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Wait, Hold On. Free Parking for Hybrids May Now Be Cut

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Announced and passed last Friday in a Los Angeles City Council session, a hybrid owners perk of parking free was extended to 2011. Then yesterday, they reversed the decision.

If it makes you angry, blame Bill Rosendahl who brought it up. "This was a great incentive when we first did it," Councilman Bill Rosendahl as quoted in Daily News. "But hybrids don't need assistance from us. They already are getting a benefit from the savings they get by not having to buy $4-a-gallon gas." Apparently he thinks hybrids never go to the gas station.

And as the theme goes these days with the city of Los Angeles, it's because of the budget being in the red $500 million. "I realize this is not all the money in the world, but at this time, every penny counts," Rosendahl continued. The program is estimated to cost the city $116,560 in lost revenue, which is 0,5% of the total meter income.

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In fact, Rosendahl, wants to raise parking meter rates across the board to generate more revenue. But more importantly, some believe raising parking meter rates will help solve the traffic issue.

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