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Phoenix resident angry about L.A. Council vote to ban travel, contracts in Arizona

Phoenix resident John Spencer said Wednesday night that he had canceled four summer trips to Los Angeles to protest a vote by the Los Angeles City Council to ban most city travel to Arizona and future contracts with companies in that state.

The council's action Wednesday afternoon was in response to Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration. The state's measure requires people to show documents proving their legal status if they are questioned by police.

"I'm urging all my friends not to go to California this year," Spencer said in a telephone interview, adding that he had scratched trips to Newport Beach, San Diego and the Bay Area. "We're not going to come to California."

Similar sentiments were voiced by a number of people who submitted comments earlier Wednesday regarding a report in The Times about the council vote.

"It's just not fair," Spencer said of the council's vote.

-- Robert J. Lopez
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I guess Californians don't believe in Democracy unless others vote with them. The people of Az spoke and that must be respected even if you don't agree with them. Boycotting is a blunt instrument that does not help in any way. If Ca persists with the boycots, I think Arizona should stop providing Ca with cheap energy and water. Let's see how long Ca lasts through the summer and if they are willing to suffer the consequences of their actions?

why don't people boycott everything out of california, like movies, tv shows, iphones, medical advances, oil, avocados, almonds, trendy gays, cars, computers, art, the Lakers, Mickey Mouse, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. kinda silly isn't it. boycotting Arizona, or California. Lets start acting like adults and demand the Fed Government to find a solution to the illegal immigration issue and stop issuing misguided laws that promote discrimination against legal citizens because we happen to look latino. This is the wrong approach to a bad problem. Are we supposed to carry our Birth Certificate? If so, can cops tell from a fake one? Or baby pictures to prove we were born here? So while our legal status is sorted out, will we be sitting in a jail somewhere for a few hours? what if I just grab my keys and go to SevenEleven for a slurpee and forget my wallet, will I be hauled to the police station? The law is dumb, impractical, vague and oppressive against Latino people based on their appearance.

I'm a California resident and I would like to thank John Spencer for his actions. California politicians are absolutely retarded when it comes to Illegal Immigration (and other things). I must, most unfortunately, live with the likes of San Francisco (sanctuary city) for illegals.

I'm a 3rd generation American and am appalled by these people who think they have a right to violate the laws of our nation (and now states) and demand we cater to THEIR needs. It also bugs me how many of these people come here to "find a better life" but just proceed to trash the America I grew up with and love. At home we have 2 very large areas with a high population of Illegal ALIENS. These are crime ridden areas one might equate to the slums of New York. Mind you this is in a city of only 150,000.

I am from California, and I wish California would pass the same laws Arizona did. Hats off to the people of Arizona who are tired of supporting and dealing with illegals in this country. If the President weren't such a one-sided thinker and see what the majority of American's support, he too would try to implement the same policy nationally. I travel to Los Angels on business quite frequently and I am appalled at the city's complete disregard for what is right. They are boycotting doing business with the state of Arizona? I hope that Arizona and other states do the same thing to California. It would force L.A. to reconsider their ridiculous position. Do not let them hold the state of Arizona hostage. Arizona should take their business to another city and take away revenue from L.A.

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