Long Beach, Downey are finalists for Tesla Motors plant
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#1 Aug 28, 2009
I have every confidence that a very small minority of people will screw this up for Long Beach and yet another business that would bring in vital tax dollars will be forced to move to another city.
This is a business that the city needs. This is tax dollars that the city needs. There are no logical arguments against them moving into our city.
#2 Aug 28, 2009
Let's go Long Beach! Downey is like shipping jobs to mexico. Americans needs jobs.
#3 Aug 28, 2009
Big John, you should change your name to Big Racist Idiot.
#4 Aug 28, 2009
It won't surprise me if Fremont, Ca., jumps into the scene. After all, Toyota just announced they'll be leaving the state-of-the-art auto plant. How can Downey & Long Beach compete with a facility that already has the infrastructure in place?
#6 Aug 28, 2009
I live in Downey. Many of my neighbors are latino and they are good, hard working people. Downey would be a great place for this company and since it is a small city the legal work that is involved in this type of enterprise would be far less complicated than in a large city like Long Beach.
The company that I work for had to change venues twice because of big city buerocracy. Are you saying that Long Beach has no latino population?
#7 Aug 28, 2009
Since the Tesla is an electric car it is possible that the factory in Fremont is not suitable. It costs a great deal of money to convert a manufacturing facility. Also, as in the case of my company, when a facility moves out and a new one moves in the original equipment is often removed.
It is sometimes cheaper to start from scratch.
Maybe Tesla took that into consideration when they chose to go with either LB or Downey.
#8 Aug 28, 2009
Its obvious that Long Beach will the the chosen spot. One big factor is shipping prodocts in and out of the warehouse and who has more options? Long beach.
#9 Aug 28, 2009
Long Beach. That site is just off the 405 and right beside the airport. The Downey site, the freeways is a short hike. Just plain easier for the truck to get back and forth, plus people and other stuff that gets flown in are right there.
Let Downey continue to have the studios....
#10 Aug 28, 2009
Next to the airport, the 405 and...the Ports!
#11 Aug 28, 2009
What really worries me in the article is the notion that one or more counsel members "prefer" to have the studio instead of the automotive plant.
Dumb, dumber and dumbest!!
You are not in a position to "prefer"...your first priority and responsibility is to bring in jobs now that our unemployment rate is over 12%!
Forget your "preferences" and your "ego"...go to work will you!
#12 Aug 28, 2009
What we need in this area is a lot more jobs not just the handful that a studio would bring in.
Whether it is in Downey or Long Beach we definitely need it in this area. Freewaywise Downey is surrounded by them, but the roads leading into Long Beach are much wider and probably easier to manuever for the eighteen wheelers. I think it is the transportation, not the actual building that will be the deciding factor myself.
#13 Aug 28, 2009
If you recall, your former mayor Beverly failed to keep the naval shipyard in Long Beach. Maybe your current mayor can do a better job.
#14 Aug 28, 2009
I have to agree with Big John, Downey is now just a little Tijuana. If you want a car that runs have it built in Long Beach by Americans!! Long Beach is a step away from every makor FRWY and the ports. Downey is closed to what? East L.A. Its so sad what has become of a once wealthy Neighborhood like Downey, so sad.
#17 Aug 29, 2009
The availability of the NUMMI site, was not made public until this past week. I don't see what equipment changes will be need to be made. After all, automobile assembly plants are generally homogenous.
Also, TESLA's headquarters, in relation to the NUMMI plant, is approximately twenty (20) miles away. In addition, TESLA would have the benefit of an already trained automotive assembly workforce, as well as access to two of the most prestigous engineering universites in the country (Stanford & UC-Berkeley)
#21 Aug 29, 2009
If Downey was smart and if Tesla picks Long Beach, it should fight hard to get a new University of California Campus built either at the Downey Studios site or the Los Amigos site.
That would be ideal since it's halfway between UCLA and UC Irvine and be an incubator for new high paying jobs and businesses to move into Downey and push the illegal aliens out.
#22 Aug 29, 2009
" some council members prefer a studio"
What a stupidity!
There is Hollywod with plenty of studios.
There is already Downey studios.
Most movies are now made in Vancouver.
And Long Beach want to compete with all of them.
And then - the Long Beach studios can't
even get out of the starting gate,
as it was pointed out already.
WHO are these brain-amputee council members?
Please make their names public, so I can call
them up and give them an earfull!
#23 Aug 29, 2009
Elon Musk has billions.
Plus he got some of the big names in the car
industry to support him.
I'm sure, he has more than one or two options.
Long Beach, Nummi, Alabama, Mexico,
just to name a few.
If he feels not welcome (like some council
members comment), he can easily move
Its not about universities.(20 miles or what?)
Its not about Freeways.(They are everywhere)
And the city "can't give any more incentives"!?
Thats another brainwashing comment. If the city wants to, they can give all kind of stuff,
incentives and tax breaks.
But the city DOES NOT WANT!
Its all about, if you are welcome!!!!
Say bye-bye to Elon, he is gone already,
thanks to our city leaders.
#24 Aug 30, 2009
You really have no idea what you're talking about. Of course he has options all over the US, but from his own words he has narrowed it down to LB and Norwalk. When you're a business owner and you are looking for a location, freeway access and a university are a definite plus along with a whole a lot of other things. I do agree with you that the quote of not being able to provide incentives is suspect. It's surprising that we offer incentives for a company like Best Buy who provide lower wages, but can't provide incentives to a company that will be offering living wages. Seems a little backward to me.
#25 Aug 30, 2009
Long Beach why would any body in their right mind go to Long Beach. But wait a sec if they know the MAYOR they will get everything fo FREE
Since: Aug 09
#26 Aug 30, 2009
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