Downey mayor: We got Tesla

The Long Beach City Council sweetened the offer Tuesday to lure an electric-vehicle manufacturing plant here, but it may be too late. Full Story
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Saint Martinez

Torrance, CA

#1 Dec 8, 2009
I hope that even if LB does not get Tesla that it will extend it's offer to other CO's that might take a chance and come to LB. CA seems to not be business friendly
For a better Long Beach

Chatsworth, CA

#4 Dec 9, 2009
Odd that there's no announcement from Tesla...they aren't exactly shy media wise...
IM SO SAD

United States

#5 Dec 9, 2009
Well the mayor wanted them to come to long beach cause he would of got a hefty kickback for bringing them.
LB Eagle Eye

United States

#6 Dec 9, 2009
That's a big Swing and a Miss for LB. Great going. So much for the "Biz Friendly" recognition. How does Downey get over on LB? Time to throw out any city councilmember up for re-election in April.
Rob

Bellflower, CA

#7 Dec 9, 2009
It's amazing that we need to bribe these companies to come to our community and give us a few jobs.
The corporate system is broken, its main goal is to suck communities dry and leave the citizen's more destitute than they were originally.

We need is more home grown small businesses that can keep jobs in this community. Are these bribes(tax incentives) available for small businesses?
Mahatma Kane Jeeves

Sacramento, CA

#8 Dec 9, 2009
Lucky Downey. Now they'll get all the DeLorean ... I mean Tesla jobs.
get rid of Foster

Santa Monica, CA

#9 Dec 9, 2009
I guess all those trips abroad to Australia, China, Japan, didn't help the Mayor with his negotiating skills. I think the lesson here is just because you put an idiot in law school, doesn't mean the idiot will end up passing the bar.
Foster's been a basket case of bungling since he stepped into office. No leadership skills that I can see whatsoever. He's killing this city. He's in over his head, and doesn't seem to want to admit it to himself. He just schedules another fact-finding vacation.
bjh

Alton, IL

#10 Dec 9, 2009
Mayor Guerra says it isnt a done deal yet for Downey, but he is a very optomistic man. I think Tesla is playing the two cities against each other so they can get the best deal they can. Also I think they want payback for the insulting letter from LB. Also they might prefer to deal with a member of the clergy like Guerra rather than a politician like Foster. We will see.
zane salazar

Long Beach, CA

#11 Dec 9, 2009
Congrats to Downey citizens for electing rational, responsible, civic minded representatives.

It is heartening to how that every area citizen isn't as self destructive and brain dead as those who picked the Slugs who occupy Long Beach's City Hall.
Hold on

Montebello, CA

#12 Dec 9, 2009
Dont congratulate anyone until the ink is dry.Tesla has not said publicly who got the contract.The UAW will fight it unless they have a say in who represents the workers at the plant.And we know if the UAW does not get their way,it could kill the deal. OBAMA owes them!!!!!
LB Native

United States

#13 Dec 9, 2009
Once again, Long Beach waits to long to seize a great business opportunity. While our city officials try to figure out how to fill potholes (or not fill them), the surrounding communities move forward and lay claim to the big prizes. At least we still have our nice clean beach!!
seth adams

Long Beach, CA

#14 Dec 9, 2009
Long Beach City Hall has been busy too.
Long Beach got SEIU and Unite Here and hopes to see the Long Beach Convention Center closed asap.

The drive to stop Tourism funding should help City Hall reach it' goal of running most private employers out of our City in record time.

Viva la Revolution.

Statues of Hugo Chavez, Bonnie Lowenthal, and Karl Marx will soon adore the plaza outside Long Beach City Hall.
Its your neighborhood

Torrance, CA

#15 Dec 9, 2009
Ask local business owners. LB is NOT business friendly. Tesla making the right move to Downey.
Carl Lakewood

Long Beach, CA

#16 Dec 9, 2009
Was there any doubt? Virginia is for Lovers.
Long Beach is for LOSERS.
Kudos to Downey leaders for a job very well done.
justthefacts

Compton, CA

#17 Dec 9, 2009
Industrial Realty Group owns nearly 60 acres of Downey Studios,
and the
CITY of Downey OWNS the remaining 20 acres.

Under a memorandum of understanding with IRG, the city agreed to waive $6.9 million in rent
on those 20 acres and
promised to expedite the permit process
IF IRG enters into a lease with Tesla.
Dan Martinez

Long Beach, CA

#18 Dec 9, 2009
justthefacts wrote:
Industrial Realty Group owns nearly 60 acres of Downey Studios,
and the
CITY of Downey OWNS the remaining 20 acres.
Under a memorandum of understanding with IRG, the city agreed to waive $6.9 million in rent
on those 20 acres and
promised to expedite the permit process
IF IRG enters into a lease with Tesla.
Very creative. Imagine if Long Beach voters had actually elected pro business leaders instead of left wing lunatics and union thugs. Long Beach could have had a shot at a reasonable future. We weren't smart enough to think about the consequences for our political stupidity. Oh well.
damon

West Hills, CA

#19 Dec 9, 2009
Where are the city hall supporters like spike and lbresident? I'm sure they love the progress that is happening in their joke of a city that nobody wants to visit, And once they do they never come back. lmao
Foster Fails

Long Beach, CA

#20 Dec 9, 2009
Ok here is the solution for a better Long Beach:

Bob Foster Out!2010
A complete new LB City Council!

Foster blew 1,300 good jobs!!! Jobs!!!

Bye Bye to Jobs!!! The unemployed unite together!
Hey ain't got my support.

Would make sense, the American Trucking Association owns his soul.

-Foster Fails
Mike Ruehle

Pleasanton, CA

#21 Dec 9, 2009
Dan Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>
Very creative. Imagine if Long Beach voters had actually elected pro business leaders instead of left wing lunatics and union thugs. Long Beach could have had a shot at a reasonable future. We weren't smart enough to think about the consequences for our political stupidity. Oh well.
In case you didn't know, Mayor Foster and Councilman DeLong are the two elected leaders controlling city hall that have slowed the negotiations with Telsa. Both were elected because they were businessmen. Foster was the ex-president of Southern California Edison and DeLong proclaims to own his own telecomunications business.
Mike Ruehle

Pleasanton, CA

#22 Dec 9, 2009
The city offering these incentives to Telsa at this hour signals the Movie Studio deal has fallen through. Mayor Foster put all of his eggs in one basked and now Long Beach will have neither the Movie Studios Foster wanted nor Telsa.

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