Local Prices Drop Nearly $1 Since July

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Local gas price averages have continued dropping by about a penny a day, bringing them to the lowest levels since December 2010 for a plunge of nearly $1 since they began dropping in early July, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $3.196 a gallon for regular today, 6.7 cents less than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.225 per gallon, which is 6.8 cents less than last week, 41 cents less than last month, and 41 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.205, which is 7.1 cents less than last week, 41 cents lower than last month, and 43 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.253, 8.1 cents less than last week, 40 cents lower than a month ago, and 41 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.175, down 7.2 cents from last week, 41 cents less than last month, and 43 cents less than last year.

“California gas prices have dropped more rapidly than the national average and four states now have more expensive average prices – Hawaii, Alaska, New York and Connecticut, while six additional states have average prices within 10 cents of California’s average,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Southern California drivers continue to benefit from the switchover to the winter blend of gasoline, which is cheaper to produce than the blend used from April to October.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Nov 13, averages are: 





Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


   -6.8 cents

$4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-5.9 cents

$4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -7.1 cents

$4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


 -8.1 cents

$4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


-7.2 cents

$4.688 (10/8/12)



 -7.1 cents

$4.689 (10/7/12)






-8.5 cents

$4.648 (10/9/12)