Skip to comments.L.A. to partner with 3 universities on clean technology (compete for climate change institute)
Posted on 04/16/2009 10:30:06 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a partnership Wednesday with three local universities aimed at positioning the city to compete for hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for clean technology research and a proposed state institute to study climate change.
The partnership with Caltech, UCLA and USC is part of the agenda Villaraigosa outlined in his State of the City speech Tuesday to lure and retain companies that focus on green endeavors such as solar, wind, battery and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
Villaraigosa said the CleanTech LA alliance, which also includes the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Council and Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., represented a "giant leap forward in our effort to make this city the global capital of clean technology."
"We're formalizing a partnership to leverage what we've done over the last four years in the city, what we're doing at all three universities to develop the jobs of the new economy," the mayor said, touting the clean trucks program at the Port of Los Angeles and his goal of drawing 20% of the city's electrical power from renewable energy by 2010.
Officials said the partnership stemmed from the city's intent to compete for a possible California climate change institute. Los Angeles was not even in contention four years ago as a site for the California stem cell research institute, and many city officials now view that as a missed opportunity.
A version of the climate change center proposal was approved by the Legislature last year but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the legislation was "too limiting and too premature."
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Another public fleecing
The hits just keep on coming.
I don’t think we can handle much more gubamint or afford it.
Scorched Earth 2010.
That’s my suggestion. ;-)