Auto Club: Gas Prices Plateau, Increase Slightly

(LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2009) – It may be too early to call it an end to the gas price downturn, but pump prices in most Southern California regions seem to have reversed course and moved slightly upward in the last week, 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 $2.862 per gallon, which is 1.7 cents more than last week, 12 cents lower than last month, and $1.44 less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.842, which is 2.3 cents more than last week’s price, 14 cents below last month, and $1.40 lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.949, down 1.2 cents from last week, nine cents below last month, and $1.45 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.842, which is 1.3 cents more than last week, 14 cents less than last month, and $1.44 less than last year.

“Many Midwest and Southeastern states have seen their pump prices jump by a penny a day or more in the last week, but the Northeast and Western states are experiencing smaller price changes,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Supplies of refined gasoline and crude oil continue to be plentiful.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on July 30, averages are:






Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    +1.7 cents

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    +2.5 cents

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    +2.3 cents

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


    -1.2 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


     +1.3 cents

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







     +0.7 cent

 $4.591 (6/24/08)







     +2.7 cents

 $4.625 (6/18/08)