Cart shop has welcome mat pulled

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

When Electric Car Sales and Services Inc. decided to set up shop in Bellflower this summer, they expected to receive a warm welcome.
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LONG BEACH RESIDENT

Long Beach, CA

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#104
Sep 29, 2010
 
Bellflower should take them it was really stupid on there part, growing green
business and they are really busy with alot of rentals i have been there various
times buying parts for my cart bellflower would love them if they would just
open there minds and eyes up stop bye there office check things out you
might be surprised i know they are working on a lawsuit and bellflower isnt
going to be happy
BELLFLOWER ARTESIA

Long Beach, CA

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#105
Sep 29, 2010
 
SAD SAD SAD BELLFLOWER IS JUST LIKE BELL
BELLFLOWER

Long Beach, CA

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#106
Oct 18, 2010
 
LAWSUIT WILL BE NEXT WEEK
DONNA

Chula Vista, CA

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#107
Oct 20, 2010
 
Bet some other car dealers got to someone in the city and someone was bribed to stop the little guy with cheaper transportation and green at that....He says he is licensed as a dealership....so what is the problem?
DONNA

Chula Vista, CA

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#108
Oct 20, 2010
 
I hope he ends up suing them and getting plenty....Beggars can't be choosers...Did not know that Bellflower was such a snobby place....I do not see as that area is so special.....let the guy have his business.....I guess I am a little late posting on this though ........sorry folks.....I will try to look this up and see what happened

Since: Oct 10

Bristol, RI

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#109
Oct 23, 2010
 
I've been following this thread for a while as I am a historian documenting the electric microcar industry that originated in Southern California from the late 1940s until the 70's. Others on this thread have quoted my Wikipedia entry and my blog on some of the history of companies like Autoette, Mobilette, Electric Shopper, Electric Sports Rider, Marketeer, etc.

It is interesting that in many ways history is repeating itself here. The municipal authorities want to make money off of this guy's business but they don't know how or what niche to put him in so they block economic development and free enterprise by stonewalling or over regulating. This behavior is what contributed to the demise of the original electric car companies in the area. Those companies, especially Autoette were pioneers of what we now call NEVs.

Over regulation at the State and Municipal level, nuisance lawsuits, and pressure from Big Three automotive interests eventually killed the business. If the public doesn't stand up and show support for these electric car businesses and other green enterprises the same thing will happen all over again.

As for Bellflower - They ought to be embarrassed. One of their native sons was the first veteran to receive an Autoette as a mobility vehicle with support from the Veterans Administration. In 1953 Jesse Underwood, a Pearl Harbor survivor who had sustained trauma during the attack, was able to get support from the VA to purchase a specially modified Autoette electric car. Jesse lived with his parents in Bellflower and they along with Royce Seevers, owner of the Autoette Co., helped Jesse get approval for the purchase. Check it out - Autoette is still the language used by the VA to identify electric mobility vehicles. By the way, I own Jesse's car and there are photos of it on my blog at http://autoette.blogspot.com .

If "Business Guy" reads this please contact me about your father's connections to the business.

Larry Fisher

Since: Aug 09

Long Beach, CA

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#110
Oct 24, 2010
 
Its always neat to take a look back.

Great info...

You can send a direct message by clicking his name as hes a registered user....
LSV

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#111
Nov 11, 2010
 
GREEN GREEN
Mendle Potok

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#112
Nov 18, 2010
 
We really do need to consider these carts if we are going to do anything about our air quality, some days a man can take a breath in this town!

http://store.thesolarbiz.com/online/Items.asp...
GAS IS THREE DOLLARS SIXT

Huntington Beach, CA

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#113
Dec 10, 2010
 
I WISH I HAD A ELECTRIC CAR NOW
GAS IS THREE DOLLARS SIX

Huntington Beach, CA

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#114
Dec 20, 2010
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND ALL A GOODNITE
STILL AT IT

Long Beach, CA

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#115
Apr 12, 2013
 

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Bowser

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#116
Jun 30, 2013
 
STILL AT IT wrote:
Wondering if this blog is still alive?
Not really...
EV GUY

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#117
Jun 30, 2013
 
I would like to keep this blog alive to test the waters. As of June 2013, Bellflower is up to their same bullshit and will not allow Electric Car Sales to occupy this location.
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