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Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Shortages are forcing gas prices to soar.

If you've already filled your gas tank count yourself lucky. 

Some stations in Southern California were selling gas as high as $5.69 a gallon Friday morning as the state continued to suffer a price spike.

"We are looking at the highest California prices ever," Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service told the Los Angeles Daily News.

The article blames the shortages on a closed refinery, a contaminated fuel line, and the fact that California gas isn't exchangeable with out-of-state fuels because of our stricter environmental laws.

Local prices have been rising but are still a lot lower than the panic levels in the south. According to gasbuddy.com, the Costco in town had the best price in the area at $4.17 a gallon on Friday.

The Chevron station off Isabel and East Vineyard avenues boasted the highest price in town at $4.89 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com.

JB October 05, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Just paid $3.93 yesterday at Costco in Sacramento. Haven't checked the Livermore one-hope it's less than $4.17 by now.
libertus_rebelium October 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Ride a motorcycle, mine gets 50+ mpg and it will make you a better driver... or kill you for being a bad one.
MV October 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Just paid $4.59 at the Shell by Target and there were lines there and at Safeway! Yikes!
K October 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Libertus_rebelium I just sold my motorcycle lol and now I'm regretting it so much. Seriously he's right, it'll definitely make you a better driver. I use to pay only $9 on my cbr600rr and go much farther than the $80 I put in my truck now. Anyone want to save money, get a bike. I'm trying to get another one ASAP, shouldn't have sold mine in the first place but too late to get it back now.
K October 05, 2012 at 11:28 PM
And idk why people go to Chevron or shell. Gas at chevron on vasco is 4.75 a gallon for 87 octane. Whoever goes there is out of there mind when they could go to quickstop and get it for 4.17. They just want that chevron with techron bs but gas is gas, ill go to the cheapest place I find.
Tim October 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
It's time to march on Sacramento and DEMAND that the out of control, unelected bureaucracy that is the California Air Resources Board WAIVE these regulations for "special blended gasoline" until supply levels are restored to normal levels. This is a CA problem, NOT a national problem. Crude prices have dropped below 90 a barrel and gasoline prices (retail and wholesale) are falling nationally. We could be importing fuel from neighboring states RIGHT NOW. The state of CA is gouging us, NOT "Big Oil"
david October 06, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Let's see what Pres. Obama does to help the middle class.
Bill October 06, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Build some more refineries and drill for more oil. Tell the do gooders tough and be the most environmental friendly possible. This lowers price, creates jobs and therefor creates more tax receipts.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
If you perform "Lane Splitting", even though you are allowed to do that in California, then you are not a "better driver" but just "tempting fate". Hopefully none of us around here will be involved when you meet that fate.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Besides your Safeway Club Card, also carry a Lucky's Card, which will get you gas discounts at Shell.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
The reason why we have "special blended gasoline" is not for the environment. It is because the oil companies, in collusion with the California State Government, including the CARB folks, have figured out that if you get California to adopt a "special blend", you can rip off people who buy gasoline in Califoria and in those in surrounding states where they have to rely on gasoline manufactured in California for their supply. The reality is a little different. The rest of the country and even Canada can get away with burning the normal blend of gasoline and their air is just fine. Besides, they probably go farther on a single tank of the regular blend than California drivers do on tankfuls of "California Blend", which has a higher Octane Rating and requires that cars run at higher termperatures to burn the stuff, thereby you use more gasoline in California than in places like New York or even Wyoming for that matter, where even the higher altitude also helps with your gas mileage. Californians have been lied to long enough. And the California State Government, has been helping in this lie by "forcing" oil companies to brew this "special blend" for California so that they can make more money for themselves in this market. The rest of the continent can get by just fine on 85 Octane for Regular Unleaded--including the east coast, which has the same altitude as much of California, why shouldn't California?
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
He'll do the same things that his recent predecessors did--almost nothing. He will pay "lip service" to the issue, but won't do anything about it. The last time a president did something about high gas prices, it was Carter, who released oil from the the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in the hopes to offset high gas prices by flooding the market with petroleum. All that did was leave the cost of gasoline high, just that there was now more of it to sell at that higher price. And since 1980, nobody else has attempted to do that. Because it doesn't work. The only thing that does work is when demand goes down, when people drive less and even spend less on driving. Besides, with gasoline prices this high, everything else in this economy slows down, from the sales people hold, especially for food, or even jobs for that matter, because if your employer is worried about the cost of doing business, including the cost of fuel, they are not likely to hire anybody. And the longer high gas prices are out there, the more likely the prices of everything else we buy also rise, because these folks also need to buy fuel, too.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Telling the "do-gooders" and the NIMBYs out there "tough" is not going to be enough if these idiots out there have the money and the wherewithal to file lawsuits in court. And there's plenty of judges out there like Judge Wynne S. Carvill out there in Alameda Superior Court who are all-too-willing to side with the vendors who prefer to sell gasoline at higher prices and rule in their favor like he did when the Gas Club of Dixon sued Safeway for unfair market practices when it came to the sale of gasoline in Dixon. Remember that when the court summons you for jury duty and you wind up in Judge Carvill's court out there in Oakland. This man was all-too-willing to sacrifice the needs of Californians for the wants of a vendor who did not want to sell gasoline at the costs his competitors were selling.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Just remember this folks, you have to "hunker down" just like you had to in 2008. Besides filling up your gas tanks before the price goes up, go to the grocery store and stock up on the food you and your families eat before those prices rise. If you like a lot of frozen foods or fresh produce, buy them now, because these will be the most price-sensitive products whose prices will rise as the cost of gasoline goes up. When fuel prices go up, you should also focus on what's in your freezers, crispers, cupboards and pantries, too. Because food costs will also go up and there will be fewer sales out there because the companies that make and distribute these will also be trying to make some money themselves to offset the higher fuel prices they have to pay. What always gets me when the media talks about high gas prices is that they pay little attention to what happens when you go out to your local grocery store and find that the prices of food is commensurately higher along with the cost of fuel. Besides stocking up on fuel while it is at a lower cost, also pay the same amount of attention to the cost of the food you and your families eat and stock up there as well before those prices rise, or the sale prices/club card discount does not happen as often as it did when gas and food prices were lower.
