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Pain at the pump as L.A. gas climbs to over $6 a gallon

Residents and visitors all over California were feeling the pain at the pump on Friday (March 25), with gas prices over $6 per gallon, the nation’s highest gas price.

California resident, Q Davis drove his large SUV to the gas station, pumping only $20 dollars worth of fuel.

“It takes $200 to fill this up. Twenty dollars get me here and there,” said Davis. “I don’t really move around that much around here, but yes, is definitely hurting me, definitely hurting me.”

U.S. pump prices reached all-time highs last week following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Retail gasoline prices have eased from a record of $4.331 hit on Friday (March 18) but remained at $4.237 per gallon on Wednesday (March 23), according to American Automobile Association data.

State governments are scrambling to find a solution to alleviate the burden on consumers.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a plan to give Californians $400 dollars debit cards for each registered vehicle, for up to two vehicles.

“$400 rebate, it’s nothing. It’s not even a dent in what people spend. It’s not only the gas. People have to go further than the gas, they have to go for the cost of living,” said 75-year-old Shlomo, a tourist from New York.

“400 bucks is appreciated but is not enough,” said 26-year-old Cliff Hoi, a California resident and a music teacher. “I hope there’s a better solution for this.”

To save money, Michael Demassio, decided to dust off his motorcycle.

“I have a truck, so it costs $100 to fill up. So, it makes more sense financially to ride this more often,” said Demassio.

As to the possible $400 rebate, Demassio said it won’t last long.

“It’ll wear off after being at the pump after a couple of times,” he said.

If Newsom’s plan is approved, drivers could start seeing rebate cards by July.

(Production: Sandra Stojanovic, Norma Galeana)

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