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Gas Prices Drop Closer To Pre-Hurricane Levels

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Southern California gas prices dropped for a fourth straight week and average prices are now within about five cents of their levels prior to Hurricane Harvey, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $3.05 a gallon for regular unleaded, three cents lower than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.06 per gallon, which is four cents lower than last week, 14 cents below last month, and 23 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.04, which is three cents less than last week, 12 cents less than last month, and 23 cents more than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.06, which is down two cents from last week, 14 cents lower than last month, and 24 cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.01, which is four cents less than last week, 11 cents less than last month, and 24 cents more than at this time last year.

“Southern California gas stations will be allowed to sell the winter blend of fuel, which is cheaper to produce, in about three weeks,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “However, we are not expecting that switch to drive down prices this year because taxes on gasoline will also increase by 12 cents a gallon on Nov. 1.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 12, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


 -4 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 -3 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)





San Diego


 -3 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc


 -2 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)


Riverside/San Bernardino


 -4 cents

 $4.68 (10/8/12)







 -4 cents

 $4.68 (10/7/12)







 -3 cents

 $4.64 (10/9/12)


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