The turf war with Texas over one of Californias glitziest businesses continued Monday as Sen. Ted Gaines tried to fend off the Lone Star States efforts to recruit Tesla to build a factory there.
His shtick? Appearing in front of the state Capitol in Austin with a cardboard cut-out of the electric car.
A few weeks ago, Gov. ( Rick) Perry drove up to our Capitol in a Tesla. I was planning to do the same thing here in the spirit of healthy competition, but it was impossible to even get a Tesla in Texas, Gaines said in a statement.
Gaines, a Republican from Rocklin, and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, are carrying legislation to try to lure Tesla to build its factory in California, arguing that the plant would create 6,500 new jobs.
Gaines has been posting updates from his trip to Austin on Twitter. One picture showed him surrounded by Texas news media, and a selfie in front of the lush grounds at the Texas Capitol noted, they even water their lawn!
The grass outside Californias Capitol, by contrast, is looking pretty yellow these days with watering cut back due to the drought.
BY THE NUMBERS
With sharp decreases in birth and immigration rates in recent years and the aging of the huge baby boomer cohort, a new Census Bureau report implies that California is poised for a big increase in its elder population, already the nations largest. The state had one of the nations faster-growing 65-plus populations between 2000 and 2010 in a bloc of mostly Western states recording growth rates in the 15 percent to 29.9 percent range.
Im not here to be the political mastermind of Southern California. Im here to turn the city around.
Eric Garcetti, to the Los Angeles Times, assessing his first year as Los Angeles mayor.