Local Gas Prices Continue Dropping Slowly

Map Survey Truck, circa 1910
Copyright Automobile Club of Southern California 

As they get nearer to $3.50 a gallon, Southern California gas prices averages continue to drop but not nearly as quickly, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $3.464 a gallon for regular today, 4.2 cents less than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.58 per gallon, which is 4.8 cents less than last week, 36 cents less than last month, and 56 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.543, which is 4.5 cents less than last week, 37 cents lower than last month, and 57 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.542, 5 cents less than last week, 33 cents lower than a month ago, and 61 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.522, down 4.9 cents from last week, 36 cents less than last month, and 58 cents less than last year.


“Local wholesale prices have stayed within a 25-cent range for nearly a month and are still nearly $1.40 below today’s Los Angeles average price of $3.58,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “But prices in other states have been rising while California’s prices are dropping. Even though we still have the most expensive gas in the U.S., Alaska is now just two cents below California’s average and Hawaii is nine cents under the price average in the Golden State.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 25, averages are: 






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


   -4.8 cents  

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-4.2 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -4.5 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc    


    -5.0 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


 -4.9 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







 -4.4 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)