Four straight weeks of declines at the pump have dropped regular gasoline at a few service stations in Southern California below $4 a gallon for the first time since February, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.
The average cost of a gallon of regular in California is still 6.5 cents higher than it was at this time last year, at $4.245. But that is a drop of 4.5 cents a gallon since last week and a drop of 11.6 cents since last month.
"A little more price competition appears to be happening among gas stations, which is good news for drivers," said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. "Drivers can help encourage further price reductions by shopping around for the best prices, as long as they’re not driving far out of their way. As of today, Escondido, Paramount, Huntington Beach and Bakersfield are among the cities with the lowest gas prices, according to AAA.com/TripTik."
According to another fuel price watch service, Gasbuddy.com, some of that competition was happening in Paramount, where two ARCO stations, an S.S. Fuel, and a Petro Gras Gas station -- all on Alondra Boulevard -- were selling a gallon of regular for $3.99. That was the lowest price listed so far today in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area.