(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2008) - Gas stations in Southern California and around the country continued heading down toward the $1.50 a gallon mark and even below during the past week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $1.764 per gallon, which is 14.8 cents less than last week, 81 cents lower than last month, and $1.53 under last year. In San Diego, the price is $1.743, which is 13 cents under last week's price, 79 cents below last month, and $1.57 lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $1.823, down 15.8 cents from last week, 82 cents below last month, and $1.57 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $1.737, which is 13.9 cents under last week, down 78 cents from last month, and $1.54 less than last year.
"The lower prices have been a welcome early holiday present for drivers in Southern California and throughout the U.S.," said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. "And when Californians visit other regions of the country during their holiday travels in the next few weeks, they may be surprised to see gas prices in many places that are higher than those at their local stations. Ten other states now have higher gas price averages than California."
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:05 a.m. on Dec. 12.
Los Angeles – Long Beach
- 14.8 cents
- 13.4 cents
- 13 cents
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
- 15.8 cents
Riverside – San Bernardino
- 13.9 cents
- 11.2 cents
Las Vegas, NV
- 12.4 cents