Auto Club: Prices Stick Near $3 For Third Week In A Row

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3, 2009) Southern California’s Labor Day holiday travelers will be paying about the same prices to fill up before their getaways as they have been for the past three weeks, 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 $3.022 per gallon, which is 1.4 cents less than last week, 11 cents more than last month, and 84 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.025, which is one penny less than last week’s price, 12 cents above last month, and 83 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.142, up nine-tenths of one cent from last week, 15 cents higher than a month ago, and 86 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.004, which is 1.7 cents less than last week, 10 cents more than last month, and 84 cents less than last year.

“Holiday travelers will definitely be getting a break compared to last year’s Labor Day weekend, when price averages were about 85 cents higher and airfares were also about 17 percent more expensive,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, because of the late date of this holiday and the economic situation, fewer travelers will be taking advantage of those lower prices. We’re expecting 2.9 million Southland holiday travelers this weekend compared to 3.38 million last year – a drop of about 13 percent.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 3, averages are:






Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    -1.4 cents

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    -1.3 cents

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    -1.0 cent

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


    +0.9 cent

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


     -1.7 cents

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







     +0.5 cent

 $4.591 (6/24/08)







     -0.4 cent

 $4.625 (6/18/08)