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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Good!

MaiDee on May 18, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Ohhhhh somebody is listening to Tetriskid.

tetriskid on May 18, 2010 at 2:58 PM

El Stupido *sshats in LA!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Beautiful! Just beautiful!

Daddy-O on May 18, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Gary Pierce = Awesome.

tetriskid on May 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Patrick S on May 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Maybe the AZCC could buy a copy for Reyes, although it might be difficult to read during the blackout in Los Angeles.

Democrats cannot even read bills with light.

WashJeff on May 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

That’s all smothered in awesome sauce.

Kick in the water too!

Let’s hope they follow through if need be.

Darksean on May 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I heard about this on Neil Cavuto last night. Apparently, LA also gets water from AZ? If I heard that part correctly. Giterdun Com. Pierce!

sicoit on May 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Arizona elected officials rock! Well, most of them.
I love living here.

itsnotaboutme on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

AAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++

awesome seller, would buy power again

pedestrian on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Awesome.

Mord on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Its about dam* time!!

Keep playing games,and you can kiss 25% of your
power bye bye!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Sincerely,
Commissioner Gary Pierce

God Bless you sir.
Sincerely,
fourdeucer

fourdeucer on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Come on LA I dare ya. You want to live a more green life, right? Now you can, with rolling blackouts and so forth. It can be Earth Day, every day!

Lance Murdock on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Turn out the lights Arizona.

Knucklehead on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

WOW, way to go Gary! Gov. Brewer will be pleased as should the citizens (70+%) in AZ. Our home supports AZ!
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letget on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

AWESOME.

Red Cloud on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Maybe L.A. could make up the power loss thru Hot Air from Politicians standing in front of windmills — Man what a picture that would make for the front page …

wheels on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

AAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++

awesome seller, would buy power again

pedestrian on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Thread winner.

tetriskid on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Assuming that LA has the money to pay for the electricity they get from AZ. Maybe AZ should get a larger deposit.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Oh yeah

gwelf on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

The Seattle City Council voted to boycott AZ, though they exempted the city’s contract with the AZ company that operates all of Seattle’s red light cameras.

rw on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

I like this guy! Someone with huevos to stand up to the idiocy on the left, and push right back.

EliTheBean on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Incredibly effective letter.

Renegotiate to recoup the lost dollars AZ.

originalpechanga on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions

If this isn’t the perfect definition of a Liberal, I don’t know what is.

Tommy_G on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Awesome. I noted electricity and water were Arizona’s contributions to California last week – maybe he reads this site?

Vashta.Nerada on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Obviously this is why our Founding Fathers created the Commerce Clause – so the Federal government can step in an nationalize utilities.

/crr6

gwelf on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

I suspect AZ will turn out the lights during the next Lakers\Suns game in LA.

WashJeff on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Commissioner Gary Pierce, please make the appropriate modifications to this letter and forward it to the City of San Diego California…

doriangrey on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

It’s about damn time! They want to play hardball? Two can play this game. We definitely have the leverage. Good for Mr. Pierce.

jennifernaz on May 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Hardball! Reminds me of Gibson or Drysdale on the next at bat if a guy hit one out then did a little too much stylin’ as he rounded the bases.

a capella on May 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

This is how you fight. This is how you win.

If it were me and I had the legal power, I’d order and immediate cutoff of all transfer of AZ resources to LA and LA would be dark tonight – or at least 25% of it.

TheBigOldDog on May 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM

That’s what is called a ‘Mexican Standoff’.

Was that ‘racist’?

I denounce myself if so.

jcw46 on May 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM

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canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Oh this is rich, and I hope Arizonas energy commission takes action. It would do California well, to not only read first, before spouting off, and it would do them especially well, to know their own damn laws before passing judgement on others.

Especially when it seems, California has been blatantly violating their own laws for years, by becoming sanctuary for illegals.

capejasmine on May 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Sweet sounds of unintentional consequences.

Abby Adams on May 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Power to the….oh…wait…

Noocyte on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Great letter, however, even with the lights on, no one’s home at the L.A. city council.

Christien on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Awesome.

DO it – pleeeeeease

Midas on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Two can Tango this dance!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 PM

mmmmm, this is delicious…. Do it Arizona, DO IT! I don’t even care that I’ll be left in the dark.

SoxNation on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Maybe Reyes can get all those illegals on stationary bikes hooked up to generators to make up for the 25% electricity bought from AZ.

After all, aren’t they here just to work? Aren’t they here to do the jobs nobody else wants to do?

