Southern California regions saw gas prices climb between 1-2 cents last week, reflecting static wholesale prices and a continued healthy inventory, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.19 a gallon for regular unleaded, up two cents compared to last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.19 per gallon, which is up two cents compared to last week, nine cents higher than a month ago, and 49 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.20, one cent higher compared to last Thursday, eight cents more than last month, and 47 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.21, which is two cents higher than last week, nine cents higher than last month, and 52 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.14, which is one cent higher than last week, eight cents higher than last month, and 44 cents lower than last year. In San Bernardino, the $3.16 average price is two cents higher than last week, nine cents higher than last month, and 46 cents lower than a year ago today.
“Following a large drawdown of gasoline inventories the week before, California saw nearly 300,000 barrels added this past week,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “As short as it was, summer driving season may already be coming to an end with many school districts starting in August.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 6, averages are: