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Sarah Palin on the high California gas prices? Drill, baby, drill.

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Former governor Sarah Palin is in Southern California and not only did she notice the record-high gasoline prices, but she has advice to how to cure it.

The Alaskan "mama grizzly", who is in town to support daughter Bristol's second foray on "Dancing With the Stars", took to Facebook Monday to repeat her "drill, baby, drill" mantra.

"Speaking of resource development, I’m in California again today and the gas prices here are just ridiculous," Palin, 48, wrote to her 3.1 million Facebook followers. "One solution to this problem is of course increased exploration domestically in order to tap our plentiful supplies and not let the naysayers hold us back."

Palin also addressed a threatening letter Bristol, 21, received last week at the "DWTS" Hollywood studio. The letter contained white powder that the FBI later determined was not hazardous.


Flammable fraud? LA parks employee arrested for alleged gas theft

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Grazin' in the grass is a gas, baby can you dig it?

It's not the grass, however, that led authorities to arrest a 12-year employee of the Los Angeles recreation and parks department.

Officials say they believe the long-time worker stole more than 800 gallons of gasoline while on duty over a period of three months.

46-year-old Michael Anthony Lee was arrested Monday for investigation of stealing gasoline from city fueling facilities and booked for investigation of embezzlement.

He is being held on $50,000 bail, say police. A second individual, Shane Gansterer, was also arrested and booked for receiving stolen property.

Drag city.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner