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Santa Monica and L.A. County Face Questions About their Arizona Boycotts; Congresswoman Calls SB 1070 an Effort by 'White Supremacy' Groups

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The city of Santa Monica boycotted Arizona over SB 1070, banning most travel to the state and future contracts with businesses located there. But like many other local governments, there's room for interpretation in these, meaning the boycott could be toothless. In Santa Monica, the city's namesake Daily Press says the City Council "stopped short of pulling the plug on a possible $2 million contract with a company that has a facility near Phoenix." Funny thing is, the company contracted to do digital boards at Big Blue Bus stops, Trapeze Group, is headquartered in Canada with only one of 20 field offices in Arizona. Much ado about nothing?

Meanwhile, a Congressman is calling L.A. County out for their boycott. "LA County cannot talk out of both sides of their mouth by voting to boycott Arizona while at the same time accepting millions of dollars in federal reimbursement for jailing illegals and working with DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to check the immigration status of aliens that have been detained," Rep. Gary Miller (R-Brea) said yesterday.

The County does some $27 million in business with Arizona.

And another member of Congress is chiming in on the Arizona debate, but she's all for boycotts, even going as far treading into conspiracy territory. "The Arizona laws are not a mistake," said Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood). They're not accidental or one person's crazy idea. There's a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups. It's been documented. It's not mainstream politics. (Legislators) are being approached by folks, who are front organizations for white supremacist hate groups. They propose the language of these bills and get people to carry these bills in the state legislatures."

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Miller called it an "an outrageous accusation."