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Tesla moving to Palo Alto

Original post made by Stanford worker on Aug 18, 2009

According to today's SJ Mercury News, Tesla will be moving to Palo Alto

"Tesla moving headquarters and powertrain operations to Palo Alto"
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The article says there may be up to 600 employees working there. My question is this--how much housing will Tesla be required to build in Palo Alto for it's employees.
Also what about the traffic implications? Will Tesla guarantee no new net car trips to their facility?
Shouldn't the city council weigh on this, like they are doing with Stanford? Why should Tesla be exempt from what the council is requiring Stanford to provide?

Comments (10)

Posted by sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2009 at 9:02 am

Come on. 600 people is nothing.


Posted by Stanford worker, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 18, 2009 at 9:13 am

Councilwoman Kishimoto has gone on record as saying that even one extra car trip is too many. So 600 people is plenty according to our city leaders.
My point is why shouldn't Tesla be held to the same standards and conditions that Stanford is made to abide by.


Posted by Give them a hasle freel welcome, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

That location was once Xerox, then Agilent, all their employees drove to work. The Swiss company that took over Syntex has also left town; so there is a net loss of drivers into that part of the Stanford Industrial Park.

We should welcome Tesla and their 600 employees many of whom will enter the Stanford Industrial Park via Los Altos Hills and Los Altos and won't even impact Palo Alto at all.

Tesla is a lean, mean start-up they certainly don't have money for housing. If you impose your negative thinking on them they will leave town also.


Posted by Give them a hasle freel welcome, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

That location was once Xerox, then Agilent, all their employees drove to work. The Swiss company that took over Syntex has also left town; so there is a net loss of drivers into that part of the Stanford Industrial Park.

We should welcome Tesla and their 600 employees many of whom will enter the Stanford Industrial Park via Los Altos Hills and Los Altos and won't even impact Palo Alto at all.

Tesla is a lean, mean start-up they certainly don't have money for housing. If you impose your negative thinking on them they will leave town also.


Posted by Stanford worker, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Give them a hasle freel welcome--I agree with you, however the point of my post was to highlight the apparent disparity of PA officials when they are dealing with Stanford as opposed to other entities that move to the city. Could it be that the council knows that Stanford cannot move anywhere else, while businesses will just say "no thanks" to PA if they try to impose there draconian demands on them?
Let's see what our "green is our lives" city council says about this.


Posted by Stanford worker, a resident of Stanford
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Give them a hasle freel welcome--I agree with you, however the point of my post was to highlight the apparent disparity of PA officials when they are dealing with Stanford as opposed to other entities that move to the city. Could it be that the council knows that Stanford cannot move anywhere else, while businesses will just say "no thanks" to PA if they try to impose there draconian demands on them?
Let's see what our "green is our lives" city council says about this.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I'll be the first to say that I think the PA council was way out of bounds with their over the top demands on Stanford. I am happy to see those certain council members leaving soon. Stanford didn't blink and now the retail/hotel project (i.e., sales tax opportunity is dead.

As for Tesla - they're taking up an existing facility that has already been "paid for" in terms of development fees, impact assessments, etc. The city can hardly justify trying to fleece Tesla the same way that they've done when it comes to new/additional square footage/headcount.


Posted by Just a suggestion, a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

Tesla should take over the Nummi plant in Fremont


Posted by Read the numbers, a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 20, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Tesla says "up to 600 employees," Stanford's plan is for something like 4000 new employees and auxiliary workers.
Big difference.


Posted by Read the numbers, a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Crescent Park Dad blames the city council for "retail/hotel project (i.e., sales tax opportunity is dead."
Maybe the world wide depression hasn't reached Crescent Park Dad. Read the papers, dad, there's a real downturn in the economy. The city council didn't cause it.


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