Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday brushed off a suggestion from an Arizona utility regulator that Los Angeles might stop receiving electricity from the state after the City Council voted for a boycott over Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration.
"The mayor stands strongly behind the City Council on this issue, and will not respond to threats from a state which has isolated itself from the America that values freedom, liberty and basic civil rights," the mayor's office said in a statement.
Gary Pierce, a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, sent a letter to Los Angeles officials Tuesday discussing the possibility that Arizona cut power to Los Angeles from generators in that state. It's unclear whether Pierce's suggestion has any support from other members of the commission — or whether such a cutoff would be legal.
"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," he wrote in the letter. "I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands.