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Southern California gas prices fall for a second straight week

Retail gasoline prices in Southern California fell for a second straight week, but only enough to bring them close to the highest prices drivers were paying in 2011, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $4.285 per gallon, which is 4.7 cents less than last week, 10 cents higher than last month, and 23 cents higher than last year. In Orange County, the price is $4.243 a gallon, down 6.67 cents since last week, but still 9.1 cents higher than last month and 11.5 cents high than last year.

“Prices continue to fall from the spike that occurred earlier this month, indicating that supply issues in California are being addressed or are at least not as bad as feared,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “However, the gas price drops have been smaller in recent days, so it’s uncertain how long the downward trend will continue.”

In San Diego, the price is $4.270, 4.5 cents below last week, 10 cents above last month, and 26 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $4.332, down 3.7 cents from last week, 12 cents higher than a month ago, and 24 cents above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $4.260, down 5.1 cents from last week, 10 cents higher than last month, and 24 cents more than last year.

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