Ten Weeks of Gas Price Drops Bring More Than 40 Cents Of Relief

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Ten weeks of declining gas prices have brought local average prices within 20 cents or less of their lowest levels of the year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $3.758 a gallon for regular today, 5.1 cents less than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.77 per gallon, which is 4.4 cents less than last week, 11 cents less than last month, and 29 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.757, which is 4.3 cents less than last week, 9 cents lower than last month, and 28 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.801, 5.2 cents less than last week, 15 cents lower than a month ago, and 28 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.724, down 5 cents from last week, 11.5 cents less than last month, and 29 cents less than last year.

“The lowest average gas price this year in Los Angeles was $3.607 and in San Diego it was $3.605, both at the end of January,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Wholesale prices at the moment seemingly are leaving room for further price drops at the pump.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 18, averages are: 





Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


   -4.4 cents

$4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-4.2 cents

$4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -4.3 cents

$4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


 -5.2 cents

$4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


-5.0 cents

$4.688 (10/8/12)



 -4.1 cents

$4.689 (10/7/12)







-2.9 cents

$4.648 (10/9/12)