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Gas prices hit a record high for time period

In California, gas prices were averaging $3.535 a gallon, up 26.6 cents from last year, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

December 22, 2011|By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times

Here's something you didn't request of Santa — the highest gasoline prices in history for the final two weeks of the year.

If this sounds familiar, there's a reason. In 2010, California broke its 2007 record for an average price for a gallon of regular gasoline on Christmas Day by 3.2 cents, at $3.297.

This year, it's a record by a mile. In California, prices were averaging $3.535 a gallon, up 26.6 cents from last year, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

Nationally, prices were averaging $3.206 a gallon, up 22.3 cents from last year.

To drivers such as Mitchell "CoolHand" Meyer, 41, of San Pedro, filling up feels like "being in a train wreck. My quality of life has taken a real hit because of it."

Meyer, a computer repairman who drives a 2000 Ford Ranger, is still struggling from the recession that reduced his repair jobs from six a week to just six a month.

ron.white@latimes.com

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