December 26, 2012 |
I told myself I had only come to look at the surf, but who was I kidding? Powerful head-high waves reeled off the rock jetty that marks the northern end of Manhattan Beach's El Porto surf break. A light but steady drizzle had fallen hours earlier; now an offshore breeze groomed the sea like corduroy. In my car, perched along the bluff, I gazed longingly at the half a dozen surfers circling in the lineup, all jockeying to latch onto a feathering wave. Wave riders in L.A. welcome winter storms, which open a narrow window of good surf created by strong swells, favorable winds and new sandbars.
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December 4, 2012 |
If there's anything Tinseltown excels at, it's turning a ho-hum event into a made-for-TV spectacle. Witness the fanfare that unfolds each time the Hollywood sign gets a fresh coat of paint. It's not written off as routine maintenance. No, it's a civic event. A media scrum gathers. Elected officials gush. Someone cracks jokes about face-lifts. (In 1995, nipped-and-tucked actress Phyllis Diller did the honors.) PHOTOS: Hollywood sign history So it was on Tuesday, when reporters were whisked to just below the nearly 90-year-old sign, one of the few landmarks in the crazy quilt of neighborhoods that is Los Angeles.
November 21, 2012 |
How bad was California's record gasoline price spike last month? So bad that even after falling by 89.9 cents a gallon from the record $4.671 set on Oct. 9, the state's average is still at a record level one day before the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California is $3.772, down an additional 6.9 cents a gallon since last week, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That's still higher than the old record for today: $3.764, set last year.
November 6, 2012 |
Gasoline prices are headed lower and might even drop below their average a year ago by early next week, analysts said. In California, the average price for regular gas Monday was $3.996 a gallon, 17.3 cents less than a week earlier, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey. It was the first time that the California average has been less than $4 a gallon since Aug. 6, when it was $3.868. Barring any new refinery or petroleum pipeline problems, drivers in most parts of the U.S. can expect prices to inch lower, experts said.
November 5, 2012 |
The workweek begins with California under an important fuel price threshold. The average for a gallon of regular has dropped below $4 a gallon. Today's average for the state is $3.979 a gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. Analysts had said on Friday that the price would likely breach the $4 mark over the weekend, and it did, reaching $3.992 a gallon on Sunday. The state's average hadn't been below $4 since Aug. 10, when it was $3.98 a gallon. Marie Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California, said that the new average was a big drop from the record high price of $4.671 a gallon set Oct. 9. But she added that a lot of drivers probably shared her main question.
November 4, 2012 |
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. - When Harry Perez looks at the red plastic canister on his back porch, he sees more than five gallons of unleaded; he sees six more hours his bedridden daughter, Catherine, can keep breathing. This is the cold calculus Hurricane Sandy has wrought for the Perez family. Every 24 hours the family's network of relatives breaks out across Long Island in search for gas. Five days since Sandy's winds toppled thousands of power lines and tidal surges flooded electrical stations, 50% of homes on the island are still without power.
November 2, 2012 |
Californians have seen some wickedly high gasoline prices this year, including a new record of $4.671 a gallon on Oct. 9, but the state's prices have never averaged more than $4 a gallon for an entire year. That is likely to change in 2012. Through the first 306 days of 2012, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in California has been $4.09, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California, using statistics compiled by the Oil Price Information Service. The new record average will break the one set last year and remain above $4, barring an almost impossible collapse in price during the last 59 days of the year.
October 30, 2012 |
California gasoline prices plummeted over the last week, helping drive down the U.S. average by more than 12 cents a gallon. But Hurricane Sandy was expected to kick retail prices higher in the Eastern U.S. - at least briefly - as refineries there shut down or reduced production as the storm approached. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California on Monday was $4.169, down 26.3 cents compared with a week earlier, according to the Energy Department's survey of fuel prices.
October 29, 2012 |
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in California dropped by the biggest amount yet for a one-week period after the recent new record, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. The state's average declined 26.3 cents, to $4.164 a gallon. That's the good news. The bad news is that California prices remain far above 2011 levels. The state's average has dropped 50.7 cents a gallon since reaching a record $4.671 a gallon on Oct. 9. But that's still 32.3 cents a gallon higher than it was on Oct. 29 last year.
October 22, 2012 |
The decline in California gasoline prices has accelerated in recent days, fuel surveys show, but hardly amounts to the relief from record fuel costs that most motorists would like to see. The state average reached $4.432 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, the Energy Department said Monday. That was a decline of 19.1 cents in one week, according to the agency's survey of service stations. The week before, the average slipped less than 4 cents a gallon after reaching a record $4.659.