Gas Prices Still Rising, But Not As Quickly

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Southern California gas prices rose by a little more than a penny a day in the last week but not enough for a second week of double-digit increases, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.74 a gallon for regular today – 7.1 cents more than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.810 per gallon, which is 7.4 cents more than last week, 18 cents higher than last month, and 50 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.817, which is 7.4 cents above last week, 19 cents higher than last month, and 46 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.809, up 5 cents from last week, 15 cents higher than a month ago, and 48.5 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.802, up 8.5 cents from last week, 18 cents more than last month, and 46 cents less than last year.

“Los Angeles wholesale gasoline prices dropped in the last week and at this time there’s not much more momentum for further increases at the pump, although as we know from past spring seasons, that can change very quickly,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “As of today, drivers across Southern California are paying very similar prices on average, without the usual big price differences between locations like Riverside and Santa Barbara.”

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






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


+7.4 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+8.2 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


  +7.4 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


+5.0 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


+8.5 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)






+7.6 cents


$4.689 (10/7/12)