Local Gas Price Averages Stay Above $3.10

(LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2010) – For the third straight week, gas price averages throughout the Southland remained above $3.10 a gallon, although they declined slightly in most areas compared to last 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 $3.121 per gallon, which is six-tenths of a cent less than last week, a nickel higher than last month, and 17 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.124, 1.2 cents lower than last week’s price, six cents above last month, and 19 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.185, down two cents from last week, four cents higher than a month ago, and 16 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.105, which is four-tenths of a cent lower than last week, five cents higher than last month, and 17 cents more than last year.

“The gas price spread between this year and the same time last year has shrunk from a difference of about $1.10 in January to just four cents per gallon in early June, but now the gap has widened again,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Right now, the difference between today’s pump price and the July 2009 price is 15 to 17 cents a gallon.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on July 8, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     -0.6 cent
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     -2.0 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     -1.2 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     -2.0 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     -0.4 cent
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      +0.9 cent
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      -1.3 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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