SPCOlympics on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 PM

WOW!!

asc85 on May 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Whoa! Don’t tease me, bro. Is Pierce really willing to cut off a quarter of L.A.’s? Or at the very least gouge them?

Doughboy on May 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Power Plants

http://www.aps.com/general_info/AboutAPS_18.html

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Hear that? It’s Gary Pierce’s [email protected] clanging.

amerpundit on May 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

“L.A.’s” = “L.A.’s power”

Must proofread!

Doughboy on May 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Hey…wait….if AZ cuts off the lights and the water they supply LA, maybe….just maybe…more of the illegals would go back to Mexico…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm NAAAAAHHHHHHH.

sicoit on May 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Incredibly effective letter.

Renegotiate to recoup the lost dollars AZ.

originalpechanga on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Yep, either turn the lights out quickly (perhaps phased, over a 24 hour period so as not to take critical situations by surprise – I’d hate to see someone die in a hospital because of a sudden blackout), or keep them on at a new, higher rate that will offset estimated negative impact of the boycott on AZ revenues.

Midas on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

The Untouchables Script

you must be prepared
to go all the way.

Because they won’t give up the fight
until one of you is dead.

l want to get Capone.
l don’t know how.

Here’s how you get Capone:
he pulls a knife, you pull a gun.

He sends one of yours to hospital,
you send one of his to the morgue!

That’s the Chicago way!
And that’s how you get Capone.

Now, do you want to do that?

Are you ready to do that?

I’m making you a deal.
Do you want this deal?

l have sworn to put this man away,

with any and all legal means
at my disposal, and l will do so.

Well, the Lord hates a coward.

TheBigOldDog on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Arizona elected officials rock! Well, most of them.
I love living here.

itsnotaboutme on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The one thing that has bugged me – how did AZ ever elect Janet Napolitano?

hawksruleva on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Yes!

DL13 on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

It would be a shame if anything happened to the lines running from Arizona to California. Remember: call before you dig … or after … whatever.

Ronnie on May 18, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Looks like L.A. ain’t so tough afterall…great letter, reasoned, well written, to the point…no threat, just a request to reconsider getting involved in an economic war, nobody wins.

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.

The only change is that I would have given them 36 hours to reconsider the boycott.

right2bright on May 18, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Massive adobe stelae collection, found in Mayor Villaraigosa’s office.
.
Glyphic inscription indicates that reconsideration of boycott by L.A. City Council so be concluded imminently.
.
Stelae to be permanently displayed in L.A. City Council, in front of each City Council member’s seat, once they dry soild and stop stinking.
.

Arbalest on May 18, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Ouch…that’s gonna sting.

Might be time to move back to Tucson.

Fighton03 on May 18, 2010 at 3:10 PM

So when do the Arizonans start sending their captured illegals to sanctuary cities in Khalifornia?

Iblis on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

CA was pivotal in causing two Nevada coal fired power generation units to shutdown permanently that supplied power to CA which were to receive a $1.2 billion renovation to meet environmental standards. Apparently CA doesn’t like electrical power, so rather than cut the power, how about a nice rate increase just like candidate Obama proposed. CA continues to receive power and AZ receives money to offset the boycott. A win, win situation for AZ.

amr on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Yay! Zonies with cajones! I’m so proud of my state!

jones4az on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Smart Power

Sweet.

iurockhead on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Villeraigosa shows little intelligence and is definitely unfit to lead a city the size of Los Angeles. The first thing you learn on the street: “Never pick a fight with someone who has you by the b*lls.” Just another demonrat with no perception of reality suffering from delusions of grandeur. Liberalism has never worked and this is an example why.

volsense on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I suspect AZ will turn out the lights during the next Lakers\Suns game in LA.

WashJeff on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Viva Los 1070!

Eren on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

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•Agua Fria
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•Craig
•Desert Basin
•Four Corners
•Hayden
•Kyrene
•Mohave
•Navajo
•Palo Verde
•Santan
•Springerville
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Hydrogeneration

•Roosevelt Dam
•Horse Mesa Dam
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canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Yep, either turn the lights out quickly (perhaps phased, over a 24 hour period so as not to take critical situations by surprise – I’d hate to see someone die in a hospital because of a sudden blackout), or keep them on at a new, higher rate that will offset estimated negative impact of the boycott on AZ revenues.

Midas on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

That’s what backup generators are for.

AZ didn’t pick this fight but they sure can finish it.

When you have all the leverage use it. “The Lord hates a coward.”

TheBigOldDog on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Pierce 2012!

mankai on May 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM

higher rate that will offset estimated negative impact of the boycott on AZ revenues.

Midas on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

That’s the key, L.A. cuts 7 million out of AZ, AZ raises rates by 9 million…L.A. gets to crow about a boycott, AZ makes a few bucks.

right2bright on May 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Goodnight Irene!!

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I can’t wait to see what the response from the L.A. city council will be! I hope we get to see it.
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letget on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

AZ
now that we know you have big ones

Stop buying CA produce and wine , specially if its with AZ taxpayer money. Don’t support slave labor in CA with your dollars.

macncheez on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Read the short bill.

J_Crater on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

LOL … Doesn’t states and cities setting up boycotts violate the commerce clause?

Why not charge extra for California to use AZ electricity … Way to go.

tarpon on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Gary Pierce, President 2012
A man of conviction.

paulsur on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

LOVE it!

sarainitaly on May 18, 2010 at 3:14 PM

CHRISTIE / PIERCE 2012

L-O-V-I-N-G I-T !!!

stenwin77 on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

This guy for President.

WisCon on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

LOL … Doesn’t states and cities setting up boycotts violate the commerce clause?

Why not charge extra for California to use AZ electricity … Way to go.

tarpon on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

This is the start of the Balkinization of the United States. It might as well be 1860.

TheBigOldDog on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Nice little city you have there, it’d be a shame if the squirrels you have living there had to run in cages to make electricity for it.

Speakup on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

typical dumb lib, doesn’t realize consequences.. DUH

reshas1 on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

You done, Son! Booyah! That’s a Face Palm of epic proportion. The City Council in Los Angeles is getting slammed for this in all different directions. They look like a High School Associated Student Body Council. Simply ridiculous.

Sultry Beauty on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Perfect. If LA goes ahead with this silliness, I hope Arizona follows through.

hachiban on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Pierce Peterson 2012

mjbrooks3 on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

re: Vashta.Nerada on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

The Arizona Corporation Commission regulates utilities such as power, water and cable. Pierce would have been well aware that L.A. and CA both receive power and water from AZ, but obviously he or someone he knows reads HA. Also, there is a federal law, a water compact, that gives 7 states, including CA, water rights from the Colorado River.

Local news reported that the city of LA owns 4 water plants in AZ but I haven’t been able to find any more info about that on their website. SoCal Edison is part owner of the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant in AZ.

GrannySunni on May 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Outstanding! Makes me wanna go spend some of that disposable income in Arizona.

ornery_independent on May 18, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Sweet!

Jay Mac on May 18, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Did ju tell heem that it was the Lords elecreecity?

TheSitRep on May 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Here is the solution…L.A. takes the illegal immigrants and puts them on a treadmill to make electricity.
Like this only larger..

right2bright on May 18, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Send those 4,000 CA prisoners back while they’re at it!

ornery_independent on May 18, 2010 at 3:18 PM

They only thing better would be to have sent it in Spanish.

ROCnPhilly on May 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Best thing I’ve read all week!
Thanks Mr. Pierce.

LASue on May 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM

right2bright on May 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM

+1

I knew if I read the comments first I would find my first thought expressed.

DanMan on May 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Well, the Lord hates a coward.
TheBigOldDog on May 18, 2010 at 3:09 PM

TheBigOldDog:Exactly,here ya go!!
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The Chicago Way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g0RLyxP13o

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM

“Are you a lucky little lady in the City of Light?
Or just another lost angel…City of Night
City of Night, City of Night, City of Night, woo, c’mon” – los Doors

forest on May 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Maybe the AZCC could buy a copy for Reyes, although it might be difficult to read during the blackout in Los Angeles.

LOL…awesome.

radioboyatl on May 18, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Sanity! Clarity! Guts! Is it possible? Am I dreaming?

rrpjr on May 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

I suspect AZ will turn out the lights during the next Lakers\Suns game in LA.

WashJeff on May 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Now that would be funny. A sudden loss of 25% of the electric power grid in LA, where they had to immediately brown out so they could keep water and sewer systems working and hospitals supplied with power?

It could be a priceless “teachable moment”.

Jaibones on May 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Now if only Gov. Brewer would send the PS “I Approve This Message”.

fourdeucer on May 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

He shoots, he SSSSSSCCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRREEEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

I love the call out, put your money (or electricity) where your mouth is.

VikingGoneWild on May 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Careful, or Cali will cut off the weed…

Akzed on May 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

canopfor on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Dude, you are like the HotAir(TM) freakin encyclopedia!!! ;-)

sicoit on May 18, 2010 at 3:21 PM

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