Southern California gas prices barely moved for the fifth straight week even as refineries began increasing production of the more expensive summer blend of fuel, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.52 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is the same as last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.58 per gallon, which is a penny lower than last week, three cents lower than a month ago, and 27 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.56, which is one cent lower than last Thursday, three cents less than last month, and 30 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.62, which is one cent lower than last week, six cents lower than last month, and 30 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.48, which is one cent lower than last week, one cent lower than last month, and 26 cents higher than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.54 average price is the same as last week, four cents lower than last month, and 30 cents higher than a year ago today.
“Most of the rest of the U.S. is now experiencing weekly price drops of four to five cents during the lowest demand time of the year, and all indications are that demand is low in California too,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, because the state switches to using summer-blend gasoline earlier than any other state, if we see any price drops in the coming days, we expect them to be small.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 6, averages are: