Four-Dollar Gas Looms for Half Moon Bay Drivers

The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Half Moon Bay rising.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Half Moon Bay is inching closer to $4, a price much of the rest of California is already paying.

The average price of regular gasoline in California jumped 22.8-cents in the past week to a statewide average of $3.904, according to the state Energy Almanac.

The Wall Street Journal reported the average price at the pump in the San Francisco area was $3.93 earlier this week, up 21 cents from late January. The price of a gallon of gas has already topped $4 in Southern California, averaging $4.03 on Tuesday, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

The spike in gas prices was traced back to the usual suspects: refinery problems, high crude prices and the costs of converting production lines to California's summer gas blend, the Mercury News reported.

In Half Moon Bay, the cheapest gas is at More for Less for $3.95 and Chevron at $3.99 on Friday morning. Alliance Gas on the corner of Highways 1 and 92 is $3.99 a gallon. Easy Liquor & Food in El Granada is also the cheapest at $3.99. Shell is up to $4.09 Friday morning as is the Chevron in Moss Beach, which is slightly above the state average, according to Gasbuddy.com.

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