Gov. Brown and state officials are moving heaven and earth to land the Tesla battery plant in California — where Stockton has been identified as the leading potential site.
Brown pledged to suspend state environmental regulations and give the plant a huge tax break, the L.A. Times reports.
Negotiations between Stockton and Tesla are being conducted in strictest confidence. The lack of encouraging news gives the impression that California may be losing out to other states. But with movement like that from our state, Stockton may be a lot closer to a deal than people think.
The 6,500-job Tesla plant would be huge for Stockton. It would not only hire that many people, but take many of them off local social service rolls. It would attract ancillary businesses. It would produce a positive counter-narrative to the city’s PR nightmare of crime and bankruptcy. It would make landing the next big fish easier.
It’s good to know the state, for once, has the city’s back.