Auto Club: Monthly Gas Price Average Skyrockets

(LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2006) —The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Southern California has jumped 28 cents from March to April and is still climbing, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Since January, prices have climbed nearly 55 cents due to speculation over international oil production and short supplies of the fuel additive, ethanol.

The Southern California April average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.903, up from the March 14 average of $2.626.

“Gas prices have been marching higher since mid-February and is primarily due to oil and gas trader concerns over civil strife in the oil producing regions of Nigeria, Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons and a potential scarcity of ethanol, an additive that most refiners in the nation started using for the first time this year,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “This type of volatility causes speculators to push prices higher, and we are nearing an average of $3 per gallon for regular gasoline in many communities.”

Statewide, the average price for April is $2.860, up from 2.573 in March. The all-time record high of $3.054 was set on Sept. 9, 2005. The lowest average price in the state is in Sacramento, where regular is selling for $2.742. Blythe reports the state’s highest average price at $3.11.

Nationally, the average price is $2.686, up from $2.363 in March. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $2.969. Utah has the lowest average price of $2.339.

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

County/City

Regular,
4-11-06

Regular,
3-14-06

Premium,
4-11-06

Premium,
3-14-06

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

3.003

2.706

3.167

2.840

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.999

2.677

3.186

2.847

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.885

2.563

3.019

2.727

Ridgecrest

2.894

2.591

2.844

2.636

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

2.902

2.591

3.099

2.755

Arcadia

2.902

2.627

3.089

2.843

Burbank

2.884

2.616

3.106

2.762

Culver City

2.933

2.645

3.129

2.827

Glendale

2.875

2.624

3.069

2.804

Glendora

2.839

2.564

3.026

2.639

Inglewood

2.854

2.561

3.059

2.794

Lancaster

2.889

2.606

3.099

2.721

Long Beach

2.865

2.593

2.981

2.740

Los Angeles

2.915

2.637

3.079

2.787

Manhattan Beach

2.944

2.681

3.159

2.851

Montebello

2.859

2.595

2.883

2.499

Santa Clarita

2.893

2.593

3.080

2.759

Santa Monica

2.900

2.715

3.139

2.746

Van Nuys

2.829

2.569

3.004

2.676

Whittier

2.811

2.532

2.969

2.581

Woodland Hills

2.897

2.644

3.099

2.859

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.802

2.514

2.959

2.646

Fullerton

2.796

2.493

2.989

2.666

Huntington Beach

2.828

2.512

2.974

2.667

La Habra

2.763

2.473

2.839

2.571

Laguna Beach

2.989

2.713

3.176

2.959

Newport Beach

2.937

2.667

3.172

2.939

San Clemente

2.949

2.694

3.139

2.891

Tustin

2.907

2.634

3.119

2.866

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

3.115

2.838

3.149

3.019

Hemet

2.882

2.634

2.899

2.657

Palm Springs

2.971

2.694

3.192

2.899

Riverside

2.875

2.609

3.052

2.783

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.906

2.598

3.079

2.773

San Bernardino

2.890

2.628

3.061

2.773

Victorville

2.916

2.673

2.993

2.693

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.894

2.590

3.092

2.796

Del Mar

3.022

2.760

3.194

2.986

Escondido

2.847

2.544

3.032

2.754

Oceanside

2.883

2.631

3.069

2.856

San Diego

2.894

2.629

3.075

2.809

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.939

2.707

3.159

2.859

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.937

2.668

3.124

2.818

Santa Barbara

2.997

2.730

3.184

2.965

Santa Maria

2.984

2.715

3.199

2.746

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.907

2.588

3.094

2.559

Visalia

2.902

2.583

3.039

2.703

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.836

2.581

2.955

2.614

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Calif. Average

2.903

2.626

3.069

2.770

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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