The LA City Council approved an economic boycott of Arizona today in hopes of pressuring the state into repealing its controversial new immigration law. The council suspended all travel to Arizona for city-related business and directed department heads not to enter into contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona when legally and fiscally possible.
Only one member -- Councilman Greig Smith -- voted against it. He declined to comment.
The council ordered a review of all existing city contracts with Arizona-based companies to see which can be terminated immediately. The panel also directed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that would require the city to contract with non-Arizona-based businesses.
This isn't the first time Los Angeles has resorted to economic sanctions to protest laws that its officials considered unfair. The city resorted to similar boycotts in 1986 to protest apartheid in South Africa and in 1992 to protest a Colorado law which promoted discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.