Fifth Week of Downward Drip for Gas Prices

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3, 2009) Gas prices continue to drop very slowly through most of Southern California for the fifth straight week but are now $1 higher than the price paid by local drivers this time last year, 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 $2.941 per gallon, which is 1.2 cents less than last week, 7.7 cents less than last month, and one dollar higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.929, which is 1.3 cents lower than last week’s price, 6.9 cents below last month, and $1.04 higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.989, up eight-tenths of a penny from last week, 12 cents lower than a month ago, and 99 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.924, which is 1.4 cents less than last week, 7.8 cents less than last month, and $1.02 more than last year.

“We saw a price jump of about a penny from yesterday to today in Santa Barbara, but that may have less to do with the end of price declines than with the fact that gas prices are just a nickel higher in Santa Barbara than in Los Angeles and the gap is usually much wider,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Gas price variations between Southern California regions are much smaller right now than usual.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, averages are:
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$2.941
    -1.2 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$2.930
    -0.8 cent
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$2.929
    -1.3 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$2.989
    +0.8 cent
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$2.924
     -1.4 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$2.986
     -1.8 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$2.929
     -2.0 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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