"I'm kind of a flashy player, and they really liked the stick tricks," he said of his first recruits, who were receptive and enthusiastic learners. "They were picking up on difficult things."
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Council member Brian Calhoun said the hopefuls should not just be flying over central California to raise money in Hollywood or Silicon Valley.
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