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Tesla plans to move headquarters to Palo Alto

Original post made on Aug 18, 2009

Tesla Motors, whose sleek, flashy roadsters have become a visible emblem of Bay Area's growing electric-car industry, is moving its headquarters to Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 9:54 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

Another one that got away. But Menlo Park could have never been considered seriosuly because the current council does not want any growth for any reason even if it contributes to the prestige and coffers of Menlo Park.

Palo Alto loves Menlo Park. We make it so easy for them to attract new business. As long as we have Heyward Robinson and Richard Cline on the Council the door is shut for increased tax revenues.

Thank heavens for Nicholas Jellins, Lee Duboc & Mickie Winkler. They brought in the Rosewood Hotel which was vigorously opposed by Andy Cohen. Kelly Fergusson got a bye because her husband works for Stanford and had to be recused from voting. [Portion removed]


Posted by another view, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:33 pm

We now have TWO business development staff members, the second was supported by the same council that Mr. Lawrence chooses to bash. Seems to me that this was an investment in encouraging revenue-producing businesses to Menlo Park. Since it looks as if they were unsuccessful (or might not even have tried), they and City Manager Rojas, should be held accountable for this missed opportunity.
Most of the Bus. Dev. manager's activities seem to be around property development, often offices that will produce no sales tax revenue, instead of business development that will. Time to make him shape up or ship out?


Posted by Gern Blanston, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

"Another one that got away?" Or another synapse that failed to fire, Hank? Do we even know if any other city or location was in the running with Tesla? Did Tesla contact Menlo Park (or anyone) about possible sites for their headquarters? And could Menlo Park offer a location as attractive (to Tesla) as Stanford Research Park? The Tesla dealership remains in Menlo Park, far as I know, and it's clear you used this feature with the sole intent of taking yet another cheap shot at the current council. Your credibility (such as it is) declines with each such missive, Hank.

Gern


Posted by say NO to silliness, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Credibility has to exist in order to decline. Amidst the phony Russian names, the references to Kool-aid and mind-altering drugs, and the rapid fire blathering about socialism we have to endure whenever Hank unleashes his silliness on us, how can any credibility have survived?


Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 18, 2009 at 3:20 pm

To you naive and myopic ingenues,

A Business Development Manager can not do much when you have a vehemently anti-business City Council tying his hands. Most businesees won't even give Menlo Park a glance. Gern Blanston, Why should Tesla even bother to give Menlo Park a look. The City's anti-business reputation precedes it.

There is no question that Dave Bohannon could have put together a very attractive package for Tesla. But Tesla can't afford to wait 2 years until we can restore sanity and balance to the City Council. Not to mention those frivilous lawsuits brought on by Heyward & Rich's supporters. Businesses have had it with Menlo Park.

We need to vote out Robinson and Cline and vote in Council members who can expand our tax revenue base. All Robinson and Cline want to do is to raise the tax rates. Typical leftist thinking. The fault lies in the Council not in our BD stars.


Posted by another view, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm

So what have the "BD stars" accomplished? Why would they not know about Tesla and bring something forward?
What is so anti-business about Menlo Park? I would guess that almost every resident and business owner supports economic growth. Most just don't agree that it's ok to violate the city's zoning laws and General Plan anytime someone asks. Mr. Lawrence's buddies (Jellins/Duboc/Winkler) thought it was fine, even if the projects generated no tax revenue.


Posted by Credibility? I don't need need no stinking credibility!, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Uh, it was actually San Carlos (where Telsa's HQ was located) and San Jose (who had been openly wooing them) who "lost out," not Menlo Park, whose dealership is still "open for business."

But who has time these days to do fact-checking when there's slanderous things to be written! ("MP city council members support Obama's death panels; only Boyle doesn't want to kill you!")


Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 18, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Heyward, Rich, Andy & Kelly do not want to kill us because dead people pay no taxes. We evil Republicans have living trusts to shield estate taxes whereby we can pass our wealth to our spouses without the greedy statists trying to suck them dry and turn them into street urchins.

However, if that happened, ACORN would come to the rescue by having our indigent spouses voting for the leftists candidates of their choice numerous times for the big payday.

Isn't socialism great!


Posted by say NO to silliness, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Hank, Hank, silly Hank, you want to push our buttons, but can you really believe we take you seriously? You might try logic and the art of honest debate, but that would require you to abandon your ideology, that which keeps you snug and smug in a blanket of dumb comfort. Not likely. So keep braying, Hank. I'm sure you're keeping someone amused.


Posted by Gern Blanston, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hank Lawrence opined: "A Business Development Manager can not do much when you have a vehemently anti-business City Council tying his hands. Most businesees won't even give Menlo Park a glance. Gern Blanston, Why should Tesla even bother to give Menlo Park a look. The City's anti-business reputation precedes it."

Where is the 23-acre site in Menlo Park that rivals the Stanford Research Park property, Hank? One that may be occupied later this year, and one that offers strategic neighbors such as the Electric Power Research Institute and Better Place? Did you read the article in question? And to your, "Why should Tesla even bother to give Menlo Park a look" query, there's the certain fact of the Tesla dealership already located in Menlo Park. Or is that merely a facade thrown up by the current council majority and the leftist, socialist-loving taxmongers who, without question, have designs on your Republican estate, with the secondary but no less urgent purpose of rending your spouse and leaving them a hapless street urchin?

It's truly amazing how one individual can render an entire thread a pointless farce, one with little or no entertainment value, even.

Gern


Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

I hope they leave enough space to build the Asylum.

It must be the water.


Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Dear Mr. Blanston. The Tyco Property in Menlo Park that GM was going to purchase would fit the bill. So why did Tesla turn down lower value property? Could it be that it did not want the hassle of dealing with the most difficult City Council on the Peninsula. Most developers avoid Menlo Park like the plague much to the delight of the current council majority is. It's position is increase the tax rates not the tax base.

Menlo Park is cooperative with small development projects that bring in tax revenues. But consider large industrial use? Why that would be asking too much.

Mr. Blanston you need to wean yourself from the Kool Aid


Posted by Sean Howell, Almanac staff writer
on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

Sean Howell is a registered user.

David Johnson, the city's business development manager, details the city's efforts to get Tesla to locate in Menlo Park in an e-mail to the City Council log:

Web Link


Posted by Facts? We Don't Need No Stinking Facts!, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Hank:

The Tyco property has a chemical contamination problem associated with it - Telsa wants to build cars, not clean up dirty land and water!


Posted by observer, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 20, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Does anyone really believe that Tesla is going to be anything more than a passing shadow, that will throw away the 400 million they are getting from the Feds (probably getting insiders off the hook for their up to now worthless investment.

This is a company that Menlo Park should really be happy is going elsewhere. Remember the Edsel?


Posted by woodsider, a resident of Woodside School
on Aug 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I agree with the observer who mentioned the Edsel. How many of you who are taking the time to defend/support Tesla actually own one? Have any of you actually driven one? Do you think it's a smart buy? I'd be interested to know.


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