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March 4, 1996 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While gasoline is the life force that animates L.A., selling it is not as effortless as it used to be. Squeezed by flat sales and rising costs, gas station owners in Los Angeles--considered the most cutthroat gas market in the nation--are resorting to increasingly extreme measures to stand out. "Everyone's trying to increase their piece of the pie," said Don Gunnuss, retail marketing manager for Chevron Products Co. of La Habra.
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March 4, 1996 | JILL LEOVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While gasoline is the life force that animates L.A., selling it is not as effortless as it used to be. Squeezed by flat sales and rising costs, gas station owners in Los Angeles--considered the most cutthroat gas market in the nation--are resorting to increasingly extreme measures to stand out. "Everyone's trying to increase their piece of the pie," said Don Gunnuss, retail marketing manager for Chevron Products Co. of La Habra.
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BUSINESS
March 19, 2002 | Nancy Rivera Brooks
Pump prices jumped an additional 6.5 cents in the last week, bringing the U.S. average for self-serve regular gasoline to $1.288 a gallon, the highest price in five months, the Energy Information Administration said. California motorists were paying the highest price at $1.498 a gallon, up 4.4 cents from last week but down 19.7 cents from a year ago. At this time last year, the U.S. average price was 11.6 cents higher than the current average, determined through a survey of 800 service stations.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2000 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
BP Amoco has temporarily closed 19 Arco service stations in Los Angeles County because of concerns about their underground storage tanks. Some of the stations have had all pumps closed and others only some pumps, a company spokesman said. The closures came nearly two weeks after California environmental officials revealed they are investigating whether Atlantic Richfield Co.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chevron Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth T. Derr said Tuesday that the oil company intends to reopen seven Chevron stations badly damaged in last week's violence and to help in other ways to rebuild stricken neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Los Angeles-based Atlantic Richfield Co., considered to be the hardest hit of the branded gasoline retailers, made a similar pledge on Monday.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bitter end-game between Exxon Corp. and its Southern California dealers has taken another twist. The nation's largest oil company, which plans to withdraw from the California market, has told nine service station operators that their franchises will not be renewed, and to vacate their leased facilities. Exxon delivered letters to the service station operators on Nov. 27, saying that an Exxon representative would take possession of their stations Nov. 30.
NEWS
August 25, 1985 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
Reacting to concerns from police officers and residents, the Los Angeles City Council has unanimously turned down a request to sell beer and wine in Charley Chang's Shell station in the crime-plagued Harbor Gateway community. The council's 11-0 vote Wednesday concluded a seven-month fight by homeowners, who have blamed the widespread availability of alcohol for dozens of robberies, burglaries and other crimes in their blue-collar neighborhood.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1990 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Motorists gearing up for the spring and summer driving seasons might expect gasoline prices to fall along with crude oil prices that have nose-dived since the beginning of the year. But several analysts doubt that gasoline prices will fall much as the weather warms and more drivers hit the road. Gasoline prices have proven surprisingly durable despite the plunge in the cost of a barrel of oil from more than $23 per barrel in January to $17.99 on Thursday.
NEWS
April 4, 1991 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This is a story about a nuisance that turned out to be nice. When Unocal, the oil giant, was founded in Santa Paula at the turn of the last century, drillers digging for liquid petroleum found it to be a nuisance when they'd come up with natural gas instead. Visit the oil museum, in the building in Santa Paula where Unocal was founded, and you will see they were definitely not interested in "town gas," as it was called then.
NEWS
April 11, 1986 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
While the world is awash in crude oil, Californians are facing tight supplies of gasoline that have already sparked a sharp run-up in some wholesale prices and are likely to result in higher prices at the pump. The sudden reversal of a three-month decline in state gasoline prices is described by oil company officials as a temporary problem caused by shutdowns and malfunctions at several refineries in the Los Angeles area.
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