In a sign that the City Council might not have totally thought through the implications of it's Arizona boycott over the state's controversial immigration laws, it voted today 13-0 to extend its contract with the Arizona based American Traffic Solutions. ATS, which operates red-light cameras at 32 intersections throughout the city, was exempted from the boycott at the behest of the LAPD, which argued that the cameras were important for public safety.
While the city can look for a new agency to manage the cameras, the LA Times reports this might be easier said than done:
Bidding for the new contract, which is expected to be opened next spring, could become further entangled in the boycott. Both the existing camera vendor and a top competitor are headquartered in Arizona.
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