“A member of an Arizona board that oversees utilities has suggested that they cut power transfers to Los Angeles because of the city’s boycott in connection with the state’s anti-immigration crackdown.
“Gary Pierce, a member of the Arizona Corporate Commission, sent a letter to L.A. officials Tuesday discussing the possibility that Arizona cut power to L.A. from generators in that state. It’s unclear whether Pierce’s suggestion has any support from other members of the commission — or whether such a cutoff is legally allowed.
“‘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,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘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.'”
Arizona official suggests cutting off power to L.A. over boycott on illegal immigration crackdown, by Shelby Grad, LA Times, May 19, 2010
Mr. Pierce should learn to read a contract: according to Councilman Tom LaBonge, the Los Angeles DWP owns enough of those power plants to keep this from happening. And further to Mr. Pierce’s eduction, he might want to learn not to make idle threats in writing. It’s stupid, embarrassing and detrimental to whatever integrity Arizona has left. People of Arizona, does Gary Pierce really speak for all of you? Huh.
Readers might be wondering why some people really hate Los Angeles. Well, one reason is that we don’t scare easily. We ride out earthquakes, wildfires, riots, whatnot, and look great doing so. America, we love you! Welcome to Los Angeles!