Auto Club: Average Monthly Gas Prices Slightly Down

Prices Throughout State Near Parity

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16, 2003) - The average price of regular gasoline in Southern California dropped another 2.4 cents during the past month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's monthly Fuel Gauge Report. Continued lower demand for gasoline and stable production have continued the downward price trend, but the rate of decline indicates that prices have bottomed out.

The Southern California average price for regular self-serve unleaded gasoline is $1.699, down from $1.723, on Nov. 11. The lowest average price in Southern California is Anaheim, where drivers can pump regular self-serve unleaded gasoline for an average $1.574. San Francisco Bay-area motorists now pay an average of $1.66 down 10 cents from November. Nationally, prices are down nearly three cents since the November AAA survey and now average $1.47 per gallon.

"While Southern California prices have declined an average of 40 cents in three months, average prices in Northern California have fallen more, so we?re in one of those rare periods when prices throughout the state are similar," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "Barring any production problems in the region, prices should remain around the same level for the next few weeks. This is certainly welcome news for those who plan to drive for Christmas vacation."

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

County And City

 

12/16 Unl

11/11 Unl

12/16 Pre

11/11 Pre

      

Imperial County

 

 

 

 

 

El Centro

 

1.793

1.787

2.019

1.975

Inyo County

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop

 

1.804

1.849

2.030

2.069

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kern County

 

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

 

1.644

1.697

1.869

1.843

Ridgecrest

 

1.782

1.799

2.007

1.945

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles County

 

 

 

 

 

Alhambra

 

1.620

1.715

1.879

1.839

Arcadia

 

1.670

1.693

1.879

1.817

Burbank

 

1.626

1.673

1.859

1.879

Culver City

 

1.709

1.759

1.959

1.883

Glendale

 

1.661

1.693

1.839

1.939

Glendora

 

1.578

1.653

1.747

1.859

Inglewood

 

1.690

1.723

1.879

1.909

Lancaster

 

1.672

1.709

1.861

1.833

Long Beach

 

1.677

1.713

1.849

1.890

Los Angeles

 

1.680

1.720

1.894

1.908

Manhattan Beach

 

1.793

1.759

2.009

1.904

Montebello

 

1.686

1.712

1.902

1.912

Santa Clarita

 

1.679

1.701

1.859

1.919

Santa Monica

 

1.723

1.722

2.059

1.879

Van Nuys

 

1.641

1.674

1.849

1.847

Whittier

 

1.661

1.683

1.874

1.889

Woodland Hills

 

1.658

1.667

1.869

1.884

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange County

 

 

 

 

 

Anaheim

 

1.576

1.610

1.768

1.798

Fullerton

 

1.611

1.645

1.792

1.799

Huntington Beach

 

1.620

1.618

1.772

1.807

La Habra

 

1.574

1.622

1.839

1.799

Laguna Beach

 

1.746

1.779

2.011

2.004

Newport Beach

 

1.723

1.737

1.959

1.974

San Clemente

 

1.749

1.808

2.059

2.004

Tustin

 

1.680

1.690

1.884

1.864

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County

 

 

 

 

 

Blythe

 

1.898

1.902

2.102

2.099

Hemet

 

1.630

1.648

1.834

1.859

Palm Springs

 

1.784

1.813

1.988

2.059

Riverside

 

1.635

1.636

1.881

1.805

San Bernardino County

 

 

 

 

 

Redlands

 

1.839

1.839

1.999

1.999

San Bernardino

 

1.679

1.719

1.856

1.889

Victorville

 

1.636

1.659

1.813

1.829

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego County

 

 

 

 

 

Chula Vista

 

1.722

1.727

1.979

1.943

Del Mar

 

1.722

1.727

1.839

1.849

Escondido

 

1.635

1.654

1.866

1.822

Oceanside

 

1.727

1.708

1.959

1.826

San Diego

 

1.702

1.735

1.928

1.956

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo

 

1.730

1.770

1.955

1.969

Santa Barbara County

 

 

 

 

 

Lompoc

 

1.796

1.819

1.992

1.904

Santa Barbara

 

1.803

1.824

1.999

1.909

Santa Maria

 

1.749

1.781

1.799

1.866

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tulare County

 

 

 

 

 

Porterville

 

1.799

1.759

2.011

1.969

Visalia

 

1.677

1.705

1.889

1.872

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura County

 

 

 

 

 

Ventura

 

1.654

1.662

1.855

1.854

 

 

 

 

 

 

So. Calif. Avg.

 

1.699

1.723

1.909

1.899

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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