Gas Prices Decline for Fourth Straight Week

(LOS ANGELES – Oct. 6, 2011) –Local gas prices continued declining for the fourth straight week, but motorists are continuing to pay record prices for this time of year, 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 $3.816 per gallon, which is 5.9 cents lower than last week, 14.3 cents lower than last month, and 83 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.806, a decrease of 5.9 cents from last week, 15.6 cents below last month, and 80 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.857, down 5.6 cents from last week, 11.3 cents lower than a month ago, and 81 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.795, down 6.1 cents from last week, 13.9 cents lower than last month, and 82 cents more than last year.
 
“Even with these price declines, 2011 is on track to become the record overall year for gas prices, despite the fact that we never got near the all-time record $4.60 pump prices of 2008,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “The year-to-date average price motorists have paid in California is $3.84 a gallon for regular unleaded. Gas prices would have to average $2.44 a gallon between now and the end of the year for the yearlong average price to drop below the California annual record of $3.52 reached during 2008.”
 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on Oct. 6, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.816
     -5.9 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.777
     -6.4 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.806
     -5.9 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.857
     -5.6 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.795
     -6.1 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.851
      -4.2 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.810
      -6.1 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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