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Auto Club: Gas Prices Continue Dropping After Holiday

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Southern California gas prices continued their downward trend over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $3.75 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is eight cents lower than last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.79 per gallon, which is down seven cents from last week, 34 cents lower than a month ago, and 27 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.78, which is six cents less than last Thursday, 28 cents less than last month, and 29 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.88, which is four cents lower than last week, 28 cents lower than last month, and 36 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.70, which is seven cents lower than last week, 33 cents lower than last month, and 29 cents higher than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.77 average price is six cents lower than last week, 28 cents lower than last month, and 29 cents higher than a year ago today.

“The cheapest gas prices in Southern California are typically found at membership stores, but there are a couple of Arco stations now charging $3.27 a gallon for regular unleaded,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “There’s a wide range of gas prices right now, so we urge consumers to shop around using a tool such as the free AAA Mobile app.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 5, averages are:



 1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


 -7 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 -8 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)





San Diego


 -6 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc


 -4 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)




 -7 cents

$4.68 (10/8/12)





San Bernardino


 -6 cents

 $4.68 (10/8/12)







 -8 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)







 -9 cents

 $4.64 (10/9/12)

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