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Schwarzenegger proposes selling San Quentin and other state assets

Original post made by Ken in South Pleasanton on May 14, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed selling San Quentin and other state assets as a way to raise money to offset the budget crisis. Our legislators should be competent at selling off state assets to private concerns. They've been selling iff themselves for so long, it should come naturally to them. On a more serious note (whaaaat?!? that wasn't serious?!?). If the state sells San Quentin as part of the prison reform and prison closures then SQ can be developed into something more productive. However, if it has to stay open, and continue to house inmates, how much do you think the state is going to pay the private operators to provide this service? Seems like a short-sighted idea to me.

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Posted by Bobby, a resident of Del Prado
on May 14, 2009 at 8:18 am


maybe a better idea would be to just take all of the prisoners out of San Quentin and let them go on the Farrolon Islands. It has a lot of advantages, no fences required, long swim through shark infested waters, no guards required, reduced cost to the taxpayer, etc.

It seems to me that on a serious note this has some flawed thinking attached to the timing if nothing else. I mean California needs more real estate on the market like Arnold needs more muscles.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 14, 2009 at 8:39 am

It's multiple properties including the Cow Palace, etc that they estimate to be worth 1 billion dollars. I always wondered why scumbags like Scott Peterson are sitting on some of the most valuable property in the Bay Area, which makes it top ten in California easy. As far as the cost of relocating prisoners and building new facilities I'm not sure how it balances out. If it could be worth it a location like San Quentin would be the best choice. You couldn't give me the Cow Palace though. Have you been there recently during the day so you can see what surrounds the place? It looks like the set from some disaster movie.

Posted by Brandon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Looks like I found the place for my bay front mansion!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Why not just place the GITMO dudes on Alcatraz? It's a nice place, lots of fresh air, if they try to escape, they'll drown. Problem solved!

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