Southern California gas prices moved hardly at all in most areas but are now more than a dollar lower than they were this time last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.21 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is unchanged from last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.20 per gallon, which is the same as last week, three cents lower than a month ago, and $1.06 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.19, which is also the same as last Thursday, four cents less than last month, and $1.02 lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.22, which is unchanged from last week, three cents lower than last month, and $1.01 lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $3.14, which is one cent lower than last week, four cents lower than last month, and $1.04 lower than last year. In Bakersfield, the $3.15 average price is two cents lower than last week, three cents lower than last month, and 96 cents lower than a year ago today.
“At about this time last year, an explosion that damaged the Torrance refinery caused prices to skyrocket temporarily over $4 a gallon, but today supplies are stable and gas prices are hardly moving,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Because of the pandemic this year, the average gas price for the first three quarters of this year in Southern California is about 50 cents lower than for the first three quarters of 2019.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 8, averages are: