No Skyrocketing for Gas Prices Before July Fourth

Southland gas prices moved up by less than two cents in most regions over the past week, 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 $3.127 per gallon, which is 1.6 cents more than last week, 11 cents higher than last month, and 15 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.136, 1.4 cents higher than last week’s price, 12 cents above last month, and 15 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.205, up 1.5 cents from last week, 13 cents higher than a month ago, and 16 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.109, which is 1.2 cents higher than last week, ten cents higher than last month, and 14 cents more than last year.

 “With more than 2.2 million Southern Californians expected to drive to their getaways over this holiday weekend, it’s likely that most of them will pay between $42 and $44 for a typical 14-gallon fill-up,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “That’s just a couple of dollars more than last year at this time and about $20 less than during the 2008 Independence Day holiday.”
A total of 2.57 million local travelers are projected to take holiday getaways this holiday weekend, and 87 percent, or 2.23 million, are expected to go by car. That’s 20 percent more than last year.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on July 1, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +1.6 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +1.7 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +1.4 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     +1.5 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +1.2 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      +3.7 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      +1.6 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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