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L.A. votes to extend Super Shuttle contract

July 27, 2010 12:46:57 AM PDT
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend a contract with Super Shuttle at LAX, saying the extension did not break its economic boycott of Arizona.L.A.'s boycott of Arizona, which began in May, is over the state's controversial immigration law, which goes into effect on Thursday.

Councilman Tom LaBonge said Super Shuttle is not officially headquartered in Arizona. A Super Shuttle spokesman said their parent company Veolia Transportation is headquartered in a suburb of Chicago.

Super Shuttle has a number of offices in Arizona that you can't find anywhere else in the U.S., but the company is technically based out of Illinois, and that's the kind of loophole the city used to extend Super Shuttle's extension.

Super Shuttle's competitor Prime Time Shuttle insisted that the extension was a violation of the boycott.

"I'm not the one making this up. They are an Arizona-based company. Their corporate headquarters are there," said Rick Taylor of Prime Time Shuttle. "So you can try to claim you're something you're not, but you are who you are. And I don't understand why they're running away from it."

Super Shuttle is a popular choice for transportation, and it gives LAX about $1 million for each 12-month contract. The contract expires on July 31.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn has voiced her support for extending the contract because of the money it brings LAX and the jobs it provides local drivers.

The council's trade, commerce and tourism committee and the board of airport commissioners had already passed the contract extension before the full council's vote.

"I just think it's very important that people can count on transportation like that, no matter what it is," said Carol Rose, a Super Shuttle passenger.

Those who denounce Senate Bill 1070 say that out of principle, the city should not have extended the contract.

The council had previously made an exemption of the boycott by extending a contract with a Scottsdale-based company, American Traffic Solutions, which operates red-light cameras for the LAPD. The city cited public safety reasons to continue doing business with the company.


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