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$5 In Five Years: California gas prices high
Southern California gasoline hits $4.18 a gallon, as local drivers pay record $1.43 more than U.S. average
Southern California gasoline prices rose again in the past week, creating a record gap between local and national pump prices.
In the week ended Oct. 7, the average price for all grades and all formulations of gasoline regionwide jumped 11 cents to $4.18 a gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. A year ago, local gas was 37 cents cheaper.
Local drivers have suffered as local production problems came while refiners begin switching from cleaner-burning summer formulations to cheaper winter blends. Prices in the region that includes Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties plus parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties are up 70 cents a gallon in the past six weeks.