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Thursday, May 20, 2010

AZ Message To LA- Boycott Our State- LIGHTS OUT Literally

Before getting into the title story, let me not that CBS News deliberately misrepresents Arizona's new immigration law.

The immigration legislation allows law enforcement to ask anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant to furnish proof of citizenship or legal residency.

CBS needs to actually READ THE DAMN BILL... here is a link to send them.

Documentation can be asked for in the normal course of business for authorities IF the person being asked for documentation has been stopped or detained for another legal reason.

In other words, police are not authorized, under the new law, to walk up to strangers on the street going about their legal business just to ask for ID.

NBC, on the other hand, actually states the law appropriately:

SB 1070 -- here's the text of the law -- empowers local law enforcement to check the immigration status of suspects they have stopped for other reasons if there is a reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally. The law specifically bars police from racial profiling.

Now onto the headlined story.

Hot Air has obtained a letter sent from Gary Pierce, a commissioner chosen in state-wide elections to the utility regulation panel, to the Major of LA Antonio Villaraigosa, in response to LA's decision to boycott Arizona over the new law.

See, according to the letter, Los Angeles purchases approximately 25% of their electricity from.... you got it... Arizona.

You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.” (emphasis added)

I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

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. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City 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.

Game on.