This was the tweet that started the progression—I am sure of it.
F*ck Elon Musk.
— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) May 10, 2020
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-Potty Mouth), the progressive Unionista who killed the livelihoods of at least 4.5 million freelancers, independent professionals, self-employed and gig workers with AB5, decided to tear into one of the few (and largest) tax and job creators left in the State.
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
Musk was upset with the arbitrary health orders which was delaying his Fremont, CA Tesla plant from reopening. This was back in May of 2020, and in 2021 we’re still dealing with the same mess from the California Department of Public Health and Governor Gavin Newsom. Musk defied Alameda County’s health orders and reopened his plant anyway, as well as threatened a lawsuit.
Now he’s gone beyond that, and is moving Tesla’s headquarters out of California.
As Musk replied to the Evil Harridan,
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
From The Wall Street Journal:
Tesla Inc. TSLA -1.05% is moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas, cementing Chief Executive Elon Musk’s commitment to the Lone Star State and adding to a handful of Silicon Valley companies that have relocated there.
Mr. Musk announced the move from Tesla’s Austin-area factory, which the company began building last year and where it held its annual shareholder meeting Thursday. He added that Tesla plans to expand its activities in California but that the company’s ability to scale up in the San Francisco Bay Area is limited.
“You go to our Fremont factory, it is jammed,” he said. “We’re like Spam in a can.”
With nowhere to expand except out of the state. It’s also more cost effective. Governor Gavin Newsom is modifying CEQA regulations to build housing for the homeless; but a business that wants to expand? Certainly won’t happen here.
Mr. Musk said last year that he had moved to Texas, where his rocket company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, has major operations. He previously likened California to a sports team that had grown complacent after a winning streak. Tesla is following in the footsteps of companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. —a descendant of what Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started in a Palo Alto, Calif., garage—and Oracle Corp. , which moved their corporate headquarters to Texas earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tech companies were among the earliest to send employees home at the start of the pandemic, and a number of prominent players in the industry have allowed their employees to work remotely on a permanent basis. That shift has prompted many Silicon Valley employees and startup CEOs to relocate to other parts of the country for cheaper housing, less traffic and a better quality of living.
Because you can no longer create businesses in garages in California. The way California is going, it will outlaw garages—don’t doubt me.
Mr. Musk said Thursday that Tesla would keep a significant presence in California and increase output from its Fremont, Calif., factory.
Increased output is good for Musk, not necessarily for California. Doesn’t mean there will be an increase in staff, just more work for the good folks who are already there. At 7.5 percent, California’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation. Musk’s move is an example of why.
WSJ issued this sad line:
Representatives for California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
I’m sure this is a blow to Governor Hair Gel, as Musk was one of his darling elites who Hair Gel used to brag about how forward thinking and innovative California is. That 5th largest economy just took another significant blow, and His Hairfulness has less gas to use in order to light up and bloviate.
Poor, put upon, dictator. This will not help his 2022 prospects. For that matter, it’s won’t help Asm. Gonzalez’ next career either.