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May 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM

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Seattle City Council plans to take up Arizona boycott Monday

Posted by Emily Heffter

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark said she will propose a resolution Monday to ban city travel and new contracts for goods and services from Arizona.

Clark said the mostly symbolic measure is a way the city can speak out against Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

Clark said she doesn't know of any scheduled city travel to Arizona. The city isn't paying for much employee travel at all, given budget problems.

"This is really kind of a statement of values, of frustration, I guess, that Arizona and possibly some other jurisdictions are trying this kind of piecemeal aproach to immigration reform," she said.

Council President Richard Conlin was in Arizona last week for a Kellogg Foundation-funded conference about "food and community."

Conlin said the group discussed canceling the trip, but decided that would be "silly" given that the money had already been spent.

Mayor Mike McGinn said last week that he personally wouldn't make any trips to Arizona because of the new immigration law.

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