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Gasoline woes

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It is not pleasant to wake up and find that gasoline prices have jumped as much as 20 cents per gallon overnight.

But that is what happened to some Californians Friday as they absorbed the shock of soaring costs.

The average price of regular gas in California late last week was $4.49 per gallon, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge report. That is the steepest in the nation.

Prices rocketed 20 cents per gallon overnight in Southern California locales such as Ventura and Los Angeles-Long Beach, where motorists were paying $4.53 per gallon. In the north, a gallon of regular gas averaged almost $4.60, the Associated Press reported.

It is difficult to fathom prices that leap about 40 cents in a week, but that happened, too. Several stations were closed.

Yet some gas stations charged more than $5 per gallon — $5.69 at one business, where signs on the pump read: “We are sorry, it’s not our fault,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Another sign at a Southern California Costco read: “We do not know when we will be resupplied.”

Gas prices have risen across the nation. But California’s refinery outages and pipeline problems have complicated matters in that state. Gasoline inventories are the lowest there in more than a decade.

The rest of the nation is in better shape. As of Friday, the national average for gas was about $3.79 a gallon — high, but due to decrease.

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