Gas Prices Down For Third Straight Week After Tax Hike

Picturesque gas station by Wonderlane
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Continued lower oil prices and increased local fuel inventories are bringing gas prices down for the third week in a row after the July 1 California gas tax hike, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $3.70 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is three cents lower than last week.
 
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.71 per gallon, which is four cents lower than last week, one cent lower than last month, and seven cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.69, which is four cents lower than last Thursday, two cents below last month, and seven cents higher than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.78, which is three cents less than last week, five cents lower than last month, and six cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.61, which is four cents lower than last week, two cents lower than last month, and seven cents higher than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.66 average price is four cents lower than last Thursday, three cents lower than last month, and nine cents higher than a year ago today.

"Gas prices are still about 45 cents higher than they were at their lowest point of 2019 in January, but they are heading downward slowly because oil prices are lower than a month ago and local refineries have plenty of fuel inventory,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. "The Auto Club encourages motorists to shop around for prices well below the average price – in most areas, there are stations with prices under $3.30 a gallon.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on July 25, averages are:

Area

Regular

 1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$3.71

 -4 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$3.68

 -3 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$3.69

 -4 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc

$3.78

 -3 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)

 

Riverside

$3.61

 -4 cents

$4.68 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino

$3.66

 -4 cents

 $4.68 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$3.71

 -4 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$3.79

 -2 cents

 $4.64 (10/9/12)

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