Auto Club: Gas Prices Going Nowhere Fast

(LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2009) Gas prices remained almost unchanged over the last week in much of Southern California, hovering in the second week of a rare springtime plateau, 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 $2.329 per gallon, which is four-tenths of a cent less than last week, 20 cents higher than last month, and $1.52 less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.354, which is one-tenth of a cent less than last week’s price, 19 cents above last month, and $1.53 lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.435, up 1.4 cents from last week, 20 cents above last month, and $1.52 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.317, which is unchanged from last week, 20 cents more than last month, and $1.55 less than last year.

“It’s unusual to see California gas prices stabilizing in April instead of spiking,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “In this rough economic patch, motorists are at least getting a break of $15 to $20 on a gas tank fill-up compared to this time last year.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 1 p.m. on April 16.

Area                   

 Regular

One-week

change

 

Record Price

 

Los Angeles
Long Beach

$2.329

    +0.4 cent

 $4.626 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$2.319

    +0.1 cent

 $4.598 (6/19/08)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$2.354

    +0.1  cent

 $4.630 (6/19/08)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara
Santa Maria
Lompoc

$2.435

    +1.4 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Riverside
San  Bernardino

$2.317

     No change

 $4.614 (6/22/08)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$2.398

     -0.6 cent

 $4.591 (6/24/08)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$2.355

     +0.4 cent

 $4.625 (6/18/08)