No more Arizona ads on Sunset Blvd? Here's hoping
According to the Associated Press, the LA City Council voted 13-1 today to halt business with Arizona. At the outset, $52 million in business is at stake, though Councilwoman Janice Hahn said not all contracts could be canceled, so the figure is closer to $7 million- $8 million, a sum dealing with "helicopter services, Taser guns, waste management, engineering and surveillance equipment."
An earlier Los Angeles Times story reported that the Harbor Department and Los Angeles World Airports (the latter operates LAX) are concerned about losing business. "US Airways is based in Arizona and they certainly fly in and out (of Los Angeles)" and it would hardly be feasible to end those flights, Hahn said, according to the AP. The port is worried about contracts they have with Arizona that helped bring cleaner trucks into San Pedro and have helped cut pollution at the smoggy port. It's not clear yet what will happen with the Arizona trucks. Councilman Ed Reyes, who also told the Times this afternoon that the city council will no longer be traveling on business to the state, urged caution with severing ties with Arizona so as to avoid financial strains on already-broke LA. Additionally, there's concern about lawsuits.
· LA Approves Arizona Boycott Over Immigration Law [AP]
· LA Has $56 Million in Arizona Investments [LA Times]