Newsom challenger visits SF to talk Arizona 

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s chief rival in the Democratic primary for California lieutenant governor made a quick stop in San Francisco on Thursday to team up with local politicians on a plan to boycott Arizona — something the mayor also is considering.

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn had lunch with San Francisco Supervisor David Campos in the Mission district to talk about ways to quickly expand the campaign to boycott Arizona, which recently passed a bill that requires law enforcement officers to detain people who they suspect are in the United States illegally.

The councilwoman — who said she visits The City several times a month for her campaign — said she had no qualms about landing on her rival’s turf to take on an issue that Newsom is tackling himself.

The mayor convened a working group this week to consider and analyze the economic effects of an Arizona boycott. But for now, he has barred all city workers from traveling to Arizona for official business.

“I believe I did it first,” Hahn said, referring to her proposal to boycott Arizona. “I introduced a resolution to the [Los Angeles] City Council before he instituted a working group.”

She said she reached out to Campos after he introduced a nonbinding resolution Tuesday to boycott Arizona and its businesses until that state’s lawmakers repeal the immigration bill.

“I was hoping to work together,” Hahn said. “I sent a letter to 250 of the largest cities in the country to join us in this boycott, and I will see how [Campos] can make it stronger.”

Campos said his lunch with Hahn wasn’t a political endorsement. He’s simply taking on an issue about which he feels passionately: immigration.

“I don’t have a dog in this race,” said Campos, adding that he has no plans to endorse any lieutenant governor candidate. “I’m just trying to find out more about what L.A. is doing around the issue and see if there is anything we can do.”

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

 

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