An AAA survey says the average price for a gallon of gas in California has jumped 50 cents since mid-January to $2.45 a gallon for regular unleaded gas, and $2.63 for premium. The automobile association says prices are highest in San Francisco, where a gallon of regular unleaded gas was selling for $2.53. A gallon was $2.48 in Oakland, $2.44 in San Jose, Fresno and Santa Cruz, and $2.43 in Salinas and Yuba City.
Gas prices have also hit a record high nationwide, with a gallon of regular unleaded gas selling for an average of $2. 16. The high cost of crude oil is blamed for the rise in gas prices.