Saturday Elon Musk announced he’d “immediately” relocate Tesla’s headquarters and “future programs” to Texas and Nevada, reports Ars Technica.
While California lifted its restrictions on manufacturers and businesses, the county of Alameda (where Tesla is located) says the company’s manufacturing plant does not yet meet the county’s requirements for safely reopening.
“Frankly, this is the final straw,” Musk tweeted. Musk also announced his intent to file a lawsuit against Alameda County officials “immediately,” adding, “The unelected & ignorant ‘Interim Health Officer’ of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!” Musk also encouraged Tesla shareholders to file a class-action suit against the county.
The latest back-and-forth between Tesla and Alameda County officials began on Thursday, when a memo sent to Tesla employees indicated that its Fremont plant would reopen “at 30% our normal headcount per shift,” as reported by TechCrunch. Alameda officials responded on Friday with a firm reminder that the county’s stay-in-place order would remain in effect for Tesla, and all other “non-essential” operations in the county, until May 31, with the exception of “basic” operations…
“We have informed Tesla of all of the conditions that must exist for phasing in the safe reopening of various sectors of the economy and the community. Tesla has been informed that they do not meet those criteria and must not reopen. We welcome Tesla’s proactive work on a reopening plan so that once they fit the criteria to reopen, they can do so in a way that protects their employees and the community at large.”
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