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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WOOHOO! Way to Go, Arizona!

If Los Angeles wants to boycott Arizona, it had better get used to reading by candlelight.

That's the message from a member of Arizona's top government utilities agency, who threw down the gauntlet Tuesday in a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa by threatening to cut off the city's power supply as retribution.

Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission,
wrote the letter in response to the Los Angeles City Council's decision last week to boycott the Grand Canyon State -- in protest of its immigration law -- by suspending official travel there and ending future contracts with state businesses.

Noting that a quarter of Los Angeles' electricity comes from Arizona power plants, Pierce threatened to pull the plug if the City Council does not reconsider.
"Doggone it -- if you're going to boycott this candy store ... then don't come in for any of it," Pierce told FoxNews.com.

In the letter, he ridiculed Villaraigosa for saying that the point of the boycott was to "send a message" by severing the "resources and ties" they share.

"I received your message; please receive mine. As a statewide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona's electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the 'resources and ties' we share with the city of Los Angeles," Pierce wrote.

"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."

Appearing to tap into local frustration in Arizona over the raft of boycotts and threatened boycotts from cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Pierce warned that Arizona companies are willing and ready to fight boycott with boycott.
"I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands," Pierce wrote. "If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy."
Pierce told FoxNews.com that he was speaking for himself, not the entire commission, though he has the support of at least one other member. But Arizona has some serious leverage over Los Angeles, as well as the rest of California. The state and city get electricity from a nuclear power plant outside Phoenix, as well as from coal-fired power plants in northern Arizona and two giant hydroelectric power
generators along the Colorado River.

Despite that, the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly last week to ban future business with Arizona -- a decision that could cost Arizona millions of dollars in lost contracts.

Los Angeles officials were furious with the Arizona immigration law passed last month and joined local officials in cities across the country in pushing boycotts to register their dismay. Critics say the law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses.
Arizona officials have defended the law, saying the state needed to take its illegal immigration problem into its own hands. Pierce said he's "supportive" of the state's efforts to control the border.

The law requires local law enforcement to try to verify the immigration status of anyone they have contact with whom they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. It empowers them to turn over verified illegal immigrants to federal custody. The legislation explicitly prohibits screening people based solely on race or national origin.


  1. I say we Buycott Arizona! Let's Vacation there, let's make sure we find products produced there, go Arizona! this is not a racist law but a law for our sovereignty. And their good! If they boycott, they are hurting those they 'claim' to want to help@@ I am all for imigration. Legal imigration. Let your weary, tired and torn come. Let them all come... LEGALLY! I say as a grand daughter of immigrants on one side and descendant of the Pilgrims on the other family tree :0

    ok hushing up now.. off my soap box

  2. This country is in a mess, isn't it, dear friend? Thank you for sharing...always.

    I was just thinking about you when I was out in the mud room dusting my old bottle and jar collection a few minutes ago. Then I came to check my blog and found a sweet note from you!

    Thanks for asking about my favorites of Burt's Bees products. I have two VERY favorite products of theirs. I have really sensitive skin and had been using a Clinique product to cleanse my face. The product was good...but far from natural and the cost was really expensive. I went from that to Aveeno's pump face cleaner, but it started going up in price also. That's when I went straight to Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. THAT IS ONE PRODUCT I DO NOT EVER LET MYSELF GET OUT OF! The other product that I like REALLY well is a hand/body lotion that is milk and honey...or almond and honey...can't remember for sure which. It's been a while since I've had any of that. I've been trying other brands of lotions, but they don't work nearly as well.

    I like to collect old jars and bottles...but I have a problem when it comes to finding something that is going to work to get the stains out of the inside. Some of them are old pop bottles that have long skinny necks...and the majority of those Carroll has found for me in old trash dumps either here at the house, or out at his brother's farm, so they are far from clean when I get them to begin with. My question for you is...do you have any idea what I could use to get the stains out...AND...as far as their worth value wise, is it better to leave them with those stains in them, or to try and clean them up to be spotless.

    Hope you are having a good day!

    Sending hugs to Ohio from WV today on this wind we are having....


  3. The definition of irony: 99% of the people boycotting Arizona because of this law haven't even READ the law! Isn't that ludicrous?

    I just keep praying for God's hand in everything and His will be done. The chaos and ridiculousness this govt and such are putting us through is awful!

  4. I really love this. Arizona is doing exactly what the Federal Law is suppose to be doing. I am for taking the lights away. I too am in favor of legal immigration; but we must protect our borders. Blessings for posting this one.

  5. Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul MN also promotes a boycott of AZ and my husband sent an email to his desk saying we will no longer be spending any dollars in his city for that wreckless act of "leadership". We are planning a summer trip to Arizona and I am so happy about that but I am also so concerned about my country's future.


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