Auto Club: Gas Prices Rise With New Year

(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2, 2009) – Gas prices continued inching upward over the past week, but Southern California drivers are still paying less at the pump than at any time in the last five years, 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 $1.806 per gallon, which is 2.5 cents more than last week, 18 cents lower than last month, and $1.48 under last year. In San Diego, the price is $1.858, which is 3.2 cents more than last week’s price, seven cents below last month, and $1.45 lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $1.903, up 2.1 cents from last week, 16 cents below last month, and $1.50 below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $1.802, which is 2.9 cents over last week, down 14 cents from last month, and $1.47 less than last year.

“Gas prices across much of the country have continued dropping while California prices rose during the past couple of weeks,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “California gasoline wholesale prices rose sharply in December, partly in reaction to a bankruptcy filing by one state refinery.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.
(To download the Word version of the chart, click here.)






Record Price


Los AngelesLong Beach


    +2.5 cents

 $4.626 (6/21/08)





Orange County


    +2.4 cents

 $4.598 (6/19/08)





San Diego


    +3.2 cents

 $4.630 (6/19/08)





Santa BarbaraSanta MariaLompoc


    +2.1 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





RiversideSan  Bernardino


    +2.9 cents

 $4.614 (6/22/08)







    +3.4 cents

 $4.591 (6/24/08)





Las Vegas, NV


    +1.8 cents

 $4.279 (6/21/08)