1989 and teaching and research assistant at the University of Southern California School of Architecture from 1985 to 1988. Feng is a fellow at the American Institute of Architects and at the Construction Specifications Institute. Feng earned a Master of Science degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Feng registered decline-to-state.

Xavier Martinez, 68, of San Marcos, has been appointed to the California Physician Assistant Board. Martinez has been owner of Martinez and Associates Inc. since 1995. He was a temporary tax preparer at Jassoy Graff and Douglas from 1993 to 1994 and temporary staff member at Security Pacific Financial from 1992 to 1994. Martinez was tax manager at McDonnell Douglas Computer Systems from 1989 to 1991 and at USA Petroleum from 1987 to 1988. He was director of taxes at the Wickes Corporation from 1973 to 1987. Martinez earned a Master of Science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Martinez is a Democrat.

Sandra Smith, 59, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities as the Area Board III representative. Smith has served on Area Board III since 2012. She was a consultant at California Services for Technical Assistance and Training from 2000 to 2011 and at United Advocates for Children and Families in 2008. Smith was an executive assistant for Sacramento City councilmember Lauren Hammond in 2004 and a grant reader at the California Department of Education from 1998 to 2000. Smith was a teacher at Merryhill Private Middle School from 1996 to 1998 and a special education teacher for the Grant School District from 1992 to 1996. She is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the University of California, Davis Institutional Review Board. This position does not require Senate Confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Smith is a Democrat.

Patrick Miller, 48, of Newbury Park, has been appointed to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Area Board IX. Miller has been president and chief executive officer at CBC Federal Credit Union since 2012. He was vice president of branch operations at Navy Federal Credit Union from 2008 to 2012. Miller was vice president of investment services at Navy Federal Brokerage Services Inc. from 2006 to 2008. He was a division manager of members financial services at CUNA Mutual Group from 2003 to 2005. Miller is a nominations committee chair and strategic planning committee chair at the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation and treasurer and president of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Miller is a Republican.

Tony Perez, 49, of San Diego, has been appointed undersecretary at the California Government Operations Agency. Perez has been a consultant and attorney in private practice since 2014. He held multiple positions at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Wake Forest School of Medicine from 2012 to 2013, including vice president of academic administration and operations and senior associate dean of administration and operations. Perez held multiple positions at the University of California, San Diego from 2008 to 2012, including assistant vice chancellor for health sciences affairs and chief health sciences counsel. He held multiple positions at the University of California, Davis from 2001 to 2008, including chief compliance officer, director of institutional review board administration and health system counsel. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco from 2002 to 2006 and an attorney at Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP from 1998 to 2001, at Diepenbrock Wulff Plant and Hannegan LLP in 1998 and at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann and Girard from 1997 to 1998. Perez was manager of legislation and public information at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing from 1995 to 1997. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $153,888. Perez is a Republican.

John Capitman, 59, of Tollhouse, has been appointed to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District Governing Board. Capitman has served in multiple positions at Fresno State University since 2005, including Nickerson distinguished professor in health policy and executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute. He held multiple positions at Brandeis University from 1987 to 2004, including professor and director of long-term care studies at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1983 to 1987, including health policy analyst for the Virginia Center on Aging and assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and the Department of Gerontology. He was a principal investigator at Berkeley Planning Associates and an evaluation research consultant at the California Department of Health Services, Office of Long-Term Care and Aging from 1980 to 1983. Capitman was research director at the Center for Research in Social Dynamics from 1977 to 1979. He is co-founder and Board of Directors member of VISIONS Inc. Capitman earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology from Duke University. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Capitman is a Democrat.

Erick Mikiten, 50, of Berkeley, has been reappointed to the California Building Standards Commission, where he has served since 2012. Mikiten has been president of Mikiten Architecture since 1991 and was a lecturer and instructor at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design from 1990 to 1991. He earned a Master of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mikiten is a Democrat.

Cheryl Roberts, 44, of Alta Loma, has been reappointed to the California Building Standards Commission, where she has served since 2013. Roberts has served in multiple positions at the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District since 1992, including battalion chief, fire captain, fire academy coordinator and paramedic. Roberts was a fire academy ladder instructor at Mt. San Antonio College Fire Academy from 1998 to 2003 and a seasonal wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in 1990. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Roberts is a Republican.

Kent Sasaki, 49, of Walnut Creek, has been reappointed to the California Building Standards Commission, where he has served since 2012. Sasaki is unit manager and principal at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc., where he has held multiple positions since 1989, including board member and engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of California. Sasaki earned a Master of Engineering degree in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sasaki is a Democrat.

Karin Caves, 59, of Carmichael, has been appointed deputy secretary of communications at the California Health and Human Services Agency. Caves was communications director in the Office of Senator Kevin de León in 2013 and owner of Caves Communications from 1998 to 2013. She was communications director and special assistant at the Office of Senate President pro Tempore Bill Lockyer from 1994 to 1998 and communications director and press secretary in the Office of California State Senator Gary K. Hart in 1993. Caves was campaign press secretary at Berman and D’Agostino Campaigns from 1988 to 1990 and communications director at the California State Controller’s Office from 1987 to 1988. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,004. Caves is a Democrat.

Michael Paravagna, 61, of Rocklin, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access, where he has served since 2013. Paravagna has been a part-time independent consultant since 2002. He was manager of the Build Los Angeles Community College District Americans with Disabilities Act Project from 2009 to 2011 and the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the City of Sacramento from 2007 to 2009. Paravagna served in multiple positions at the California Department of Rehabilitation from 1975 to 2007, including chief of the Disability Access Division. He served on the California Building Standards Commission from 2008 to 2010. Paravagna is a member of the National Association of ADA Coordinators Board of Directors. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Paravagna is a Democrat.

