The mayor and the City Council, weary from the daily beating they’ve been taking in the press and public, found the perfect distraction in Arizona’s highly questionable attempt to take federal immigration law into its own hands.
Not only did they condemn the crackdown on illegal immigrants but they reached for rhetorical flourishes in calling for a total boycott of Arizona, comparing what’s going on to slavery, the Holocaust, Manzanar and other terrible crimes against humanity.
A hyperbolic writer like myself was envious. They even boasted their boycott ended apartheid in South Africa — if only balancing the budget could be achieved so easily.
You can be sure, though, that they will all be present for the Lakers-Suns playoff games and in luxury boxes when the Dodgers host the Diamondbacks. Nobody is talking about shutting off the flow of power from Arizona either.
It’s so easy to take a stand against injustice elsewhere but you don’t see anyone at City Hall calling for a truce on the war against the middle class right here in LA.
No, instead we’re seeing taxes, fees and rates going up as fast as they can figure out how to do it and massive subsidies provided to anyone who will set up shop in LA, even sweatshops and distributors of goods manufactured in China.
Clearly, the mayor and Council’s posturing is symbolic when they could be taking real action to fix real problems right here at home.
They could, instead of giving away the farm to get outsiders to locate here, stop the policies that are driving away good jobs much faster than even miracle worker Austin Beutner can buy them.
The Business Relocation Coach website recently provided a list of some of the firms that have left LA, gone out of business or are looking to flee like so many residents have done. I’m not sure anyone of those who have left would call it a boycott but their actions amount to that.
Abraxis Health, a unit of Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience Inc, opened a new plant that will create 200 jobs in 2010 — in Phoenix. This follows the company’s Phoenix expansions that occurred in 2007 and 2008.
Bild Industries Inc., which specializes in business news, directories and market
reports, moved to Post Falls, Idaho, from Van Nuys, a part of the San
Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.
Bill Miller Engineering, Ltd., suffering under the “hostile business climate” in
California and Los Angeles County, moved from Harbor City to Carson City,
Creators Syndicate may flee L.A. because it operates like a banana republic.
Nissan North America moved its Los Angeles headquarters to Nashville,
Northrop Grumman by 2011 will relocate its Los Angeles H.Q. to the
Washington, DC metro area. It’s the last major aerospace company to leave
Southern California, the birthplace of the aerospace industry.
Pixel Magic, headquartered in Toluca Lake, Calif. , ( Los Angeles metro area), is
locating a studio in Lafayette, Louisiana, where it will create 40 new jobs
between 2010 and 2013. The company, which provides digital effects for motion
pictures and television, said the Louisiana people they were in contact with have
an immediate understanding of technology and data handling.
Plastic Model Engineering, Inc., a custom plastic injection molder and mold
manufacturer, moved from Sylmar, Calif. to the “Inland Northwest,” notably
Post Falls, Idaho.
TTM Technologies will leave L.A. & Hayward and move to other states and
China to achieve big cost savings.
Twentieth Century Props of L.A. has gone out of business as film-making has
moved to lower-cost states.
US Press shifted work from Los Angeles and San Diego to Portland, “where
union rules were almost rational.”