Taken from that article, one has to still give Tesla a lot of love and credit for what Fremont is today...
Yet the approval marks more than a major new project for Fremont. It also represents a dramatic turnaround for the city.
Fremont was in tough shape after the shutdown of the NUMMI auto factory in 2010 and the closure of the Solyndra solar startup in 2011. Those back-to-back economic setbacks erased 5,800 jobs.
When NUMMI closed in 2010, it had 4,700 workers. Even worse, the stunning collapse and bankruptcy of Solyndra wiped out 1,100 more jobs. No viable replacements were in view for either plant. At its peak level of employment in 1979, when it was operated by General Motors, the Fremont auto factory complex employed 6,800.