No mistake -- California gas more expensive than ever
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One woman says she "thought it was a mistake on the sign" when she pulled into a Los Angeles gas station and found gas selling for $4.65 a gallon. Nancy Garcia says she couldn't afford to fill her tank all the way.
Across California, gasoline prices have reached a new all-time high for the state.
Gas prices are up another four cents a gallon since yesterday -- giving California the most expensive gas in the country at $4.65 and a half a gallon. In some locations, motorists are paying $5 or more.
One analyst says some relief is in sight, but not for a couple of days. Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com says until then, the average price could peak as high as $4.85.
According to analysts, a series of refinery and transmission problems is to blame for the price spike. And they say the situation is compounded by a California pollution law that requires a special blend of cleaner-burning gasoline from April to October.