Author Archives: Rachael Myrow

About Rachael Myrow

From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers politics, economics, technology, food and culture in a vast region extending from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. This follows more than seven years waking at 3 am to host the daily version of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state during NPR's Morning Edition. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, blogs for Bay Area Bites, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC in Los Angeles. Follow @rachaelmyrow

Assume Nothing

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Ron Anderson worked at NUMMI, for 12 years, but he wasn’t an employee. He co-owned one of a host of supplier companies that fed into the plant with parts and services. Anderson did quality control.  “If they had a quality … Continue reading »


Tesla Sues BBC's "Top Gear"

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Tesla claims the popular show faked a scene that appeared to show Tesla’s Roadster car running out of energy (about 5 minutes in): In the episode, first broadcast in December 2008, Jeremy Clarkson takes a dubious approach to “brown rice, … Continue reading »


Staying in California? Torrance Looks Good

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Sara Backner worked at NUMMI for 13 years. Her last assignment there was Senior Group Leader in the Toyota Production System office. She was also one of 25 people who stayed on after NUMMI closed officially on April 1st, 2010 … Continue reading »


More on the NUMMI Diaspora

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Salvador Sanchez worked at NUMMI for more than 18 years. He was a manager of a plastics shop, 45, and when the plant closed, the sole breadwinner for his family. He grew up in Fremont, bought a house in Dublin, … Continue reading »


Moved to Kentucky

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Robert Pagan filled a number of roles at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., but by the end, he was training supervisors. After Toyota announced it was pulling out of the plant in August, he could see NUMMI was going to … Continue reading »


Early Retirement Was Not an Option

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Jason Medeiros worked at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. for about 14 years. He started on the truck frame line, installing engines and connecting brake lines.  He worked the night shift for the first three years. That was a hard … Continue reading »


LAN, or "Life After NUMMI"

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Mark O’Kennon was an Assistant Manager in Quality Control for the truck and car operations, overseeing as many as 180 people at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. when the plant closed last year. He was there for 25 years. He … Continue reading »


Write a Resume to Win a Job

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With unemployment in California resolutely stuck around 12.4%, I offer this tidbit from Craig Palmquist, manager of the NUMMI Reemployment Center in Fremont.  He’s managed a number of similar centers around the country. Palmquist says a lot of people go … Continue reading »


We'll Build Buses for China

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This might have snuck past you over the weekend. Harbor City-based Balqon has signed a $16 million deal to build 300 drive systems for inner-city buses in China. Balqon began building electric drayage trucks for Southern California ports in early … Continue reading »


Follow the Bubbles

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Honest, I’m not being paid for this plug.  I love Reed’s ginger brew. So I felt compelled to click on the LA Business Journal’s story on how the the beverage company got its fizz back after nearly going out of … Continue reading »