President Obama’s Car Tzar and a gaggle of federal officials were in Newark to talk about the demise of NUMMI, and, of course, tour the new Ohlone College campus, which for all its high tech greenery gets terrible Blackberry reception.
The Tzar, Ed Montgomery, didn’t make any promises but he said Fremont potentially was in line for grants to replan/rezone the NUMMI site. Mayor Wasserman said a federal agency had contacted the city about a planning grant.
Meanwhile union folks and county officials like Supervisor Keith Carson kept saying they weren’t giving up on keeping the facility open for a new car manufacturer. That way the workers could keep there jobs and NUMMI wouldn’t have to deconominate the land around the plant.