A Los Angeles City Council panel voted Tuesday to recommend a contract worth up to $97.5 million for a company with 9,000 employees in Arizona, drawing complaints that such a move would violate the city's boycott of the state.
The council's Energy and Environment Committee backed a 15-year agreement with Honeywell International despite opposition from Councilman Ed Reyes, a co-author of the Arizona ban.
L.A.'s boycott was approved last year to protest Senate Bill 1070, the Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration. Since then, however, the council has made exceptions to the ban.
Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works, told the committee that Honeywell was not clearly covered by the boycott because it is headquartered in New Jersey, not Arizona. But Reyes deputy Tony Perez said the ban also applies to companies "based" in that state. With 9,000 employees, Honeywell meets that description, he said.