Maybe we can all sell some plasma, or something

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.

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.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Wow, Josh, do you think you and I could sign some stuff from around the office and put it up on Ebay? I have an extra three-hole punch and I don’t use the Rolodex much anymore.

    But I refuse to part with my Schwarzenegger bobble-head doll or my Barack and Michelle Obama cut-outs.

  • Allen Payton

    How embarrassing. What a joke. This is the solution to the state’s deficit?
    Cut the budget!
    Cut spending in the areas that serve the few at the expense of the many. There are simply too many people getting money from the government at both the state and national levels. It’s time that must end.
    There is just simply no other choice, if gov’t is to be able to continue to provide the services which benefit everyone, like public safety, public health (as in disease control), clean water, education, transportation, environmental protection, and state & national beaches and parks. Everything else needs to be cut.
    We must return to self-reliance, the concept upon which our nation was founded, not living off of someone else’s earnings.
    If you need help, look to your family, religious institution or charitable organization, not the government!

  • Josh Richman

    Lisa, I fear that if we did so, we’d discover just how unpopular we really are!

  • Arne Simonsen

    What? No Lisa & Josh Bobbleheads? No old manual typewriters that you two used to write your columns (boy, I;ll bet those old Underwood typewriters could tell some tales). 🙂