Tesla Motors courted by Downey

Tesla Motors courted by Downey

There are 31 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Sep 15, 2009, titled Tesla Motors courted by Downey. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

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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i love downey

Bellflower, CA

#24 Oct 6, 2009
as far as developing a car at 50,000... its the smartest move a new car company can make.

first you make expensive products that people ACTUALLy desire, then down the line, you develop something that has more mass market appeal. that way you dont sacrifice the image of the brand by trying to come out with affordable products right away. its just about knowing who your customer is, of course there will be buyers for a 50,000 car, but that doesnt mean tesla will stop there, there will eventually be cars at all price points.

tesla belongs in downey. it's an innovative company. downey has a very rich history of innovation and manufacturing that suits a smaller company like tesla very well. sure long beach is bigger, but this is definitely one of those times when bigger doesnt mean better. tesla is looking for a location that is ready to go, one that can be up and running within a year. they dont care about fine dining or ocean breezes. it's wonderful to have those things, but that doesnt affect the bottom line. downey is a very fiscally conservative city that is very well run.
Public Awareness

Glendale, CA

#25 Oct 10, 2009
Please see:

http://oehha.ca.gov/multimedia/biomon/pdf/App...

Tesla employees won't be told they will be at risk due to the 70 years of contamination.
Roland Paul

Long Beach, CA

#26 Oct 11, 2009
Yestday's P/T showcased Paul Eakins talent of framing our City Hall pols total failure to snag the desparately needed JOBS which were sure to result from attracting the Tesla Plant to our City as though it was actually a "positive".

Eakins has a brilliant career ahead of him in Pravda style journalism. Painting abject Failure as Success is key to the future of the Party in Long Beach.
RW Crum

Downey, CA

#27 Oct 11, 2009
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.
A "red team"? What the hell is a "red team"? How about lobbying Boeing instead? They're the ones who ultimately make the decision, not you or anyone else with Long Beach.
Ed Solis

Long Beach, CA

#28 Oct 11, 2009
RW Crum wrote:
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A "red team"? What the hell is a "red team"? How about lobbying Boeing instead? They're the ones who ultimately make the decision, not you or anyone else with Long Beach.
I've got a great idea. Why not elect Pro Business City Leaders who would work WITH Boeing and other businesses to bring JOBS to Long Beach. What a concept. It sure worked wonderfully in the "iowa by the sea" days when we were consistantly near FULL EMPLOYMENT.

Of course, it only worked for the citizens but didn't do much for the far left politicians who no one would have been stupid enough to elect back then.
RW Crum

Downey, CA

#29 Oct 11, 2009
Ed Solis wrote:
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I've got a great idea. Why not elect Pro Business City Leaders who would work WITH Boeing and other businesses to bring JOBS to Long Beach. What a concept. It sure worked wonderfully in the "iowa by the sea" days when we were consistantly near FULL EMPLOYMENT.
Of course, it only worked for the citizens but didn't do much for the far left politicians who no one would have been stupid enough to elect back then.
I live in Schipske's District. Safe to say I didn't vote for her.
Jimmy Jet

Playa Del Rey, CA

#30 Oct 22, 2009
i dont know why there is all this cloak and dagger. make a decision, and get moving.

the electric car is gonna hit us like a tidal wave. the coda is being made by miles in santa monica.

ct&t is making their korean car out in riverside.

the aptera is coming.

mitsubishi is making one for the right-hand drive countries.

and i think the leader may be the nissan leaf, just because nissan has the bucks to get things going.

i think tesla may be the mercedes of the electric car industry, but i dont think they will sell in volume. although there could certainly be enough volume that the one plant would be a big boon for the local economy.

toyota and honda are supposedly staying with hybrids. and knowing the stupidity of our car companies, gm will probably stay with a hybrid volt.

the hybrids will be instantly hybridized once electric cars are available to people. i dont think many people actually realize all the advantages. but they will learn quickly as other people start spreading the word after they actually own one.

an electric car has no smog attachments, so no smog check. and smog checks are becoming more and more difficult to pass.

an electric car needs no transmission, no radiator. the maintenance on them is minimal, compared to today's gasoline vehicles. open up the hood, and you cant even find the oil filter - there is a zoo of parts.

the movies have been around for years. having a studio has no big top end. being a part of an exploding industry has a top end that is not yet defined. but i think this is why tesla seems to have more clout than a pretty girl amongst 10 bachelors.

tesla had better get going. they are behind many of the other electric cars that are advertised as coming to market.
oscar jenkins

Long Beach, CA

#31 Oct 23, 2009
Where ever Tesla goes it will be a statement of hope and positive attitudes by City Leaders for their Community. That makes Long Beach unsuited for this company. Maybe Foster and the Lowenthals can get the World Hdqts for ACORN or Unite HERE? That is something LB City Hall could work to bring to Long Beach.
In order for the surrounding Communities to prosper Long Beach needs to attract the least among us.
JR Salazar

Long Beach, CA

#33 Oct 27, 2009
bjh wrote:
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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.
Back to the drawing board, then. Long Beach, get the petitioners ready if Tesla makes up their mind on Downey.
Jimmy Jet

Playa Del Rey, CA

#34 Oct 27, 2009
i heard that "2 weeks" about 2 months ago.
Richard Roessler

Long Beach, CA

#35 Oct 28, 2009
"The Tale of Two Citys"
Tesla could be a huge hit and provide many many very good jobs for a long time. Downey should get Tesla and Long Beach can continue to be a magnet for the unskilled, unemployed and hopeless who always vote for anything with a D beside it's name on a Ballot and expect NOTHING but public assistance funds as a "reward" for their political support.

It's a Win Win for both Cities.

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