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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, you apparently didn't read everything. It's not Arizona that thumped its chest, but L.A. for butting its nose into the business of another municipality that isn't dealing with things like being the Kidnapping Capitol of the U.S.

Meanwhile, I don't see our electeds banning U.S. Air, which is based in Phoenix, from LAX. I don't see them taking ANY action against Arizona based companies.

Meanwhile, the City Council and mayor should be focusing every minute of every day on how to not lay off those 700+ people on July 1st.

It's so typical of Los Angeles to focus on things othern than its own major, MAJOR problems.

May 19, 2010 10:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Given a chance, I will BUY things from Arizona, and not from here. I wholly support their enforcing the federal law.

I wish we did it here, too. Traffic would be better and the crime rate would plummet.

May be if Joe B's family member gets murdered, or raped, or robbed, by an illegal, he'll feel differently.

And I don't want just the criminals gone, but ALL illegals. it's unfair to those who play by the rules.

May 19, 2010 10:36 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

10:34pm,
You lost me in your 2nd sentence. Please try again.

May 19, 2010 10:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I read the Gary Pierce letter and heard Pierce on KFI yesterday (May 18). In the letter and in the radio interview, Pierce never threatened to cut power delivery to LA.

Pierce noted that the LADWP is a part owner of at least two generating plants in Arizona, and had a perfect right to get power from those plants.

Pierce said that if LA were true to its principles, it might
sell off those Arizona power plant interests to other entities.

Pierce said there were plenty of other interests who would buy the LADWP interest in Arizona generating plants.

But since that will never happen, Pierce said LA should stop trying to cause economic harm to the people of Arizona.

Pierce sounded to me a lot more reasonable and mature than Mayor Villaraigosa, Janice Hahn or Ed Reyes.

May 19, 2010 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fuck you, Arizona dumbfucks. All ur power and ur convention tourism biznis belong to us

May 19, 2010 11:27 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Joe despite your ideological views on the larger issue not sure you want to go too far out on a limb on behalf of Austin or the Mayor.

May 19, 2010 11:54 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Just acknowledging good deeds, don't read into it any more than that.

May 20, 2010 12:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would Arizona want to come to California. If I didn't have family ties, I'd be out of here.
This is not a great state. It isn't even a good one. We can't even take care of ourselves and we are putting our nose in another States business. Way to go L.A. - NOT

May 20, 2010 12:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Legal scholar Joe B. knows how the Supreme Court will rule.

Golly gosh sports fans O'bama should appoint that toad to the Supreme Court no doubt!

May 20, 2010 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MSNBC poll:
Should Arizona have the right to pull the plug on L.A. if the city goes through its boycott?

86%
Yes.
81,521 votes

http://world-news.polls.newsvine.com/_question/2010/05/19/4309119-should-arizona-have-the-right-to-pull-the-plug-on-la-if-the-city-goes-through-its-boycott?GT1=43001

May 20, 2010 7:13 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Time for a visit to Big Nose Kate Saloon in Tombstone and buy a round for my Arizona brethern.

May 20, 2010 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Austin know about this?

http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-0002-S36_mot_5-12-2010.pdf

"I HEREBY MOVE that Council AMEND the recommendations of the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) in connection with Resolution (Reyes - Hahn - Garcettl, et al.) opposing Arizona SB 1070, (Item No. 13, CF 10-0002-S36) to add the following:

REQUEST the Boards of Commissioners of Airports, Harbor and Water and Power, as well as the Board of Commissioners of the Community Redevelopment Agency to place on their respective agendas for consideration the matter pertaining to contracts to
purchase goods or services from firms, business and other entities headquartered in Arizona; and to review existing contracts with such firms for the feasibility of legally terminating such contracts."

May 20, 2010 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dennis Zine and Nooch Trutanuch joined the rightwingers Kevin James, Doug MacIntyre and others in demanding that SP40 be overturned in favor of a law EXACTLY like what Arizona just passed.

It was their way to attack Chief Bratton but especially Jack Weiss, who had nothing to do with Jamiel.

Zine and Trutanuch went to Jack Weiss's westside ofice and set up a media circus there to blame him personally for releasing the killer of Jamiel Shaw, Jr.

They had the Shaws there, even the woman from San Francisco whose family was murdered by illegals, in a media circus designed to blame by aspersion and to confuse.

Even knowing full well that the allged killer Espinoza was released by County Sheriff's deputies, under a procedure in place at the COUNTY jails they oversee, under their sponsor and puppetmaster Republican DA Steve Cooley. If Zine and Trutanuch did NOT know the difference between city and county, they're even more lacking in education than they act and speak - but they knew, they were as usual trying to deceive the public for personal gain.

Walter Moore drafted Jamiel's Law for the Shaws, demanding that anyone stopped for any other violation be checked for legal status and turned over to ICE if found lacking. In fact the Shaws have stated that anyone should be checked for illegal status as an independent criminal act on its own, which is MORE extreme than the Arizona law as it now stands. The current law is like the "Zine's motion" that the Bald One crafted to get his name on it. And some think, to take away the spotlight from Walter Moore.

Jamiel's Law is the same thing that Zine, Trutanuch and Moore's running mate Berger, demanded. Berger the outspoken and muckraking cockney David Berger who now has a plum job for Nooch because of his attack dog work for him on the campaign, frequent guest on Kevin James, with whom he openly sees eye to eye.

Zine NOW voted with the majority of Council, not having the guts to stay consistent. Trutanuch and Cooley are hanging their heads, hoping no one remembers a year ago.

Joe B, why do you give Zine and Trutanuch a pass? That blowhard who sank as low as possible for Trutanuch, actually has the nerve to think he should be Controller.

And Cooley - as he runs for the top job as Attorney General, where he can be even more dangerous? MORE of a phony-pious sanctimonious tool? Trutanuch threw everyone under the bus soon as he got elected - do you want to give him a pass on THIS too?

May 20, 2010 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was born and raised in Arizona and left only because of the low-wage, right-wing politics that have reared their ignorant heads of late. There are distinct differences among Republicans in Arizona. The traditional Republicans and the loons. The loons are running the asylum right now and it's tragic.

May 20, 2010 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am curious about political timing. If Walter Moore ran against Mayor AV today instead of 13 months ago, would AV still avoid a run off?

Secondly, Koretz said in a primary debate that the investigation of Jamiel Shaw would probally show that he was a gangmember himself. He said it three times, yet none of his opponents made an issue of it publically. How does Koretz bash a 17 old dead boy and get away with it? Bet his opponents would love to have a second bite at that apple.

May 20, 2010 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is an on-going conversation in Phoenix politics--how not to become like LA. Usually the conversation centers on avoiding traffic congestion, not becoming grotesquely polluted, and generally avoiding becoming a horrible place to live. Looks like LA has given us another model to avoid, urban collective idiocy.

May 20, 2010 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Ayn Rand Paul said:

Arizona should just do like Israel does to the Palestinians and make Mexicans have special license plates on their cars.

May 20, 2010 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arizona is the new Alabama, Rand Paul is the new David Duke, Jan Brewer is the new George Wallace.

May 20, 2010 6:24 PM  

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