Los Angeles and San Diego now have the most expensive gasoline in California after Southland prices spiked about 25 cents last week, bringing averages well over $4 a gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.988 a gallon for regular today – 22.4 cents higher than last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.091 per gallon, which is 24.2 cents more than last week, 43 cents higher than last month, and 28 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.091, 27.1 cents above last week, 44 cents above last month, and 29 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.056, up 24 cents from last week, 38 cents higher than a month ago, and 20 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.056, up 25.1 cents from last week, 43 cents higher than last month, and 28 cents less than last year.
“We have seen gas price spikes across the U.S. in the last two weeks, but Southern California has been particularly affected and now is the metropolitan region with the most expensive gas outside of Hawaii,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Refinery maintenance and issues resulting in low levels of production in Southern California are key among the reasons cited for the spike. However, gasoline inventories are now reportedly increasing again locally, so that could help to stabilize or lower prices soon provided that no additional refinery incidents occur.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 7, averages are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino