According to the Sacramento Bee:
The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to place economic sanctions against Arizona companies in response to that state's immigration laws.
The sanctions passed by a 6-1 council vote are on par with the broadest actions passed by other California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.
They include forbidding city workers from attending conferences in Arizona on the city's dime, boycotting companies based in Arizona "where practicable and where there is no significant additional cost to the city" and potentially canceling current contracts with firms from Arizona.
"For those who would criticize us for using our time to address this critical issue in our country's history, I would say this: How can we not?" said Councilman Rob Fong, who called for the debate.
Fong added, "I've never been more proud of us" and said the city was "standing on the right side of history."
You know, I say congratulations. And you know what else I say? I say Arizona should fully and whole-heartedly support this resolution and all the others that have passed.
Arizona should fully accept that California no longer wants to do business with Arizona's water and electricty companies located in Arizona. They should say, "okie dokie!!"
Shut off that water.
Shut off that electricity.
Welcome to the dark ages California. Tell me how well those solar panels are doing pumping water to your homes and skyscrapers?
At least there were those on the council that stood up for what was TRUTH!
Council members Lauren Hammond and Steve Cohn were absent for the discussion. Cohn had indicated he did not support the boycott but left the council meeting as the immigration debate began Tuesday, returning moments after the vote was taken.
ohhhh... ok. maybe not.
At least the Sacramento Bee effectively portrayed the Arizona side of things. Right?
Critics charge the law will lead to racial profiling, while those who support it say it will be an essential crime-fighting tool against violent drug cartels from Mexico.
Under the law, which takes effect next month, local police in Arizona will be required to check for immigration status when they suspect those they stop, detain or arrest are in the country illegally.
In Sacramento – and other California cities – police officers do not ask for immigration status during traffic stops, while investigating minor infractions or when someone is a witness or victim of a crime.
ohhhh... ok. maybe not.
Except, they are not REQUIRED to check. And, they can't stop people just because they suspect them of being in country illegally. There has to be a strong and sound legal reason for the officers to stop people. Like, speeding. Like breaking and entering. Like running a read light.
And, except, California officers ARE required to check.
Sooooo? Mislead much? Bias much?
And according to the astute and many-researcher-filled Sacramento Bee, what will be the impact of this new love-fest resolution?
The boycott's impact could be significant and immediate.
Sundt Construction, based in Phoenix, is listed as a construction partner for a proposal being considered by city officials to revamp the most blighted blocks of K Street downtown. Under that proposal led by Rubicon Partners, a new permanent farmers market, museum and music venue would be built.
Sundt also currently has a $1.1 million contract with the city to build a new water pipeline in south Sacramento. It was also the lead firm on the $11 million Valley Hi/North Laguna Library.
The company has had an office in the city of Sacramento for 30 years and employs 65 people here.
Let's lay off 65 people during one of California's most hardest economic downturns and kick their butts on their way out the door. And you can forget about revitalizing the BLIGHT or that new prestigous yuppy library too.
You might want to start investing in candles and bicycle-powered generators with that unspent money now.
What else could go wrong with this resolution. Especially in economically stressed California, home of some of the most violent gangs in the continent?
The Police Department also purchases its controlled energy devices – also known as Tasers – from Taser International, based in Scottsdale.
City staffers are going over hundreds of contracts to determine if the city does business with other Arizona companies. It's a time-intensive practice; some companies have a billing address in Arizona but are based elsewhere, while other firms collect their bills in other states but are headquartered in Arizona.
oooohhhhh.. Ok. Well, at least they will still have their batons.
And, its not like the government was over-bloated with staffers anyway. At least this gives them something to do besides sit around watching the paint peel.
I feel better.