City to buy SUV for administration

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By David Giuliani

The city administration will get to buy a $20,000-plus sport utility vehicle to take longer trips.

Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a Suburban, although some questioned whether the city could get a more fuel-efficient car.

The car seats eight people, City Manager Timothy Dodge said. He said it wouldn’t just be for him but other members of the administration.

Dodge said he already uses his own car for traveling around town for work, but he said he and others would take the Suburban for out-of-town trips.

During discussion on the Suburban, Councilwoman Diane Moore said it was a gas guzzler and Councilman Andrew Feldman encouraged the city to buy cars that were better for the environment.

But Councilman Cruz Roybal said employees shouldn’t be “packed in like a bunch of sardines” in a smaller car.

Dodge said the city had looked at hybrids but that they were much more expensive.

Feldman told Dodge that he would like to see a smaller hybrid but that he understood the administration’s need for a larger car.