Tesla Motors courted by Downey

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

All five members of the Downey City Council took a bus to Hawthorne on Tuesday in their quest to persuade Tesla Motors to build an electric-car plant where NASA once assembled space capsules.

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Kennebreath

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Sep 15, 2009
 
I saw the ad in today's times and was surprised at such a bold action to lure Tesla. Even though I'm hoping they come to LB you really have to tip your hat to the effort they've made so far.
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If they sell these cars for $50 thousand dollars, they won't need a big place to make them because no one will pay that price for a car!
Long Beach Res

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Long Beach and Downey have been lobbying to win some 1,200 well-paying jobs, as well as possible sales tax if Tesla sells the $50,000 automobiles where it builds them.

$50,000.00 for a car, are they nuts?
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Sep 16, 2009
 
I am surprised some of our council members did not jump on the bus. They have been jumping on and off the ban wagon for years, but still not an original thought among them. I like the Mayor's plan, sit back and they will will come. We are Loong Beach.
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Sep 16, 2009
 
Long Beach or Downey, Which ever city gets the contract it's going to create 1200 well-paying jobs. I don't know about their 50K price per car. But then again if the car is worth it then build it. Good luck to both cities and for anyone thats looking for employment it looks like this is the place to look Tesla Motors.
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$50,0000....no way...will this think drive on its own.? pretty insane..

Long beach will get the win...and as for Downey's Council...Wow, how desperate can you portray yourself. I guess they don't have anything better to do...
Robert Kalayjian MD

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Sep 16, 2009
 
As a physician at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and a driver of a plug-in electric vehicle I hope the Mayor and City Council members are doing more than Downey in attracting Tesla to the Boeing site. Long Beach needs the jobs, we have the university and a tremendous need a replacement to the threatened C17 production. Electric car and battery assembly is clean and would make us a part of the future of personal transportation.
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Long Beach Res wrote:
Long Beach and Downey have been lobbying to win some 1,200 well-paying jobs, as well as possible sales tax if Tesla sells the $50,000 automobiles where it builds them.
$50,000.00 for a car, are they nuts?
There will always be people with enough money to buy these cars. Just because you can't, doesn't mean that others won't.
It was your neighborhood

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Sep 16, 2009
 
Long Beach is NOT business friendly.

nuf said.
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I really hope Downey gets Tesla. Ghetto Long Beach does not deserve them. The Mayor and City Council are more interested in low income housing, rehabilitation homes, and homeless initiatives.
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I will never forgive Tesla if they decide to choose Downey. It's like the Broad Foundation passing the LBUSD for Aldine (where the hell is that!?) for the big prize.
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Sep 16, 2009
 
Tesla will go where it is the most economically feasible. The sites are only about 10 miles apart
and the LB site is on the north end of LB, almost in Lakewood. The jobs are mostly high tech according to the reports so people taking the jobs will expect attractive housing. Both areas have nice homes. We will just have to wait and see.
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JR Salazar wrote:
I will never forgive Tesla if they decide to choose Downey. It's like the Broad Foundation passing the LBUSD for Aldine (where the hell is that!?) for the big prize.
According to the web, Aldine is a school district in the Houston area in Texas that has 94 percent minority population and is quite depressed. A large percentage of the populace is on some sort of welfare. Just type "Aldine" in the web and you can check it out. They were awarded one million dollars.
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Sep 16, 2009
 
Long Beach is sitting back doing nothing as usual. Where the h e l l is Mayor Foster and his crack team? Chasing down a crack head to give them some free housing in the ghettos that Long Beach has become.
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Downey has few of the natural advantage which we have in Long Beach. But, they have the edge.
Downey citizens hold their elected officials to standards of accomplishment.

Today's LB voters are satisfied to just take whatever Loser the Party puts on the Ballot as all they deserve.

Some attribute this to self loathing. Others a chilling lack of self esteem. Whatever the reasons we just don't measure up to other Americans.
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bjh wrote:
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According to the web, Aldine is a school district in the Houston area in Texas that has 94 percent minority population and is quite depressed. A large percentage of the populace is on some sort of welfare. Just type "Aldine" in the web and you can check it out. They were awarded one million dollars.
All the more reason to despise them. Houston? Man, we have a problem, and that's being runner-up to [insert district here] for the last few years. We gotta get back on our perch, pronto.

If we lose to Downey on this one, I'll be asking for the Council's resignation on the Speakout.
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DumbandDumber wrote:
Downey has few of the natural advantage which we have in Long Beach. But, they have the edge.
Downey citizens hold their elected officials to standards of accomplishment.
Today's LB voters are satisfied to just take whatever Loser the Party puts on the Ballot as all they deserve.
Some attribute this to self loathing. Others a chilling lack of self esteem. Whatever the reasons we just don't measure up to other Americans.
Your screen name serves you well.
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I have been trying to get Long Beach off the dime about recruiting TESLA for a while. I thought the articles in the newspaper about how TESLA felt it was getting "second class treatment" from Long Beach would have moved someone. I mounted a letter writing campaign and several hundred emails and letters have been sent by LB residents to TESLA outlining why it would be better for TESLA to be in Long Beach. Which by the way the Mayor of Downey contacted me about and wished us luck. I am putting together a "red team" to reach out to TESLA.
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Gerrie Schipske wrote:
I have been trying to get Long Beach off the dime about recruiting TESLA for a while. I thought the articles in the newspaper about how TESLA felt it was getting "second class treatment" from Long Beach would have moved someone. I mounted a letter writing campaign and several hundred emails and letters have been sent by LB residents to TESLA outlining why it would be better for TESLA to be in Long Beach. Which by the way the Mayor of Downey contacted me about and wished us luck. I am putting together a "red team" to reach out to TESLA.
Thank you Gerrie! We apologise for electing Suja. We didn't prefer such a disgrace but it is all the Party has to offer the 2nd District. The Party obviously thinks very little of the loyal Party members. But, ofcourse, every one knows that. Bonnie in Sacramento and Laura Richardson in Congress?
Oh Brother.
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Sep 17, 2009
 
JR Salazar wrote:
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All the more reason to despise them. Houston? Man, we have a problem, and that's being runner-up to [insert district here] for the last few years. We gotta get back on our perch, pronto.
If we lose to Downey on this one, I'll be asking for the Council's resignation on the Speakout.
The award was for the most improved performance. I think our local school boards need to stop using poverty as a reason for our schools underperforming.
The winning district did in with much more poverty than we have here.

LB had better get moving. Tesla is making their decision in two weeks according to the paper.

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