Gas Prices Spike by Three Cents a Day

(LOS ANGELES – March 3, 2011) – Southern Californians are now paying almost the same at the pump for gas as motorists in Hawaii after a run-up of more than 20 cents in most local areas over the past 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 $3.821 per gallon, which is 21.7 cents more than last week, 45 cents higher than last month, and 81 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.835, 21.7 cents more than last week, 47 cents above last month, and 82 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.839, up 19.9 cents from last week, 42 cents higher than a month ago, and 77 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.796, which is 21.6 cents higher than last week, 45 cents higher than last month, and 79 cents more than last year.
“As we get closer to the $4 a gallon mark, it’s interesting to note that average prices are becoming much closer between all the cities in California, even though there is usually at least a 15-cent gap in average prices between the lowest and highest-priced areas,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “California’s average statewide gas price today is $3.812, almost identical to Hawaii’s $3.816 average, which is the highest average price in the U.S. Alaska’s average gas price today is $3.768. California prices have usually been much lower than Alaska and Hawaii gas prices for the last few years.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 11 a.m. on March 3, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +21.7 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +20.9 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +21.7 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     +19.9 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +21.6 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      +21.7 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      +20.8 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)