Tesla: We have to respect the integrity of CEQA

A story by the Los Angeles Times floats the idea that Tesla is seeking exemptions from the California’s landmark environmental legislation, known as CEQA. Reporter Marc Lifsher says that California would exempt Tesla from some of its toughest environmental regulations as part of an incentive package being discussed regarding the gigafactory.

Lifsher quotes state Senator Ted Gaines:

“It would help them speed the process,” Sen. Ted Gaines said after a Friday meeting with Tesla officials at the company’s Palo Alto headquarters and assembly line in Fremont, east of San Francisco.

There are a few problems with this story. For one, Gaines did not tour the Tesla factory in Fremont: check with his staff, or the other business leaders who actually went on the tour. And while he showed up at Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters with a “golden shovel,” he did not meet with Tesla officials. (Details, details).

Tesla spokesman Simon Sproule said Thursday that Tesla is not seeking exemptions.

“It would be completely counter to the mission of the company to go against environmental legislation,” said Sproule in an interview. “We have to respect the integrity of CEQA. The issue is timing. We’re not asking for exemptions, but is there a way to expedite the review process?”

There is: in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill  to expedite legal challenges to Farmers Field, Anschutz Entertainment Group’s $1.2 billion proposed football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

Rendering of Tesla’s proposed gigafactory via Tesla Motors.

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  • TeslaOwner

    “There are a few problems with this story. For one, Gaines did not tour the Tesla factory in Fremont: check with his staff, or the other business leaders who actually went on the tour. And while he showed up at Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters with a “golden shovel,” he did not meet with Tesla officials. (Details, details).”

    Huh? “Check with his staff”?

    I’ve never read an article where the author actually suggests that the reader should double-check her work. It’s unprofessional. Granted, its universally understood that the reader is obliged to do so if they insist on reliable facts, but to actually spell it out within the text of an article is extraneous, unnecessary, and quite frankly, annoying.

    Furthermore, I don’t see the problem she’s talking about. So in addition to being extraneous and annoying, the utter vagueness of this “problem” leads me to believe that this author has totally fallen off her rocker expecting that the reader will mysteriously know what she is talking about to such an extent that she doesn’t even have to explain any of it.

    So what if Gaines didn’t tour the factory. There’s no problem there. And the author fails to explain why it is a problem if indeed this is the thing she believes is the “problem.”

    He visited the headquarters in Palo Alto, not the factory in Fremont. Where’s the problem?

    Her admitted lack of information about the event (Details, details).not only erodes the credibility of this article, but also supports the impression I got that this woman is having more than just a bad day at the typewriter. It seems her skills at journalism are now called into question.

    • Tom A.

      Wow…talk about idiots…you completely missed the point of the article! The point was that previous reports were erroneous! The parenthetical (details, details), was a smart-assed jab at the poor reporting of the previous reports! Dude, what are you, a troll?

      • Jeremy Owens

        Methinks “TeslaOwner” may actually be a certain L.A. Times reporter who just got a wee bit embarrassed.

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