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Arizona fights back


Agree or disagree with Arizona's new legislation on immigrations, there is one economic reality currently facing Southern California that needs to be reviewed.  

Political posturing and fighting between the Los Angeles and San Diego city councils against the State of Arizona may be doing more harm than good.


Last week the Los Angeles City Council made a half hearted attempt to "boycott" the state of Arizona and eliminate any service contracts currently in place with the state.    The Los Angeles city council decided on May 12th to eliminate contracts with Arizona-based businesses due to recent immigration reform passed by Arizona's State Government.  The true economic impact of Los Angeles eliminating these contracts is unknown but estimates have ranged from $10 million to $56 million per year.


This week Arizona promptly responded to the Los Angeles city council boycott with their own proposal, cutting off electricity to Los Angeles.


The Arizona Corporation Commission has suggested to state officials that they can easily eliminate the flow of electricity to Los Angeles.  Currently Arizona power plants produce roughly 25% of the energy consumed by Los Angelenos. 


Gary Pierce, the Arizona Corporate Commissioner of public utilities recently wrote in a May 18th statement to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa:


"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 power from Arizona-based generation."


Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles for more than five years remembers the Eron debacle, our state's power crisis, and the ensuing "rolling black-outs" that Southern California faced during the summer of 2005.  A steady supply of electricity is an absolute necessity for every business in Los Angeles. 


Further down the coast the San Diego City Council may have also picked a fight with a state they cannot afford to upset.  San Diego elected officials are considering a similar boycott as the one enacted by Los Angeles.  Additionally, city officials have been quoted as calling Arizonans and their policies racist. 


San Diego hotels, entertainment destinations, and restaurants are fearful they are going to lose a large portion of business this summer due to the political bickering.  Arizona tourists who frequent the San Diego coast during the summer months have apparently been canceling hotel reservations in mass.  Arizona residents and business owners who had conventions scheduled in San Diego over the summer appear to be mounting an informal boycott on their own.


In our slumping state economy San Diego and other beach cities desperately need the tourism dollars that the summer months bring.  Desert residents from Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico tend to make up a large percentage of California tourists who stay in town longer than a weekend.  Escaping the 120 degree weather of cities like Tucson has made destinations like San Diego a hot spot for short distance tourism. 


Tourism officials are trying to over-come the political arguments that will surely hurt their summer revenue.  In a letter geared towards Arizona residents, San Diego tourist officials are asking residents to overlook local politics and visit the San Diego area for the great climate and beautiful beaches they have always come for. 


However, as one political pundit has phrased it, "it's hard to get motivated about vacationing and spending money in a city where the elected officials call you a racist".


California, Los Angeles, and San Diego cannot afford to turn away much needed tax revenue during the upcoming months.  Hopefully elected officials will reevaluate their position and work towards encouraging interstate commerce and tourism. 

Comments

  • USA freedom lover 4 years ago

    Get real. Los Angeles owns the power plants they use in Arizona. Maybe Los Angeles should just move them out of there, and let Arizona lose the money they get from them. Hmm?

    Los Angeles is right to boycot Arizona because US citizens with brown skin are not safe there, and Los angeles should not send anybody there on official business. US citizens should not have to show a passport or a birth certificate to travel in their own country. We don't live in the Soviet Union.

    Where is Obama? We have cities and states feuding with each other over an unconstitutional law enacted to scapegoat illegal immigrants for the economic problems caused by Arizona's housing crisis. Obama needs to show some leadership and have the Justice Department stay the law. States have no jurisdiction over immigration, and they cannot make US citizens carry passports in their own country.

  • USA freedom lover 4 years ago

    As for tourism from Arizona, I predict that most of them will still visit San Diego, or other beach cities in CA. It's over 100+ degrees in Arizona during the summer and where else are they going to go? To east coast beaches covered in oil? I don't think so.

  • Dave 4 years ago

    I fully, wholeheartedly support the new Arizona law about immigration, and personally feel that it is extremely patriotic. Those who oppose it and say it is "racist" have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Read the bill people. It is protecting everyone. The problem with illegals is serious, and is getting worse. Something has to be done, and Arizona had the balls to do something about it. We'll see how many other states follow suit now. I'm sure there will be lots.

