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L.A. Mayor meets with Clinton on city light plan

February 15, 2009 |  7:41 pm

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who served as national co-chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, is scheduled to appear Monday at city hall with former President Clinton to announce a five-year project with the Clinton Climate Initiative to make the city’s street lights more energy efficient.

The mayor’s office said the plan to swap out all of 140,000 of LA’s residential street lights with more energy efficient LED lights would be the largest program of its kind undertaken by a city.

While normal street lamps last four to six years, the LED lights can last as long as 10 years — which officials hope could save $48 million over seven years. The switch is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40,500 tons each year, which the mayor’s office said would amount to taking 6,700 cars off the street.

The Clinton Climate Initiative, which falls under the umbrella of the former president’s foundation, was launched in 2006 to work with cities and private companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In New York, the group recently joined with the housing authority to install 10,000 fluorescent lightbulbs at one of the largest housing developments in the country.

-- Maeve Reston