No More Plateau: Southland Gas Prices Shoot Up, Says Auto Club

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10, 2009) After a few weeks of little movement, gas prices shot up by more than a penny a day throughout Southern California in the past week even as most other U.S. states posted price declines, 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 $3.095 per gallon, which is 7.3 cents more than last week, five cents more than last month, and 70 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.115, which is nine cents more than last week’s price, seven cents above last month, and 68 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.194, up 5.2 cents from last week, eight cents higher than a month ago, and 76 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.084, which is eight cents more than last week, six cents more than last month, and 70 cents less than last year.

“While gas prices in most of the country peaked in June, Southern California is now experiencing its highest gas prices of the year so far,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Refineries in California have reportedly reduced their production drastically, and that has led to supply worries that have bumped up wholesale fuel prices and by extension, prices at the pump.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 10, averages are:






Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    +7.3 cents

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    +7.7 cents

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    +9.0 cents

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


    +5.2 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


     +8.0 cents

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







     +6.1 cents

 $4.591 (6/24/08)







     +7.8 cents

 $4.625 (6/18/08)