Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez at a rally in 2019. Photo by Ken Stone

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez used a thinly disguised expletive on social media to criticize Elon Musk’s threat to move Tesla out of California.

Musk made the threat amid an escalating battle with the Alameda County Public Health Department over when operations at the automaker’s plant in Fremont can restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The billionaire entrepreneur said on Twitter Saturday that the company is preparing to file a lawsuit against the county and will move its headquarters and future operations out of California.

Gonzalez tweeted her anger on Saturday evening, then on Sunday thought better of her comment but not of Musk’s threat.

Gonzalez was a union organizer before entering politics, and is known for her sponsorship of Assembly Bill 5, which requires most independent contractors to become shift employees. Tesla’s employees are not unionized.

On Sunday, Musk tweeted to Gonzalez “message received” and his company announced it is preparing to restart auto production on Monday.

Tesla is the only company producing cars in California and employs approximately 10,000 people at the Fremont plant.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.