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Gas Prices Reverse Course, Inch Up In SoCal

Fuel Gauge by Paul Schadler
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Reports of lower gasoline inventories due to increased demand have pushed up gas prices slightly in most of Southern California and around the country this week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $2.91 a gallon for regular unleaded, one cent more than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.92 per gallon, which is two cents more than last week, one penny below last month, and 10 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.90, which is two cents above last week, one penny less than last month, and eight cents more than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.95, which is one cent below last week, four cents lower than last month, and six cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.85, which is up a cent from last week, four cents less than last month, and seven cents more than at this time last year.

“While gas prices moved very little locally over the past week, they rose by about a penny in most areas just in the past 24 hours, indicating that this upward trend is likely to continue,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “Right now, the gas stations with the lowest prices in Southern California are generally charging between $2.50 and $2.60 a gallon. We encourage drivers to shop around for the lowest price near them by using the AAA Mobile app available free to members and non-members.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on July 27, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


 +2 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 +3 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)





San Diego


 +2 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc


 -1 cent

 $4.70 (6/21/08)


Riverside/San Bernardino


 +1 cent

 $4.68 (10/8/12)







 +1 cent

 $4.68 (10/7/12)







 No change

 $4.64 (10/9/12)

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