Southland Gas Prices Stop Dropping For Now

Average gasoline prices in Southern California stopped dropping or increased slightly in response to some upticks in wholesale prices that are not expected to last, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.973 a gallon for regular today – two-tenths of one cent higher than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.00 per gallon, which is seven-tenths of one cent more than last week, 8 cents lower than last month, and 8 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.977, which is 1.6 cents above last week, 7 cents below last month, and 7 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.049, down seven-tenths of one cent from last week, 6 cents lower than a month ago, and 8 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.964, down one-tenth of one cent from last week, 6 cents lower than last month, and 10 cents less than last year.


“Local wholesale gas prices rose about 20 cents in the last two weeks, apparently in response to some Southern California refinery incidents that appear to have been resolved, and local gasoline supplies are reportedly good,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “California prices continue to be lower this week than those of seven other states because of refinery issues in the Midwest.”


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






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


+0.7 cent

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+2.0 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+1.6 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


-0.7 cent

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


-0.1 cent

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







-2.0 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







+1.5 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)