Drivers Now Paying January Prices After Five Weeks of Declines

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Southland drivers are now paying gas prices not seen since the end of January after five weeks of declines at the pump, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.79 a gallon for regular today – 3.8 cents lower than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.779 per gallon, which is 2.8 cents less than last week, 23 cents lower than last month, and 62 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.775, which is 2.5 cents below last week, 21 cents below last month, and 59 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.826, down 4.2 cents from last week, 22 cents lower than a month ago, and 60 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.732, down 3.2 cents from last week, 24 cents lower than last month, and 64 cents less than last year.


“The last time averages were this low was at the end of January, although prices are still about 15 to 20 cents higher than they were at the lowest point of the year on Jan. 1,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Heading into November and December, there should be more downward pressure on gas prices provided there are no refinery issues or other incidents, because those months see lower fuel demand and the cheaper winter blend of fuel is being sold in California.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 24, averages are: 







Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


-2.8 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-2.7 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


-2.5 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


-4.2 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


-3.2 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







-3.5 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







-3.4 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)