New 2009 Price Records Set This Week Before Slight Dip

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2009) – Southland gas prices soared to new 2009 records earlier this week, but then slightly backed down, 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 $3.14 per gallon, which is 4.5 cents more than last week, nine cents more than last month, and 61 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.151, which is 3.6 cents more than last week’s price, nine cents above last month, and 62 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.227, up 3.3 cents from last week, 12 cents higher than a month ago, and 64 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.129, which is 4.5 cents more than last week, nine cents more than last month, and 61 cents less than last year.

“Reports of scaled-back production in California refineries helped cause a rise in wholesale prices, which quickly made its way to consumers at the pump,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, we seem to be back at a plateau again as prices in the rest of the country continue to head downward.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 17, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.140
    +4.5 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.132
    +4.5 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.151
    +3.6 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.227
    +3.3 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.129
     +4.5 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.209
     +3.4 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.139
     +3.6 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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