Southland Gas Prices Surge Before Holiday Weekend

(LOS ANGELES – Sept. 1, 2011) –Local gas prices jumped by almost two cents a day during the past week, breaking records in many areas for the most expensive Labor Day weekend pump prices ever, 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 $3.867 per gallon, which is 13.6 cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, and 82 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.873, an increase of 13.4 cents from last week, six cents above last month, and 81 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.901, up 12.5 cents from last week, five cents higher than a month ago, and 79 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.836, up 12.8 cents from last week, four cents higher than last month, and 80 cents more than last year.
“Gas prices have gone up around the country over the past week, but not by double digits as we’ve seen in California,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Refinery issues are being blamed for the spike, and unfortunately that means holiday travelers will be paying prices for their Labor Day fuel that are near or beyond what they paid in 2008, our record-breaking year for gas prices.”
The Auto Club has projected that 2.32 million Southern Californians will travel this holiday weekend and that more than 80 percent of them, or 1.89 million, will drive to their Labor Day destinations.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of noon on Sept. 1, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +13.6 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +13.6 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +13.4 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     +12.5 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +12.8 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      +9.9 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      +14.4 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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