Gas: It's more expensive everywhere in the U.S. But it's especially expensive in California.
The fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery in the Bay Area several weeks ago caused gas prices in the Southland to shoot above $4 a gallon on average. And there they have stayed. According to GasBuddy.com, a gallon of regular currently costs Angelenos about $4.11. That's where the average, more or less, has been for a week.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its weekly survey of gas prices nationally, and it shows that L.A. drivers shouldn't be shocked at the $4-plus pricing. The entire West Coast region (there are five regions in the U.S.) hit $4 on August 20, with California accounting for a notable 22 cents of that average. Take California out of the picture and West is paying $3.78 on average for a gallon of regular.
The West Coast region has seen by the largest year-over-year increase in the price of gas: 31 cents.
In L.A., one important mark hasn't yet been crossed: $5 a gallon. The most expensive gallon of 87 octane is still a penny shy of that threshold, at $4.99.