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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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San Francisco Leads Charge to Boycott Arizona, But Calls Could Spark Backlash


Sanctuary city San Francisco is leading the charge of municipalities and groups considering a boycott of Arizona over its law to allow police to ask people their immigration status.

Mayor Gavin Newsom this week suspended all non-essential travel for city employees going to Arizona, meaning no conference in Scottsdale next weekend for members of the city's housing authorities. The city's Board of Supervisors also has taken the first step toward an economic boycott, a move that could result in the suspension of existing contracts with Arizona-based companies and a ban on new ones.

But Newsom also has formed an "Arizona Boycott Workgroupā€¯ to analyze if and how an economic boycott could backfire on San Francisco businesses. For instance, the city does business with a company that accepts and processes payments in Arizona. There's concern if the boycott is made uniform, 2,500 San Franciscans could lose their jobs.

Groups like the San Francisco Convention Bureau and the city's restaurant lobby also worry about a reciprocal backlash.

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