When Arizona passed its aggressive immigration law two years ago, it sparked outrage across the country--although, in few places more intensely than San Francisco.
Soon after the bill's passage, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors approved a resolution officially discouraging city workers from traveling to Arizona and steering city agencies away from doing business with companies based in the state.
The measure also discouraged the San Francisco's professional and college sports teams from playing in state.
Now that the Supreme Court has shined the national spotlight back on the Arizona law by overturning a number of its key provisions (while leaving its most controversial "papers please" policy intact) some have questioned whether this might serve as an occasion for city officials to reassess the boycott.
However, the bill's author, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, still stands strong in his support of the non-binding resolution. "San Francisco will remain true to the belief that no group of individuals should be discriminated against," Campos told KQED, "and so long as they try to do that I think the boycott will remain."
The court's recent decision invalidated crucial parts of the Arizona law--making it a state crime for immigrants to be in Arizona without legal documentation, giving law enforcement officials the ability arrest undocumented immigrants without a warrant and making it a crime for undocumented immigrants to apply for jobs. However, the court upheld the law's requirement that police check the immigration status of everyone they arrest or detain.
Campos told SF Weekly he was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision, calling it, "a victory for those of us who have indicated that Arizona overreached."
San Francisco's prohibition on doing business with Arizona-based companies is far from hard-and-fast. The measure says Arizona should only be avoided "to the extent practicable, and in instances where there is not significant additional cost to the city nor conflict with [any] law."
However, the city's boycott had immediate effects when it was enacted. The week after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the policy, officials from San Francisco's housing authorities cancelled their trip to a conference in Scottsdale.
Not everyone in San Francisco approved of the measure.
"Would Arizona and other states that are more conservative than San Francisco retaliate and stop sending conventions to San Francisco?" Kevin Westly of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association asked Fox News. "Certainly in a recession, we don't want any retaliation."
While San Francisco was one of the first cities to pass a boycott of Arizona, it was not the last. A host of other cities including Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, St. Paul and Seattle have all followed suit--although many have run into difficultly with enforcement.
Los Angeles was forced to amend its ordinance to allow the private firm operating traffic security cameras at busy intersections to continue to do business with the city. Similarly, Sacramento allowed an exemption in its law to allow police officers in the California capitol to continue using products made by Arizona-based Taser International.
If you're interested in conducting your own personal Arizona boycott, Gawker has helpfully provided a list of things to avoid--notably P.F. Chang's, Skymall and the Grand Canyon.