Ken Carlson Blog
Posted by Ken Carlson on July 18, 2014
There is only an outside chance for success. But some officials want to make the effort of competing for the Tesla Motors battery factory.
The Northern San Joaquin Valley seems a reasonable location for putting 6,500 people to work making batteries for electric cars. Its obviously closer than out-of-state locations to Teslas manufacturing facilities in the Bay Area. The Valley has land and sources of renewable energy (solar and wind) that are desired to power the factory.
A Tesla mockup has made it easy to imagine a Valley location. It shows the gigafactory superimposed on a picture that looks like the terrain of western Stanislaus County www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/gigafactory.pdf.
Posted by Ken Carlson on July 11, 2014
The percentage of Americans who lack health insurance dropped to an all-time low of 13.4 percent after the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period, according to a Gallup and Healthways survey.
Posted by Ken Carlson on June 26, 2014
In Stanislaus County, voter turnout for the June 3 election was 26.4 percent, far lower than the four previous gubernatorial primaries going back to 1998. City elections and ballot measures are on tap for the November election.
Posted by Ken Carlson on May 30, 2014
Stanislaus County leaders are poised to hold discussions on the preliminary budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Labor talks will be a factor in balancing the next county budget
Posted by Ken Carlson on May 23, 2014
A survey suggests that physicians are confused about whether they are in the provider networks of Covered California health plans.
Posted by Ken Carlson on May 16, 2014
The Covered California health exchange has opened the door for people with COBRA insurance to consider enrolling in lower-cost health plans subsidized through the Affordable Care Act.
Posted by Ken Carlson on May 10, 2014
In western Stanislaus County, a small health care district is reeling from a financial crisis, and some top county government officials are paying attention.