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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in a car made by Tesla Motors, a California company he hopes to steal for the Lone Star state.

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    Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Speaking the day after he defeated city Controller Wendy Greuel by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin, Garcetti vowed to focus like a “laser beam” on the economy when he took office July 1, 2013.

The Buzz: California's Ted Gaines fights for Tesla factory on trip to Texas

Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 8:10 pm

The turf war with Texas over one of California’s glitziest businesses continued Monday as Sen. Ted Gaines tried to fend off the Lone Star State’s 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 California’s Capitol, by contrast, is looking pretty yellow these days with watering cut back due to the drought.

– Laurel Rosenhall


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 nation’s largest. The state had one of the nation’s 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.

– Dan Walters


“I’m not here to be the political mastermind of Southern California. I’m here to turn the city around.”

Eric Garcetti, to the Los Angeles Times, assessing his first year as Los Angeles mayor.

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