Crude Awakening: As Gas Prices Continue To Go Up, California Drivers Are Anything But Down With It

Pain at the pump? That’s an understatement.

Drive through Southern California and it’s easy to find regular gas — priced at well over $4 a gallon.

“Sometimes you almost feel like it’s collusion,” says Brea resident David Villa.

“Price gauging — probably,” says Brad Gast, another Brea resident.

They may not be entirely wrong.

In a memo to Governor Newsom, the California Energy Commission has concluded “market manipulation” may be one factor in why the state’s gas prices are so high.

AAA says the average price for a gallon of gas in Southern California is well over a dollar more than the national average.