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Pump Prices Drop Prior To Holiday Weekend

Southern California gas prices have dropped in many areas just prior to the holiday weekend, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $4.05 a gallon for regular today – 1.1 cents lower than last week.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.081 per gallon, which is 1.4 cents more than last week, 13 cents higher than last month, and 27 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $4.045, which is 2 cents below last week, 12 cents above last month, and 28 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.123, down nine-tents of a cent from last week, 9 cents higher than a month ago, and 25 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.035, down 1.1 cents from last week, 10 cents higher than last month, and 29 cents less than last year.


“After a two-week increase of about 20 cents, drivers have seen prices at many stations drop back below $4 a gallon for regular unleaded in the past week,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “About 2.5 million people are expected to drive to their Memorial Day getaways this weekend, and they'll be paying about $4 less for a 15-gallon fill-up than they did prior to last year's holiday."


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 23, averages are: 






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


-1.4  cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


-2.3 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


-2.0 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


-0.9 cent

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


-1.1 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







+1.5 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







-1.9 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)

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