Gas Prices Climb Upward From Plateau

(LOS ANGELES, March 25, 2010) –Local gas prices jumped slightly this week after a short-lived slight decline in the Los Angeles area, 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 $3.101 per gallon, which is 2.9 cents more than last week, 15 cents more than last month, and 95 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.109, which is 2.4 cents more than last week’s price, 15 cents above last month, and 92 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.173, up 2.5 cents from last week, 16 cents higher than a month ago, and 92 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.096, which is 2.4 cents more than last week, 14 cents more than last month, and 95 cents more than last year.

“What’s unusual right now with gas prices is that they are so similar to each other across all Southern Californian regions – there’s just an eight-cent difference between the cheapest and most expensive areas,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “It’s harder to find ‘bargain’ gas prices right now because stations are charging similar amounts.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on March 25, averages are:
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.101
    +2.9 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.102
     +3.0 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.109
     +2.4 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.173
     +2.5 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.096
     +2.4 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.136
      +0.7 cent
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.109
      +3.8 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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