Gas Prices Inch Up Again After Plateau

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Southern California drivers saw gas prices reach new heights for 2014 in the last week after a brief pause in price hikes, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $4.261 a gallon for regular today, 3.1 cents more than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.32 per gallon, which is 1.7 cents more last week, 25 cents higher than last month, and 41 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.285, which is nine-tenths of a cent above last week, 25 cents higher than last month, and 40 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.319, up 1.8 cents from last week, 23 cents higher than a month ago, and 33 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.288, up 2.3 cents from last week, 26 cents more than last month, and 40 cents more than last year.

“Through this year to date, Los Angeles-Long Beach drivers have paid an average of $3.91 a gallon, just a couple cents below the average price for all of 2013,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “It’s hard to say when local prices will come down because wholesale prices remain high due to continued supply issues coupled with increased demand for fuel.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 1, averages are:





Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


+1.7 cents

$4.705 (10/9/12)


Orange County


+1.2 cents

$4.690 (10/8/12)


San Diego


 +0.9 cent

$4.725 (10/8/12)


Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


+1.8 cents

$4.709 (6/21/08)


Riverside – San Bernardino


+2.3 cents

$4.688 (10/8/12)



+2.2 cents

$4.689 (10/7/12)




+3.9 cents

$4.648 (10/9/12)