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Bits & Pieces

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Folks in government are beginning to wonder when private industry is going to, um, hire people. 12.4% is better than 12.6%, but I don’t see a lot of Californians breaking out the bubbly.  The Governator’s response: While the decline of … Continue reading »

DOE: Rainmaker in Chatsworth

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Capstone Turbine of Chatsworth, maker of microturbine energy systems, has got a piece of a development program by the DOE valued at $5 million. The goal of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program is to develop … Continue reading »

Sing the Song of the Electric

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Elon Musk was on sister station KCRW in Santa Monica earlier this week, talking about Tesla’s decision to manufacture in Fremont. Downey – within broadcasting range – was crestfallen, as you might imagine, so Musk chose his words cautiously. Without … Continue reading »

That Glow in Fremont You Saw was the President

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With a series of Euro panics convulsing the world markets, you could argue the economy is not so much recovering as it is flapping about like a fish gasping its last.  Just the same, there are a lot of indicators … Continue reading »

Surprise, Surprise

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Tesla and Toyota, together in Fremont! Production of the Model S will begin in 2012,  using about 1,000 workers – a fifth of those who worked for NUMMI. “The new Tesla factory will give us plenty of room to grow,” … Continue reading »

Toyota & Tesla Join Forces in Fremont

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In a stunning reversal of fortune for the Bay Area’s last auto plant, Toyota announced today it will partner with Palo Alto’s Tesla Motors to produce electric vehicles at the recently shuttered NUMMI facility in Fremont. Gov. Schwarzenegger joined officials … Continue reading »

All's Fair in Love, War & Economic Development

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Or so it would seem after the Energy Department released 109 pages of e-mails in response to a lawsuit by Judicial Watch. The Detroit News read the  e-missives, and reports they reveal that Delaware Governor Jack Markell, lobbying with all … Continue reading »


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For so many years, we’ve been sending manufacturing China’s way. Now the love is passing back over the Pacific Ocean. State and local officials announced Friday that Chinese hybrid electric automaker BYD Co. will open its U.S. headquarters in downtown … Continue reading »

Bits & Pieces

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Many small and mid-size wineries are sour on proposed legislation in Washington DC that could make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to ship product directly to consumers. Portfolio reports H.R. 5034, backed by alcohol wholesalers, would give more … Continue reading »

Uh-oh, Solyndra

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Questions have surfaced about the Fremont company’s viability.  Solyndra plans to go public soon, but Reuters reports PricewaterhouseCoopers reports Solyndra’s recurring operating losses, negative cash flows, $532.3 million stockholder deficit and other factors “raise substantial doubt about its ability to … Continue reading »