Auto Club: Second Month In A Row For $3-Plus Gas Prices

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2009) —Southern California gas price averages have spent most of 2009 well under $3 a gallon, but now price averages have topped the $3 mark for two months in a row, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report.

The Southern California September average price for regular self-serve gasoline is $3.104, four cents higher than the August average of $3.061. This month’s average price is 78 cents lower than last year’s September price average of $3.841.

The statewide average price of $3.11 is six cents higher than the August average of $3.052. This month Van Nuys has the state’s lowest average price at $3.019, while Eureka has the highest gas price average for the third month in a row at $3.351
Nationally, the average price of $2.578 is six cents lower than the August average of $2.643. Alaska surpassed Hawaii in the last month as the state with the most expensive September average price, at $3.394. Missouri has the lowest state average price at $2.298.

“Gas prices have come down nationwide in the past month, but unfortunately that trend hasn’t extended to Southern California,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “California’s unique blend of gasoline has been trading at high prices on the wholesale and futures markets, driving up local pump prices even as most other states are experiencing price declines.”

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


County/City

Unl 9/8

Unl 8/11

Pre 9/8

Pre 8/11



Imperial County



El Centro

3.089

3.036

3.579

3.119



Inyo County


Bishop

3.096

3.092

3.357

3.208



Kern County


Bakersfield

3.153

3.110

3.263

3.220



Ridgecrest

3.133

3.090

3.329

3.257



Los Angeles County


Alhambra

3.092

3.041

3.245

3.247



Arcadia

3.066

3.058

3.149

3.255



Burbank

3.101

3.072

3.281

3.280



Culver City

3.126

3.081

3.609

3.323



Glendale

3.108

3.047

3.277

3.265



Glendora

3.068

3.017

3.248

3.195



Inglewood

3.089

3.045

3.274

3.242



Lancaster

3.073

3.040

3.205

3.200



Long Beach

3.060

3.031

3.248

3.230



Los Angeles

3.110

3.069

3.290

3.252



Manhattan Beach

3.127

3.086

3.329

3.269



Montebello

3.075

3.048

3.319

3.227



Santa Clarita

3.127

3.101

3.299

3.314



Santa Monica

3.096

3.052

3.319

3.232



Van Nuys

3.019

2.991

3.172

3.132



Whittier

3.074

3.024

3.282

3.222



Woodland Hills

3.121

3.051

3.313

3.277



Orange County


Anaheim

3.066

3.021

3.247

3.227



Fullerton

3.020

3.010

3.205

3.183



Huntington Beach

3.073

3.066

3.248

3.241



La Habra

3.035

3.011

3.203

3.188



Laguna Beach

3.252

3.191

3.339

3.308



Newport Beach

3.157

3.110

3.339

3.323



San Clemente

3.130

3.100

3.322

3.322



Tustin

3.073

3.043

3.273

3.213



Riverside County


Blythe

3.184

3.177

3.199

3.492



Hemet

3.041

3.003

3.231

3.204



Palm Springs

3.087

3.042

3.369

3.272



Riverside

3.084

3.008

3.255

3.185



San Bernardino County


Redlands

3.088

3.049

3.246

3.233



San Bernardino

3.091

3.038

3.234

3.210



Victorville

3.083

3.037

3.225

3.174



San Diego County


Chula Vista

3.058

3.022

3.205

3.186



Del Mar

3.267

3.200

3.468

3.407



Escondido

3.080

3.031

3.225

3.210



Oceanside

3.075

3.050

3.234

3.278



San Diego

3.080

3.043

3.277

3.249



San Luis Obispo County


San Luis Obispo

3.186

3.102

3.352

3.257



Santa Barbara County


Lompoc

3.102

3.050

3.239

3.299



Santa Barbara

3.226

3.107

3.462

3.379



Santa Maria

3.126

3.065

3.328

3.257



Tulare County


Porterville

3.082

3.026

3.169

3.189



Visalia

3.127

3.058

3.311

3.222



Ventura County


Ventura

3.130

3.077

3.311

3.229



So. Calif. Avg.

3.104

3.061

3.290

3.248