An LA City Council Panel Breaks City Boycott of Arizona

For a second time, a Los Angeles City Council panel agreed today to break the city's boycott of Arizona over the state's law targeting illegal immigrants. The council's Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee voted to extend for a year a contract for Blue Van Joint Venture, which has offices in Arizona and operates SuperShuttle at LAX. The issue will be handed up to the full City Council for a final vote.

The City Council last month extended a contract for red-light cameras with American Traffic Solution of Scottsdale, though in May, the council voted to boycott Arizona businesses because member believe the immigration law is unconstitutional. Harbor-area Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who chairs the council committee that approved the contract extension with Blue Van, said failing to extend the
deal could cause financial harm to the city.

The council approved the economic boycott May 12 after Arizona's governor signed a law giving that state's law enforcement personnel the power to check the immigration status of suspects who have been stopped for other reasons, if there is a reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally. It specifically bars law enforcement from racial profiling.

Larry Mantle will be talking with Arizona's leading lawmakers, police officials, activists and protestors about the impact of Arizona's SB1070 on July 29th from 10-noon on 89.3 KPCC.

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