Gas Prices Around OC Climb Above $4

The cheapest gas in Laguna Beach is $4.09 a gallon, while Los Alamitos is clutching on to $3.84 a gallon.

Prices at gas pumps around Orange County are steep today, as the average cost of gasoline shot above the $4 mark smack in the middle of a holiday weekend.

Motorists around OC are having to pay the highest prices since June 3. The average price is 17.8 cents more than one week ago, 30.2 cents higher than a month ago and 50.8 cents greater than a year ago, according to AAA.

The price of gasoline has increased on 28 of the past 30 days, including 5 cents on Friday, the largest daily price increase since Feb. 25. Analysts have cited increasing oil prices and the closure of some California refineries for maintenance as reasons for the rising prices.

If you don't want the spike in gas prices to keep you home this weekend, be sure to take a look at Patch's new page that tracks the cheapest gas in town for you. (http://newportbeach.patch.com/traffic)

Cheapest Gas Around OC:

Los Alamitos: $3.84 a gallon at Emile's Mobil, 6011 Ball Rd (Cypress)

Fountain Valley: $3.86 a gallon at Sunshine Mobil, 17025 Brookhurst St.

Laguna Niguel: $3.92 a gallon at Laguna Niguel Mobil, 30061 Alicia Parkway

Lake Forest: $3.92 a gallon at Mobil On The Run, 22381 El Toro Rd.

Seal Beach: $3.92 a gallon at Seal Beach Mobil, 12240 Seal Beach Blvd.

Mission Viejo: $3.94 a gallon at Gregg's Mobil, 23002 Alicia Parkway

Aliso Viejo: $3.96 a gallon at Circle K, 26871 Aliso Creek Rd.

San Clemente: $3.98 a gallon at M M Jadali, 600 E. Avenida Pico 

Newport Beach: $4.00 a gallon at World Oil, 3401 Newport Blvd.

Corona del Mar: $4.02 a gallon at Harbor View Car Care, 2500 San Joaquin Hills Road

Rancho Santa Margarita:$4.03 a gallon at Shell, 30114 Santa Margarita Parkway

San Juan Capistrano: $4.06 a gallon at Avery Mobil 28692, Camino Capistrano

Laguna Beach: $4.09 a gallon at Laguna Mobil Mart, 104 N. Coast Hwy

-City News Service contributed to this report.

M February 19, 2012 at 02:18 PM
What a coincidence te rising gas prices started a holiday weekend.....oh brother give me a break about analysts, closing oil refineries. Give it a rest and tell it like it really is. Why not write a d article on the huge profits Exxon made last?
jeff s February 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Agreed! What a bunch of BS!!!
Earl Richards February 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Google the "Global Oil Scam" by Phil Davis. Purchase electric cars and solar panels.


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