An Arizona utility official has responded to Los Angeles’ high-profile boycott of his state by threatening to starve L.A. of electrical power generated in Arizona. L.A. officials quickly fired back by pointing out that while the city gets about 25 percent of its power from plants in Arizona, it partly owns those facilities.
The Los Angeles City Council voted with only one dissenter to boycott Arizona because of the state’s immigration law. Both the mayor’s office and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have signaled their support of the boycott.
The mayor’s office responded to Arizona’s threat on Wednesday.
“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 statement read.