29th April 2010
Mayor Gavin Newsom this week suspended all non-essential travel for city employees going to Arizona, meaning no conference in Scottsdale next weekend for members of the city’s housing authorities. The city’s Board of Supervisors also has taken the first step toward an economic boycott, a move that could result in the suspension of existing contracts with Arizona-based companies and a ban on new ones.
San Fransisco won’t do business with us. Oh, don’t throw us in that briar patch.
The problem with boycotts is that they never succeed unless enforced by law, and often not even then. Markets work, even when you don’t want them to.