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Santa Monica City Council to Consider Arizona Boycott

Inside Council Chambers, Santa Monica City Hall (Photo by Omar Omar via Flickr)
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Tonight the Santa Monica City Council will consider passing a measure in protest of Arizona's SB 1070, joining other California cities in implementing business restrictions with the neighboring state, according to the Daily Press.

The measure, put on the agenda by Councilman Terry O'Day, would put in place a ban on travel to Arizona as well as on future contracts awarded to businesses in the state. Despite a $2-million contract on the horizon likely to be awarded to a Phoenix-based company to provide digital message boards for the Big Blue Bus, O'Day does not believe a boycott of Arizona would be disruptive to Santa Monica's operations or damage the city financially, but items like the pending contract "would be in doubt."

Up for discussion, says O'Day: Does a boycott properly target the individuals who brought about the change you're trying to affect?" In Pasadena, as in other California cities, officials did not see a boycott as being efficient, and instead passed a resolution that goes on record in favor of holding implementation of SB 1070 until a federal review is conducted.