Chinese Not Really Sniffing Around Fremont...Yet

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As noted here repeatedly, Chinese manufacturers are investing in Los Angeles. And soon, possibly, Fremont, too.  At least, that's the hope, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bruce Kern, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, led a delegation across the Pacific and reports he made NUMMI a topic of discussion in 17 meetings over six days with major firms like Dongfeng Motor and BYD Auto.

Were any of the auto manufacturers, suppliers, battery makers and green tech companies they met with ready to step forward? "I don't think so, at least not right now," Kern said.

Never say die.  That said, now that it's clear Toyota/NUMMI is really, really, really not going to make cars anymore in Fremont, KLIV reports California isn't going to reimburse NUMMI for employee retraining. The decision has a kind of "So there!" quality to it, dontcha think?

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Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.

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