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Valley Glen Neighborhood Council Votes to Oppose L.A.'s Boycott of Arizona

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Neighborhood councilmembers take a vote on one of the Arizona-related motions | Zach Behrens/LAist

Neighborhood councilmembers take a vote on one of the Arizona-related motions | Zach Behrens/LAist
A neighborhood council last night may have been the first to take action regarding Arizona. In a unanimous vote, the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council voted to "oppose the L.A. City Council’s boycott of Arizona." Furthermore, the panel officially opined "that the Mayor and Councilmember’s time is better spent rectifying the problems in Los Angeles rather than meddling in the affairs of another state.”

The motion was the second to be considered. An original motion brought forth included language officially supporting Arizona's controversial immigration law.

"If you don't think the City Council should meddle in other state's affairs, then you shouldn't either," said one public commenter. Others on the board agreed with her. Supporting SB 1070 failed in a nearly split vote.

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Since L.A. took a stance on Arizona, many have expressed frustration that councilmembers would spend city resources on the issue during a budget crisis. The Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council, which is officially part of the city structure, may have started something here: will more councils across the city begin opining on the issue?