Last Wednesday with a 13-1 vote the Los Angeles City Council decided to show their outrage towards Arizona’s illegal immigrant Senate Bill 1070 by limiting business interactions with the state. The Los Angeles City Council’s ban towards Arizona consists of limiting city travel to the state, as well as limiting future contracts with Arizona based businesses. The city of Los Angeles’s ban on business contracts could potentially affect $8 million of possible transactions for the state of Arizona.
Arizona’s SB 1070 illegal immigration law becomes effective July 23, 2010 allowing police officers to search any individual they feel might qualify as an illegal immigrant. Opponents of SB 1070 believe the bill will inevitably led to racial profiling of Arizona citizens and residents. The Los Angeles City Council resolution sponsor for the city ban against Arizona was led by City Councilman Ed Reyes, along with City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
This past Wednesday Arizona Corporation Commission commissioner Gary Pierce informed Mayor Villaraigosa that if the Los Angeles City Council continues their ban on Arizona then Arizona will retaliate by cutting off LA’s electricity supply from their power plants. One-quarter of Los Angeles’ electricity is supplied by Arizona’s power plants so if Arizona cuts off its electricity supply to Los Angeles the city will face severe blackouts. Although Mayor Villaraigosa is brushing off Arizona’s threat, it remains it a possible reality for the city of Los Angeles.