Photo by Kristen BonsApparently Los Angeles doesn't like the immigration law in Arizona. Well, at least Mayor and the city council don't like it. Recently they voted 13-1 to boycott Arizona in protest over the state's Constitutional right to enact laws that are supported by a majority of its citizens.
Arizona is completely within its rights to enact a law that would enable local law enforcement to do the job that our federal government is slacking on -- keeping our borders safe. The immigration law in Arizona is almost a carbon copy of the federal law. Let me sum it up -- if you want to live and work in America, please do so legally.
I understand that our current immigration process is a mess. But how can we address the issue of opening the front door a little wider when the back gate is swinging in the wind and no one is standing guard? We have to close that back gate to keep the criminals out.
That being said, I also believe that people are completely within their rights to boycott something that they don't agree with. Personally, I try to avoid Alec Baldwin as much as possible because I think he's a turd. If people disagree with Arizonian laws, there's a simple solution for them: Don't visit Arizona.
I'm talking about people, individual citizens, not an entire city. What does it even mean for a city to boycott a state anyway? Are Los Angelinos allowed to visit the Grand Canyon state? Purchase products produced there? I know I don't want to live in a city where my elected officials tell me where I can and can't go.
I also expect my city council to look out for my best interests when applicable. I don't think the 13 city council members in the City of Angels that voted in favor of boycotting Arizona considered their citizens' welfare one iota when they said, "Yea." If they had, they would've realized that a quarter of their city's electricity comes from Arizona power plants.
It's a two-way street, people.
Gary Pierce recognizes the flawed thinking of the Los Angeles city council. As a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, he's prepared to give the people what they want. In a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa, Pierce proposes that further economic ties be severed between the two locales.
"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."
The ball is in your court, Los Angeles. Are you willing to dim the lights by 25 percent in order to stand firm in your beliefs? I may not agree with it, but at least it would show some integrity.