April 15 will be a double-whammy deadline for many of Nissan North America's 1,300 employees in Southern California.
Not only are federal tax returns due, but that's also the day they need to tell Nissan if they're making the move to Nashville, Tenn., when the sales company relocates in May.
The top brass must make up their minds even sooner. Senior executives must decide by Feb. 1. That's tomorrow for the calendarly challenged.
Nissan stunned its employees when it announced last year that it was leaving Los Angeles to reduce costs. The immediate reaction of many Nissanites was that, for whatever reason, they didn't want to go.
But Nissan is trying to help employees make an informed decision.
In California, there's an intranet site dedicated to the move and tons of printed information to help employees ask the right questions and get the right answers.
Nissan also is letting employees take a three-day tour of Nashville, with a guest, to become familiar with the area. That means finding sushi restaurants, barbecue joints and aroma therapy outlets.
Maybe they'll even go home shopping, too.
As if that's not enough to resist, a music house with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles sent employees copies of a special song, "Welcome to Nashville." It was written by Pat and Pete Luboff, who also have written songs for Snoop Dogg, Patti LaBelle and Bobby Womack.
But April, come she will.
And it's a safe bet that when streams are ripe and swelled with rain, a lot of Nissan employees will still be humming Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."
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