Last week Tesla’s relationship with its host state, California, hit a rocky patch. Some drama surrounding getting back to work, led to the Fremont factory’s reopening being blocked by Alameda County officials, which led to Musk threatening to leave the state.
Well, some lawmakers looked to inflame things even further, as others then tried to do the opposite, and the company filed the official lawsuit hinted at by Musk last week. Let’s get into the details.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
First off State Assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzalez, cursed Elon on Twitter Saturday, which of course gained some attention. Some praised her for standing up to a big corporation who doesn’t see its workers’ safety as a priority. Others criticized her for swearing and potentially harming the financial situation of the state.
Lorena then tweeted some examples of hateful messages she received in return. Ultimately, she represents those angry at tech companies for their labor-union busting and gig-economy exploitation. Those constituents have been reaching out to her in fear of going back to work.
Palo Alto Mayor here. I would be really sad and disappointed if @Tesla left @cityofpaloalto, and stand ready to help. I truly appreciate having a cutting edge company based here, employing people, paying taxes, and helping to solve the climate crisis. Happy to help @elonmusk. https://t.co/LYsu0gbPfa
— fadrian (@adrianfine) May 9, 2020
On the other side of the spectrum, Palo Alto’s mayor, Adrian Fine, supported Tesla. Predictably this was seen as equally controversial, despite its obvious amicable tone. Fine followed up by saying, “Getting criticism from different quarters for tweeting this. Let me be clear: as Mayor, I’m committed to making my hometown as strong as it can be.”
Naturally mayor’s top priorities are keeping their citizens happy and employed. It would be surprising if a Silicon Valley Mayor didn’t support a tech CEO.
I’m not messing around. Absurd & medically irrational behavior in violation of constitutional civil liberties, moreover by *unelected* county officials with no accountability, needs to stop.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
Additionally, the Tesla Third Row Podcast tweeted the plaintiff’s complaint for the recently filed Tesla V. Alameda County, California case. The 18 page document lays out all of the official legalise for “the county is discriminating by not letting Tesla resume operations.”
This is in line with what Musk has been saying, but the paperwork makes it more official. Interestingly enough, the case number, which is the equivalent of your ticket at the meat counter, features a 4:20. This is hardly deliberate, but a fun easter egg, nonetheless.