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Price Averages Below $4 For First Time Since June

For the first time in nearly two months, gas price averages in most Southern California communities have dropped below $4 a gallon, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.932 a gallon for regular today – 4.6 cents lower than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.977 per gallon, which is 6.5 cents less than last week, 6.1 cents lower than last month, and 8 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.962, which is 5.7 cents below last week, 5.7 cents below last month, and 7 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.053, which is 5 cents below last week, 1.4 cents lower than a month ago, and 12 cents more than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.959, down 5 cents from last week, 5.2 cents lower than last month, and 9 cents more than last year.


“Today is just the ninth day since June 1 that Los Angeles area gas price averages have been below $4 a gallon,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Local wholesale prices have dropped by more than 40 cents since mid-July, so there is continued downward pressure on prices at the pump.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 8, averages are: 






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


-6.5 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-7.6 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -5.7 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


-5.0 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


-5.0 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







-1.9 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







-5.5 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)

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