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April 07, 2013


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pat giorni

Here is the email I sent this morning to some community movers and shakers:

I am crawling out of the crypt to make a rare appearance at Planning Comission tonight and suggest you do too because the business model in Tesla's application sets the City up as a showroom for it's product but does not allow us to garner full sales tax benefit.

If the Edwards Ct location is to be the only showroom, then I am proposing that all Bay Area sales be attributed to Burlingame as point of origin, regardless of where delivery takes place.

I'd like to see Putnam and Harvey there also, if one of you has email or other contact for them. Our Auto Row has a lot of cache and our dealers have made great contribution to our City. Allowing Tesla to operate by not contributing full sales tax undercuts and undermines the good faith and trust of our existing auto dealers.

I do think a showing of concerned taxpayer citizens testimony would demonstrate that this is not just a dealer issue. The model is akin to trying out tv sets at Video Only and then buying from Amazon.

Plus our proximity to SFO leaves deep pocketed buyers oportunity of flying in personal jets for a 10 minute drive to showroom for test drive and then returning to Podunk to order off-site and take delivery out of town!"

http://www.burlingame.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=10116 Agenda

https://www.burlingame.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=10073 Staff Packet

I am back from the meeting and perhaps the Gods are beneficent after all since it was announced at tonight's PC meeting that the item is postponed until April 22. Perhaps the Tesla folks having discovered that doing business in B'game ain't a free ride have repented. Giving the cream to others while leaving us with skimmed milk just don't cut the cheese.


Oh how I wish you would run for city council Pat Giorni! You are amazing.

pat giorni


I won't even run for a bus; there's always another one coming along...


I love Pat.

pat giorni

Anyone wishing to speak to the issue should get to PC tonight at 7 because the item is at the top of the agenda.


Good reminder. I added a photo of the local Tesla that I see downtown all the time. At a minimum, shouldn't we get the sales tax from Hillsborough as well since they have no commercial district?

pat giorni

Welcome to Town, Tesla. And thanks for the sales tax!


It seems to me that Tesla should spend more effort building and selling good cars and less time trying to change tax laws=

Officials in Virginia have denied a request by Tesla Motors to operate its own dealership at a mall in the state.

The Mercury News reports Tesla was seeking an exception to a Virginia law requiring car manufacturers to sell through dealers.

Tesla will be able to appeal the Department of Motor Vehicles ruling on the case.

The company is also trying to get approval to operate its own showrooms in other states.


Burlingame may have shot itself in the foot allowing this company to come in outside the franchise system. They may end up contributing to the end of the dealer system that has helped support Burlingame for almost a century. Heavy emphasis on the "may".


I tend to agree with you and it is also just shabby treatment in general. What can be done about it inside the rules of the state?


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pat giorni

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Does anyone know how these cars get away without having front license plates? I've never seen a Tesla with a front plate. Is is some electric exception?


Here is an interesting blurb from today's news:

Nasdaq OMX Group said Tesla Motors will replace Oracle on the Nasdaq 100 stock index, reflecting the rising profile of the U.S. electric car maker.

(Oracle is moving to the New York Stock Exchange, hence the need for a replacement). Tesla's unit growth and backlog look good. I'm still not clear on how the sales tax question will work out for B'game, tho.

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