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Auto Club Weekend Gas Watch: Price Increases Continue

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Oil barrels by Ian Burt
Photo by Ian Burt  

Local gas prices continued to climb, but at a slightly faster rate in the past week, compared to the prior two weeks in most areas, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $3.66 a gallon for regular unleaded, four cents higher than last Thursday.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.71 per gallon, which is four cents more than last week, an increase of 13 cents from last month, and 71 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.69, which is three cents more than last Thursday, 14 cents more than last month, and 71 cents higher than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.73, which is five cents higher than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 67 cents higher than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.64, which is four cents more than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 67 cents more than at this time last year.

“Gasoline prices in Southern California continue a steady march upward which is typical for spring,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “We’ve seen some fluctuations on the wholesale market because of a refinery maintenance issue in Southern California. That, combined with oil prices increasing, seems to be enough to continue pushing prices up.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 10, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


 +4 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 +4 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)





San Diego


 +3 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc


 +5 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)




 +4 cents

$4.68 (10/8/12)





San Bernardino


 +4 cents

 $4.68 (10/8/12)







 + 5 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)







+3 cents

 $4.64 (10/9/12)


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