This just in from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office:
Following through on his promise to eliminate waste in state government, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the Department of General Services has posted several surplus items – some signed by the Governor – for sale on eBay and Craigslist in preparation for the Great California Garage Sale.
“By posting items online, Californians and people from other states and around the world can participate in the Great California Garage Sale,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “This is a win-win for the state and for shoppers. Together we are eliminating waste and providing great deals in this tough economy. I encourage everyone to log on or attend this great event.”
In anticipation of the Great California Garage Sale, the Governor announced last month via Twitter that he would listen to public feedback and put several items up for sale on eBay and Craigslist. Items posted include 10 to 15 vehicles with visors that have been signed by the Governor. These items are a snapshot of the wide variety of inventory that can be found at the Great California Garage Sale which will include computers, desks and office supplies. The Garage Sale will also include unclaimed and confiscated items such as jewelry, a specialized racing bike, surfboard and an antique piano.
“The Great California Garage Sale is not just for Californians,” said State and Consumer Services Secretary Fred Aguiar. “We want everyone to be able to have the opportunity to purchase unique state property and Craigslist and eBay are going to help us do just that.”
The Great California Garage Sale will be held August 28th and 29th at the Department of General Services’ Surplus Property Warehouse in Sacramento where thousands of Californians are expected to shop for surplus state property.
This news release comes one day after the state Department of Finance released projections showing the state’s operating deficits will balloon again in the next few fiscal years – to $4.958 billion in 2009-2010, $7.419 billion in 2010-11, $15.467 billion in $15.467 billion in 2011-12 and $15.097 billion in 2012-13 – due to the governor’s and Legislature’s utter failure to deal with California’s structural deficit.
Hmmm – I doubt the garage sale will cover that. Maybe a bake sale? I’ll bet Gov. Schwarzenegger – though clearly unwilling to recognize California doesn’t have enough steady revenue to pay for an appropriate level of state services – bakes a mean toll-house cookie.