Re “Tesla’s Elon Musk jilts California despite subsidies” (Opinions, Sept. 5): It seems somewhat incomplete after reading what Musk said at the announcement. He cited Nevada’s ability to “cut through red tape” as the major factor in his decision. Later the story added, “ ‘time to execution’ was the biggest reason he chose Nevada for the coveted factory,” i.e., get the factory up and running on schedule to match up with their car production schedule. No doubt they need the batteries to be available when the new cars are ready without governmental delays. Musk went on to say, “It wasn’t all about the incentives. (In Nevada), you can be very agile, you can do things quickly. It’s a get-things-done state.”
The Bee also reported, “California officials proposed amending the often-cumbersome California Environmental Quality Act to accelerate construction.” To say “often-cumbersome” is the understatement of the year.
The article continued, “Over the weekend, however, the California Legislature adjourned without passing an incentive bill for Tesla” I guess the Legislature did not feel a sense of urgency.
It takes months in Reno to jump through the governmental hoops to start construction on a project vs. years in California. Been there, done that.
Bob Moran, Modesto