Gas Prices Stay Nearly Flat in Most Regions

Gas Prices
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Local gas remained the same compared to last week in most Southern California cities, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.49 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is a penny less than last week.
 
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.57 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week, two cents lower than a month ago, and 23 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.56, which is the same as last Thursday, three cents less than last month, and 25 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.58, which is unchanged from last week, five cents lower than last month, and 24 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.47, which is unchanged from last week, five cents lower than last month, and 24 cents higher than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.52 average price is also unchanged compared to last week, five cents lower than last month, and 24 cents higher than a year ago today.

“The bad news is that we seemed to have missed the usual winter gasoline price drop this year because of local oil refinery issues and global issues that propped up oil prices,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, the good news is that because of current global events that have reduced oil demand and prices, we may not see a big spring price increase at the pump.” 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 20, averages are:

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