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August 24, 2004 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
A funny thing happened on the way to $2.50-a-gallon gas this summer. It didn't get there. The average price for regular self-serve gasoline in California has now fallen for nearly three months, to just above $2 a gallon, the Energy Department reported Monday. That comes despite the busy summer driving season and a spurt in crude oil prices to record highs of nearly $50 a barrel.
January 3, 1998 | Associated Press
California drivers who want to personalize their license plates now have a way to find out quickly whether the name or clever saying they have in mind has already been taken, the state Resources Agency announced Friday. The agency, which uses money from "vanity" plates to pay for environmental programs, has created a World Wide Web site with the Department of Motor Vehicles, enabling Internet users to search a database of 1.6 million existing personalized plates. At the Web site, http://plates.
April 15, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sticker shock at the pump is getting worse, the federal government said Monday as gasoline prices set record highs in California and across much of the nation. The average price U.S. drivers paid for regular self-serve gasoline climbed to a new high of $3.389 a gallon after rising 5.7 cents over the last week, the Energy Department said. The national average is up 51.3 cents in the last year because of high crude oil costs. The commodity closed Monday at a record $111.76 a barrel, up $1.62.
April 3, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Gasoline prices took another leap nationwide during the last week, the Energy Department said Monday, with California motorists enjoying a rare period in which retail prices advanced more slowly here than elsewhere. Still, Californians paid the highest prices, averaging $3.228 for a gallon of self-serve regular, up 7.6 cents from the previous Monday and 48.5 cents higher than a year ago. California remains the only state where gasoline averages more than $3 a gallon. The U.S. average rose 9.
April 12, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline and diesel buyers got no relief Monday despite a drop in oil costs. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery declined $2.87 to close at $109.92 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Traders were reacting to lowered forecasts for U.S. economic growth and a potential cease fire in Libya. Pump prices continued the climb that began in September. The U.S. average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped 10.7 cents in the week ended Monday to $3.791, or 93.3 cents higher than a year earlier, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations.
February 21, 2004 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
It didn't take long for Mohammad Helwani to feel the recent surge in gasoline prices. Every time pump prices rose, he heard about it from the employees at his messenger service. Immediately. "They drive for a living," said Helwani, president of M.H. Courier & Notary Service, a Santa Fe Springs firm that supplements its small fleet with employees using their own cars. To offset those workers' higher out-of-pocket gas bills, Helwani said, "I had to raise their commission."
February 17, 2010 | Steve Lopez
I spent nearly two hours last Friday in the office of Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph. He seemed like a nice guy, but half an hour into it, my head was spinning. Joseph was explaining why he's bankrolling Proposition 17, which could affect the insurance premiums paid by millions of Californians. But by the second or third reference to industry terms like "portable persistency," he might as well have been pulling out my fingernails with pliers. "You can't debate it in the newspaper," Joseph said, conceding that insurance can be dry and complicated stuff.
December 5, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Valet parking operators in Los Angeles would be regulated for the first time under an ordinance the City Council approved unanimously on Wednesday. The new rules, subject to a second vote by the council, would require a valet operator in Los Angeles to obtain a permit, carry liability insurance, provide proof of off-street spaces for parking cars and ensure that valet workers had valid California driver's licenses. The ordinance would prohibit operators from using public street parking without permission and from blocking traffic.
November 24, 1995 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Aaron Curtiss can be contacted via the Internet at
Legend has it that when William Faulkner was in town writing the film adaptation of "To Have and Have Not," he took a stroll through Beverly Hills one night and was stopped by suspicious police. Their question: Why was he not driving? More than half a century later, Southern Californians are still not entirely sure what to make of pedestrians. Fewer than 1% of Los Angeles residents commute to work on foot.
March 7, 2011 | By Ronald D. White and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Reports of intensified fighting in Libya propelled oil past $118 a barrel in Europe and to nearly $107 in the U.S., the highest levels since September 2008, with concern growing that the disruption in Libya's crude-oil production could last longer than initially expected. Another day of rising oil prices meant falling stock prices. In a roller-coaster session, the Dow Jones industrial average on Monday closed down 79.85 points, or 0.7%, to 12,090.03. The Standard & Poor's 500 was off 0.8%, and the Nasdaq composite fell 1.4%.
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