Oakland Beats S.F. to the Punch on Arizona Boycott

San Francisco's proposed boycott of the state of Arizona drew a national spotlight. But the distinction — be it positive or negative — of actually enacting a boycott goes to Oakland, which can add that laurel to the city's trophy case alongside being dissed by Gertrude Stein.

Oakland's city council last night voted, 7-0, to economically punish Arizona for its passage of the controversial immigration bill SB 1070. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, meanwhile, delayed. As item No. 38 during a marathon meeting, the supes opted to continue debate of the Arizona boycott until next week.

Since the boycott resolution was presented for “adoption without committee reference,” it would have required a unanimous 11 votes to pass (this category is usually reserved for uncontroversial measures such as commending civic groups and do-gooders). Supervisor Sean Elsbernd — who has no intention of voting for the boycott — moved it be placed on next week's agenda, when it will require only eight votes to pass.

Supervisor David Campos, the resolution's author, had mixed feelings about the delay.

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