Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Free-Fall

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20, 2005) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California fell nearly 35 cents in the past month as reduced demand, hefty inventories and increased production added downward pressure on oil prices, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California December average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.289, which compares to a Nov. 15 average of $2.637 — a decrease of 34.8 cents.

"Oil has gone from $70 per barrel in the early fall to around $60 today,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Christmas travelers in California can expect prices to continue downward through the New Year, but should expect to see them bottom out soon thereafter. Prices typically stabilize and begin to rise in early spring due to refinery maintenance and the annual switch to summer-blend fuel.”

Statewide, the average price for December is $2.250, down 33.1 cents from $2.581 in November. The all-time record high of $3.054 was set on Sept. 9. The lowest average price in Southern California is in La Habra, where regular is selling for $2.114. Blythe reports the region’s highest average price at $2.575.

Nationally, the average price is $2.210, down from $2.292 in November. The state with the lowest gas price average is Utah at $2.011. The nation’s highest average price is in Hawaii, where regular gasoline is selling for an average of $2.660.

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

County Regular gas
12/20/05
Regular
11/15/05
Premium gas
12/20/05
Premium 11/15/05
Imperial County
El Centro2.3262.7062.4642.879

Inyo County

Bishop2.4792.7122.6793.024

Kern County

Bakersfield2.2472.5012.4572.742
Ridgecrest2.4592.6792.6612.905
Los Angeles County
Alhambra2.2012.5682.3692.679
Arcadia2.2652.6402.3392.899
Burbank2.2482.6412.3422.796
Culver City2.3422.7682.2493.106
Glendale2.2412.5992.4262.819
Glendora2.2192.5202.4692.759
Inglewood2.2152.5862.4192.792
Lancaster2.244 2.5932.2592.616
Long Beach2.2202.6022.3712.769
Los Angeles2.2762.6382.4442.783
Manhattan Beach2.2622.6882.3392.739
Montebello2.2182.5622.1592.845
Santa Clarita2.2232.6172.4692.799
Santa Monica2.3272.6792.5692.964
Van Nuys2.2232.6292.3662.704
Whittier2.2132.5832.2192.556
Woodland Hills2.2942.6772.4742.882
Orange County
Anaheim2.1822.5272.2502.558
Fullerton2.1252.4972.2092.645
Huntington Beach2.1362.4822.3302.695
La Habra2.1142.4632.3192.639
Laguna Beach2.3502.7292.5993.039
Newport Beach2.2762.6762.4792.899
San Clemente2.3442.6812.5142.879
Tustin2.2762.6012.4392.819
Riverside County
Blythe2.5752.8772.5992.932
Hemet2.2842.6642.3642.722
Palm Springs2.3992.7392.6462.939
Riverside2.2382.5692.4072.719
San Bernardino County
Redlands2.1722.5842.3992.832
San Bernardino2.2652.6622.2392.579
Victorville2.2692.5752.2032.577
San Diego County
Chula Vista2.2712.5752.6282.919
Del Mar2.3222.7092.4693.019
Escondido2.2472.5762.4722.835
Oceanside2.3362.6712.5542.976
San Diego2.3012.6842.6142.894
San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo2.3982.7312.6313.092
Santa Barbara County
Lompoc2.4112.8382.6843.075
Santa Barbara2.4142.7182.4862.599
Santa Maria2.4222.7222.3992.619
Tulare County
Porterville2.3992.6342.4892.754
Visalia2.3292.5992.5522.889
Ventura County
Ventura2.2762.6042.3132.700
So. Cal. Avg. 2.289 2.637 2.434 2.810

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. Editors, for regional average daily fuel prices nationwide, please go to www.fuelgaugereport.com.

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