Elon Musk has finally won his battle against the state. Officials in Alameda County, California have agreed to allow Tesla’s headquarters in Fremont to “possibly reopen” as early as next week. Jokes on them, the facility has already been firing up its production line since a few days ago.
A statement was released by Alameda County saying authorities had received Tesla’s site-specific Fremont COVID-19 Prevention and Control Plan as anticipated. The officials reviewed the plan, made some additional safety recommendations, and approved it. Tesla was then told they can begin to augment their Minimum Business Operations this week in preparation for possible reopening as soon as next week.
The officials stated they would be working with the Fremont Police Department to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon healthy and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production. Many interpreted this as a move for Alameda County to save face and declare it a win for Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. Elon Musk had tweeted that his plant would resume production Monday May 11th and that he would be working on the line with everyone else if officials dared to arrest him.
Footage then showed workers filing in and out of the factory before dawn on Monday during a shift change. Musk engaged in a very public feud with county officials. California Gov. Gavin Newsom had announced retail and manufacturing in the state could resume Friday May 8th but then insisted on a continued ban on manufacturing. California approved Tesla’s work for that upcoming Monday but an unelected county official illegally overrode this approval to resume work.
Tesla filed a lawsuit against the county and Musk took to Twitter threatening to move his electric car company out of California and over to Texas and Nevada. “If we retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependent on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.” Musk tweeted. This is a big deal being that Tesla is one of the largest manufacturing in California with more than 10,000 employees.
Everyone seems to be turning to Twitter about this. CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez tweeted “F*ck Elon Musk” which got thousands of angry backlash from Twitter users. What an embarrassing classless response. Good luck Gonzalez on any future ballots. Users came to his defense for creating jobs and companies that have actually accomplished something and made the world a better place.
You go Elon Musk!