Local Gas Prices Inch Downward

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An anticipated easing of gasoline supply problems is bringing down Southern California pump prices slowly, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.773 a gallon for regular today, five-tenths of a penny less than last Thursday.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.823 per gallon, which is 2.4 cents lower than last week, four cents more than last month, and 41 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.785, which is 2.1 cents less than last week, six cents higher than last month, and 41 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.822, 4.7 cents less than last week, seven cents higher than a month ago, and 37 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.802, 1.7 cents lower than last week, eight cents more than last month, and 38 cents less than last year.


“Southern California continues to have the highest gas prices in the country by far, with price averages in local metro areas hovering about 20 cents above the $2.60 state average price for Hawaii,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, local prices could come down more quickly once the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance restarts and is in full operation, which should happen within the next two months.”


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






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


-2.4 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-2.7 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


-2.1 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



-4.7 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


-1.7 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







-2.6 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







+1.3 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

Media Contacts

Marie Montgomery
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