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LA Dismisses AZ Power Cut Off Warning

From Fox News:

L.A. Mayor Dismisses Warning That Arizona Could Cut Off Power Over Boycott

May 19, 2010

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday defiantly rejected a warning by a top Arizona utilities official that the state could cut off power to Los Angeles should the city proceed with its boycott of all things Arizona.

Spokesman David Beltran told Fox News that the message didn’t even warrant a response.

"We’re not going to respond to threats from a state which has isolated itself from the America that values freedom, liberty and basic human rights," Beltran said.

That was after Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, wrote a letter to Villaraigosa slamming his City Council’s decision to boycott the Grand Canyon State — in protest of its immigration law — by suspending official travel there and ending future contracts with state businesses.

Noting that a quarter of Los Angeles’ electricity comes from Arizona power plants, Pierce threatened to pull the plug if the City Council does not reconsider.

"Doggone it — if you’re going to boycott this candy store … then don’t come in for any of it," Pierce told FoxNews.com.

In the letter, he ridiculed Villaraigosa for saying that the point of the boycott was to "send a message" by severing the "resources and ties" they share.

"I received your message; please receive mine. As a statewide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the ‘resources and ties’ we share with the city of Los Angeles," Pierce wrote.

"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." …

"I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands," Pierce wrote. "If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy."

Arizona has some serious leverage over Los Angeles, as well as the rest of California. The state and city get electricity from a nuclear power plant outside Phoenix, as well as from coal-fired power plants in northern Arizona and two giant hydroelectric power generators along the Colorado River…

It would be fun to see how the illegal aliens in Los Angeles would ‘grow the economy’ there if the lights were turned off for a few hours some evening.

Besides, wouldn’t a few more ‘Earth Hours’ would be good for the environment?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “LA Dismisses AZ Power Cut Off Warning”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    If the federal government and liberal states continue to isolate Arizona, they may become the first state to secede.

    Then it will be ARIZONA OR BUST!

  2. JS says:

    I love the liberal spin in this story. No where did the commissioner threaten to cut off power. He only said he would encourage the utilities to renegotiate the power contracts they have with LA. If LA wishes to stop doing business with Arizona you would think they would be all for stopping that dirty freedom, liberty, and human rights hating Arizona power from streaming into their city.

    Gosh, i wonder why they don’t?

    BTW, where is John McCain on this issue? Can’t the conservative maverick get out in front of this one?

    Of coarse, I jest…

  3. logicrat says:

    The intellectual dishonesty and immaturity of Villaraigosa’s argument is astounding. Not satisfied with their destruction of California’s economy, they feel compelled to unleash financial terrorism on neighboring states as well. Of course, the whole foundation on which they justify their despicable actions is completely without merit. This is obvious to anyone who has read the law, which excludes most of those on the left who’d rather spread fear and falsehoods. “Leaders” like Villaraigosa make me embarrassed to be a Californian.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “The intellectual dishonesty and immaturity of Villaraigosa’s argument is astounding. Not satisfied with their destruction of California’s economy, they feel compelled to unleash financial terrorism on neighboring states as well. Of course, the whole foundation on which they justify their despicable actions is completely without merit. This is obvious to anyone who has read the law, which excludes most of those on the left who’d rather spread fear and falsehoods.”

      Touche’

  4. proreason says:

    “a state which has isolated itself from the America that values freedom, liberty and basic human rights,”

    I must be getting really old.

    I can remember when there was only one America.

  5. Bronson says:

    I’m just tired of hearing we can’t deport 12 million illegal aliens. There are 1 million cops in this country, and if they each only arrested 1 illegal alien a month we could get rid of them all in just one year. There’s like 20 million speeding tickets each year, so why aren’t the democrats saying “you can’t stop 20 million speeders.” They’re so stupid.

    • proreason says:

      It’s because liberals don’t know how to mow their own grass.

    • Perdido says:

      President Dwight D Eisenhower deported about 20 million not long after assuming office. He did it for economic reasons.

      This is America. If Mexico can deport 20 million, so can we…

      We could get a deal from the airlines. Say, $100 / ticket to Mexico. Multiply that by the 12 million claimed by the lefties to be here. That’s just over a billion bucks. That would be a bargain for either California or Arizona.

  6. Mae says:

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is a Reconquista member through and through. He believes, as do most of the Democrat/Liberal/Left/Communist Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles, that the entire southwest, much of the northwest U. S., plus the Louisiana Purchase, belongs to Mexico. That is what they are taught in Mexico and that is what schools teach in Los Angeles. He is radical, immoral, and a drip besides (not to forget a suck-up), who lies and cheats and is as worthless as politicians come. Yes, he will keep getting reelected because his base loves the thought of take-it-back and his non-base hasn’t got the guts to throw him out. You can’t reason with his type. You can only hope someday he has to eat what he puts out. And Villaraigosa isn’t even his real name! Phony-baloney ass.

  7. DoctorRock says:

    May I be the first to offer, “Yo, Tony! You don’t have a hair on your ass!”
    Which would be our antagonistic regional vernacular for “Go for it – we don’t think you’re man enough”. BTW – catch Mark Steyn’s spin on Draw Allah Day – he attributes a fresh pearl to GWB.

  8. Perdido says:

    Another bon mot:

    Arizona doesn’t have to cut off California completely. They could just do like the Texas Transmission companies did a few years ago when the PRC in Cal was playing games with the rates.

    Remember the “rolling brown-outs” that had the politicians and bureaucrats so mystified? LOL!

    • Right of the People says:

      That would be highly effective. How about cutting the power for about 10 minutes just to give them a taste of the future? They could claim “technical” problems.

  9. eaglewingz08 says:

    BTW when is Los Angeles going to stop doing business with California, its businesses and political subdivisions? After all California has the exact same penal law provisions with respect to illegals as does Arizona. And California REJECTED gay marriage. A double whammy deserving of California’s being isolated from the rest of the USA, and boycotted for its racist xenophobic anti civil rights legislation.

    • proreason says:

      Good point eagle.

      Moreover, when is LA’s movie industry going to stop selling movie tickets to Arizona, and Texas, and Oklahoma, and the many states in the “other America”. How can they live with themselves by taking filthy lucre from states that are so immoral?

  10. BillK says:

    I certainly hope LA suffers from some blackouts or brownouts this summer from “equipment issues” in Arizona…

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Um, I would say that the intense layoffs that are occurring in CA right now affect blacks and latinos quite a lot…hence….you have your “black-outs” and “brown-outs”

      (sorry, I knew there was a racist joke in there somewhere)

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Ever watch “COPS”?


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