Gov. Newsom Confident Tesla Will Not Abandon California

Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont has opened again on Monday morning in apparent violation of county health orders, but California Governor Gavin Newsom wasn’t aware of that by the beginning of his daily noontime coronavirus briefing. 

While the reopening was news to Newsom, he stated that he is still confident that the electric car plant will not abandon California.

Newsom was asked repeatedly about Musk’s Twitter rant and lawsuit against Alameda County over the weekend and Newsom said he spoke with Musk last week and that he believes he’s close to an agreement to reopen the plant next week. 

“We have great expectations that we can work through, at the county level, the issues with this particular county and company in the next number of days,” Newsom said during Monday’s press conference.

But when he was informed by KCBS Radio that Musk had already reopened, the Governor seemed surprised and admitted he didn’t know.

“I’m trying to monitor hundreds of thousands of businesses all over the state,” Newsom explained.

He said his office would check in with county officials to find out what’s going on, but he reiterated his admiration for Musk and his entrepreneurship, as well as his own determination to work with local counties and cities to adjust the state shelter-in-place order where it’s necessary and where the metrics show it’s safe.

“It’s not because we want to be particularly oppressive in terms of people’s desires and needs,” Newsom said. “But public health dictates that we do it this way.”

He also announced that he and four fellow Western governors have written to the federal government, seeking a trillion dollars in pandemic relief for states, counties and cities.