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Former Villaraigosa aide joins law firm to handle renewable energy business

One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s recently departed advisers has secured a job handling renewable energy business for an international law firm.

The mayor's former deputy chief of staff Dan Grunfeld stepped down from his post Friday. Today, the law firm of Kaye Scholer announced that Grunfeld, 49, will work in its Los Angeles office representing clients in such fields as green technology, alternative energy and compliance with environmental laws.

Villaraigosa has promised to make Los Angeles “the greenest big city in America” by pushing the Department of Water and Power toward more solar, wind and geothermal energy. Grunfeld, who spent two years as the mayor’s No. 2 policy adviser, said he is excited to work on alternative energy matters but does not expect that the firm’s work will intersect with the city of Los Angeles.

“They have an international practice when it comes to green technology and green development,” he said.

Kaye Scholer boasts on its website that it is one of the nation’s leading practices devoted to wind power and renewable energy transactions. Grunfeld, who will co-chair the firm’s litigation department, will also focus on healthcare and venture capital, the announcement said.

The DWP has been purchasing renewable power from various sources and has completed one wind farm, known as Pine Tree. The utility also has been considering a lawsuit against the city of Vernon to obtain property in Kern County that is considered a prime spot for a wind farm.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall

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I'm taking bets now on when Mr. Grunfeld "negotiates" his first deal with the City of Los Angeles on behalf of his law firm. I'm also taking bets on whether the deal he "negotiates" will be best deal the City of Los Angeles can enter into at the time.

They surely will have to take a look at Solarbotanic. This company produces artificial trees that convert light, heat, sound, rain and wind energy into clean electricity, something that not only will blend in with the Californian landscape but making IT the greenest State in the US.

Oh my isnt that a tidy little convenient state of affiars? as thousands across the state are out of work, a former aide de camp gets right to work in a couple of days in a very lucrative new venture in ' renewable energy ' renewable energy?
Now excuse me but? I don't remember Albert Einstein ever explaining how we 'renew' energy, these people must be very, very intelligent lawyers indeed? Why haven't the rest of us discovered the secrets of the universe they seem to have the exlusive on?
Gee? Whats next? No bid contracts with the city?
Never mind the man behind the curtains Dorothy, he just operates the smoke and mirrors!
Oh MY Toto! OH My!


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