SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County ended 2010 at the highest amount for a Dec. 31, increasing one-tenth of a cent Friday to $3.333.
Eight increases in nine days boosted the average price to its highest amount since Oct. 16, 2008, and 3.2 cents more than a week ago, 18.7 cents more than a month ago and 36.3 cents more than this time last year, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
Prices are traditionally lower in the winter than the spring or summer because of less demand. The San Diego County record price of $4.63 was set on June 19, 2008.
"Higher crude oil prices continue to drive fuel prices to new heights after a year that saw remarkably stable averages between $2.90 and $3.10 for most of 2010," said Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
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.
The price of a barrel of benchmark crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange reached its highest point since Oct. 3, 2008 on Dec. 23, then began dropping, including declining $1.28 to $89.84 Thursday.
Analysts say the higher oil prices are the result of anticipated increased demand because of an improved economy, demonstrated by five consecutive months of increased consumer spending.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.