Arizona is not content to intimidate the citizens inside it’s borders. Now, it is attempting to intimidate the government and people within Las Angeles!
Gary Pierce is an Arizona commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission which controls two hydro electric plants on the Colorado River. The right wing Pierce responded to a decision by Las Angeles to join national boycotts of Arizona because the state passed Arizona HB 1070 which supports racial profiling of it’s citizens.
In a nasty letter to LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigoso, Pierce suggested the State of Arizona cut off power to the city of Las Angeles. Since LA gets 25 percent of it’s power from the Arizona power grid, chopping utilities would cause dire consequences.
Las Angeles City Council spokesman, David Beltran, said the threat by Pierce didn’t 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 on behalf of the city and Mayor Villaraigoso.
As it turns out, Gary Pierce is nothing more than a blow-hard. The power commission does not have the authority to discontinue the power supply to Las Angeles. His letter, however, is a signal about how desperate Arizona is becoming over the fall out of the Republican backed hate law, HB 1070.
Arizona HB 1070 requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect may be in the state without documentation. Citizens may sue law enforcement if a particular department is not adhering to the hate law. Since most undocumented immigrants are ‘of color’ in Arizona, the law advocated by necessity racial profiling.