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Elon Musk confirms he's moved to Texas
(Bob Daemmrich)

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is Texas' latest California transplant.


Musk confirmed his relocation in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, speaking from South Texas.

"For myself, I have moved to Texas," he told the newspaper.

Musk cited his two biggest projects—the forthcoming $1.1 billion Tesla Gigafactory in Southeast Travis County and the Starship prototype that SpaceX is developing in South Texas—as reasons for the move.

"California is great," he told the Journal, adding that Tesla and SpaceX continue to manufacture in the state despite the exodus of most other car and aerospace companies.

So what pushed him out?

"I do think that there is something that happens … if a team has been winning for too long," he said during the interview. "They do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don't win the championship anymore. So California's been winning for a long time."

Musk's announcement arrives after months of speculation.

Earlier this year, Musk chafed against COVID-19 regulations in the state of California, where Tesla operates a factory, and threatened to move the company's headquarters.

There is also the issue of taxes.

California has the highest income tax rate of any state in the country. Texas, on the other hand, has none. If Musk does move, he could potentially save billions of dollars in taxes on his Tesla compensation package.

In moving to Texas, the billionaire follows many of his companies—including Neuralink and the Boring Company, in addition to Tesla and SpaceX—in planting roots in the Lone Star State.

Now that Musk has confirmed his move, many are wondering: where in Texas has he settled?

Austin, with its forthcoming Tesla Gigafactory and bevy of celebrity residents, could make him feel right at home.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
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What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinny scored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.