Ladies and gentlemen… Gov. Bill Lockyer!

Hat tip to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert for noting that the East Bay’s own California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is governor-for-a-day, what with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and everyone else above Lockyer in the line of succession — Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Attorney General Jerry Brown — in Washington, D.C. today for Barack Obama’s inauguration.

I’ve e-mailed my congratulations to the “governor,” and asked whether he intends to sign a budget later today. No answer yet; I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE @ 8:48 A.M. TUESDAY: Lockyer spokesman Tom Dresslar says:

“the little five meeting will take a few minutes. we’ve got the legislature ready to go. just waiting for the inaugural speech to conclude.”

Hmmm. Joking? Dunno.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.