SOURCE: Auto Club of Southern California

July 13, 2007 03:30 ET

Auto Club: Gas Price Changes Slow to a Crawl

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - Southern California gas prices began heading up slightly in the past few days, but they are still below last week's prices in most areas of the Southland, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.099, which is 1.5 cents cheaper than last week, 19 cents below last month, and 19 cents under last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.116, which is two-tenths of a cent below last week's price, 15 cents less than last month, and 19 cents cheaper than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.312, down 2.7 cents from last week, 15.5 cents under last month, and 12 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $3.087, three-tenths of a cent higher than last week, 17 cents under than last month, and 23 cents cheaper than last year.

"After nine weeks of decreases, many areas of Southern California are now experiencing a slight uptick in gas prices," said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. "That is perhaps not surprising considering that that 14 other states now have higher gas price averages than California's, due to refinery problems in the Midwest. Typically, California has the most expensive or second most-expensive gasoline in the country."

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., July 13:

Area                            Regular     One-week        Record Price
                                             change

Los Angeles - Long Beach        $ 3.099   - 1.5 cents   $ 3.487  (5/9/2007)

Orange County                   $ 3.058    - 0.1 cent   $ 3.479  (5/8/2007)

San Diego                       $ 3.116    - 0.2 cent   $ 3.503  (5/8/2007)

Santa Barbara - Santa Maria -
 Lompoc                         $ 3.312    - 2.7 cent   $ 3.614 (5/15/2007)

Riverside - San  Bernardino     $ 3.087    + 0.3 cent   $ 3.486  (5/8/2007)

Bakersfield                     $ 3.153    + 0.7 cent   $ 3.489  (5/7/2007)

Las Vegas, NV                   $ 3.004   - 3.4 cents   $ 3.209 (5/29/2007)

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Marie Montgomery
    Carol Thorp
    (714) 885-2333