Auto Club: Six Area Cities Hit $4 Gas Price Average



(LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2008) — Gas prices climbed more than 20 cents in a month to set new records throughout the region, with six cities reaching an average of $4 per gallon or more, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California May average price for regular self-serve gasoline set a new all-time record monthly high of $3.928, up from $3.718 on April 8, which was the previous all-time Southern California monthly record price. The new record is 44 cents higher than the 2007 record of $3.486, set in May of last year.

California’s state average price of 3.939 – a new record for the third month in a row – is 21.6 cents higher than last month’s average. The state’s lowest average price is in Whittier, where regular sells for $3.795. Six cities in Southern California – Bishop, Blythe, Del Mar, El Centro, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria – now have an average price for regular gasoline at or above $4 per gallon. Yreka and Tahoe City share the state’s highest average price - $4.100.

Nationally, the average price is $3.732, up from $3.331 in March. Alaska now has the highest state average at $3.983 and Wyoming has the lowest state average price, at $3.522.

“We saw a short plateau of prices in March and we’re seeing another one right now, but rising oil prices make it difficult to determine whether or not this plateau is the peak in the spring price climb, “ said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Persistently high oil prices and a cutback in production levels seem to offset the declines in demand that we’ve seen in recent months.”

In Southern California, the averages for regular and premium grades of gasoline are listed below:
 


County/City

Reg 5-13

Reg 4-8

Pre 5-13

Pre 4-8



Imperial County



El Centro

4.025

3.726

4.059

3.967



Inyo County


Bishop

4.011

3.726

4.106

3.906



Kern County


Bakersfield

3.899

3.637

4.064

3.784



Ridgecrest

3.977

3.699

4.259

3.879



Los Angeles County


Alhambra

3.879

3.679

4.076

3.829



Arcadia

3.881

3.732

4.159

3.939



Burbank

3.935

3.721

4.114

3.902



Culver City

3.939

3.747

4.119

3.899



Glendale

3.943

3.738

4.138

3.950



Glendora

3.846

3.637

4.036

3.817



Inglewood

3.860

3.688

4.072

3.869



Lancaster

3.927

3.721

4.121

3.949



Long Beach

3.877

3.672

4.060

3.858



Los Angeles

3.927

3.730

4.119

3.932



Manhattan Beach

3.958

3.767

4.154

3.939



Montebello

3.843

3.668

4.073

3.839



Santa Clarita

3.927

3.689

4.109

3.906



Santa Monica

3.940

3.757

4.119

3.946



Van Nuys

3.870

3.711

4.076

3.896



Whittier

3.795

3.605

3.974

3.812



Woodland Hills

3.932

3.778

4.076

3.929



Orange County


Anaheim

3.844

3.616

4.047

3.841



Fullerton

3.823

3.634

4.028

3.819



Huntington Beach

3.874

3.651

4.017

3.852



La Habra

3.804

3.601

3.965

3.795



Laguna Beach

3.979

3.752

4.199

3.932



Newport Beach

3.959

3.766

4.164

3.995



San Clemente

3.955

3.724

4.149

3.895



Tustin

3.914

3.675

4.121

3.912



Riverside County


Blythe

4.036

3.869

4.379

4.049



Hemet

3.886

3.691

4.084

3.844



Palm Springs

3.911

3.690

4.132

3.912



Riverside

3.905

3.698

4.088

3.851



San Bernardino County


Redlands

3.942

3.703

4.150

3.909



San Bernardino

3.903

3.686

4.078

3.819



Victorville

3.925

3.722

4.086

3.891



San Diego County


Chula Vista

3.924

3.711

4.102

3.892



Del Mar

4.041

3.801

4.199

3.981



Escondido

3.933

3.708

4.121

3.889



Oceanside

3.950

3.717

4.145

3.894



San Diego

3.944

3.728

4.136

3.933



San Luis Obispo County


San Luis Obispo

3.993

3.869

4.183

4.044



Santa Barbara County


Lompoc

3.923

3.730

4.073

3.910



Santa Barbara

4.050

3.854

4.285

4.112



Santa Maria

4.009

3.809

4.229

3.999



Tulare County


Porterville

3.996

3.749

3.999

3.929



Visalia

3.976

3.753

4.156

4.087



Ventura County


Ventura

3.952

3.747

4.146

3.962



So. Calif. Avg.

3.928

3.718

4.116

3.910