  • Rodger 4 years ago

    Check your facts. Los Angeles owns a small percentage of the Palo Verde Nuclear facility....I believe less than 6%. There has been so much distorted information regarding this entire situation. Be very careful in what you choose to believe as truth.

  • arizonian 4 years ago

    Wake up our citizens are being robbed and killed everyday because of illegals,and the only reason california does'nt lick are law is because they know there next once we inforce the new law,and the power plants are arizona owened and operated thats why california pays us for the power.duh

  • arizonian 4 years ago

    The only problem California has with the new law is they know they will be next once we enforce it. As for Arizona power plants they are owned and operated by Arizona thats why California pays us for power. Arizonans are tired of being robbed and having their citizens killed by illegals. If the new law didn't pass Arizonans would take it upon themselves to protect the border and the citizens of Arizona. Arizona government had no choice but to pass the law or allow it's citizens to take the law into their own hands due to the recent deaths and fighting down by the border.

  • curt 4 years ago

    Either Arizona Government protects us or we will protect us. It's that simple. The Minute Men that were down by the border were basically told that it was illegal to protect the citizens of their own country. Rather than start arresting arizonas citizens they drew up a law to help protect the citizens. Anybody that thinks the law is racist should sit down and read the law so they can know for themselves it has nothing to do with racism. As for the people comparing it to Nazi Germany the Nazi's went after the citizens of their own country we are not after the citizens we are after the illegals. Anytime you are stopped by law enforcement you have to show government issued i.d. if you cannot produce i.d. you are in violation of any law in any state. So why is it that people are calling it racism when a truck full of illegals gets stopped and is asked for i.d.?

  • Dave D 4 years ago

    USA freedom Lover you are an ignoramus. The Arizona law is NO different than Federal Law...they just choose to enforce it. When you get pulled over by the police are you asked to produce identification? OF COURSE you moron. That's all this law does. What id DOESN'T do is promote illegal activity by "looking the other way". By the way US citizens are required to carry id on there person, not passports....but it IS required. AND states SHOULD have jurisdiction when the FEDS do NOTHING.

  • ex-muslim 4 years ago

    John Morton, who heads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that they will not support racist Arizona Law
    He needs to be doing exactly what he is doing; his job. He is there to enforce federal immigration law; not placate the Bull Connors of Arizona in their attempt to turn all undocumented aliens into criminals. They are not. It is not a federal crime to be here without authorization. Look it up. The wonderful people of Arizona enacted this law making it a STATE crime to be in Arizona in violation of the federal immigration laws. Let the good people or Arizona pay to arrest, detain, prosecute and house in state prisons these horrible people who simply entered our country. They have no right to dictate to the federal authorities how to enforce federal law. Hell, to anyone with any semblence of intelligence and understanding of Constutitional law, it is clear that the state has not authority under the Constitution to pass any laws that touch upon illegal immigration.

  • ex-muslim 4 years ago

    It is impossible to round up all undocumented aliens and remove them to their country of origin. It would be a profound waste of resources, to. Why not have the police arrest people who commit crimes? If they happen to be here without authority, then they get deported. Chasing down the law abiding undocumented is diverting resources from the effort to stem the tide of drugs pouring into the country; drugs drawn here by the insatiable appetite of Americans. Every law abiding undocumented alien that is hunted down by the police in Arizona means that somewhere else in that state a criminal, native born or illegal, is still free.I find it shocking that many didn't learn from the original flawed language law they supported that left egg on their faces when Arizona had to change the wording to try and make it legal after they passed it. It seems to me that everyone should think about it before they blindly support something they do not even know is legal...particularly because it impacts oth

  • ex-muslim 4 years ago

    the fact is the arizona law is illegal and the federal government is not going to be a party to an illegal law. By picking up the illegals taken by the arizona law ..sounds good!
    We all know we have a border problem so it takes no brains to recognise something must be done. Some want a solution and they don't care if it is legal or not. The rest want a legal solution and are content to establish that it is legal before accepting a blue eye/green eye law that impacts other Americans. I am of the last group. No way I want to look as foolish as those who accepted Arizona's first flawed law. I am content to wait until the courts make the call rather than look like a confident
    There are hundred of stupid laws still on the books..
    remeber this law In Arizona: It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling
    There was a day when the law did not allow women to vote, allowed one human being toown another and when United States citiz

