April Gas Price Spike Continues

(LOS ANGELES – April 14, 2011) –Southern California drivers continue to get hammered at the gas pumps with the highest prices since August 2008 as local gas prices moved up by about a penny a day over the last 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 $4.196 per gallon, which is 7.2 cents more than last week, 23 cents higher than last month, and $1.10 higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $4.184, an increase of 7.2 cents over last week, 21 cents above last month, and $1.06 higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.224, up 7.5 cents from last week, 21 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.05 above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $4.169, which is 7.2 cents higher than last week, 23 cents higher than last month, and $1.07 more than last year.
 
“At this time of year in 2008, Southern California gas prices were also going up by a penny a day – but on April 14, 2008, the average Los Angeles-Long Beach price was $3.77,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Prices in 2008 spiked to all-time records in late June, but in most other years since 2000, Southern California gas prices have peaked sometime in May.”
 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 11 a.m. on April 14, averages are:
 
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$4.196
     +7.2 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$4.182
     +6.8 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$4.184
     +7.2 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$4.224
     +7.5 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$4.169
     +7.2 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$4.177
      +7.6 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$4.191
      +7.0 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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