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Green Vehicles Goes Under, Takes Salinas With It
KION ^ | Jul 18, 2011 | Brooke Holmquist

Posted on 07/18/2011 10:51:45 PM PDT by artichokegrower

SALINAS, Calif.- Green Vehicles is empty and it's doors are locked.

The worst part, Salinas lost $540,000 in the closure and now it needs to find something else to hang its economic hat on.

$240,000 the city paid and $300,000 came from a one-time grant for new tech jobs.

Last year, Salinas mayor Dennis Donohue test drove one of the new green vehicle proto-types.

Salinas was beyond excited when start up company "Green Vehicles" wanted to come to their city, but, "This is disappointing as all get out," said economic development director Jeff Weir.

As of last week, and this blog from the president announcing green vehicles closure, a huge tax base and revitlization of the old Firestone Business Complex, being on the cutting edge of the alternative energy industry and 50 new jobs just to start, turned into a pipe dream.

"And then on top of that all the different suppliers we had them introduce us to brand new battery manufacturing company that's on the cutting edge of technology," said Weir.

But now that business won't come.

Green Vehicles was awarded nearly $2.8 million from Ca Energy Commission but could never get investors to match the funding.

"They were awarded this money from the CEC sixteen or eighteen months ago and it just begun to start to trickle out...The traditional investment community have just draw back from anything having to do with alternative energy. They're just waiting to see who survives."

It won't be Green Vehicles. Now, Salinas must re-evaluate what economic driver they will hang their hat on next.

"We just cannot not do this we have to go out and get new businesses to come, but we have to understand what we are committing ourselves to...We have 4,000 young people graduating every year, new jobs don't happen by themselves you got to participate, you have to help make it happen," said Weir. The city doesn't know if it will be able to re-coup any of the money it lost.

Salinas said it will review everything it did with the company and learn for the experience to be smarter next time.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: automakers; electriccars; energy; greens
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The green flim flam man ripped the City of Salinas and the taxpayers of California off. Sheared like sheep.
1 posted on 07/18/2011 10:51:49 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Another “Green” scam bites the dust!


2 posted on 07/18/2011 10:53:34 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Now the company will be “green” with weeds...


3 posted on 07/18/2011 10:56:52 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: artichokegrower

Government should not be investing in specific companies and trying to pick winners and losers. They got gamed by their own greed.


4 posted on 07/18/2011 10:57:08 PM PDT by lurk
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To: artichokegrower

Do you really grow artichokes? They are my favorite!


5 posted on 07/18/2011 10:57:08 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: artichokegrower
I can't imagine a real business that would want to relocate to a jurisdiction that squanders tax money purely on emotion.

In fact, what business is there may want out.

Ahh, but the smell of garlic as you descend down 152 into those lush valleys. What a very pretty place it is.

6 posted on 07/18/2011 10:57:38 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: max americana
Now the company will be “green” with weeds...

Maybe that greenery will help with consuming excess Carbon and reduce Global Warming!
7 posted on 07/18/2011 10:58:16 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: artichokegrower

Hoopties 4 Hybrids


8 posted on 07/18/2011 11:01:40 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Mr. Weiner...Don' t Tweet your meat. It's too late to delete!)
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To: artichokegrower
"They were awarded this money from the CEC sixteen or eighteen months ago and it just begun to start to trickle out...

Money was stolen... bit by bit.

Salinas said it will review everything it did with the company and learn for the experience to be smarter next time.

Not likely.... Not at all.

Liberals don't seem to be smart enough to ever learn from their failures.

9 posted on 07/18/2011 11:03:40 PM PDT by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: SoConPubbie

The technology is not there yet. Green vehicles are like fast trains. Pipe dreams. In the 19th century, even, many railroad companies went bust because they found no market, even with government land and subsidies and mail contracts. Passanger service has never made money even in the heyday of the RR. Freight has always been the profit maker.


10 posted on 07/18/2011 11:04:36 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: artichokegrower
We have 4,000 young people strawberry pickers graduating every year,...

fixed.

Too bad for them...could have come up with far better uses for that $500K+...I guess you just can't help stupid.
11 posted on 07/18/2011 11:05:48 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: artichokegrower
They should have talked to the city of New London, CT, about how these "get rich quick" schemes work out.

At least the townsfolk didn't lose their homes.

-PJ

12 posted on 07/18/2011 11:07:02 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: artichokegrower

I could have told you that thing is not going to sell.

13 posted on 07/18/2011 11:07:09 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Winstons Julia

Yes I do grow artichokes. We’ve got about 6,000 acres of them.