Douglas Wiele, 61, of Latrobe, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Disability Access, where he has served since 2013. Wiele has been founding partner and president of Foothill Partners Inc. since 1994. He served in multiple positions at Whitney Development Company from 1986 to 1994, including managing partner and general partner and director of acquisitions. Wiele was a real estate broker and leasing agent at McMasters and Westland Commercial Real Estate from 1977 to 1985. He is vice chair of the California Business Properties Association and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Wiele is registered decline-to-state.

Michael Picker, 62, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission. Picker has been Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy in the Office of the Governor since 2009; he will resign this position prior to taking the oath of office. He was principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009 and a consultant at Kaufman Campaign Consultants from 2000 to 2002. Picker was deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999 and chief of staff to Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. from 1992 to 1999. He was deputy assistant for toxic substance control in the Office of the Governor from 1981 to 1982 and a stop environmental cancer organizer at the Campaign for Economic Democracy from 1978 to 1982. He has been a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors since 2012; he will resign this position prior to taking the oath of office. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $131,952. Picker is a Democrat.

Ashutosh Bhagwat, 49, of Moraga, has been reappointed to the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors, where he has served since 2011. Bhagwat has been a professor of law at the University of California, Davis School of Law since 2011. He was a professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law from 1994 to 2011 and an associate at Sidley and Austin from 1992 to 1994. Bhagwat was a law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1991 to 1992 and for Judge Richard A. Posner at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit from 1990 to 1991. He was a research assistant at the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors from 1986 to 1987. Bhagwat earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $20,000, in addition to per diem meeting preparation and attendance costs. Bhagwat is a Democrat.

Angelina Galiteva, 47, of Fountain Valley, has been reappointed to the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors, where she has served since 2011. Galiteva has been principal at New Energy Options Inc. since 2003. She was executive director of strategic planning at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 1997 to 2003 and a member of the California Independent System Operator and California Power Exchange, Office of the Trustee from 1996 to 1997. Galiteva was a power analyst at the New York Power Authority from 1994 to 1996. She is founder of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy. Galiteva earned a Master of Law degree and a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $20,000, in addition to per diem meeting preparation and attendance costs. Galiteva is a Democrat.

Holly Pearson, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Government Operations Agency. Pearson has worked in multiple positions at the California Department of Managed Health Care since 2006, including deputy director and general counsel, acting assistant deputy director, assistant chief counsel of the office of legal services, staff counsel at the office of provider oversight and chief of personnel, employment litigation and appellate defense. She was a shareholder and manager at the Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann and Girard education practice group from 2001 to 2005, an associate at Pinnell and Kingsley from 1997 to 2001 and in-house corporate counsel at Financial Pacific Insurance Company from 1995 to 1997. Pearson was a labor law advisor at the California Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1995 and an associate at Porter Scott Weiberg and Delehant from 1991 to 1993. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $136,500. Pearson is a Democrat.

Cynthia Cavanaugh, 58, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant deputy director of homeless and housing policy at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where she has served as coordinator of the Policy Academy to Reduce Chronic Homelessness since 2012. She served in multiple positions at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 1999 to 2011, including program manager and assistant director of policy and planning. Cavanaugh served as a program manager and representative at the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 1985 to 1999 and was a fair housing associate at the Sacramento Human Rights-Fair Housing Commission from 1984 to 1985. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $93,276. Cavanaugh is a Democrat.

Susan Riggs, 40, of San Diego, has been appointed deputy secretary of housing policy at the California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. Riggs has been executive director at the San Diego Housing Federation since 2010. She was an attorney at Best Best and Krieger LLP from 2008 to 2010, adjunct faculty at San Diego State University from 2006 to 2009 and vice president of government affairs at the San Diego Association of Realtors from 2004 to 2005. Riggs served in multiple positions at the San Diego Housing Commission from 2001 to 2004, including chief policy advisor and senior policy analyst. She was adjunct faculty at Southwestern College from 2000 to 2006, an associate at the Trammell Crow Company from 1999 to 2000 and an associate at CB Richard Ellis in 1999. Riggs earned a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $129,996. Riggs is a Democrat.

Donna Norton, 56, of Dixon, has been appointed to the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Norton has been a licensed vocational nurse at Kaiser Permanente since 1989. She was a licensed vocational nurse at the Fairfield Medical Group from 1985 to 1989 and licensed vocational nurse and phlebotomist at Oneida Hospital from 1984 to 1985. Norton was a licensed vocational nurse at Straub Hospital from 1981 to 1985 and for the U.S. Army at Tripler Army Hospital from 1975 to 1981. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Norton is registered decline-to-state.

Cheryl Williams, 58, of San Diego, has been appointed to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Williams has been community relations coordinator at the San Ysidro Health Center since 2010. She was a constituent service manager in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2010, assistant campaign field manager for Mary Salas for State Assembly from 2005 to 2006 and community development consultant at the Jacobs Foundation, San Diego from 2001 to 2004. Williams was president and chief executive officer at the San Diego Circuit Board Service from 1981 to 2000 and hearing and placement assistant for the San Diego Unified School District from 1977 to 1981. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Williams is a Democrat.

Debra Woo, 57, of Boulder Creek, has been appointed to the Dental Board of California. Woo has been dentist and owner at Debra A. Woo, DDS since 1986 and assistant professor at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry since 2012, where she was adjunct clinical professor of oral diagnosis and treatment from 1986 to 1988. Woo earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Woo is a Democrat.

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