Auto Club: Second Week of Plateau For Gas Prices

(LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27, 2009) Southern California gas station prices continued to hover near the $3 mark for the second week in a row, 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 $3.036 per gallon, which is three-tenths of a penny less than last week, 20 cents more than last month, and 87 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.035, which is four-tenths of a cent less than last week’s price, 23 cents above last month, and 84 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.133, up 1.8 cents from last week, 20 cents higher than a month ago, and 89 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.021, which is nine-tenths of one cent less than last week, 20 cents more than last month, and 86 cents less than last year.

“When we look back at where gas prices were one year ago, August 2008 was when prices were plummeting by double digits in response to the economic crisis,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “That was a big factor in prompting last-minute Labor Day travel plans locally. Unfortunately, leading up to this year’s holiday, we’re not seeing a similar sharp drop in prices.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Aug. 27, averages are:






Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    -0.3 cent

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    -0.6 cent

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    -0.4 cent

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


   +1.8 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


     -0.9 cent

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







     -0.2 cent

 $4.591 (6/24/08)







     -0.3 cent

 $4.625 (6/18/08)