SF leaders ask MLB to move 2011 All Star Game from Arizona 

San Francisco leaders are once again taking aim at Arizona following the state’s passage of a controversial immigration law, this time asking Major League Baseball to reconsider holding its 2011 All Star Game in Phoenix.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor David Campos wrote a joint letter to MLB commissioner Bud Selig, saying Arizona’s new law poses “an unambiguous and direct threat to the liberty of millions of Americans who are Latino or who may appear to be of foreign origin -- including Major League Baseball players and their fans.”

Campos and Herrera, perhaps wary of a backlash against The City’s own immigration policies, added that, “the City we serve as elected officials has been no stranger to political controversy for its progressive policies and legal initiatives, including some by our respective offices ... But Arizona's new law goes far beyond merely pushing the envelope of a politically contentious issue.”

Earlier this week, Herrera called on city policymakers to boycott Arizona businesses, and Mayor Gavin Newsom has temporarily banned city workers from visiting the state.

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