Auto Club: Gas Prices Jump Back Above $3

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2009) Gas prices began heading up again slowly throughout most of Southern California over the past week, bringing average prices back over the $3 mark in most communities, 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 $3.023 per gallon, which is 1.4 cents more than last week, seven cents less than last month, and four cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.005, which is 2.2 cents more than last week’s price, eight cents below last month, and two-tenths of a cent lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.103, up 1.9 cents from last week, 10 cents lower than a month ago, and three cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.004, which is 1.9 cents more than last week, 11 cents less than last month, and two cents less than last year.

“Motorists have spent most of 2009 paying gas prices that were much lower than in 2008,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “But now 2009 gas prices are almost equal to those we paid in 2008. Barring a new financial disaster, it’s likely that for the rest of the year, drivers will be paying more to fill up than in the fall and winter of 2008, when prices in California plunged well below $2 a gallon.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 11 a.m. on Oct. 29, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.023
    +1.4 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.015
    +1.5 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.005
    +2.2 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.103
    +1.9 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.004
     +1.9 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.042
     -1.5 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.016
     +0.9 cent
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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