Tech wunderkind Elon Musk has had enough of California’s “shelter in place” orders.
On March 23, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive orders essentially shuttered his Telsa plant near San Francisco. Musk’s factory there employs roughly 10,000 workers and produces more than 400,000 vehicles per year. The facility is responsible for manufacturing all of Telsa’s vehicles in North America and Europe.
Yet after being denied the green light to resume operations by Alameda County’s interim public health officer on Friday, Musk threatened to sue the county, whose strict criteria for businesses to reopen take precedent over Newsom’s.
Musk also stated he planned to move Telsa’s headquarters and key operations to either Nevada or Texas. How much of his production remained in California depends on treatment by government officials.
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
At least one California Democrat appeared unmoved by Musk’s righteous indignation. (Fox News)
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego appeared to be saying something along the lines of “Good riddance” – except she didn’t exactly use those words.
F*ck Elon Musk.
— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) May 10, 2020
Her message contrasted sharply with those from lawmakers and candidates in Texas and Nevada, where Musk said his company plans to relocate. They seemed pleased with the news that jobs would be coming to their states instead of leaving.
Texas gets better every day. Good conservative principles make good governance, and attract the best and the brightest. The future is happening in Texas. https://t.co/ZuRzHvqqu5
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 9, 2020
In Nevada, Dan Rodimer – a retired professional wrestler running for Congress as a Republican – also welcomed the Tesla news.
Nevada NEEDS these jobs most of all right now, @elonmusk. We would love to have you and Tesla HQ right here in the Battleborn State!
— Big Dan Rodimer for Congress NV-03 (@DanRodimer) May 9, 2020
Erica Pan, the Alameda County health officer, had said Friday that Tesla was working with the county, but the company had not yet been cleared to reopen the Fremont facility, even after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that manufacturers would be allowed to resume operations, Reuters reported.