Gas prices dropped slightly or remained steady locally in a pattern that has now lasted for 12 straight weeks, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.17 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is one cent lower than last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.15 per gallon, which is one cent lower than last week, four cents lower than a month ago, and 83 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.15, which is the same as last Thursday, three cents less than last month, and 80 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.19, which is the same as last week, one cent lower than last month, and 84 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.10, which is down a penny from last week, three cents lower than last month, and 79 cents lower than last year. In Bakersfield, the $3.10 average price is one cent less than last week, six cents lower than last month, and 92 cents lower than a year ago today.
“Oil industry analysts say that two Southern California refineries that were undergoing planned maintenance are coming back online shortly,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “We will have to see if that has any impact on prices falling more quickly.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, averages are: