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SoCal Prices Drop Down Slowly

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With the national average price for gasoline poised to drop below $2 a gallon soon, Southland gas prices are now dropping slowly after a brief pause at the beginning of the month, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.666 a gallon for regular today, 2.8 cents less than last Thursday.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.766 per gallon, which is 2.9 cents lower than last week, 19 cents less than last month, and 22 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.732, which is 2 cents less than last week, 16 cents lower than last month, and 22 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.735, 2.7 cents less than last week, 20 cents lower than a month ago, and 28 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.701, 2.2 cents lower than last week, 16 cents less than last month, and 25 cents less than last year.


“Hawaii and California are now the only two states in the U.S. with average prices above $2.50 a gallon,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Currently, 24 states in the Union have gas price averages under $2.00 a gallon. Provided no incidents occur, California probably has about a two-month window for further price drops before gas prices start rising during refinery maintenance season, so it’s possible but not guaranteed that local drivers could see individual gas station prices below $2 before then.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, averages are: 






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


    -2.9 cents  

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


 -2.6 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


   -2.0 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



   -2.7 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


  -2.2 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







  -2.2 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







-3.3 cents

$4.648 (10/9/12)

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