The current debate about Arizona’s ‘got-it-alone’ immigration policy flew under my radar until I saw an article about an angry letter from Gary Pierce, a commissioner with the Arizona Corporation (an elected body in charge of the state’s public utilities) to the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. By way of background, the letter was prompted by LA’s boycott of Arizona and its local businesses in reaction to the new law and policy.
“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,” Pierce wrote.
A significant threat in a way – 25% of LA’s electricity comes from AZ as it happens. But in the end, it was an empty threat – Pierce and the Corporation had no power (sic) to cut off power to Los Angeles, a fact confirmed by his spokesperson. More embarassing was the revelation that CA actually owned a number of the AZ power plants anyway. So much for huff and bluster.
Let’s hope that Arizona sees a bit of sense and doesn’t become the One-Eyed State or something like that. The negative publicity from all quarters cannot be helping a state which has an unemployment rate of over 9%. One hopes that commonsense and a bit of realpolitik will prevail in the end.