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Long Beach, Downey are finalists for Tesla Motors plant

There are 27 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Aug 27, 2009, titled Long Beach, Downey are finalists for Tesla Motors plant. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Long Beach and Downey are finalists for a new Tesla Motors plant that would bring 1,000 to 1,200 jobs to the area, the company's CEO said Thursday.

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Anon

Hemet, CA

#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.
Big John

Long Beach, CA

#2 Aug 28, 2009
Let's go Long Beach! Downey is like shipping jobs to mexico. Americans needs jobs.
Dealz

Fountain Valley, CA

#3 Aug 28, 2009
Big John, you should change your name to Big Racist Idiot.
Juan Pardell

Orinda, CA

#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?
bjh

Alton, IL

#6 Aug 28, 2009
Big John wrote:
Let's go Long Beach! Downey is like shipping jobs to mexico. Americans needs jobs.
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?
bjh

Alton, IL

#7 Aug 28, 2009
Juan Pardell wrote:
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?
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.
bad planning

Thousand Oaks, CA

#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.
Chuck in LBC

Costa Mesa, CA

#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....
onemansopinion

La Habra, CA

#10 Aug 28, 2009
Chuck in LBC wrote:
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....
Agreed!
Next to the airport, the 405 and...the Ports!
onemansopinion

La Habra, CA

#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!
bjh

Alton, IL

#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.
bjh

Alton, IL

#13 Aug 28, 2009
onemansopinion wrote:
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!
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.
Oxymoron

Whitehall, PA

#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.
Juan Pardell

San Jose, CA

#17 Aug 29, 2009
bjh wrote:
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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.
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)
OC Surfer

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#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.
competition

Long Beach, CA

#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!
Elon

Long Beach, CA

#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
somewhere else.
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.
Kennebreath

Long Beach, CA

#24 Aug 30, 2009
Elon wrote:
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
somewhere else.
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.
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.
michael

Long Beach, CA

#25 Aug 30, 2009
Kennebreath wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
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

Whittier, CA

#26 Aug 30, 2009
This article has been updated.

UPDATE: Long Beach, Downey finalists for Tesla plant
http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_13217091

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