AZ utility board member responds to LA boycott over SB1070

posted at 2:55 pm on May 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott the state of Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement law, and now the Arizona Corporation Commission has responded.  Gary Pierce, one of the commissioners chosen in state-wide elections to the utility regulation panel, notes that Los Angeles gets about 25% of its power from Arizona producers.  If the City of Angels really wants a boycott, Pierce offers his services to help, as he explains in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and copied to Hot Air:

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,

I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).

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.

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.

Sincerely,

Commissioner Gary Pierce

A scan of the letter can be downloaded here. I wonder what Commissioner Pierce has to say about Councilman Ed Reyes’ lack of understanding of California’s own penal code? Maybe the AZCC could buy a copy for Reyes, although it might be difficult to read during the blackout in Los Angeles.


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I love it. Unfortunately, they’ll never go through with it.

ButterflyDragon on May 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I was born and raised in California, but I love Arizona right now.

WyoMike on May 19, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Morrissey is considered to be “beloved” by a columnist in the L.A.Times who won’t sign his or her work?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/05/arizona-illegal-immigrants-los-angeles.html

For Heaven’s sake, that’s just genuinely, completely weird.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 10:41 AM

It’s Andrew Malcolm. You have to look below the “related links” for his tag line.

ButterflyDragon on May 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Disneyland isn’t in LA, brainiac

speed911 on May 18, 2010 at 6:46 PM
Close enough for government work.

NTWR on May 18, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Neither Disneyland NOR the Angels are in LA… They are in ANAHEIM, which is in ORANGE COUNRTY, NOT LA COUNTY… There is only one MLB team in LA, and that would be the Dodgers!

Khun Joe on May 19, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Fox has picked up the story.

http://www.foxnews.com/

Badbrucskie on May 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Somebody ask this dirtbag who’s going to clean this up:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/restarea.asp

LarryG on May 19, 2010 at 12:08 PM

It’s Andrew Malcolm. You have to look below the “related links” for his tag line.

ButterflyDragon on May 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Yes, I later scanned down and clarified the name/author wasn’t attributed to the last link on that post at the bottom, but for the article overall.

I just find it weird, as in, uncomfortable, a statement. Though revealing and not in a contributory fashion.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Fox has picked up the story.

http://www.foxnews.com/

Badbrucskie on May 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Yeah, and Costa Mesa, CA (city in Orange County, south of Los Angeles County) just declared itself NOT to be a sanctuary city (which it had been before, to many voters’ disgust and disapproval).

So we’re making progress. As to Villaraignosa’s nasty “boycott Arizona” agitation methods, he’s using the lives of millions of people to wage his gangland, “Hispanic” ethnic supremacy wars.

Villaraigosa’s a (former, so he says) gang member, by the way, hardly surprising based upon how he behaves in an elected office.

I trust that Arizona’s far more mature than to simply turn off the pipe to Los Angeles’ electricity needs, but, they do deserve a punking for Villaraigosa’s gangland threats.

Note that today, Hispanics in L.A. are rioting. About Arizona having the power.

Our nation has a real problem with this element among us, a very real problem.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Kinda reminds me of San Diego politicians getting kicked in the shins last week by their local tourist dependent companies reminding the blowhards that Arizonians historically visit San Diego in the summer to get a break from the heat. Pissing off those folks isn’t so bright since they bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the the city.

in_awe on May 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Kinda reminds me of San Diego politicians getting kicked in the shins last week by their local tourist dependent companies reminding the blowhards that Arizonians historically visit San Diego in the summer to get a break from the heat. Pissing off those folks isn’t so bright since they bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the the city.

in_awe on May 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

They may “contribute” to locales’ economies, but they cost the state taxpayers overall much, much more.

The liabilities far outweigh any possible benefits from ‘shoppers’.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Kinda reminds me of San Diego politicians getting kicked in the shins last week by their local tourist dependent companies reminding the blowhards that Arizonians historically visit San Diego in the summer to get a break from the heat. Pissing off those folks isn’t so bright since they bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the the city.

in_awe on May 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

They may “contribute” to locales’ economies, but they cost the state taxpayers overall much, much more.

The liabilities far outweigh any possible benefits from ’shoppers’.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Argh, I misread your intent in your comments, sorry.

Thought you were defending illegal aliens’ as shoppers, didn’t realize you were defending Arizon-ians, again, sorry.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Note that today, Hispanics in L.A. are rioting. About Arizona having the power.

Our nation has a real problem with this element among us, a very real problem.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I don’t understand… What is their goal by rioting? To build more power plants in CA? Or to not buy power from AZ?

GrannySunni on May 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I love it. Unfortunately, they’ll never go through with it.

ButterflyDragon on May 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Why not? Summer is approaching and it get’s hot in LA, too. And AZ should be able to find another buyer for their electricity.

Blake on May 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Note that today, Hispanics in L.A. are rioting. About Arizona having the power.

Our nation has a real problem with this element among us, a very real problem.

Lourdes on May 19, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I don’t understand… What is their goal by rioting? To build more power plants in CA? Or to not buy power from AZ?

GrannySunni on May 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Probably, they have some crazy fantasy of taking the power from AZ. Maybe AZ should let a few of them come get an electron or two (in their bare hands).

http://heirsinhope.blogspot.com

Drusilla on May 20, 2010 at 12:22 AM

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