San Diego Business Journal

Southern California gas prices continued downward for the 13th consecutive week, but at a continued slower pace, indicating that the decreases may soon end, said the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The average price for regular self-serve gasoline in the San Diego area fell 1.5 cents to $2.284 on Dec. 30 from $2.299 a week before. The price is 18 cents below last month and 22 cents above last year.

The record price was $3.060, set Sept. 5.

"After several weeks of declines, California wholesale gasoline prices turned up sharply this week, and that could soon translate into increases at the pump," Auto Club spokesman Paul Gonzales said. "The higher prices are fueled by scheduled January refinery maintenance and the annual switch from winter to summer gas blends, which takes place in February."

The Orange County area had the lowest average price in Southern California, at $2.190. The Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc area had the highest gas price, at $2.390.

, Brad Graves