Does California REALLY want to boycott Arizona?

With the Phoenix (yes, in Arizona) Suns about to host the Los Angeles Lakers in Phoenix (yes, in Arizona) for game 1, the City of Los Angeles officially weighs in with a 13-1 vote approving yet another boycott of Arizona by a California city.

What is really funny here is LA’s Mayor Antonio (Viva La Raza) Villaraigosa has already said he thinks a boycott of the Lakers games hosted in Phoenix would not be possible. I think his words were “The best thing would be to beat the Suns”. Besides he can’t really lose the seats next to Nicholson, you know. Just make sure you bring snacks, so you don’t have to purchase any food while there.

LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, in addition to advising Californians to bring snacks to Arizona to watch the Lakers play, suddenly remembers;

“US Airways is based in Arizona and they certainly fly in and out (of Los Angeles)” and it would hardly be feasible to end those flights, Hahn said before the council vote.

LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn

Oh, and electricity, darn, seems California gets a heck of a lot of electricity from Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating station. In fact, there’s a whole list of little thingies California didn’t think about in its knee-jerk boycott;

-The Department of Water and Power (which must be chuckling right about now) gets some L.A.’s water supply from the Colorado River under a cooperative agreement with Arizona, which has rights to that H2O.

-Arizona-based U.S. Airways has a long-term lease for terminal space at LAX, which is run by the city.

-Los Angeles has partial ownership of the ’70s-era, coal-powered Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, which gives the city a substantial amount of its electricity. (Ironically, Villaraigosa was spinning his mostly defeated DWP rate hikes as a way to ease the city off of coal power and onto things such as solar).

-The city also gets some of its energy via another Arizona plant it partially owns, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and relies [on] transmission lines that cross from that state to California.

There’s a whole lot of stupid happening in the LA City Council meetings these days beyond just the boycott vote. “Stepping on a few rakes” about describes it.

Councilman Ed Reyes, showing his colossal ignorance, said prior to the LA boycott vote;

“I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who’s had a bad day and feels the picture on my ID is not me, I could be summarily deported — no questions asked. That is not American.”

Obviously he hasn’t read the bill signed into law in Arizona, or he doesn’t actually care what it says. Either way with genius like this, you see why Los Angeles is so far into the crapper.