L.A.'s Arizona boycott over illegal immigration faces another exemption. Is the boycott working?
For the second time, the L.A. City Council will consider an exemption from the boycott of Arizona it has imposed because of that state's crackdown on illegal immigration. The council will consider whether to continue contracting with Super Shuttle, the airport transit service, which has its corporate base in Arizona.
In June, Los Angeles' red-light camera program was temporarily exempted from the city's contracting boycott of Arizona.
City Council members, noting that the Los Angeles Police Department backs the photo-enforcement program as a public safety matter, voted, 13-0, to extend a multimillion-dollar agreement with Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions.
Earlier in June, the council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa agreed to halt most travel and contracting with Arizona after the state adopted a law requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect of being in the country illegally.
Today, the council is to discuss whether to allow a $1.13-million, one-year contract extension for Scottsdale-based Blue Van Joint Venture, operator of Super Shuttle, which serves Los Angeles International Airport, according to City News Service.
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Photo: Protest in Arizona over immigration crackdown. Credit: Associated Press