The Arizona legislation that has sparked fury nationwide and even prompted City Attorney Dennis Herrera to call for a boycott of all things Arizona has also served to highlight a difference in opinion between Mayor Gavin Newsom and his opponent in the Lieutenant Governor's race, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
In a Chronicle story today, Newsom took a murky stance on the Arizona boycott idea:
“Newsom argued that a total boycott of Arizona businesses could bring the city a wide range of problems that haven't even been considered. ‘The notion of boycotting a state and every business that does business in the state is an extraordinarily complicated matter,’ he warned.”
To Hahn, the matter isn’t so complicated. According to a press release we received from her campaign:
“In response to newly-enacted legislation in Arizona which will require immigrants to carry documents about their immigration status at all times, and will allow police officers to question residents about their immigration status, today, Councilwoman Janice Hahn will introduce a resolution calling on the City of Los Angeles to boycott the State of Arizona. The resolution will call for Los Angeles, and all of its departments, to end any and all contracts with Arizona-based companies and to stop doing business with the state.”