(LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2007) — Southern California’s slight dip in gas prices just after Easter has turned out to be a temporary respite. Gas prices headed back up over the last week, coming within a dime of their all-time record highs in most areas, 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 $3.321, which is six cents higher than last week, 19 cents higher than last month, and 32 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.345, which is five cents above last week’s price, 18 cents above last month, and 32 cents above last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.438, up 6.3 cents from last week, 20 cents above last month, and 36 cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $3.339, 4.9 cents above last week, 19 cents higher than last month, and 30 cents higher than last year.
“Last year at this time, gas price averages were just reaching $3 a gallon in Southern California, and this year we’ve been paying over $3 for more than five weeks,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “Local wholesale gas price spikes that happened last week seem to be related to this latest round of increases.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., April 20:
|Area||Regular||One-week change||Record price|
|Los Angeles – Long Beach||$3.321||+6.0 cents||$3.402 (5/13/2006)|
|Orange County||$3.309||+6.8 cents||$3.371 (5/17/2006)|
|San Diego||$3.345||+5.0 cents||$3.438 (5/15/2006)|
|Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc||$3.438||+6.3 cents||$3.491 (5/16/2006)|
|Riverside - San Bernardino||$3.339||+4.9 cents||$3.445 (5/15/2006)|
|Bakersfield||$3.343||+5.7 cents||$3.450 (5/16/2006)|
|Las Vegas, NV||$3.046||+6.8 cents||$3.176 (5/17/2006)|