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Gas Price Drops Continue During And After Holiday

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Southern California gas prices dropped for a third week but remain higher than any other region of the U.S., according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $3.234 a gallon for regular today, 7.7 cents less than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.435 per gallon, which is 9.1 cents less than last week, 37 cents less than last month, and 39 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.368, which is 7.7 cents less than last week, 38 cents lower than last month, and 44 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.412, 7 cents less than last week, 35 cents lower than a month ago, and 45 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.353, 7.6 cents lower than last week, 54 cents less than last month, and 36 cents less than last year.


“Southern California prices continue to push up the overall state average because local supply issues remain more challenging than in the north,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Some Northern California cities like Sacramento, Modesto and Stockton have average prices under $2.90 a gallon – 50 cents lower than the Los Angeles area.”


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






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


    -9.1 cents  

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-12.0 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -7.7 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


   -7.0 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


  -7.6 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







 -6.8 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)

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