Local Gas Prices Back Off Just Before $4 Mark

(LOS ANGELES – Sept. 15, 2011) –Gas prices in most Southern California cities retreated slightly over the past week after getting close to $4 a gallon on average, 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 $3.958 per gallon, which is seven-tenths of a cent lower than last week, 23 cents higher than last month, and 98 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.96, a decrease of a penny from last week, 23 cents above last month, and 96 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.985, down three-tenths of a cent from last week, 22 cents higher than a month ago, and 94 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.932, down six-tenths of a cent from last week, 23 cents higher than last month, and 96 cents more than last year.
 
“A year ago at this time, local drivers were paying nearly a dollar less a gallon, or about $15 less per tank,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Even though we never reached the record $4.50-plus prices of 2008, drivers have paid the same amount on average so far this year as they did between Jan. 1 and Sept. 15 of 2008. This year’s average price for the Los Angeles area so far is $3.84.”
 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on Sept. 15, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.958
     -0.7 cent
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.931
     -1.1 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.960
     -1.0 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.985
     -0.3 cent
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.932
     -0.6 cent
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.967
      -0.1 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.943
      +0.3 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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