Ariz. regulator responds to boycott in letter to Los Angeles mayor

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona utility regulator suggests that there could be payback for the Los Angeles City Council's vote to boycott Arizona businesses because of Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigration.

Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce responded to the Los Angeles council's vote by sending a letter Tuesday to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Pierce's letter cites the mayor's support for the boycott and says he would "be happy to encourage Arizona utilities" to renegotiate power agreements that now send electricity to the California city.

Pierce concludes his letter by saying that people of goodwill can disagree over the Arizona law's merits but that a boycott of Arizona "is not a message sent in goodwill."