Big Daddy’s Burgers

This is way too premature, but I got a call today from someone who wants to reopen Big Daddy’s Burgers in the now shuttered Joe’s Corner. He said Big Daddy’s was a big deal 15+ years ago.

I’d never heard of it.


GM ending NUMMI partnership with Toyota

UPDATE UPDATE: I went down to NUMMI and stood at the edge of the property with several tv guys trying to flag down workers for a comment. Had I known this morning that I’d be trying to get blue collar guys to talk to me, I probably wouldn’t have worn my bell bottom pants.

Not much to report. One worker said GM rapes people and that he had confidence in Toyota. Another said he was scared, and a third just put is faith in G-d.  Most just sped past us in their cars. I was surprised how many NUMMI employees wear “NUMMI” related t-shirts to work. I only wear my Argus shirt to the gym or painting parties.


UPDATE: A more thorough story from the LA Times.

From Associated Press.

GM ending Nummi joint venture with Toyota

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Corp. says it is ending its joint venture with Toyota at a Fremont, Calif., manufacturing plant after the two automakers failed to reach an agreement on a new product there.

New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., or Nummi, produces the Pontiac Vibe for GM and the Corolla and Tacoma for Toyota. But GM is phasing out Pontiac and had been in discussions with Toyota about the plant’s future.

GM says it was unable to reach an agreement with Toyota on a new product for the plant and says its stake in Nummi will become part of the “Old GM” that will be sold off during its bankruptcy process.

A bankruptcy court is scheduled to rule Tuesday on GM’s proposed sale to a new company majority-owned by the U.S. government.


SF makes Fremont look miserly

Interesting salary story in the Chronicle today.

Highlights: SF Police and Firefighters signed a 2007 contract that give them 23 percent raises over four years.

And this:

The controller’s report found that San Francisco spends $458 per resident on the Police Department compared with $325 in other California cities and $239 per resident on the Fire Department compared with $111 elsewhere.


GM doesn’t know what to build at NUMMI

From Reuters

GM says has no product for Toyota joint-venture

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Troy Clarke, GM’s president of North American operations, said that the U.S. automaker remained in talks with Toyota but had been unable to find a vehicle to replace the Pontiac Vibe, which will go out of production by the end of August.

The comments added to the uncertainty around the future of the 26-year-old GM-Toyota joint-venture plant in Fremont, California, commonly known by its acronym NUMMI for the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.

The plant, which is represented by the United Auto Workers union, also makes the Toyota Corolla sedan and the Toyota Tacoma compact pickup truck.

As part of a bankruptcy financed by the Obama administration, GM automaker is dropping the Pontiac brand.

“We have been in discussions with Toyota with regards to potential future products that we could receive from the joint venture,” Clarke said. “I’ll just be honest with you: so far we have not figured out a product that fits the needs of NUMMI, Toyota nor ourselves.”

“We are going to continue the discussions with them and remain open,” he said. “Again, they have been great partners to us in the venture and so that dialogue continues.”

Toyota said earlier this month that it was open to continuing the joint-venture and to supporting GM if it were asked to do so.

(Reporting by Kevin Krolicki; Editing by Gary Hill)

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Corp has not found a vehicle it could produce at a joint-venture factory it operates with Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) in California, a senior GM executive said on Friday.