Rich Buckley October 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
There seems to be additional activities we could invest congressional candidates with the willingness to publicly discuss: .... alternative energy sources beyond what is now on the market (generically known as zero-point energy) which are kept out of the public awareness, suppressed by mainstream news organizations, compartmentalized through controlled anti-democratic forces of our government: http://tinyurl.com/22npth4 If we start studying for ourselves, all the evidence and discussing it all publicly, eventually we will embolden our political candidates to actually enter their office with the courage to confront vested interests and awaken society en masse.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Great "pipe dream", but the reality here is that the only time our so-called "leadership" wants to hear from us, the peasants, is when they want us to vote for them and their causes when it is election time. Unless you are a big-dollar campaign contributor, who can supply the money these "leaders" need to continue on in those elected offices, no politician out there is going to want to hear from you, even if it is over high gas prices. If you have the money, "buy" yourself your own candidate. When you get right down to it, the "write your congressperson" schtick is nothing more than allowing one complaining to vent. Just another "safety valve" out there like the illusion of a "free press". If you want things to change, about the only thing the peasants like us have left is to realize that the only effective weapon we have is our vast numbers, but that as long as we peasants stay divided against each other, nothing will ever be accomplished. About the best thing you can do locally is to "vote with your money" and perhaps even "vote with your feet". Until the peasantry comes to the realization that all they need to do is inundate the system with our numbers in one united movement like a revolution, then nothing will get done. You are better off "hunkering down" for now and seeing what happens in these elections.
Rich Buckley October 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
You may be right C-1, yet I've come to believe in the power of the collective consciousness to alter our reality: i.e., the emotions we create as a group, create our experienced future time-lines. There are devices now in existence that produce "Over-1" energy efficiencies, which are suppressed from our markets by the powers that be. You and I can change that.
libertus_rebelium October 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I do not believe in lane splitting except in rare cases where traffic is at a halt and it is warmer than 90 degrees. In these cases, you damage your bike and risk heat stroke by not moving and getting air on yourself and engine., we don't have AC :)
libertus_rebelium October 06, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The 2013s are hitting so you might get a steal on a 2012. Hit up Tracy this month, there are usually some good deals on bikes as we officially leave the "riding season".
libertus_rebelium October 06, 2012 at 05:40 PM
This is the dumbest thing I have read on the internet today. If you really think drilling and ensuring more profits for oil at the expense of the environment and social well being is the way to go, there isn't much chance logic, reason or ethics will have any affect on your position.
libertus_rebelium October 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I agree with C1 on this, vote with your money.
Californicated1 October 06, 2012 at 05:52 PM
When I run the AC in my car, it also forces me to expend more fuel. One of my customers these days is a motorcycle dealership and most of the bikes I see on his sales floor are definitely liquid cooled, but I don't see any of them that have radiator fans installed so that they could keep the engine cool when the motorcycle and rider are in idle traffic, so you may have a point there. I would have thought by now that if the engine on a motorcycle was liquid-cooled, why shouldn't there be a temperature-controlled electric fan between the radiator and the rest of the engine block drawing air in through the radiator and work the same way it does in most 4-cylinder front-wheel-drive cars these days. If the vehicle is moving, it makes sense that the forward motion of the vehicle and channeling the air through the radiator works to keep the engine cool until you are idled like in traffic or at a long stop light, where when the water temperature gets too high, the relay switch controlling the fan turns on the fan and forces air through the radiator to cool the water down. Certainly a smaller version of that could have been developed for a motorcycle. I would also think that some of the touring bikes out there like a Honda Aspencade or even a Harley "Hog" out there, that have 4-cylinder engines in then already, would have this kind of cooling mechanism, where if the bike is idling and the coolant getting too hot, a fan would kick in and force air through the radiator.
Rich Buckley October 07, 2012 at 12:45 AM
l_r, but of course, indeed spend it. You will likely find no matter who wins, promises of the fabled "energy independence" will only become a viable political-environmental possibility when TPTB overthrow their corporatized puppet masters and the white hats and whistleblower enable full disclosure and awakens us to the greater realities of this universe that are once again remembered.
Rich Buckley October 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
A list of things neither party (Dem's nor Repub's) are covering: As they come to mind: --- Illegal Domestic Spying http://tinyurl.com/9kvz9uw
Speedie B October 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
We have a bike we are putting up for sale. Will be listing on Craigslist in a couple of days at a slightly higher price, but will offer to locals for $3,995.00. Let me know if you are interested and I can list on Patch's Garage Sale link: 2003 Honda CBR600F4i Motorcycle Priced @ $3,995.00. Like new - 36,061 miles. Silver and black. Comes with Geza bike cover with mirror socks and tank bag. One owner. Cash only - no delivery. 2003 Honda CBR600F4i Motorcycle Custom Features include: • Corbin leather seat • Brand new, never used K+N air filter • Trickle charger + installed port • Front and rear lift stands • Helibars • Fiamm Freeway Blaster Horn, new - never used

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