Auto Club: Gas Prices Head Down Again

(LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2007) – After two weeks of hovering at about the same levels, gas prices began heading down again last week by half a penny a day or more in most local 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 $3.071, which is 3.9 cents cheaper than last week, nine cents below last month, and twenty cents under last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.087, which is 4.1 cents below last week's price, 5.5 cents under last month, and 22 cents cheaper than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.302, down 2.9 cents from last week, 10.5 cents under last month, and eleven cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $3.048, 4.1 cents below last week, eight cents under last month, and 24 cents cheaper than last year.

"We are seeing many more Southland gas stations this week with prices below $3 a gallon," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "And Californians who are used to paying less for gas at out-of-state vacation destinations will probably be surprised to see very similar or even higher prices in other areas. Most states have average gas prices within 10 cents of $3 a gallon."

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., July 27:

Area RegularOne-week change Record price
Los Angeles – Long Beach $3.071- 3.9 cents $3.487 (5/9/2007)
Orange County $3.020- 5.0 cents $3.479 (5/8/2007)
San Diego $3.087- 4.1 cents $3.503 (5/8/2007)
Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc $3.302- 2.9 cents $3.614 (5/15/2007)
Riverside - San Bernardino $3.048- 4.1 cents $3.486 (5/8/2007)
Bakersfield$3.112- 4.1 cents $3.489 (5/7/2007)
Las Vegas, NV $2.944- 4.5 cents $3.209 (5/29/2007)