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Global law firm hires ex-Villaraigosa advisor

September 22, 2009|David Zahniser

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

The mayor's former deputy chief of staff, Dan Grunfeld, 49, is taking a position with the law firm of Kaye Scholer and 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 advisor, 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.

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

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