Los Angeles County Joins Arizona Boycott

By Julianne Hing Jun 02, 2010

Last night, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors voted 3-2 to boycott the state of Arizona. The county has $26 million worth of contracts with the state right now and promised not to enter into new contracts and review current agreements that can be canceled. The board of supervisors joined localities across the country who agreed that SB 1070, the new Arizona law that empowers police to stop and question anyone they have "reasonable suspicion" to believe might be in the country without papers, would open the door for the racial profiling of people of color. SB 1070 is slated to go into effect on July 29. Several cities within LA county have passed boycott resolutions of their own. The city of Los Angeles voted last month to review the $56 million in open contracts it had with Arizona, prompting Arizona to threaten to cut off Los Angeles’ power supply; the city gets a quarter of its electricity from Arizona. Last week, Santa Monica passed a boycott resolution, but did not cancel a current $2 million contract with Arizona. The city council did ban city employees travel through Arizona. Both Pasadena and West Hollywood passed city resolutions condemning the law as an unconstitutional attack on people’s civil rights.