Tesla's Musk Suing California County for Blocking Reopening

Coronavirus crisis Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla HQ out of California

Coronavirus crisis Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla HQ out of California

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for California's Northern District, states that "the county is making rules that directly contradict and undermine the policy announced by the governor in his orders", and that "the county's orders should be declared void and without legal effect".

The company said it had informed health authorities in Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is located, about its restart plans, but claimed the acting official did not return calls or emails.

"Frankly, this is the final straw", he tweeted.

However, Musk said employees who feel uncomfortable coming back to work were not obligated to do so.

In a note to investors, Ives wrote that there was now a high-stakes poker game between Musk and county officials - and Musk showed his cards. Tesla, which partners with Japan's Panasonic on electric-vehicle batteries, is headquartered in nearby Palo Alto. The company announced internally in late March that two staffers tested positive for the virus but didn't specify which office they worked in.

Tesla has a battery factory called Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada, but has no footprint in Texas.

In another tweet he went on to say: "San Joaquin County, right next door to Alameda, has been sensible & reasonable, whereas Alameda has been irrational & detached from reality". The order has since been extended until the end of May.

Tesla's factory employs roughly 10,000 people, including many who commute from outside of Alameda County.

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Fremont Mayor Lily Mei wrote in a statement that she is growing concerned about the regional economy without provisions for major manufacturing to resume operations. She encouraged the county to engage with local companies to come up with guidelines to reopen.

Musk wanted to resume vehicle production at Tesla's Fremont, Calif., factory Friday afternoon, but Alameda County's interim public health officer said the company is not yet authorized to do so as health orders to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the region are still intact. We would welcome Tesla headquarters to Texas. The Model 3 and new Model Y are both built at the facility.

Arguing their cause, the lawyers for the electric auto manufacturer noted that "Tesla is permitted, and continues, to operate its factory and other facilities in neighboring San Joaquin County". "Of course, no one would've cared if I tweeted that", said Gonzalez. "Elon Musk threatens to take people's jobs away unless they are allowed to risk their health".

Alameda County officials did not immediately respond Saturday to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

For the record: Most U.S. auto factories and supplier plants are only gradually reopening with limited production schedules.

Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla, has threatened to shift his company's headquarters out of California.

But an ugly breakup with the state could be perilous. Tesla intends to do the same in Fremont, if not more. The company delivered nearly 370,000 cars worldwide in 2019. That is, if Tesla has multiple electric vehicle production facilities in the United States.

"I think he's at odds with the federal, state and local governments for most of this", Kallo said of Musk.

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