- Associated Press - Saturday, October 6, 2012

“With that kind of price, I won’t be able to support myself and my family,” he said.

Other residents were taking steps to cut their gas spending.

Victor Parrott, of Irvine, lost his electrical engineering job at Boeing Co. more than two years ago and was already accustomed to planning his errands to maximize gas efficiency. Now, he said, he will have to cut back even more after paying $4.69 a gallon Thursday — 74 cents more than what he paid a week ago.

“It’s killing our pocketbook. You can’t budget for it because you don’t know what it’s going to be,” Parrott said as he left a grocery store with his two toddlers. “You just have to put in less. Instead of a half-tank, you put in a quarter-tank.”

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Contributing to this report were AP writers Jonathan Fahey in New York, Sandy Shore in Denver, Juliet Williams and Hannah Dreier in Sacramento, Jason Dearen in San Francisco, Beth Harris in Burbank, and Gosia Wozniacka in Fresno; and photographer Damian Dovarganes in Calabasas.