Arizona Thumps Chest, LA Tries Not to Laugh
Macho Man Pierce
Ambitious AZ commissioner, Gary Pierce, tried to raise his profile today and threatened to turn off the lights in Los Angeles in retaliation for this City's official boycott of AZ's pandering (and highly likely to be crushed in court) SB1070 law.
Enjoy your 15 minutes, Mr. Pierce.
Here is the response from Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power;
General Manager's Statement Regarding
LADWP Power Generation Assets in Arizona
"I want to make clear that we support the City position regarding the recent law enacted in Arizona and the resolution adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.
On any given day, we receive 20 – 25% of our power from two power plants located in Arizona: Navajo, a coal-fired plant, and Palo Verde, a nuclear plant.
We are part owner of both power plants, which are generating assets of the Department. As such, nothing in the City’s resolution is inconsistent with our continuing to receive power from those LADWP-owned assets.
I might add that, as the City’s Job Czar, I certainly would welcome any conventions or meetings that were going to be held in Arizona to come to Los Angeles. We have fantastic facilities and incomparable weather and we’d welcome them to the City of Angels."
- Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power