Nearly all Southern California regions saw a gas price increase of three cents per gallon over the past week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.17 a gallon for regular unleaded, up two cents compared to last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.17 per gallon, which is up three cents compared to last week, 10 cents higher than a month ago, and 53 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.19, which three cents higher compared to last Thursday, nine cents more than last month, and 49 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.19, which is three cents higher than last week, seven cents higher than last month, and 57 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.13, which is three cents higher than last week, nine cents higher than last month, and 47 cents lower than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.12 average price is two cents higher than last week, nine cents higher than last month, and 51 cents lower than a year ago today.
“Price averages in locations throughout Southern California are very similar right now, with just a nine-cent difference between the lowest and highest average,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Although demand continues to be lower than last year, there was a large 1.3 million-barrel drawdown in West Coast inventory over the past week, which could indicate that some local refinery problems are continuing.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on July 30, averages are: