Gas Prices Reverse Course in Most Southland Areas, Inch Up Slightly

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2010) – Price averages remain below $3 a gallon in most of Southern California, but also have stopped dropping in most cities over the last week, 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 $2.979 per gallon, which is seven-tenths of a cent more than last week, 13 cents lower than last month, and 15 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.992, four-tenths of a penny higher than last week’s price, 12 cents below last month, and 13 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.039, down six-tenths of one cent from last week, 11 cents lower than a month ago, and 16 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.960, which is three-tenths of a cent higher than last week, 14 cents lower than last month, and 15 cents less than last year.
“We’ve seen price increases across the rest of the country from the beginning of the month to mid-September, while gas prices in California continued to drop,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.  “However, it seems like almost all states are now experiencing a gas price plateau.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 23, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +0.7 cent
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +0.7 cent
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +0.4 cent
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     -0.6 cent
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +0.3 cent
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
     +4.1 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      -1.9 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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