Gas Prices Drop a Penny a Day

(LOS ANGELES – May 19, 2011) –Pump prices under $4 a gallon began appearing at some Southern California gas stations again over the past week as local gas price averages dropped by about a penny a day, 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 $4.189 per gallon, which is 7.9 cents lower than last week, three cents lower than last month, and $1.08 higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $4.151, a decrease of 9.6 cents from last week, five cents below last month, and $1.04 higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.237, down 6.4 cents from last week, a penny lower than a month ago, and $1.07 above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $4.157, which is 8.7 cents lower than last week, 3.5 cents lower than last month, and $1.06 more than last year.
 
“It’s great to see prices coming down relatively quickly, but prices are still more than a dollar higher than a year ago,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Nationally, Memorial Day travel is expected to stay at about the same level as last year – most likely a result of the gas price hikes this spring.”
 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on May 19, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$4.189
     -7.9 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$4.164
     -7.8 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$4.151
     -9.6 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$4.237
     -6.4 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$4.157
     -8.7 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$4.206
      -5.9 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$4.188
      -8.0 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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