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L.A. City Council to consider first exception to Arizona boycott

One month after it voted to impose a partial economic boycott of Arizona over its immigration policies, the Los Angeles City Council is poised to grant its first exception to its ban on city-related travel to that state.

Council members will be asked at Tuesday's meeting to make an exception to the boycott for four Los Angeles Police Department officers who are scheduled to attend the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. Conference in Tucson from July 12 to July 17.

The exception was requested by Councilman Greig Smith, who cast the council's lone vote against the boycott. In his request, which was also signed by Councilman Bernard C. Parks, Smith said this year's conference will be hosted by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Councilman Richard Alarcon, a supporter of the boycott, voiced doubts about Smith's request, saying he wants to make sure that the training is essential to public safety -- and cannot be obtained by the LAPD elsewhere. "If we are going to carve out certain exceptions, we better set a high standard," he said.

The council approved its boycott last month as a protest of the Arizona law requiring police to determine the citizenship status of people they stop for another reason and suspect are in the country illegally.

The boycott was designed to prevent the signing of new city contracts with Arizona-based companies and bar most travel to that state on city business.

The boycott measure allows the council to make exceptions in cases in which a failure to do so would harm the city's interests. Last week, the council voted 8-2 to file a court brief supporting a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Arizona law.

Smith cast one of the votes opposing that court brief.

If allowed to attend next month's conference, the four LAPD officers would be able to attend classes on high-rise emergencies, aeronautical decision-making and helicopter patrol tactics.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

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L.A. City Council delays vote on exemption to Arizona boycott

 
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I still cant believe we are boycotting a state for enforcing Federal Law. What a great idea, lets teach our kids to not follow the law. We need new "leaders".

Hey folks, we were just doing some political posturing and grandstanding for the cameras when we voted to support the boycott. What we really meant to vote on was a proclamation that we only supported the boycott if and when it was good for the city. The exception window is now open...
Signed,
City Council

In their haste to stumble all over themselves for the purpose of political pandering, the city council failed to realize that events, such as the one these police officers are attending , will take place in Arizona and may actually benefit California. My guess is that there will be exception after exception, until this boycott, which is a transparent joke to begin with, will fade away.

NO... Stick to your guns L.A. oh wait you can't own guns... Boycotting when it's easy proves nothing it is what you do when it's hard. Cancel your water and power contracts. Keep your cops untrained and feel good that you took the moral high ground

The LA City Council should be prosecuted in Federal Court for Interfering with Interstate Commerce...

What a joke. An exception? Please. You either do it or you don't.
Sounds so L.A.

Yet another example of our elected officials spending our money to push their own agenda. They can't stop their uncontrolled spending, complete investigations of parole officers who break laws, keep DWP employees out of strip clubs on company/our time, or pass a budget that works but their concerned about Arizona, go figure. How about we clean our own house before worrying about the shape of others? How about you figure out how to manage the people who currently work for you/us before you go telling other states how to conduct their business. I can only assume the council feels they've hadnled all of their business so they have extra time for bothering other states who have their own elected officials and laws. I will remember each of these idiots come election day and I hope you all do as well.

Headline should read;

"Arizona Boycott Paralyzes Council with Routine Business Decisions. "

What a circus.. Its embarrassing

Is this what the city counsel wants to spend its money on while the city is broke. You have got to be kidding me.

Is the LA City Council going to boycott Arizona electricity or not?

If I understand what has been written here - Last week, the council voted 8-2 to file a court brief supporting a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Arizona law. - The LA City Council is trying to overturn a law in another state (Arizona)
What percentage of the population of LA is made up of illegal aliens? Maybe the City Council should spend some time taking care of their own problems.

I'm so glad I don't live in L.A. anymore. I've never seen a city so mismanaged, and misguided. No wonder no one wants to put their business there anymore. Who wants to be under the tyranny of a bunch of numbskulls?

Dear Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

I live in the County of Los Angeles, and I resent every minute or penny that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors spends boycotting Arizona and/or businesses from Arizona because of their immigration laws. Arizona's immigration laws do not impact laws or by businesses in Los Angeles. Those of us of Latino heritage, who immigrated here lawfully, have to live with low wages thanks to the illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries. I pay taxes, they don't. I don't rely on "Anchor babies" and then live on welfare so that "THE BABIES" don’t go hungry. I work for an employer that provides health care insurance, that I have to contribute to as well. We don't rely on Medical or go to emergency rooms when one or us gets a cold. Our children speak and read BOTH English and Spanish, because we want them to, so do we. We don't rely on Los Angeles County, or any other county in CA, to provide interpreters, also paid by the taxpayers.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has no right spending any taxpayers time OR money boycotting Arizona because they want to enforce Federal Immigration
laws. And Obama doesn't have the right to do so either. But look what he did for his aunt, also an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, who ALSO IS NOT being persecuted in her own country.

So when it comes down to the bottom line, the CA taxpayers are getting screwed, by the Mayor, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, AND, by the way, the Illegal immigrants who don't pay taxes, and they send their disposable income back to NON-American countries. So clean up your own back yard Villaraigosa before you spend any more of my taxpayer dollars cleaning up Arizona's
A concerned California and Federal Taxpayer,
Jose (Keith)

Look what Obama did for his aunt, who is an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, who ALSO IS NOT being persecuted in her own country.

Illegal immigrants who don't pay taxes, and they send their disposable income back to NON-American countries

LA city council is nothing more than a bunch of complete and total hypocrites.

After all the political posturing and taking the moral high ground on AZ's immigration law, they boycott AZ companies. Until, of course, they realize that one of those companies helps them get MILLIONS of dollars for their cash strapped city.

Where are their principles now? How pathetic! What an embarrassment.

LA city council is nothing more than a bunch of complete and total hypocrites.

After all the political posturing and taking the moral high ground on AZ's immigration law, they boycott AZ companies. Until, of course, they realize that one of those companies helps them get MILLIONS of dollars for their cash strapped city.

Where are their principles now? How pathetic! What an embarrassment.


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