Stronger demand and five straight weeks of price increases pushed Los Angeles average gas prices over $3 a gallon today, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $2.98 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is six cents higher than last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.01 per gallon, which is up five cents compared to last week, 16 cents higher than a month ago, and 84 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.00, which is five cents higher than last Thursday, 20 cents more than last month, and 84 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.05, which is six cents higher than last week, 13 cents higher than last month, and 88 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $2.94, which is six cents higher than last week, 24 cents higher than last month, and 85 cents lower than last year. In San Bernardino, the $2.93 average price is five cents higher than last week, 18 cents higher than last month, and 89 cents lower than a year ago today.
“In addition to increased demand, we are hearing reports that supply could be affected by a breakdown at the Marathon Wilmington refinery on Tuesday, which pushed up wholesale prices yesterday,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 11, averages are: