Gas prices throughout the region increased by two pennies or less this past week, reflecting recent price drops in state wholesale markets, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.15 a gallon for regular unleaded, up one penny compared to last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.14 per gallon, which is up a penny compared to last week, eight cents higher than a month ago, and 58 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.16, which unchanged compared to last Thursday, nine cents more than last month, and 54 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.16, which is a penny higher than last week, seven cents higher than last month, and 61 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.10, which unchanged from last week, 12 cents higher than last month, and 56 cents lower than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.12 average price is one cent higher than last week, nine cents higher than last month, and 55 cents lower than a year ago today.
“Refineries had been increasing production over the past few weeks, but Oil Price Information Service has reported possible production issues at two Southern California refineries in recent days,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “It’s unclear if the problems are significant enough to cause future price increases at the pump.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on July 23, averages are: