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Santa Monica Might Break Boycott of Arizona to Spend $3 Million
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Despite following in the footsteps of Los Angeles and other cities by boycotting doing business with Arizona, Santa Monica officials tonight will be faced with possibly breaking their own rules. An Arizona company's bid to replace 20 "manufactured homes" at the city-owned Mountain View Mobile Home Park, which is part of Santa Monica's affordable housing program, is the best deal according to a staff report.
If they don't go with the Arizona company, it "would mean significantly higher costs, worse design and a lack of required green energy alternatives, among other deficiencies," according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.
The Los Angeles City Council has twice opted to use language in their boycott that allows them to go ahead with contracts if it was absolutely needed. Once was for red light enforcement cameras and another to allow SuperShuttle to operate at city-owned airports.
The boycott was to protest Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070, which went into effect on July 28th, but limited provisions.