Gas Prices Rise Again With New Year

After a decline lasting more than two months, Southern California gas prices began the new year with increases, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.58 a gallon for regular today – 5.1 cents higher than last week. For all of 2012, the state average price was $4.028 – the highest annual average ever.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.625 per gallon, which is 4 cents more than last week, 13 cents lower than last month, and 4 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.627, 4.5 cents above last week, 11 cents below last month, and 3 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.649, up 2.2 cents from last week, 15 cents lower than a month ago, and 2 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.592, up 4.8 cents from last week, 13 cents lower than last month, and 5 cents less than last year.
“We are coming off the most expensive year in history at the pump for drivers in California and around the U.S.,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “But the bit of good news is that we started 2013 with slightly lower gas prices than on Jan. 1, 2012. The unknown factor for this year is whether California will continue to experience unprecedented price spikes similar to those of 2012.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 3, averages are:
2012 Average
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
+4.0 cents
 $4.705 (10/9/12)
Orange County
+5.2 cents
 $4.690 (10/8/12)
San Diego
+4.5 cents
 $4.725 (10/8/12)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
+2.2 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
+4.8 cents
 $4.688 (10/8/12)
+2.9 cents
 $4.648 (10/9/12)
+2.9 cents
   $4.689 (10/7/12)

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