The statewide gas price average and more local gas price averages moved above $3 a gallon this week, marking a sixth straight week of price increases, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s retail statewide average is $3.02 a gallon for regular unleaded, which is four cents higher than last week.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.04 per gallon, which is up three cents compared to last week, 16 cents higher than a month ago, and 74 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.05, which is five cents higher than last Thursday, 22 cents more than last month, and 72 cents lower than last year.
On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.07, which is two cents higher than last week, 14 cents higher than last month, and 81 cents lower than last year. In Riverside, the average per-gallon price is $2.99, which is five cents higher than last week, 24 cents higher than last month, and 71 cents lower than last year. In San Bernardino, the $2.99 average price is six cents higher than last week, 21 cents higher than last month, and 77 cents lower than a year ago today.
“This week, Marathon announced that it will not reopen its Martinez refinery for the rest of 2020,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “While that primarily affects Northern California, it reduces supply options for Southern California as well and refineries have been buying excess supply on the spot market, pushing overall prices higher.”
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 18, averages are: