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Beginning second term, LA mayor vows new, greener jobs, renewable energy

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa again took the oath of office today at City Hall. At the start of his second term, Villaraigosa vowed to create new, eco-friendly job opportunities. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

As he did in his state of the city speech, Villaraigosa linked economic and environmental opportunity. A new jobs team will work to attract new businesses, and the mayor said the Clean Tech Corridor he announced in April will become a base for thousands of jobs.

Antonio Villaraigosa: "At the center of our economic strategy is our green agenda. Angelenos, there are two shades of green, and they go together beautifully in LA!"

At least some of those jobs will be in renewable energy. The mayor again pledged that LA will get one-fifth of its electricity from renewables by the end of next year. The city’s department of water and power says renewables represent 14 percent of LA’s energy &ndash up from 3 percent when the mayor took office.