Gas Prices Inch Down in Most Southland Areas

(LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2009) Southern California gas prices dipped very slightly in most cities this week but continue to stubbornly stick near $3 a gallon during a time of year that traditionally brings price decreases, 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 $3.013 per gallon, which is a penny less than last week, a nickel less than last month, and 24 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.992, which is 1.3 cents lower than last week’s price, six cents below last month, and 26 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.10, down three-tenths of a cent from last week, six cents lower than a month ago, and 27 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.996, which is eight-tenths of one cent less than last week, five cents less than last month, and 29 cents more than last year.

“This time last year, gas prices were in continued freefall just after the election and were 25 cents or more lower than where they are now,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “For almost half of this year, Southern Californians have been paying gas prices that have stayed within 20 cents of $3 a gallon – either above or below. It seems unlikely that we’ll see a significant price drop outside of that range for the rest of this year.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 11 a.m. on Nov. 5, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
    -1.0 cent
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
    -1.6 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
    -1.3 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
    -0.3 cent
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     -0.8 cent
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
     +0.9 cent
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
     -0.1 cent
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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