SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped nine-tenths of a cent today, and is now down slightly from its two-year high point set Saturday.
The average price for one gallon of unleaded self-serve in San Diego County was $3.257 today, according to figures gathered by the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. That is 5.8 cents more than a week ago, 12.6 cents more than a month ago and 34.1 cents more than this time last year.
The highest prices in more than two years were the result of rising crude oil prices, according to analysts, who cited the weaker dollar as the key reason for the oil price increases.
The price of a barrel of benchmark crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose to $90 for the first time since October 2008 Tuesday, then began falling, closing at $87.79 Friday.
Crude oil costs account for two-thirds to three-quarters of the price of a gallon of gasoline, according to Tupper Hull, vice president of strategic communications for the Western States Petroleum Association, a trade association representing oil companies in six western states.
San Diego County is making a major investment in technology to detect wildfires breaking out in the back country.
A controversial ordinance that prohibited feeding the homeless in public spaces in El Cajon expired Tuesday, after the county lifted its emergency declaration on the hepatitis A outbreak.
An alliance of California marijuana growers filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block state rules that they fear could open the way for vast farms that would drive smaller cultivators out of business or send them into the black market.
PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the person or people who left four puppies out with the trash in San Diego in recent weeks.
A dispute between two students at Lincoln High School escalated Tuesday into a stabbing that sent one of them to a hospital.
San Diego police are investigating a rapid increase in the number of cases of stolen catalytic converters from cars.
A 19-year-old man accused of groping and sexually assaulting four female students as they walked to their off-campus housing near San Diego State University must stand trial on seven charges, including false imprisonment and sexual battery, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Authorities Tuesday asked the public for help in identifying a fast-working crew of burglars who broke into a luxury-goods retailer at Fashion Valley mall and made off with more than half a million dollars' worth of merchandise.