Auto Club: Summer Gas Price Drops End Over Labor Day

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2007) – Gas prices began inching back up again over the holiday weekend after nearly four straight months of price decreases, 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 $2.765, which is 3.2 cents higher than last week, 22 cents below last month, and 30 cents under last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.835, which is 3.3 cents above last week’s price, 19 cents under last month, and 21 cents cheaper than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.976, up 1.2 cents from last week, 23 cents under last month, and 33 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $2.774, 3.6 cents more than last week, 18 cents under last month, and 30 cents cheaper than last year.

"These are the best gas prices of the summer, with almost all Southland gas stations posting regular unleaded prices well under $3 a gallon," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp.

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., Sept. 7:

Area RegularOne-week change Record price
Los Angeles – Long Beach $2.765+ 3.2 cents $3.487 (5/9/2007)
Orange County $2.716+ 2.7 cents $3.479 (5/8/2007)
San Diego $2.835+ 3.3 cents $3.503 (5/8/2007)
Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc $2.976+ 1.2 cents $3.614 (5/15/2007)
Riverside - San Bernardino $2.774+ 3.6 cents $3.486 (5/8/2007)
Bakersfield$2.799+0.8 cent $3.489 (5/7/2007)
Las Vegas, NV $2.711- 0.8 cent $3.209 (5/29/2007)