Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hybrid owners fall victim to Los Angeles municipal budget shortfall

I heard on the news last night that the Los Angeles City Council had voted to lift the special perk that operators of hybrid vehicles get of not having to pay for parking at city meters. I contacted someone I know in Eric Garcetti's office, and I was informed that the new policy would be effective on March 1.

So, all you Prius, Civic Hybrid and Insight owners (and any other qualifying hybrid vehicles), remember to start putting your coins back into meters in the City of Los Angeles starting in March, or you'll be getting a ticket to help balance the city budget even more! (To the best of my knowledge, the City of Santa Monica is still offering free meter parking to hybrid operators.)

And believe me, I'm not angry at all. I don't really know how much money per annum the City will be able to get from us hybrid owners paying at meters, but even if it's a few hundred thousand, that's money that should be going to more vital services around Los Angeles.

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