Gas Prices Swing Upward for Third Week

(LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2010) –Southland gas prices increased for the third week in a row, 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 $3.075 per gallon, which is 4.8 cents more than last week, a dime more than last month, and 89 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.083, which is 5.4 cents more than last week’s price, 12 cents above last month, and 88 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.129, up 5.7 cents from last week, 10 cents higher than a month ago, and 85 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.064, which is 4.8 cents more than last week, 10 cents more than last month, and 89 cents more than last year.

“Prices are typically on the upswing at this time of year because demand is usually picking up from the slower winter months, and because refineries are beginning the switchover to producing the more-expensive ‘summer blend’ of gasoline that must be sold by all gas stations beginning April 1 to satisfy state air quality requirements,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on March 11, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.075
    +4.8 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.061
     +3.8 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.083
     +5.4 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.129
     +5.7 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.064
     +4.8 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.123
      +5.4 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.068
      +5.1 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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