California Tesla factory reopens, defying local officials

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Go get ’em! As he promised, Elon Musk has reopened his California Tesla factory, defying the demands of local officials who wanted it to remain closed until June.

Not only did he institute some stringent employee rules in connection with the Wuhan flu, he also as promised had Tesla initiate a lawsuit against those local officials.

Tesla filed a lawsuit against Alameda County on Saturday after the Fremont plant was shuttered amid the statewide lockdown on March 23. The suit claims that county officials ignored Gov Gavin Newsom’s allowances for ’16 crucial infrastructure industries,’ including transportation, to continue operating.

Personally I think the company’s stringent new health rules are ridiculous, but Musk has to play this “feel-good” game while fighting to survive against this government power-grab.



  • MDN

    He also has to protect himself from the near certain lawsuits that will arise when some employee eventually comes down with a case of Chicom-19.

  • Joe

    If the employees are given a choice of going to work or staying at home, then I say open it up. Good for Elon Musk standing up for what he believes in. He is following the rules to the best he can and that is a good thing.

  • Edward

    I heard on the radio, an hour ago, that the county will let Tesla open for limited manufacturing until it presents an employee protection plan. It sounds to me that the county is caving in a face saving way.

  • wayne

    A repeat from me in another thread, but I’ll toss this in here for anyone interested–

    Joe Rogan Experience #1470
    Elon Musk
    May 7, 2020
    ( 10.5 million views already)

    Unfortunately, Joe asks very few questions on ‘current events.’ (I like Joe, but he’ not very effective at getting Musk to open up beyond a very basic level.)

  • pzatchok

    I have worked through this whole thing. Never missed a day.

    Our company has adopted all of the possible restrictions.
    All contact surfaces as cleaned and sterilized every day if not every shift.
    Everyone wares a mask and gloves.( we make our own surgical masks and donate the extras)
    Only one way in and must pass a temp check.
    6 foot distancing everyplace in the facility.
    If you come in contact with anyone with the virus you get 2 weeks off. One fully paid by the company the next on you.
    As many people as possible working from home.
    And when possible all meetings are done by internet. No more flying to meetings.
    All restrooms converted to touchless fixtures.

    We have been doing this since our Chinese plants closed down. They are all back up and running now.
    ( we also just announced we sold all the China plants off).

    The only thing that will really change for me if we lift the restrictions is I will not have to social distance so much and I will no longer have to ware a mask.

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