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$4 Gas Looms for Marin Drivers

The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Marin is rising.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Marin 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 Marin County, the cheapest gas is at Mill Valley Gas & Mart ($3.79 on Friday afternoon). Most gas stations were still pricing fuel around $3.88 Friday afternoon, which is slightly below the state average, according to Gasbuddy.com.

Below are some of the best prices available in Marin for regular gasoline according to Gasbuddy.com.

  • Mill Valley Gas & Mart, 630 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley: $3.79
  • Gas & Shop, 750 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo: $3.81
  • 76, 930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo: $3.83
  • Arco, 789 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley: $3.83
  • Arco, 251 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley: $3.83
  • Marin Gas, 600 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur: $3.85
  • Grand, 570 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley: $3.85
  • Gateway Gas & Shop, 1005 Northgate Dr., San Rafael: $3.85
  • Chevron, 584 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley: $3.86
  • Circle K, 91 Francisco Blvd., E, San Rafael: $3.88
  • Valero, 440 3rd St., San Rafael: $3.88
Jack February 09, 2013 at 02:40 PM
As a former petroleum industry insider, I can assure you that the usual suspects: refinery problems, high crude prices and the costs of converting production lines to California's summer gas blend, have nothing to do with the spike in prices at the pump, The prices are precisely where they are today because this is precisely what we'll pay today.
John Ferguson February 09, 2013 at 06:37 PM
In order to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels we should have set a price floor of $4 per gallon about 12 years ago. Unable to do so, as acknowledged petrochemical addicts we should take our medicine now for our future health and the health of the world's other inhabitants. Pricing petrochemical based fuels between $4 and $7 a gallon will allow a robust alternative energy economy to flourish.
Denver February 09, 2013 at 09:40 PM
$7 a gallon? I guess for the rich, this would be a minor inconsequential blip not even an inconvenience. But for others, the poor, the struggling middle class who work at low paying jobs that are not increasing pay to match escalating costs of living, $7 would mean the difference between serving a healthy or even a decent dinner to their family, or even being able to afford dinner at all. Forget about saving money for retirement or for their kid's education. I am all for alternative fossil fuels, I ride a bike instead of driving, I used to have a veggie/biodiesel van back in the day well before you drove or could buy your 1st Prius. But $4 is bad enough, let's not push our social agendas forward at the expense of and on the backs of those who cannot afford it.
Denver February 09, 2013 at 09:49 PM
typo: *alternative(s to) fossil fuels
Craig Belfor February 10, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Let's make it $10 a gallon. Sure, it'll be passed down in the businesses that use it, but we'll all think again about wasting energy, and the tax that drives it up to that rate will go to alternative sources and transportation. Remember- the role of taxes is not just to raise revenue, but to influence spending, just as the Golden Gate Bridge toll helps out the ferry system.
Denver February 10, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Why stop there? I raise your $10 a gallon to $12 & call… Who wins and where does it end? And your alluding to the GGB tolls helping the ferry system. C'mon, the toll is one of the biggest scams on the road, getting worse this month due to firing oh sorry, "retiring" all toll booth employees due to "cutbacks" ie more profits in lieu of basic human needs, like… a job?! In the time it takes to convert California to non-petrol based fuels, according to you geniuses, "everyone" can just absorb the costs without batting an eye lash because "everyone" is wealthy like you & all your friends. Rich and self-absorbed, nice combo, but wait its Marin County's spoiled elite I'm bantering with. I know it's hard to grok, but not everyone can afford to feed their family AND fill their tanks to go to/from a shity low paying job if gas costs what you guys think is "right". Hiking gas prices doesn't fix anything, it just causes hardship for the poor & middle class & makes the petrol industry & its lobbyists & its other drones richer.
Magoo February 10, 2013 at 03:02 AM
$8 is fine with me. However, I prefer a high DMV fees on inefficent personal cars. Granted people may have little choice with driving to work, but they do have a choice to get gas-efficient cars.
John Ferguson February 10, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Denver, of course it's a terrible idea to balance our books on the spending of the middle class and poor in this country - I would never suggest anything like that. The price floor on petroleum products would just be a revaluation of a good so that we can distribute our efforts differently. Any extra money collected by realistic pricing (i.e. not just the extraction and production costs, also the costs to the environmental commons) of petrofuels would be redistributed to alternative transportation, direct subsidies of food transportation within a 500 mile radius of marketplaces, maybe even job training programs and of course road infrastructure. Living a life that requires extensive time driving is a choice. That choice will necessarily get more expensive until we level it out with modern 21st century transportation infrastructure.
John Ferguson February 10, 2013 at 05:11 AM
We have a culture of growth without regard to the consequences of that growth. That has to change. Growth without limits is cancer..
John Ferguson February 10, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Denver, think about this. If taxes and price hikes due to them were making the petrol industry, lobbyists and drones richer, why would they fight so hard against them? The thing that makes petroleum producers and petro states (like Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, etc..) rich beyond their wildest dreams is prices rising without taxation. Then they get all the extra above the extraction, refining and transportation costs. When taxes make fuels expensive, the taxing entities get most of the extra depending on how it's structured. Who would you rather have the money? It's many billions a year..

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