After two straight weeks of increases, Southern California gas prices are about the same as they were this time last month and this time last year, 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 $3.830 per gallon, which is 6.3 cents more than last week, four-tenths of one cent higher than last month, and 1 cent higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.810, 6.6 cents above last week, half a cent above last month, and 1 cent lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.862, up 4.9 cents from last week, 1.6 cents lower than a month ago, and three-tenths of a cent below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.786, up 7.1 cents from last week, 1.3 cents lower than last month, and 1 cent less than last year.
“With oil prices still hovering around $90 a barrel, there was still some upward pressure on gas prices in the last week,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, prices in some California markets have ticked downward or stayed steady in the last day or two, so it’s hard to know what the next week will bring.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on July 26, averages are:
Los Angeles – Long Beach
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
Riverside – San Bernardino