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Gas Prices Pause At High Point

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Most Southern California areas experienced very little change in gas prices over the last week as wholesale prices dropped, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $4.230 a gallon for regular today, 3.4 cents more than last week.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.303 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week, 26 cents higher than last month, and 36 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.276, which is six-tenths of a cent above last week, 27 cents higher than last month, and 36 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.301, up 1.9 cents from last week, 24 cents higher than a month ago, and 28 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.265, up seven-tenths of a cent from last week, 26 cents more than last month, and 34 cents more than last year.

“Gas prices remain at very high levels at least partly due to the increased cost of ethanol and extended refinery maintenance,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “It’s hard to say when significant relief will arrive because wholesale prices continue at high enough levels to keep pump prices well above $4 a gallon.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on April 24, averages are: 






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


No change

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


No change

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


  +0.6 cent

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


+1.9 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino



+0.7 cent

 $4.688 (10/8/12)



+0.1 cent

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







+4.4 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

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