Walter Mencken 2:08 p.m., Aug. 27
SD Gas Prices Soar Past 94-Year Record
San Diego gas prices are now $4.69 a gallon for regular, higher than Los Angeles's $4.66 and Orange County's $4.65, according to Charles Langley of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN). The current price is now the highest in California history. The $4.69 breaks a record, adjusted for inflation, dating back to World War One. The cause appears to be refinery disruptions and rationing by suppliers. On Monday, a power failure at Exxon Mobil's Torrance refinery shut down some production. On Thursday, UCAN predicted that gas prices could shoot up 40 cents a gallon by Monday. San Diego is now only 4 cents from making the prediction a reality.