14 posted on 07/18/2011 11:10:37 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

I was born in Monterey, and Mom used to cook artichokes all the time. I’ll bet most of ‘em came from your place (’course that was 50 years ago).


15 posted on 07/18/2011 11:14:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: rottndog
We have 4,000 young people strawberry lettuce pickers graduating every year,...

This is Salinas you know.

16 posted on 07/18/2011 11:18:14 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Bullish

“Liberals don’t seem to be smart enough to ever learn from their failures.”

Completely untrue. They invariably blame failures such as this to lack of scale; subsequent failures are larger and therefore more expensive.


17 posted on 07/18/2011 11:21:59 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Jeff Chandler

Well...strawberries being red on the inside....you know...


18 posted on 07/18/2011 11:23:28 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: artichokegrower

Monorail !


19 posted on 07/18/2011 11:28:58 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: artichokegrower

“Green Vehicles was awarded nearly $2.8 million from Ca Energy Commission but could never get investors to match the funding.”

####

The clear difference between spending other people’s money, and spending your own.


20 posted on 07/18/2011 11:30:47 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: artichokegrower

We did not emerge from the stone edge because we ran out of rocks had more government regulations or government subsidies. We advanced civilization because man was free to imagine and risks were rewarded.


21 posted on 07/18/2011 11:41:27 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Windflier

isn’t Castroville still the artichoke capial of the world?
or has brussels sprouts taken over?

btw these are two of the most noxious plants to let go to seed. smells like the divine wind!


22 posted on 07/18/2011 11:42:04 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: artichokegrower

Been a long time since I had one. They don’t make it to Japan very often. Not even at the really pricey specialties shops for the elite foreigners...


23 posted on 07/18/2011 11:48:53 PM PDT by Ronin (Obamanation has replaced Bizarroworld as the most twisted place in the universe.)
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To: Dapper 26

I always liked the Orson Welles quote: “Men created civilization to impress their girlfriends”


24 posted on 07/19/2011 12:03:35 AM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: smokingfrog

Was that it?

Because if it was, you couldn’t drive it in NY without a motorcycle permit. That really really narrows your market.


25 posted on 07/19/2011 12:21:05 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: artichokegrower

“You can’t cheat an honest man.” — W.C. Fields


26 posted on 07/19/2011 1:09:00 AM PDT by Misterioso (Atlas Shrugged isn't a prophecy--it's an autopsy.)
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To: Dapper 26

Dapper 26: “We advanced civilization because man was free to imagine and risks were rewarded.”

Man was free to imagine, failure was punished, and success was rewarded.


27 posted on 07/19/2011 1:48:57 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Coming soon...DADT for Christians!)
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To: smokingfrog

I’ll go a green colored car if it’s a Boss 302, Camaro, Challenger, Vette, Ferrari, BMW
or anything under 14.5 seconds et. or under 7.2 seconds 0-60.


28 posted on 07/19/2011 2:12:38 AM PDT by ChiMark
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To: Misterioso
“You can’t cheat an honest man.” — W.C. Fields

The full quote is, "You can't cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump."

So maybe the next pitch should begin with "Green Vehicles only failed because it wasn't green enough!"

29 posted on 07/19/2011 2:34:55 AM PDT by TChad
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To: artichokegrower

$540,000? That’s a drop in the bucket when you’re talking about building cars. Maybe Salinas should have gotten a clue when they were asked for only $540,000.


30 posted on 07/19/2011 2:45:45 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: artichokegrower

Next one will be Gore’s $81K electric car company and the the Delaware plant they are planning. A lot of RATs, including Biden, are going to have the spin machines going 24/7.


31 posted on 07/19/2011 2:53:58 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: artichokegrower
Most of the garlic in that area comes from China now.

Too expensive to grow in California.

32 posted on 07/19/2011 3:03:43 AM PDT by caltaxed
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Most of the garlic in that area comes from China now.

Too expensive to grow in California.

33 posted on 07/19/2011 3:03:47 AM PDT by caltaxed
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To: The Antiyuppie

“They [liberals] invariably blame failures such as this to lack of scale”

Reminds me of a joke from the seventies. A couple of liberals go down to Mexico and fill up their pickup with marijuana they buy at $160 a pound. They took the weed up to Austin and sold it at $10 an ounce. After they sold the last ounce the first liberal turns to the other and says “I thought you said thi would make us rich. We didn’t make enough to pay for our gas.” The second one said, “It’s a matter of scale. We need a bigger truck.”


