Some suburbs across central Ohio are not taking Columbus' lead.

Some suburbs across central Ohio are not taking Columbus' lead.

Last week, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman asked for a travel ban for city employees to the Grand Canyon State because of its controversial new immigration law, saying it sends the "wrong message to send city employees to Arizona in the wake of their law, which he finds very troubling," his spokesman, Dan Williamson, said.

Frank Ciotola, mayor of Upper Arlington and also city council president, called Coleman's decision "ridiculous."

"You have a state exercising its right to do what it needs to do to protect itself and its residents and to have other municipalities and cities boycotting it is goofy," said Ciotola, who was born in Italy. He said council had not discussed the matter formally or informally.

"To my knowledge, we don't have contractual relationships with or ties to Arizona," Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk said. "While I respect Mayor Coleman's position on this, we don't have a dog in this hunt."

Arizona legislators passed the law in a move, they say, will help the state get a handle on its out-of-control illegal immigration population and related crime. Its critics counter that such a law opens up the possibility of civil-rights abuses and unfairly targets a race of people.

In a few cities, such as Los Angeles and Seattle, city councils have suspended travel and doing business with Arizona. In response, the person in charge of Arizona's top government utilities agency has threatened to cut off electricity to Los Angeles if council doesn't reconsider its action. L.A. gets 25 percent of its electricity from Arizona.

Dublin City Council's Mike Keenan questioned whether the potential backlash against the boycotters would be worth it.

"What are we going to do, keep three people from attending a seminar in Arizona and trade that for others looking unfavorably on Columbus? If we lose one convention we're a big, big loser," said Keenan, who said Dublin's council has not discussed the issue.

Some polls indicate that roughly 60 percent of Americans and 71 percent of Arizona's residents back the new law. A local radio station, 610 WTVN, has taken to poking fun at the mayor. The station has offered listeners a chance to win a free trip to Phoenix. The contest ends May 27.

Columbus will not terminate its contract with Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems, which provides the city's red-light cameras. And the mayor likely would not rule out accepting business from an Arizona company looking to expand or relocate to Columbus. He would evaluate those matters on a case-by-case basis, Williamson said. It doesn't appear his edict would have affected Columbus very much this year anyway. The city's Department of Technology had only considered going to a conference in Arizona.

The mayor did not consult with city council on the matter, which drew a somewhat terse response from council president Mike Mentel.

"While it is unfortunate that Mayor Coleman's decision was announced before any communication took place with City Council, I agree in (principle) with his intention regarding immigration measures about to be enforced in Arizona," Mentel said in a prepared statement. "Since there wasn't an opportunity for a more unified response from the city, council will have to examine our legislative options. In the meantime, I urge President Obama and his administration to pursue comprehensive immigration reform measures that will ensure the human rights of United States citizens and visitors are protected and the basic tenets of American freedom and laws are upheld."

Gus Comstock, the economic development director for Delaware County, said that while he doubts the commissioners would issue a similar decree, he personally supports Coleman's position.

"He's an influential regional politician," he said. "When he makes a decision like that people listen."