Auto Club: New Year Brings Higher Gas Prices

(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2007) —Despite price decreases over the last couple of weeks in most regions, average gasoline prices remain above the levels of one month ago, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. The Southern California average showed about a 13-cent gain between December and January.

The Southern California January average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $2.648, compared to $2.519 on Dec. 12. The record high price for Southern California was $3.417, set on May 16.

“A gasoline glut has driven prices below $2 a gallon in many cities throughout the rest of the country, and most states are paying well below what they did last month,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Unfortunately, the West Coast is an exception. Prices are floating down like a feather, not dropping like a rock, in California, Oregon and Washington because of the limited number of refineries that produce our specially formulated fuel that is required to meet air quality regulations.”

Statewide, the average price for December is $2.635, up from $2.507 in December. The lowest average price in the state is in La Habra, where regular is selling for $2.438, up nearly 14 cents from $2.300. Santa Barbara reports the state’s highest average price at $2.826, up three cents from last month.

Nationally, the average price is $2.229, down six cents from $2.292 in December. The state with the highest gas price average is Hawaii at $2.919. Oregon and Washington are the only other states with higher averages than California this month. Missouri has the lowest average price, at $2.014.

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

County/City

Jan. 16, regular

Dec. 12, regular

Jan. 16, premium

Dec. 12, premium

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

El Centro

2.793

2.764

2.939

2.999

 

 

 

 

 

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

Bishop

2.639

2.593

2.939

2.689

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

2.557

2.527

2.733

2.697

Ridgecrest

2.592

2.627

2.659

2.631

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

2.576

2.400

2.729

2.587

Arcadia

2.563

2.462

2.819

2.702

Burbank

2.599

2.479

2.747

2.617

Culver City

2.607

2.512

2.654

2.605

Glendale

2.615

2.503

2.846

2.684

Glendora

2.499

2.383

2.709

2.549

Inglewood

2.533

2.419

2.766

2.616

Lancaster

2.675

2.597

2.892

2.769

Long Beach

2.548

2.425

2.715

2.592

Los Angeles

2.626

2.501

2.782

2.661

Manhattan Beach

2.636

2.495

2.899

2.779

Montebello

2.571

2.419

2.652

2.463

Santa Clarita

2.609

2.500

2.859

2.735

Santa Monica

2.639

2.536

2.849

2.644

Van Nuys

2.544

2.456

2.639

2.593

Whittier

2.515

2.407

2.739

2.564

Woodland Hills

2.583

2.494

2.779

2.676

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

2.457

2.348

2.589

2.504

Fullerton

2.462

2.362

2.592

2.504

Huntington Beach

2.501

2.356

2.649

2.517

La Habra

2.438

2.306

2.572

2.476

Laguna Beach

2.709

2.621

2.879

2.811

Newport Beach

2.609

2.495

2.809

2.707

San Clemente

2.664

2.546

2.894

2.741

Tustin

2.583

2.479

2.784

2.679

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

Blythe

2.819

2.753

2.909

2.875

Hemet

2.577

2.475

2.686

2.593

Palm Springs

2.663

2.559

2.849

2.752

Riverside

2.552

2.424

2.732

2.613

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

Redlands

2.581

2.539

2.761

2.847

San Bernardino

2.602

2.512

2.786

2.590

Victorville

2.624

2.575

2.709

2.623

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

2.605

2.533

2.856

2.825

Del Mar

2.759

2.567

2.939

2.794

Escondido

2.533

2.513

2.814

2.722

Oceanside

2.632

2.538

2.759

2.734

San Diego

2.639

2.537

2.864

2.758

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

2.714

2.635

2.879

2.849

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

2.691

2.575

3.039

2.919

Santa Barbara

2.826

2.794

2.996

2.976

Santa Maria

2.754

2.662

2.979

2.745

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

Porterville

2.634

2.581

2.659

2.599

Visalia

2.627

2.571

2.874

2.852

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

Ventura

2.648

2.552

2.858

2.653

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Average

2.648

2.519

2.793

2.690

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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