Auto Club: Gas Prices In Slow Decline

Hurricane Ivan Should Have Little Effect on West Coast Prices

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2004) — Continuing its agonizingly slow decline, the average Southern California gas price has almost erased a slight increase that occurred before Labor Day and is roughly equal to the August month average, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California September average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.111, which compares to an August 17 average price of $2.108. Statewide, the average price for September is $2.094.

"Even though we're past the busy summer driving season, gasoline prices decreases remain stubbornly slow due to recent high crude oil prices, " said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "Hurricane Ivan is also causing pressure on oil prices and may contribute to increased wholesale prices for gasoline on the East Coast. Industry analysts say that the hurricane will not impact wholesale prices in California."

The lowest average price in Southern California is in Van Nuys, where prices are averaging $1.991. Santa Barbara continues to have the highest average price in Southern California at $2.282. Eureka has the highest in the state at $2.310. Nationally, the average price is $1.839, down from $1.862 in August.

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:

County/CityUnl. 9-14Unl. 8-14 Pre. 9-14Pre. 8-14
Imperial County     

El Centro

2.2082.203 2.4392.406
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

2.2422.239 2.4522.447
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

2.0772.045 2.2192.199

Ridgecrest

2.1392.219 2.3522.432
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

2.0452.025 2.3392.239

Arcadia

2.0842.073 2.2352.339

Burbank

2.0752.061 2.2822.289

Culver City

2.1792.149 2.3962.459

Glendale

2.0752.086 2.2922.224

Glendora

2.0292.007 2.2592.240

Inglewood

2.0552.067 2.2262.232

Lancaster

2.0762.036 2.2832.248

Long Beach

2.0732.064 2.3442.265

Los Angeles

2.1002.105 2.3022.290

Manhattan Beach

2.1162.071 2.3062.279

Montebello

2.0842.076 2.2992.259

Santa Clarita

2.0872.077 2.2942.244

Santa Monica

2.1312.154 2.6392.459

Van Nuys

1.9912.010 2.1922.172

Whittier

2.0302.028 2.2662.239

Woodland Hills

2.0592.066 2.2692.274
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

2.0182.001 2.1662.204

Fullerton

2.0282.010 2.2192.199

Huntington Beach

2.0382.009 2.2372.231

La Habra

2.0021.991 2.1992.206

Laguna Beach

2.1592.164 2.3742.256

Newport Beach

2.1922.181 2.3992.319

San Clemente

2.2242.206 2.3792.499

Tustin

2.0952.095 2.2892.329
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

2.2622.267 2.3792.469

Hemet

2.0822.045 2.3392.339

Palm Springs

2.2392.209 2.5192.488

Riverside

2.0822.049 2.2132.180
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

2.1222.107 2.3792.312

San Bernardino

2.0742.070 2.3442.369

Victorville

2.0602.112 2.2592.332
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

2.1682.134 2.2992.499

Del Mar

2.1592.209 2.3742.339

Escondido

2.0132.023 2.2292.242

Oceanside

2.1252.091 2.3792.406

San Diego

2.1432.126 2.3192.296
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

2.1862.169 2.4792.379
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

2.2762.288 2.3592.399

Santa Barbara

2.2822.289 2.4592.519

Santa Maria

2.2272.237 2.3592.327
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

1.9992.134 2.1982.304

Visalia

2.0762.077 2.1862.329
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.0642.045 2.2662.299
      
So. Calif. Avg.2.1112.108 2.3182.319

The Auto Club's Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 2,800 Southern California gas stations. Oil Price Information Service — the nation's most comprehensive source of petroleum pricing information, provides the data.

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