Auto Club: Gas Pumps Eat up More Green on St. Pat's Day

Weekly Fuel Prices Report

(LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2006) — Drivers will have less cabbage to spend on green bagels today, with gas prices continuing the climb they began early this month, 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 $2.629, which is 4.9 cents higher than last week, six cents higher than last month and 29 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.637 — 4.6 cents above last week's price, six cents above last month and 30 cents above last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.750, up 7.2 cents from last week, four cents above than last month and 30 cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $2.652, up 5.7 cents from last week, seven cents above last month and 28 cents higher than last year.

"Prices went up throughout Southern California this past week, but not at as rapid a pace as we've seen during other gas price spikes," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "It's likely that increases will continue for at least the next few weeks."

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., March 17:

Area Regular Change Record Price
Los Angeles–Long Beach $2.629 + 4.9 cents $2.999 (9/6/2005)
Orange County $2.601 + 5.6 cents $2.970 (9/6/2005)
San Diego $2.637 + 4.6 cents $3.060 (9/5/2005)
Santa Barbara–Santa Maria–Lompoc $2.750 + 7.2 cents $3.111 (9/7/2005)
Riverside–San Bernardino $2.652 + 5.7 cents $3.030 (9/9/2005)
Bakersfield $2.609 + 3.9 cents $3.167 (9/9/2005)
Las Vegas, NV $2.436 + 1.3 cents $2.968 (9/8/2005)