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More SoCal Areas Drop Below $3 A Gallon Average

Gassing up by Ian Munroe
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Gas price averages in the Los Angeles and Ventura areas are finally poised to dip below $3 a gallon and in Santa Barbara County the average today went below $3 for the first time since February, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.901 a gallon for regular today, 2.3 cents less than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.009 per gallon, which is 3.7 cents less than last week, 21 cents less than last month, and 60 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.962, which is 3 cents less than last week, 30 cents lower than last month, and 64 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.989, 3.3 cents less than last week, 32 cents lower than a month ago, and 64 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.932, 3.4 cents lower than last week, 31 cents less than last month, and 62 cents less than last year.


“We’re experiencing relatively small gas price drops right now because of the still-volatile situation with Southern California supply,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Once the winter blend of gasoline begins to be sold at gas pumps on Nov. 1, we could see further price declines because winter blend is cheaper to produce.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Oct. 15, averages are: 






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


    -3.7 cents  

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 -3.3 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -3.0 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


   -3.3 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


  -3.4 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







  -2.1 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)


Bakersfield                                          $2.917      -0.4 cent    $4.648 (10/9/12)

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