Fuel prices are displayed at a gas station in Calabasas, Calif. (Photo : Reuters)
Gas prices in California reached record numbers this past Saturday. Now, Gov. Jerry Brown is taking measures to drive down the cost of gas in the state.
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According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state totaled $4.61, which is a 12-cent jump from the previous day. This makes the third consecutive Monday prices have been at an all-time high.
The Associated Press said Brown, in an attempt to lower fuel costs, ordered state smog regulators to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual. Winter-blend gas usually isn't sold until Oct. 31.
In some locations, the AP says residents paid upwards of $5 at the pump. A station in Long Beach had the state's highest gas price at $6.65 for a gallon of regular. The lowest price was in San Pablo, $3.49. The average for a gallon of regular was $4.69 in Los Angeles, $4.71 in San Diego and San Francisco, $4.55 in Sacramento and $4.90 in Santa Barbara, according to GasBuddy.com.
The Wall Street Journal said the price rise is attributed to "a number of factors including refinery and pipeline disruptions" that have cut the supply of gas, while the seasonal winter gas hike aggravated the problem.
Some analysts are predicting California's prices could start falling this week.
This, the WSJ says, beats the state's 2008 record by one-tenth of a cent. The current national average gas price is $3.81 for regular gas. WSJ says California usually has higher gas prices than other states, but the margin has dramatically widened.
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