34 posted on 07/19/2011 3:04:34 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: artichokegrower

The thing was to cost $25K plus another $2.5K for air conditioning and $495 for an iPod docking cradle and $495 for a rear fender.

Why would anyone with a brain buy one of these when you can get a fully functional, reliable car like the Prius that’s only half as ugly for the same money?

But here’s the answer:

“yes, I am going to give progressive people a way to protect what they love; yes, I am going to be the most affordable solution for clean commuters; and yes, I am going to do it in a seriously handsome fashion.”

I want mine in either “Marigold Red” or “Green Fun”.


35 posted on 07/19/2011 3:19:24 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: artichokegrower

What’s in the water in California? Are they all that gullible?

It seems that the “touchy-feely”, warm and fuzzy greenies have gone wild there. Of course they don’t live in the real world and dreams replace reality.

This “flim-flam” man easily fooled the people of Salinas into thinking that the whole world would go crazy to buy these $30,000+ pieces of crap and the city would become the new mecca of green manufacturing enterprises.

Lack of investors was to blame? No, it was lack of fools who would invest........for example........the government.

By the way, that’s about the ugliest thing I have ever seen.


36 posted on 07/19/2011 3:57:03 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH

Ah California, the land of nuts fruits and flakes.


37 posted on 07/19/2011 4:01:20 AM PDT by Progov
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To: DH

Ah California, the land of nuts, fruits and flakes.


38 posted on 07/19/2011 4:01:36 AM PDT by Progov
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To: smokingfrog

Which way is it going?


39 posted on 07/19/2011 4:03:25 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: artichokegrower

I wan’t born with enough middle fingers to fully express how sorry I am that their utopian “green” dream hit the rocks of reality.


40 posted on 07/19/2011 4:05:54 AM PDT by domeika
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To: domeika

So just how much did the “officers” of this BS company pay themselves? They should be in jail for even taking the tax receipts. To top it off they probably are nobama voters...without a clue.


41 posted on 07/19/2011 4:14:14 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reducation Camp?)
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To: artichokegrower

42 posted on 07/19/2011 4:20:49 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: hal ogen

What’s sad about this is with California’s business killing policies, no company will ever move there.

Might as well rip the building down this weekend, sell the scrap and begin planting trees.


43 posted on 07/19/2011 4:23:05 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (As long as the MSM covers for Obama, he will be above the law)
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To: smokingfrog
I could have told you that thing is not going to sell.

In keeping with the typical Socialist dream, they wouldn't actually have to "sell" any of them. Rather, the government would force people to buy them.

In addition, the government itself would buy fleets of them, most of which would sit idle in vast parking lots adjacent to the vacant high-speed rail stations that would be built in anticipation of construction of the inter-city, intermodal rail lines, which would not actually have been constructed. But in their fevered minds, that would all be a "good" thing, because otherwise the money might have been spent on highways or warheads (or worse yet, never stolen from the taxpayers in the first place).

44 posted on 07/19/2011 4:35:01 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: artichokegrower
Content aside, this article is a prime example of the state of journalism today. Punctuation, grammar, sentence structure were all relegated to the re-cycling bin thanks to this obviously green reporter writing it.

The sixth paragraph reads like an entry into the "dark and stormy night" Bulwer-Lytton-tortured-sentences-contest held annually by some organization or another.

Misplaced commas abound. And how does "We just cannot not do this" grab ya!

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

("Paul Clifford" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1830)

Leni

45 posted on 07/19/2011 4:37:41 AM PDT by MinuteGal (We need ObamaCare Like Nancy Pelosi Needs a Halloween Mask)
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To: smokingfrog

Yeah, I probably would have bought a Volt before I bought that POS...
...and I will NEVER buy a Volt.


46 posted on 07/19/2011 4:56:38 AM PDT by hattend (Its a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add. - Sarah Palin)
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To: artichokegrower

So just how long ago did Obamanation visit this company?


47 posted on 07/19/2011 5:26:06 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Bullish
Liberals don't seem to be smart enough to ever learn from their failures.

"Of course communism works. The only problem is the right people haven't tried it."

"Of course socialism works. We just need more tax 'revenue.' "

48 posted on 07/19/2011 5:28:17 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: caltaxed

Isn’t Gilford still the Garlic Capitol of the World?


49 posted on 07/19/2011 5:31:05 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Zeppo

Can anyone say ‘Trabant’? I knew you could.


50 posted on 07/19/2011 5:40:12 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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