|State Sen. Bob Wieckowski|
Tesla's big announcement Thursday that it is planning to utiltize its so-called "gigafactory" being constructed near Reno to produce a new $3,500 rechargeable battery for use in homes and businesses is a potential game-changer. It's also a reminder of how Wieckowski and local leaders massively dropped the ball and allowed over 6,500 new and highly-paid jobs to cross the Sierras. Instead of acknowledging the severity of the defeat, Wieckowski's comments last September were imbued with cluelessness.
|Tesla automobile plant in Fremont.|
Incidentally, the loss of a world-renowned brand's expansion to Nevada, did nothing to hinder Wieckowsk's bid last November for the Tenth State Senate District seat, which he won against a little-known and underfunded Republican.
In fact, it's not even clear whether Wieckowski had any meaningful input with Tesla in the months before it won more than $1 billion in tax breaks over the next 20 years from Nevada officials, which may be even worse for one of the East Bay's most bumbling and least effective legislators.