The billionaire founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and all sorts of cool sh*t has filed a lawsuit against Alameda County in California for what he claims are unconstitutional quarantine measures.
The dispute arose over Tesla’s decision to reopen its Fremont factory after the state of California loosened its shelter in place order this week. However, Alameda County, where the factory is located, continues to have a shelter in place order in effect and the local restrictions take precedence over the state ones.
“Contrary to the Governor’s recent guidance and support from the City of Fremont, Alameda County is insisting we should not resume operations,” Tesla’s blog post read. “This is not for lack of trying or transparency since we have met with and collaborated on our restart plans with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Unfortunately, the County Public Health Officer who is making these decisions has not returned our calls or emails.”
Musk then took it a step further, announcing that he and Tesla would be peacing out of California for good:
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
California is reacting pretty much exactly how you’d expect. “How dare you exercise your rights as a free businessman and American to leave to someplace that is actually business-friendly!! Evil evil capitalist!!”
That’s all subtext, by the way. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was much more succinct.
F*ck Elon Musk.
— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) May 10, 2020
Honestly, why bother with the asterisk? Just nut up and speak ya damn mind.
Nevada and Texas, being the pro-business and sane states that they are, are understandably delighted by Musk’s announcement. Collective COTR crush Dan Crenshaw tweeted his excitement for Texas’s future:
Texas gets better every day. Good conservative principles make good governance, and attract the best and the brightest. The future is happening in Texas. https://t.co/ZuRzHvqqu5
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 9, 2020
And Nevada is thrilled about new jobs showing up, because when the country is facing a 14.7% unemployment rate, business-friendly policies are a thing you should kinda focus on (cough cough California cough).
Nevada NEEDS these jobs most of all right now, @elonmusk. We would love to have you and Tesla HQ right here in the Battleborn State!
— Big Dan Rodimer for Congress NV-03 (@DanRodimer) May 9, 2020
Tl;dr: Sucks to suck, Cali.