Auto Club: Monthly Gas Prices Mixed

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2006) — Gasoline prices seemed to have found some equilibrium during the past month as some cities saw slight increases and others saw slight decreases, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. The Southern California average showed about a two-penny gain between November and December.

The Southern California December average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.519 compared to $2.498, November 14. Retail prices are nearly 90 cents below the record high of $3.417, set on May 16.

“Oil prices seem to be holding at around $60 per barrel, and supplies in the state have been steady, so we have achieved some level of consistency in the past couple of weeks,? said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. ?OPEC ministers will meet Thursday to determine how the oil producers will manage production in the face of forecasted weaker international demand.”

Statewide, the average price for December is $2.507, up from $2.475 in November. The lowest average price in the state is in La Habra, where regular is selling for $2.300, down from $2.320. Santa Barbara reports the state?s highest average price at $2.794, up just four-tenths of a penny.

Nationally, the average price is $2.292, up from $2.229 in November. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $2.859. Three other states have higher averages than California this month ? Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Oklahoma has the lowest average price of $2.155.

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

County/City

Dec. 12, regular

Nov. 14, regular

Dec. 12, premium

Nov. 14, premium

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

2.764

2.683

2.999

2.949

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.593

2.552

2.689

2.669

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.527

2.493

2.697

2.699

Ridgecrest

2.627

2.574

2.631

2.612

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

2.400

2.380

2.587

2.563

Arcadia

2.462

2.487

2.702

2.729

Burbank

2.479

2.467

2.617

2.598

Culver City

2.512

2.530

2.605

2.644

Glendale

2.503

2.502

2.684

2.667

Glendora

2.383

2.353

2.549

2.569

Inglewood

2.419

2.421

2.616

2.604

Lancaster

2.597

2.578

2.769

2.786

Long Beach

2.425

2.421

2.592

2.575

Los Angeles

2.501

2.484

2.661

2.623

Manhattan Beach

2.495

2.519

2.779

2.743

Montebello

2.419

2.428

2.463

2.535

Santa Clarita

2.500

2.448

2.735

2.678

Santa Monica

2.536

2.510

2.644

2.639

Van Nuys

2.456

2.444

2.593

2.558

Whittier

2.407

2.385

2.564

2.566

Woodland Hills

2.494

2.485

2.676

2.681

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.348

2.338

2.504

2.447

Fullerton

2.362

2.361

2.504

2.560

Huntington Beach

2.356

2.342

2.517

2.494

La Habra

2.306

2.320

2.476

2.472

Laguna Beach

2.621

2.579

2.811

2.839

Newport Beach

2.495

2.476

2.707

2.707

San Clemente

2.546

2.514

2.741

2.666

Tustin

2.479

2.448

2.679

2.670

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

2.753

2.671

2.875

2.811

Hemet

2.475

2.439

2.593

2.533

Palm Springs

2.559

2.548

2.752

2.749

Riverside

2.424

2.387

2.613

2.617

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.539

2.510

2.847

2.699

San Bernardino

2.512

2.461

2.590

2.584

Victorville

2.575

2.525

2.623

2.560

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.533

2.531

2.825

2.755

Del Mar

2.567

2.539

2.794

2.716

Escondido

2.513

2.484

2.722

2.615

Oceanside

2.538

2.509

2.734

2.743

San Diego

2.537

2.496

2.758

2.663

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.635

2.619

2.849

2.804

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.575

2.609

2.919

3.049

Santa Barbara

2.794

2.790

2.976

3.099

Santa Maria

2.662

2.659

2.745

2.849

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.581

2.515

2.599

2.519

Visalia

2.571

2.519

2.852

2.730

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.552

2.555

2.653

2.687

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Average

2.519

2.498

2.690

2.673

The Auto Club’s Fuel Gauge Report is based on data gathered from monitoring fuel transactions at 3,900 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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