Auto Club: Gas Prices Vault to Record October High

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12, 2004) — Southern California retail prices have surged 24 cents since September 14 to a record high for October, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California October average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.352, which compares to a September average price of $2.111. The prior October high price was last year at $1.87. Statewide, the average price for October is $2.340.

"Continued high crude prices have hit consumers during the past two weeks with a vengeance, " said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "Investor fear of international unrest in oil producing countries and continued reduced production due to Hurricane Ivan in the Gulf of Mexico has pushed crude oil prices to record levels. Even though the bulk of crude for California comes from in-state sources and Alaska, about a third comes from foreign countries. California-based refiners have to compete on the international markets for that oil."

The lowest average price in Southern California is in Van Nuys where regular is selling for $2.239. Santa Barbara continues to have the highest average price in Southern California at $2.524. South Lake Tahoe has the highest price in the state at $2.540. Nationally, the average price is $1.97, up from $1.84 in September.

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

County/CityUnl. 10-12Unl. 9-14 Pre. 10-12Pre. 9-14
Imperial County     

El Centro

2.4372.208 2.6992.439
      
Inyo County     

Bishop

2.4712.242 2.6812.452
     
Kern County     

Bakersfield

2.3172.077 2.2592.219

Ridgecrest

2.3162.139 2.3742.352
      
Los Angeles County      

Alhambra

2.2632.045 2.4192.339

Arcadia

2.3252.084 2.5592.235

Burbank

2.3132.075 2.5042.282

Culver City

2.3992.179 2.6992.396

Glendale

2.3152.075 2.4992.292

Glendora

2.3312.029 2.5392.259

Inglewood

2.3312.055 2.5192.226

Lancaster

2.3112.076 2.5592.283

Long Beach

2.3142.073 2.5802.344

Los Angeles

2.3382.100 2.5352.302

Manhattan Beach

2.3032.116 2.4892.306

Montebello

2.3122.084 2.5062.299

Santa Clarita

2.3392.087 2.4992.294

Santa Monica

2.3612.131 2.4192.639

Van Nuys

2.2391.991 2.4662.192

Whittier

2.2852.030 2.5742.266

Woodland Hills

2.3102.059 2.5592.269
      

Orange County

     

Anaheim

2.2842.018 2.4672.166

Fullerton

2.2892.028 2.4872.219

Huntington Beach

2.2962.038 2.4752.237

La Habra

2.2542.002 2.4792.199

Laguna Beach

2.4392.159 2.4972.374

Newport Beach

2.4302.192 2.6992.399

San Clemente

2.3772.224 2.6392.379

Tustin

2.3362.095 2.5142.289
      
Riverside County     

Blythe

2.4462.262 2.5992.379

Hemet

2.3332.082 2.3912.339

Palm Springs

2.4342.239 2.4922.519

Riverside

2.3322.082 2.4732.213
      
San Bernardino County     

Redlands

2.3572.122 2.5992.379

San Bernardino

2.3372.074 2.5472.344

Victorville

2.3202.060 2.5792.259
      
San Diego County     

Chula Vista

2.4102.168 2.5792.299

Del Mar

2.3592.159 2.4172.374

Escondido

2.2722.013 2.4752.229

Oceanside

2.3812.125 2.5892.379

San Diego

2.3792.143 2.5872.316
      
San Luis Obispo County     

San Luis Obispo

2.4242.186 2.4822.479
      
Santa Barbara County     

Lompoc

2.4902.276 2.6992.359

Santa Barbara

2.5242.282 2.7292.459

Santa Maria

2.4462.227 2.5042.359
      
Tulare County     

Porterville

2.3221.999 2.3802.198

Visalia

2.3662.076 2.4242.186
      
Ventura County     

Ventura

2.3112.064 2.5032.266
      
So. Calif. Avg.2.3522.111 2.5262.318

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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