Southern California Sees Largest One-Month Increase In Average Gas Price, Says Auto Club

(LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2008) — With barely a breath after surging through the $4 a gallon average for regular gasoline, many Southern California cities are now looking at an average of $4.50 a gallon following the region’s largest one-month increase in the average price of gasoline, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California June average price for regular self-serve gasoline set a new all-time record monthly high of $4.470 -- up 54.2 cents from $3.928 on May 13, which was the previous all-time Southern California monthly record price.

California’s average price of $4.473– a new record for the fourth month in a row – is 53.4 cents higher than last month’s average. The state’s lowest average price is in La Habra, where regular sells for $4.378. Eight cities in Southern California now have an average price for regular gasoline at or above $4.50 per gallon. Blythe has the state’s highest price at $4.621.

Nationally, the average price is $4.043, up from $3.732 in May. California now has the highest state average and Missouri has the lowest state average price, at $3.840.

“Even OPEC representatives have been quoted saying that oil and gas prices are ‘unbearable’,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, prices continue to be propped up by the low value of the U.S. dollar, the growing demand for gasoline and oil in Asia, and the heavy market trading of oil and other commodities.”

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


County/City
Reg 6/10
Reg 5/13
Pre 6/10
Pre 5/13


Imperial County
 
 
 
 


El Centro
4.434
4.025
4.624
4.059
 
 
 
 
 


Inyo County
 
 
 
 


Bishop
4.575
4.011
4.806
4.106
 
 
 
 
 


Kern County
 
 
 
 


Bakersfield
4.454
3.899
4.594
4.064


Ridgecrest
4.484
3.977
4.715
4.259
 
 
 
 
 


Los Angeles County
 
 
 
 


Alhambra
4.410
3.879
4.617
4.076


Arcadia
4.396
3.881
4.639
4.159


Burbank
4.493
3.935
4.649
4.114


Culver City
4.454
3.939
4.666
4.119


Glendale
4.488
3.943
4.689
4.138


Glendora
4.413
3.846
4.619
4.036


Inglewood
4.439
3.860
4.679
4.072


Lancaster
4.464
3.927
4.657
4.121


Long Beach
4.430
3.877
4.618
4.060


Los Angeles
4.484
3.927
4.675
4.119


Manhattan Beach
4.464
3.958
4.649
4.154


Montebello
4.439
3.843
4.657
4.073


Santa Clarita
4.456
3.927
4.637
4.109


Santa Monica
4.496
3.940
4.659
4.119


Van Nuys
4.426
3.870
4.633
4.076


Whittier
4.418
3.795
4.598
3.974


Woodland Hills
4.508
3.932
4.679
4.076
 
 
 
 
 


Orange County
 
 
 
 


Anaheim
4.414
3.844
4.599
4.047


Fullerton
4.436
3.823
4.620
4.028


Huntington Beach
4.433
3.874
4.600
4.017


La Habra
4.378
3.804
4.547
3.965


Laguna Beach
4.516
3.979
4.859
4.199


Newport Beach
4.488
3.959
4.716
4.164


San Clemente
4.486
3.955
4.686
4.149


Tustin
4.455
3.914
4.648
4.121
 
 
 
 
 


Riverside County
 
 
 
 


Blythe
4.621
4.036
4.839
4.379


Hemet
4.461
3.886
4.669
4.084


Palm Springs
4.436
3.911
4.706
4.132


Riverside
4.447
3.905
4.619
4.088
 
 
 
 
 


San Bernardino County
 
 
 
 


Redlands
4.454
3.942
4.655
4.150


San Bernardino
4.457
3.903
4.603
4.078


Victorville
4.471
3.925
4.612
4.086
 
 
 
 
 


San Diego County
 
 
 
 


Chula Vista
4.490
3.924
4.665
4.102


Del Mar
4.575
4.041
4.744
4.199


Escondido
4.462
3.933
4.653
4.121


Oceanside
4.495
3.950
4.690
4.145


San Diego
4.481
3.944
4.664
4.136
 
 
 
 
 


San Luis Obispo County
 
 
 
 


San Luis Obispo
4.513
3.993
4.676
4.183
 
 
 
 
 


Santa Barbara County
 
 
 
 


Lompoc
4.451
3.923
4.499
4.073


Santa Barbara
4.548
4.050
4.690
4.285


Santa Maria
4.469
4.009
4.619
4.229
 
 
 
 
 


Tulare County
 
 
 
 


Porterville
4.528
3.996
4.716
3.999


Visalia
4.530
3.976
4.805
4.156
 
 
 
 
 


Ventura County
 
 
 
 


Ventura
4.454
3.952
4.644
4.146
 
 
 
 
 


So. Calif. Avg.
4.470
3.928
4.663
4.116
 


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 http://www.fuelgaugereport.com/.