Sen. Lieu is Shocked! — Shocked! — Toyota is leaving Torrance

Sen. Lieu is Shocked! — Shocked! — Toyota is leaving Torrance

Toyota texasDemocratic State Sen. Ted Lieu is Shocked!  — Shocked! — that Toyota’s U.S. headquarters is splitting Torrance, which he represents, for Texas. He wrote on his website:

“I am really angry. Nothing prepared any of us for this surprise announcement by Toyota. The fact is thousands of families in our community are directly impacted by this decision – families who depend on Toyota for their livelihoods. I’ve spent this morning acquiring as much information as I can and am preparing my office to do everything it can to help these families and friends during this difficult transition for our community.” 

Yet given that almost every week brings news of a major company — Occidental, Raytheon, Trend Micro — leaving for Texas, who really can be surprised? I sure wasn’t.

And Lieu himself bears some of the blame for California’s horrible business climate. Let’s just look at some recent news releases right on his website after his Toyota outrage missive:

SACRAMENTO –  Sen. Ted Lieu today joined Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, Stop Hermosa Beach Oil and Heal the Bay at the Hermosa Beach Pier to announce legislation designed to assist the City if voters uphold the ban on oil drilling.”

Granted, the ocean view is nicer without oil derricks popping up. But if you want a car company, don’t you also need oil for the cars?

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance has been given an 89-percent score by the California Environmental Justice Alliance, a rating that was not exceeded by any other lawmaker in the 120-member Legislature, for key votes cast on nine bills during the 2013 session of the Legislature.” 

I checked the scorecard. One bill that garnered Lieu a high score was AB 1165. According to the Alliance, it “Would have required an employer that is cited for a ‘serious,’ ‘willful,’ or ‘repeat’ violation of employee safety rules to abate the hazard identified by the citation, even if the employer appeals the citation.”

That is, even if you were not guilty of the violation, and were appealing it, you still had to “abate” the non-hazard!

AB 1165 was so radical that Gov. Jerry Brown, no slouch on environmental matters, vetoed it. He wrote in his veto message:

“Unfortunately, this measure would require the creation of a separate hearing process at the Division of Occupational Safety and Health — duplicating an expedited Cal/OSHA Appeals Board process which was recently adopted.”

Of course, a future Gov. Gavin Newsom or Gov. Kamala  Harris might sign a similar bill.

No wonder Toyota left. The only “surprise” was that they didn’t leave sooner.


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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 2 May, 2014, 15:42

    Seems as if Ted should have spent a little more time representing his voters than giving the house away to the RAGWUS feeders. 🙂

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  2. NorCal Libertarian
    NorCal Libertarian 2 May, 2014, 16:00

    I don’t live down your way so I have to axk how he voted on all CARB-related issues? With an “89” from the enviroNazis, I’m assuming he was pro-CARB!
    This is yet ANOTHER reason why we’re supporting the State of Jefferson movement up here. With the exceptions of Communist and Socialist, we don’t care what you party affiliation is. If you want to enjoy your freedom and have your voice not only heard in a state capitol, but also have a fair chance at direct input into securing the freedoms we are losing to governmentium, then you want to move up north between…let’s say Marysville up Southern Oregon.
    Did I read somewhere that Lieu is going to run for a congressional seat?

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 2 May, 2014, 20:25

      Go State of Jefferson!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 3 May, 2014, 07:25

      He votes lock-step for everything “eco”, or told to NorCal!! 🙂

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 3 May, 2014, 09:13

      Put a can on your Jefferson idea! You are not going to cut off a piece of my state so you can live out your survivalist dreams. Just find the red state that fits your style and move there.

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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 3 May, 2014, 00:13

    Globalists need desperate people to sell their oranges along the freeway ….you may be next……outsourced….down sized……merged…..

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  4. Leotis Ahmad Jones
    Leotis Ahmad Jones 3 May, 2014, 05:49

    Mutiny dude, Wtf you say? Make no sense.

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 3 May, 2014, 06:48

    If you work or swim with the globalists, you’re precious time in the middle class is in jeopardy!

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  6. BigFire
    BigFire 3 May, 2014, 07:18

    A couple of things:

    Toyota is getting out of California. Due to regulation, they’re not going to build another plant here in the next 20-30 years. It made sense to have the headquarter in Torrance when they import most of their cars from Japan and it enters America in Long Beach or Port of LA. It makes less sense when the majority of their current cars are made in the non-unionized states. So the selection of going to Dallas makes sense even without the extra financial incentive thrown in by the Texan.

    Since they’re going to move anyway, there’s really no point in talking to the Californian politician. These politicians cannot reverse what’s been done here in the last 30 years anyway.

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  7. Leotis Ahmad Jones
    Leotis Ahmad Jones 4 May, 2014, 13:38

    Mutiny Man, How do you connect to inet, rub two sticks together? What
    did you do convert 60s transistor radio so you don’t need computer/smart phone?

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  8. matt
    matt 7 May, 2014, 17:17

    i support the state of jefferson it means returning local control from people who don’t care how their decisions effect us.
    as for the enco nazi in the whitehouse there is such as things as the 10th admen. many states have already began putting the feds in there place.
    the states created the federal government and its time the feds go —– themselves….

    as for the state of jefferson we here have expenenced more economic oppression from Sacramento then the feds any day of the week

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  9. John Grant
    John Grant 8 May, 2014, 21:13

    And, lest we not forget, Ted compared Toyota to John Wilkes Booth.

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