Auto Club: Gas Prices Steadily Climb Again

(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6, 2009) After a brief lull at the end of January, local gas prices began climbing again at a fairly steady pace this 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 $2.125 per gallon, which is 4.8 cents more than last week, 29 cents higher than last month, and 93 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.157, which is 5.5 cents more than last week’s price, 28 cents above last month, and 92 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.218, up 5.9 cents from last week, 28 cents up from last month, and $1 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.13, which is 5.6 cents over last week, 30 cents more than last month, and 92 cents less than last year.

“Southern California gas prices normally climb at about this pace at this time of the year,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “It’s a bit discouraging for motorists because oil prices are still trading at very low levels, but the reality is that California refinery output is a greater factor in local pump prices than oil, and some refinery issues have kept our gas prices moving up.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 3:07 a.m. on Feb. 6.
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Area


Regular
 
 
One-week
change



2008 Lowest
Price


Record Price

Los Angeles –
Long Beach
 
$2.125

+ 4.8 cents

$1.720 (12/16/08)

$4.626 (6/21/08)


Orange
County
 
$2.122

+ 5.7 cents

$1.707 (12/17/08)

$4.598 (6/19/08)


San Diego
$2.157
+ 5.5 cents$1.707 (12/15/08)$4.630 (6/19/08)


Santa Barbara -
Santa Maria -
Lompoc
 
 
$2.218


+ 5.9 cents


$1.780 (12/16/08)


$4.709 (6/21/08)


Riverside –
San Bernardino
 
$2.130

+ 5.6 cents

$1.692 (12/16/08)

$4.614 (6/22/08)


Bakersfield

$2.233

+ 5.1 cents$1.785 (12/15/08)$4.591 (6/24/08)


Las Vegas,
NV
 
$2.079

+ 4.2 cents

$1.732 (12/19/08)

$4.279 (6/21/08)