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2011 Gas Prices Continue Upward Climb

Southern California gas prices have welcomed the new year by climbing again – and higher than at any point since October 2008 – after continuing to rise all week, 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 $3.332 per gallon, which is 2.4 cents more than last week, 12.9 cents higher than last month, and 30 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.352, 2 cents more than last week, 14 cents above last month, and 33 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.372, up 2.6 cents from last week, 12 cents higher than a month ago, and 30 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.319, which is 2.4 cents higher than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 31 cents more than last year.
“Although the price of crude oil has dipped in recent days, the high price of crude and reduced production cycles in the spring due to scheduled maintenance continue to push fuel prices higher,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 12 p.m. on Jan. 6, averages are:
Record Price
Los Angeles – Long Beach
     +2.4 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
Orange County
     +2.5 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
San Diego
     +2.0 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
     +2.6 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
Riverside – San  Bernardino
     +2.4 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
      +3.1 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
      +2.2 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)
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