State dangles incentives
for Tesla battery factory
Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg are floating the possibility of regulatory changes or financial incentives to persuade Tesla Motors Inc. to build a massive battery factory in California, one of several states competing to host the facility.
Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, on Thursday introduced Senate Bill 1309, basically so-called “intent language” regarding locating a large battery factory here.
The bill is only a marker, but it signals to Tesla the significance of the $5 billion factory. The Palo Alto-based Tesla, which makes luxury electric cars, is considering several states for the location of its “Gigafactory,” which is expected to employ about 6,500 workers.
The bill comes after Toyota recently announced plans to close its Torrance headquarters. Brown, who is seeking re-election, has been criticized by Republicans for what they say is California’s overly burdensome regulatory climate.
Gaines said the Tesla conversations are bipartisan. “We ought to be doing everything we can to retain that factory within the borders of California,” he said.
– David Siders
“Don’t be mean to me when you’re in the majority.”
SEN. MARK DESAULNIER, a Democrat, to Sen. Steve Knight, a Republican, after they congratulated each other on their victories in their respective races for the GOP-led House of Representatives.