L.A. Mayor Wants to Expand Arizona Boycott to Own City, State


Why stop with Arizona? L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa now wants economic sanctions against California too. If the Grand Canyon State deserves to be punished for its immigration law, he said, then California should be boycotted for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

"Proposition 8 is every bit as discriminatory as Arizona's immigration law," Villaraigosa said. "I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't hold my own state to the same standards. For example, when I was speaker of the Assembly in 1994 and California voters passed Prop. 187, another anti-immigrant measure, I immediately urged a boycott of our state. ... Wait, I didn't do that? Crap. But still, that doesn't mean Arizona should get off the hook."

As a bonus, Villaraigosa's California boycott program could end L.A.'s budget crisis.

"Until the state overturns Prop. 8, I promise to cut off all government spending in my city," he said.

This story originally appeared at NotTheLATimes.com. Copyright 2010 by Roy Rivenburg.