  • ex-muslim 4 years ago

    United States citizens of Japanese descent were rounded up and placed ininternment camps and None of those laws were right.. There is a big difference between controlling the nation's border and discriminating by skin color, and Arizona's refusal to distinguish between the two undermines this nation's constitutional commitment to fairness and equality. The measure Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law last week gives police in Arizona broad powers to stop and arrest anyone not carrying proof that they are legally in the United States. The law sanctions ethnic profiling, and it underscores the need for a reasonable national policy on immigration.
    With nearly 500,000 undocumented immigrants, Arizona's experience illustrates both a real problem and the wrong way to try to reverse the flood along the border. Federal policy should include effective border control and a reasonable path for illegal residents to gain legal residency.

  • ex-muslim 4 years ago

    This nation continues to be the land of opportunity. Discriminatory responses like Arizona's to a national problem cannot be allowed to whittle away those values.
    The overwhelming majority of Mexicans and others who come here are not criminals. Most are just desperate for honest work
    I'm in opposition to this law not because it is a violation of human and civil rights alone ...It goes against all human dignity, against the principles of most Americans I know
    The governor abdicated her responsibility to protect the human rights of every individual in Arizona...not just those who look like her

  • ex-muslim 4 years ago

    no matter what we do there will still be problems with illegal immigration, but there are ways to make the situation better and less dangerous, passing laws like Arizonas new law that make things more dangerous is not the answer to the problem.
    OK LOL Let’s think about it for a second. Being an illegal immigrant, as you so wisely pointed out, is a crime. If you reasonably suspect someone of being an illegal immigrant, you suspect them of a committing a crime and can stop them. We’re back to what constitutes reasonable suspicion, and we’re back to racial profiling
    As opposed to removing every single illegal immigrant, which is completely unrealistic, why don’t we present a path to citizenship and focus on securing the borders

  • Myers 4 years ago

    I am a resident of the State of Arizona and I have reviewed the verbiage of this law. NO WHERE in this law does it state that we are rounding up people who "appear" to be Hispanic. What it DOES state is that any law enforcement officer in the course of routine "probable cause" law enforcement duty (meaning they had a reason OTHER than immigration to be there in the first place) has the duty to examine whether a suspected illegal alien is a citizen or not. To me, this is no different than EVERYONE being required to carry ID. Need I remind you that we are at war and our enemies are WELL aware of how pourous the border is. Do your homework people.. Tucson (my hometown) has proven to be quite the hot bed for terrorist activity in the past. Several of the 9/11 high jackers received their pilot training in Tucson for God sake! Instead of just thinking about how the media has called this a racist piece of legislation, think about reading the actual law. Lights out LA!

  • Kevin 4 years ago

    So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

    Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

    They had waved good bye to their birth place to give

  • Kevin 4 years ago

    They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

    Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

    When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that rep

  • Kenneth Schustereit 4 years ago

    I wrote about and studied the immigration problem in the 80s. I have literally volumns of research on it. I learned that if you are Anglo/white and you support real immigration reform you WILL be accused of racism! You WILL be called a bigot! Is this not racial profiling? Yup, sure is!
    "Comprehensive immigration reform" is the code phrase for one more round of amnesty! How many more rounds do they want!

    I see a lot of people with signs protesting this Arizona law. Hmmm! Excuse me! Do these people holding up the signs live in the neighborhoods being over-run by illegal aliens? Do these protestors have criminal illegals chasing their 13 year-old daughters?
    Do these protestors have anything in the game at all? Or are they mostly just activists looking for their picture in the paper?
    There was a meeting in Goliad, Texas a couple of years ago about the Minutemen. Activists travelled from hundreds of miles away to perch themselves in front of any camera they could find!

  • Kenneth Schustereit 4 years ago

    And the result in Golaid was a screaming match between people who normally live together in harmony! Who started the screaming? The out-of-town activists! And when the cameras were gone so were the activists, leaving behind yet another mess!
    www.kennethschustereittheoldbolillo.blogspot.com

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