Auto Club: Three Bucks A Gallon Is Back

(LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13, 2009) As expected, gas price averages are now topping $3 a gallon in every major Southern California region after another week of price increases, 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 $3.052 per gallon, which is 7.1 cents more than last week, 16 cents more than last month, and $1.04 less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.063, which is 7.9 cents more than last week’s price, 20 cents above last month, and 97 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.116, up 6.1 cents from last week, 13 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.10 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.037, which is eight cents more than last week, 16 cents more than last month, and $1.02 less than last year.

“Prices aren’t rising as rapidly as they did during the first week of August, but so far they are still going up in response to higher crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “These commodity market price increases have been driven by the continued weakness of the dollar and a sense that demand may soon increase. However, the fall and winter months are not far off, and that’s when demand typically tapers off.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Aug. 13, averages are:






Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    +7.1 cents

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    +7.5 cents

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    +7.9 cents

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


    +6.1 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


     +8.0 cents

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







     +9.7 cents

 $4.591 (6/24/08)







     +7.3 cents

 $4.625 (6/18/08)