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Is the LAPD being hurt by Arizona boycott over illegal immigration law?

June 21, 2010 |  8:05 am

TalkBackLAFirst, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that several officials would not attend the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. conference in Tucson as such a move would violate the L.A. City Council's boycott of Arizona.

The council voted to suspend most travel to Arizona as part of its protest of that state's law dealing with illegal immigration.

Red light camera

Now, the focus is on the LAPD's red-light camera program, which officials say should get an exemption from the city's contracting boycott of Arizona.

On Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to consider — and appears likely to approve — an exception to the boycott that would allow a 10-month extension of a multimillion-dollar agreement with Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions. The firm operates cameras at 32 city intersections that catch tens of thousands of red-light violators each year. The council's Public Safety Committee says the exception is justified because red-light cameras provide a "significant benefit to public safety."

Paul Weber, head of the LAPD officers union, blasted the trip cancellation: "Public safety shouldn't be sacrificed just because Arizona's become a political football."

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Photo: The council's Public Safety Committee says red-light cameras provide a "significant benefit to public safety." Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times