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LA Mayor sends non-sequitur reply to AZ Corporation Commissioner on boycott challenge
Hotair ^ | 05/20/2010 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/20/2010 7:25:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yesterday, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce challenged the city of Los Angeles and its mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, to put their money where their mouths are by ending their purchases of electrical power generated in Arizona. In a letter exclusively provided to Hot Air, Pierce questioned how a city-wide boycott of Arizona would work while LA continues to light the city with Arizona electrons. In response, Villaraigosa bravely … ducked the question entirely:

Mayor Villaraigosa is in Washington D.C., meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, but his deputy chief of staff issued the following statement: “The mayor stands strongly behind the city council and he will not respond to threats from the state that has isolated itself from an America that values freedom, liberty and basic civil rights.”

But Pierce wasn’t threatening anything. The ACC doesn’t have the authority to cut Los Angeles off from Arizona power, although it has enough influence with utilities in the state to have them rethinking their sales policy. Let’s remind everyone exactly what Pierce said:

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.

In other words, if LA wants to make a big PR splash with a “boycott,” then make it a real boycott. Don’t just talk tough, Mayor Villaraigosa — act tough, or be quiet. When the going gets tough in LA, apparently the tough … cry about getting threatened.

Andrew Malcolm also has some fun with the story:

So, the choice is clear. If L.A.’s Democrat pols follow through and stop buying turquoise jewelry and bolo ties from Arizona, the next-door Republican neighbors will arrange some uncomfortable brownouts during the coming warm days.

Yeah, it’s starting to look like the collective courage of LA’s political leadership amounts to little more than the bolo-tie and turquoise jewelry variety.

Let’s take a poll. What will LA do to actually boycott Arizona?


Addendum: My thanks to Andrew and NBC Los Angeles for actually crediting Hot Air with the story. Not every news outlet was as careful.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; arizona; ilelgal; immigration; losangeles
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1 posted on 05/20/2010 7:25:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Screw him.

I hope Arizona turns their lights off.


2 posted on 05/20/2010 7:26:51 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe LA could buy its power from Mexico! /s


3 posted on 05/20/2010 7:26:59 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

perfect! I agree!


4 posted on 05/20/2010 7:29:05 AM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: SeekAndFind

LA should put it’s illegal immigrants on treadmills to power the city.


5 posted on 05/20/2010 7:29:13 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Stuck with a local RINO? Donate $$$ to a different district.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Nothing else could be expected from Villaraigosa. He owes his position to LA's Hispanic population, and would never dream of saying or doing anything that might alienate them. Therefore, Arizona must act on the implications, and end all sales of electrical power to Los Angeles until the "boycott" is officially denounced.

In for a penny, in for a pound, Angelenos!

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto

6 posted on 05/20/2010 7:29:49 AM PDT by fporretto (This tagline is programming you in ways that will not be apparent for years. Forget! Forget!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, they didn’t mean they were going to boycott the good stuff, just travel to our hotels (where a LOT of the illegals are employed). Good job there Antonio, eliminate the jobs of your brothers and sisters.


7 posted on 05/20/2010 7:31:26 AM PDT by McGavin999 (Illegal is not a race, it is a crime)
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To: fporretto

It’s time for an economic Civil War prior to going Galt.


8 posted on 05/20/2010 7:32:07 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: fporretto

Arizona should use this to get back the money that the LA boycott would cause. Simply raise the power rates to LA.


9 posted on 05/20/2010 7:34:23 AM PDT by RC2
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To: SeekAndFind
“The mayor stands strongly behind the city council and he will not respond to threats from the state...."

So now they're against threats. LOL!

10 posted on 05/20/2010 7:35:50 AM PDT by kevao
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To: BinaryBoy
LA should put it’s illegal immigrants on treadmills to power the city.

That would light up half of America.

11 posted on 05/20/2010 7:36:22 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: SeekAndFind

Arizona should announce a new program where they will reclocate businesses from any boycotting city to AZ, provide free electricity for 5 years, and free flights there on AZ airlines. And every person on welfare or finishing a prison sentence in AZ, legal or not, will get a one-way airline ticket to the boycotting city of their choice, first class.


12 posted on 05/20/2010 7:36:27 AM PDT by Reeses (An educated fool and his money are ensuingly dichotomized.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Last night, Fox News, in the person of Shep Smith, was reporting that Mr. Pierce “threatened” to cut off LA’s electricity. Mr. Smith then smirkingly reported that he “doesn’t have the power” to do such a thing. It was obvious that whoever had written that particular “news” story had NOT actually read Mr. Pierce’s letter.

This morning, the Fox News morning crew, with the exception of one of the interchangeable guys whose name I can’t remember, was pretty much repeating the same BS.

In both cases, I had to change the channel before my head exploded.

Are they idiots? Do they have poor reading comprehension skills? Do they just read whatever is put in front of them without questioning? If so, who is WRITING their drivel?

Does anyone know the answers to these questions?


13 posted on 05/20/2010 7:36:28 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: SeekAndFind
Antonio Villaraigosa....The man made of steel!....
14 posted on 05/20/2010 7:38:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
More like


15 posted on 05/20/2010 7:43:49 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think SoCal’s Metropolitan Water District also purchases large amounts of water from AZ sources.


16 posted on 05/20/2010 7:44:45 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Reeses

Cost-wise it would end up saving the state’s taxpayers millions. One would think illegals and ne’er-do-wells would love being in a place where welfare benefits are overly generous, sanctuary from crime is touted as a “right,” and abiding by the law is optional. Let THOSE places deal with the reality and the cost of sustaining the burden of the down-trodden they purport to advocate.


17 posted on 05/20/2010 7:47:14 AM PDT by shezza (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The mayor and LA city council have had their bluff called. Now, put your cards on the table and let's see what you've got. Oh my, AZ has a straight flush and LA has a 2-6-9-3-5. Boo-hoo, CA.
18 posted on 05/20/2010 7:49:21 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: WayneS
Does anyone know the answers to these questions?

Partly. They rewrite each other. So if AP (the usual suspect) distorts facts, so do most other newsrooms because they base their reporting on what AP (and other wire services) provide them.

Shep Smith has been particularly egregious IMO. He's so full of himself he now regularly editorializes, substituting his own opinions for verified facts.

There's also what I call the "meme factor" or "bandwagon effect." Once someone actually prints or broadcasts a wildly incorrect story it's taken by others to be "factual," especially if they agree with it, even if they suspect it's not. That happens all the time right here on Free Republic.

19 posted on 05/20/2010 7:55:04 AM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: pnh102

damn fruitcake for sure!


20 posted on 05/20/2010 7:55:58 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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