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Gas Production Slows And SoCal Pump Prices Rise

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Gasoline inventories have dropped in California, pushing up prices for the fifth straight week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.36 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is four cents higher than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.36 per gallon, which is five cents higher than last week, 18 cents higher than last month, and 23 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is also $3.35, which is four cents higher than last week, 17 cents more than than last month, and 23 cents lower than last year.

On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.33, which is four cents higher than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 30 cents lower than last year.  In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.30, which is five cents higher than last week, 17 cents higher than last month, and 19 cents lower than last year. In Bakersfield, the $3.28 average price is six cents higher than last week, 16 cents higher than last month, and 34 cents lower than a year ago today.

“The California Energy Commission reported yesterday that gasoline inventories are at a three-month low, probably due to the start of the annual refinery maintenance period,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “There are reports, but no confirmation, that at least one Southern California refinery has shut down for maintenance already.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 21, averages are:

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