Auto Club: Tailspin For Gas Prices Continues Into December

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5, 2008)Gas price averages throughout Southern California dropped below $2 and kept on heading downward 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 $1.912 per gallon, which is 19.7 cents less than last week, 90 cents lower than last month, and $1.44 under last year. In San Diego, the price is $1.873, which is 17.9 cents under last week’s price, 89 cents below last month, and $1.50 lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $1.981, down 19.4 cents from last week, 86 cents below last month, and $1.44 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $1.876, which is 17.8 cents under last week, down 88 cents from last month, and $1.46 less than last year.

“Local gas prices have been dropping by double digits each week for nearly two months in a row,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “It’s hard to know when or where price decreases will end, but gas price drops have leveled off this week in states that are paying in the $1.55-$1.65 range at the pump, such as Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:05 a.m. on Dec. 5.

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Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    - 19.7 cents

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    - 19.4 cents

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    - 17.9 cents

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa BarbaraSanta MariaLompoc


    - 19.4 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


    - 17.8 cents

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







    - 11.6 cents

 $4.591 (6/24/08)





Las Vegas, NV


    - 11.2 cents

 $4.279 (6/21/08)