The Los Angeles City Council voted this this week to boycott Arizona because of new state immigration law passed by the state. According to City Council member Janice Hahn, who likened the law to the Nazi treatment of Jews during World War II, the boycott could affect up to $8 million worth of L.A. city business contracts with the neighboring state. L.A. City Council member Paul Koretz said the Arizona law represented “the very beginning of what went on in Nazi Germany.”
(Sponsor of boycott Janice Hahn wants Lakers fans to bring snacks to AZ)
Though Hahn said the contracts with the largest financial impact on Arizona, like between US Airways and Los Angeles International Airport, will not be included in the boycott.
Since the Lakers recently advanced to the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Hahn has spent much of her time asking the team and its fans to financially boycott the city of Phoenix and the state. LA WEEKLY reports:
Councilwoman Hahn is confident that the Lakers are only going to need two trips to Arizona to sweep the series,” Michael Trujillo, the manager of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor, told the Weekly. “Furthermore she will be sending a checklist of items for each Lakers player to bring so they won’t need to purchase anything while in Arizona.”
If the Lakers were to sweep the series with the Suns, they would need one trip to Phoenix. The team has not responded publicly to Hahn’s suggestions.
Today the LOS ANGELES TIMES has a poll on its website asking readers, “Was the L.A. City Council right to pass a boycott of Arizona?“
With 4,728 votes tallied, 93% of respondents answered, “No. The city should mind its own business.”
The day after the Los Angeles City Council passed the boycott resolution amid Council member comparisons to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said, “it is inappropriate and irresponsible to link the bill to the actions of Nazi Germany. In a democracy, there is no need to demonize opponents, even when they are mistaken, to those whose actions led to history’s most notorious crime.”
Indeed, if this issue was somehow relatable to the Holocaust and I was on the L.A. city council, I wouldn’t be proposing a largely symbolic boycott of Arizona.
I’d be digging a moat at the Arizona-California border - and ringing that River Monsters chap to stock it.