"Commissioner Gary Pierce is the Forrest Gump of Arizona politics." — Michael Trujillo, campaign manager for City Councilmember Janice Hahn's bid for lieutenant governor, about the Arizona power commissioner who suggested his state might cut off California's power.
Noted: Not that Arizona has any serious intent of interrupting the flow of water or power, (or that Los Angeles intends any serious boycott of AZ), but interim DWP chief Austin Beutner did join the rhetorical fray Wednesday in a statement:
I want to make clear that we support the City position regarding the recent law enacted in Arizona and the resolution adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.
On any given day, we receive 20 – 25% of our power from two power plants located in Arizona: Navajo, a coal-fired plant, and Palo Verde, a nuclear plant.
We are part owner of both power plants, which are generating assets of the Department. As such, nothing in the City’s resolution is inconsistent with our continuing to receive power from those LADWP-owned assets.
I might add that, as the City’s Job Czar, I certainly would welcome any conventions or meetings that were going to be held in Arizona to come to Los Angeles. We have fantastic facilities and incomparable weather and we’d welcome them to the City of Angels.