Arizona Official Threatens To Shut Off Power To California As Payback For Boycott

Posted by | May 19, 2010 15:14 | Filed under: Top Stories

Gary Pierce, of the Arizona Corporation Commission, fired off a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa threatening to cut off California’s power supply.  Pierce is steamed by the Los Angeles City Council’s decision to boycott his state because of its new immigration law.

Noting that a quarter of Los Angeles’ electricity comes from Arizona power plants, Pierce threatened to pull the plug if the City Council does not reconsider.

“Doggone it — if you’re going to boycott this candy store … then don’t come in for any of it,” Pierce told

Pierce’s letter read, in part:

“If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation…

“I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands,” Pierce wrote. “If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.”

Pierce says he’s speaking for himself, not the commission, but that at least one other member of the five-person panel agrees with him.

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