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Los Angeles and the State of Arizona are bracing for hostilities.The Los Angeles city council, with support from Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies because of the state's recently-enacted SB 1070 act dealing harshly with illegal aliens. L.A.'s mayor stated that the reason for the boycott was to "impact the economy of Arizona." On Tuesday (May 18), Gary Pierce, commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission, wrote to the L.A. mayor, reminding him, "approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona." Said Pierce, "If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation." If L.A.'s council "lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy."

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paul May 21, 2010 @ 6:33 a.m.

Good for Arizona. Embarrassing for LA

I haven't read the whole law, but my understanding from the short version and from those that have is that it essentially restates the federal law and then enforces it locally because the feds refuse to do so.

I am sick and tired of Washington passing laws or citing existing laws to claim they are for or against something, and then doing the complete opposite by refusing to enforce those same laws. If Washington wants to grant legal status to all Mexican citizens, then do it legally. Don't pretend you are for border control because you enact new laws or claim to support existing laws, but then withhold enforcement.

Its like the congressman who called Obama a liar when he said the health care reforms would not apply to those in the country illegally. Obama could say they did because it stated in the bill that they did, BUT he also refused to put in even the most basic measure to allow enforcement of that rule and he had no intention of enforcing that provision.


Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m.

Response to post #1: Of course, one of the amusing things about the threat from Arizona is that it is extremely doubtful that the companies whose power plants generate so much electricity for L.A. would willingly give up that business. Best, Don Bauder


paul May 21, 2010 @ 1:17 p.m.

Response to #2: It's all grandstanding by kowtowing politicians on both sides. None of them would really do anything if there was an economic impact.

Much easier than having a real debate on the issue and deciding what the policy for the country should really be and then abiding by it.


Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 3:16 p.m.

Response to post #3: Agreed. This is posturing. But when the fights get down to water, as they surely will (and have), the blood will spill for real. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 21, 2010 @ 3:24 p.m.

Response to post #4: Good points. It's agreed all around that this is just political noise. Will Zonies bake in 115 degree summer weather, and forego that trip to San Diego, because of anything that a politician in either locality has said or done? Or how many San Diegans will cancel a trip to the Grand Canyon to protest this law? I do believe that some institutions that are sensitive to public opinion will cave into the pressure. I could see the National Football League calling off a Phoenix Super Bowl, for example, or a large oil company dropping a convention in Tucson. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh May 23, 2010 @ 11:14 a.m.

So far all this has been political grandstanding for sure. But the popularity of this new law in Arizona (and a surprisingly large number of other states, if the polls are to be believed) means that it goes deeper than that. The overdependence of San Diego upon the tourism industry means that it should never step on toes of visitors. That's exactly what these two California cities are doing with their public denunciation of the law.

We'll see just how much all this grandstanding does to the tourism business in San Diego this summer and fall. Those Zonies do have alternatives to SD. Where? Oh, Orange County, Santa Barbara, the central coast. Farther away for sure, but not by that much. If I were driving a car with Arizona plates I'd be wondering if I really were welcome here, and if I'd be on the receiving end of curses or vandalism or other discriminatory behavior. A good way to make sure my vacation was not spoiled would be to avoid cities that condemn my home state. As I said above, we'll see.


Don Bauder May 23, 2010 @ 1:19 p.m.

Response to post #7: The Arizona official's letter to L.A. was definitely political posturing, but the NY Times picked it up today (Sunday). It's on page 2 of the Week in Review section. Your point about an auto license plate is a good one. Zonies might be well advised to rent a car in California instead of bringing their own. For years, we drove from San Diego to Santa Fe for opera. Maybe we were paranoid, but we figured New Mexico cops saw our California plates and were more likely to ticket us. When we had Obama stickers on our car, we wondered what might happen when we parked in Colorado Springs, the haven of extreme right wing religious fundamentalists. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 23, 2010 @ 1:26 p.m.

Response to post #8: If San Diegans thought about it, they would not hate Zonies. Those condos downtown would be COMPLETELY empty if the Zonies did not come over in the summertime to keep from baking on the sidewalks back home. It's bad enough that the condos are only occupied a short time. If the Zonies dumped them on the depressed SD market, condo values would really plummet. But I don't think that's going to happen. The Zonies don't want to inflict wounds on themselves. Best, Don Bauder


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