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Auto Club: More Big SoCal Gas Price Drops

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Another double-digit dip in the Southern California gas price average means that several local individual stations are selling fuel for less than $2.50 a gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.618 a gallon for regular today, 9.9 cents less than last Thursday.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.781 per gallon, which is 10.8 cents lower than last week, 25 cents less than last month, and 32 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.744, which is 11.3 cents less than last week, 25 cents lower than last month, and 32 cents more than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.702, 12.8 cents less than last week, 26 cents lower than a month ago, and 33 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.746, 11.1 cents lower than last week, 22 cents less than last month, and 35 cents more than last year.


“The last three weeks of gas price drops have erased almost the entire price spike that Southern California motorists saw in December,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “At the moment, the rapid pace of gas price drops seems to suggest we have at least another week or two of price declines at the pump before the spring refinery maintenance season could reverse the trend. We strongly encourage drivers to aggressively shop around using tools such as the free AAA mobile app so they pay less than $2.50 a gallon for regular unleaded.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Jan. 28, averages are: 






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


-10.8 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-11.9 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


-11.3 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



-12.8 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


-11.1 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







-10.8 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







-8.5 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

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