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February 17, 2010 > Letter to the editor: NUMMI taken for granted?

Letter to the editor: NUMMI taken for granted?

Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger announced an agreement that waives the sales tax on Tesla's investment in new manufacturing equipment saving the company millions.

Now, with the closure of NUMMI looming this March, I can't help but wonder what could have been done - and WHEN - to keep the doors of the NUMMI plant open and 4,700 workers on the job... If Tesla could be helped, why couldn't the State help NUMMI build cars that are affordable and available to average Californians? I think some of these types of incentives may have helped a few years ago. Our elected officials and local leaders took NUMMI for granted and now any efforts were probably too little, too late.

There is no question that NUMMI is a central part of our local economy and important for our State. I know because I personally have three brothers-in-law and several high school classmates that work at NUMMI. The closure is a huge blow to our local/regional economy.

It seems Toyota needs a little "good" PR these days... I suggest they re-think their decision about NUMMI and keep it open. I think the people of our community would be thankful and supportive in return.

Garrett Yee

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