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    San Francisco Leads Charge to Boycott Arizona

    Personally I am in favor of a boycott of San Francisco. I have no desire to go to the land of fruits and nuts.

    FOXNews.com - San Francisco Leads Charge to Boycott Arizona, But Calls Could Spark Backlash

    San Francisco Leads Charge to Boycott Arizona, But Calls Could Spark Backlash

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    Sanctuary city San Francisco is leading the charge of municipalities and groups considering a boycott of Arizona over its law to allow police to ask people their immigration status.


    Sanctuary city San Francisco is leading the charge in pressing municipalities and groups to consider a boycott of Arizona over its law that will allow police to ask people their immigration status.

    Mayor Gavin Newsom this week suspended all non-essential travel for city employees going to Arizona, meaning no conference in Scottsdale next weekend for members of the city's housing authorities. The city's Board of Supervisors also has taken the first step toward an economic boycott, a move that could result in the suspension of existing contracts with Arizona-based companies and a ban on new ones.

    But Newsom also has formed an "Arizona Boycott Workgroup” to analyze if and how an economic boycott could backfire on San Francisco businesses. For instance, the city does business with a company that accepts and processes payments in Arizona. There's concern if the boycott is made uniform, 2,500 San Franciscans could lose their jobs.

    Groups like the San Francisco Convention Bureau and the city's restaurant lobby also worry about a reciprocal backlash.

    "Would Arizona and other states that are more conservative than San Francisco retaliate and stop sending conventions to San Francisco?" asked Kevin Westly of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. "Certainly in a recession, we don't want any retaliation."

    Boycott talk is moving beyond San Francisco to other cities, like Los Angeles, where City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who is running against Newsom for the California lieutenant governor's seat, is organizing against Arizona.

    And California State Senate President Darrell Steinberg is suggesting the state end contracts until the Arizona law is repealed. But California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed concern about the impact of a boycott, which would affect one of the state's biggest contracts -- a deal with a private firm that houses thousands of California inmates in Arizona. The deal is worth millions of dollars, and Schwarzenegger is looking to expand it.

    Boycott supporters also seek to encourage major sports organizations, like the NBA and NFL, to move their games out of Arizona. Arizona-Boycott.org has launched online targeting prominent companies like GoDaddy, PetSmart and U-Haul, all based out of Arizona. The group is also organizing rallies around the country against the Arizona law.

    Opponents of the legislation say Arizona has put itself in this position because it wants to go back to the era of slavery.

    "We cannot go back to the slave trade, slave patrol era, where ... free men or African Americans that were free were arrested, put in jail and then sent back to the plantations," said Juan Carlos Ruiz, advocacy director of the Latino Federation of Greater Washington.

    But Arizonans – even those opposed to the legislation, like Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon – say a boycott is not in anyone’s interest. The Arizona Hotel and Lobbying Association launched a Facebook site noting that Arizona's tourism industry had nothing to do with enacting the law and is experiencing a fragile recovery that could be devastated by a boycott.

    "The Tourism Industry was not part of the development of this legislation, but unfortunately is certain to experience the unintended consequences of the economic backlash," reads a talking points paper produced by the association. "Instead of driving our state’s economy even further into decline and punishing the 200,000 families who rely on tourism for their livelihoods, we proudly ask all Arizonans’ to support the diverse and global workforce that comprises the Tourism Industry and to invite friends, family, associations and businesses to visit and experience Arizona firsthand."

    It won the backing of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, which reportedly will not cancel its June meeting in Scottsdale, although the Conference of Immigration Lawyers did cancel its August meeting in Scottsdale.

    Arizona state Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican, said he doesn't think a boycott will have any effect.

    "You're already seeing the governor of California rethink his position because it's beneficial to the taxpayers of California to do business with Arizona," he told Fox News.

    Proponents on both sides of the issue acknowledge that Arizona was hurt by a boycott in the 1980s when the state declined to honor the Martin Luther King Holiday. It lost the Super Bowl at that time.

    The issue was resolved when voters went to the ballot to weigh in on the decision. Opponents of the law may not like that option, however, since 70 percent of Arizonans support the legislation, polls show.

    Fox News’ Claudia Cowan contributed to this report.
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    Exclamation Call me What you will

    But i don't think AZ cares about San Fransisco or it's reproductively challenged citizenry.
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    Ho hum.
    Curt Lovelace
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    I expect nothing less from Pelosi's home turf.

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    I'm from Arizona and proud to say "way to go Gov. Brewer". Finally someone has the guts to stand up and enforce a law that's already on the books. All the illegals can go to San Francisco, and the San Franciscan's can take care of them. I hear Texas is considering the same thing. Go ahead and boycot us, we'll survive.

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    I wrote a thank you letter supporting Gov. Brewer for signing SB 1070. If anyone feels the same way, please support AZ by thanking the governor. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

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    Thank You Gov. Brewer for having the guts Washington can't muster up. " Job well done"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra View Post
    I'm from Arizona and proud to say "way to go Gov. Brewer". Finally someone has the guts to stand up and enforce a law that's already on the books. All the illegals can go to San Francisco, and the San Franciscan's can take care of them. I hear Texas is considering the same thing. Go ahead and boycot us, we'll survive.
    A suggestion on the radio today was for AZ to provide Bus/Train tickets to San Francisco for any illegal alien in AZ wh wants to go there. If SF is so set to be a safe haven, and wants to denounce a state that upholds current laws, SF can foot the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfhunter View Post
    A suggestion on the radio today was for AZ to provide Bus/Train tickets to San Francisco for any illegal alien in AZ wh wants to go there. If SF is so set to be a safe haven, and wants to denounce a state that upholds current laws, SF can foot the bill.
    I say we start taking donations to fund this idea! I will be the first to contribute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbster View Post
    I say we start taking donations to fund this idea! I will be the first to contribute!
    +1 Great Idea. I'll pony up.

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