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Auto Club: Gas Prices Increase For Ninth Straight Week

(LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2009) Southern California experienced a ninth straight week of gas price increases, although lower wholesale prices could start changing that upward trend, 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 $2.269 per gallon, which is 5.3 cents more than last week, 23 cents higher than last month, and 88 cents less than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.308, which is 5.1 cents more than last week’s price, 25 cents above last month, and 90 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.362, up 4.4 cents from last week, 25 cents up from last month, and 96 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.266, which is 4.7 cents over last week, 24 cents more than last month, and 90 cents less than last year.

“Gas prices began leveling off in a few Southern California areas this week, likely because of lower wholesale prices,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “If the wholesale price slump continues, that could translate into good news at the pump for drivers.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 3:07 a.m. on Feb. 20.

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2008 Lowest

Los Angeles –
Long Beach


+ 5.3






Orange County


+ 4.7






San Diego


+ 5.1






Santa Barbara
 – Santa Maria
 – Lompoc


+ 4.4






Riverside –
San Bernardino


+ 4.7








+ 4.9






Las Vegas, NV


+ 6.5
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The Automobile Club of Southern California is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the following California counties: Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura.