California Gov. Newsom says he didn’t know Tesla reopened its factory, defying coronavirus orders
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom was surprised on Monday when a reporter informed him that Tesla has already reopened its Fremont factory to resume production.
“As it was just mentioned, I need the details of that. My understanding is when I walked up to the podium today that wasn’t the case. I’m trying to monitor hundreds of thousands of businesses all throughout the state of California,” the governor said at a Monday news conference.
As CNBC previously reported, production employees were booked for shifts this week starting Sunday at Tesla. On Monday, local TV broadcasters showed employees’ cars streaming into the company’s parking lots.