Letter-writing campaign woos the Tesla Motors production plant

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tesla-roadster-electric-vehicleCouncilwoman Gerrie Schipske is urging all residents to join in a letter-writing campaign to bring the Tesla Motors production plant to Long Beach. She sent an email out last night with suggested text and instructions for participating

If you are reading the local press you will know that TESLA Motors — producers of the electric car — is seriously considering locating to Long Beach and bringing 1,000 or more jobs! (click here to read the Press Telegram editorial)

The problem is that Long Beach is in the running with the City of Downey for these jobs. The Mayor of the City of Downey has asked his residents to send letters to TESLA encouraging the company to come to Downey.

Come on. Long Beach can do much better!!

Please send the following letter to Mr. Elon Musk, President, TESLA Motors, Main Corporate Mailing Address: 1050 Bing Street,  San Carlos, CA 94070 or email it to me by cutting and pasting it into an email (at district5@longbeach.gov) and I will forward it to him personally:

Dear Mr. Musk:

The residents of the City of Long Beach are excited at the possibility that your company will re-locate to Long Beach, bringing 1,000 or more jobs dedicated to the assembly of the Tesla S2, a four-door, all-electric family car that is projected to cost about $50,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. We understand that production would start in about two years, and when the plant is up to speed about 20,000 cars would be produced annually.

Long Beach has many advantages over other cities: our proximity to major freeways; the excellent workforce training available through Long Beach Community College; advanced technology education at California State University at Long Beach; and our enterprise zone that provides tax credits for hiring workers that can save thousands of dollars on your business’ California income taxes.

The specific location in Long Beach you are considering (the Boeing 717 hangars) is directly across the street from Douglas Park, which when completed will include hotels, restaurants, retail and office complexes that would be available as your presence in Long Beach grows.

Additionally, Long Beach is committed to sustainability and lessening our dependence upon fossil fuel as demonstrated in the City’s establishing an Office of Sustainability, the Green Port Plan and the annual 5th Council District’s Solar and Sustainability Conference and Tour.

TESLA’s presence in Long Beach would be a “win-win” for both your company and our city.

We look forward to rolling out the red- or better yet, the green-carpet when you make your decision to come to Long Beach!

(please insert your name and address)

Please mail your letter to TESLA to tell them Long Beach wants the 1,000 or more jobs they will bring. If you’d like to e-mail you letter to Councilmember Schipske, and she will forward it to Mr. Elon Musk, President of TESLA.

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