Drivers are resorting to cheaper gas at off-brand stations and considering mass transit as an alternative with prices as high as five dollars per gallon in Downtown LA.
If you drive around Los Angeles, you’ll find gas prices all over the map. From the high $3 range to - yes, it’s true - more than $5 in some spots.
And no one is happy about it.
"Very upset," Israel Valenzuela said after buying gas for more than $5 a gallon at a Mobil station in Hacienda Heights. "I’m so angry at the government."
So why did he pay so much?
"Because I was on empty," he said. "It was just on fumes, so I had to stop here."
The worst part about it was that Valenzuela could have paid a dollar less per gallon across the street, but he didn’t notice in time.
From $5 to fewer than $4 a gallon, not all of fuel in L.A. County is equal.
"I think it’s wrong," said Jim Pierson. "You can go across this county and find gas prices all across the board."
A manager at one Shell station said the dramatic price differences can be explained in one word: competition.
Pierson isn’t happy about that.
"Some people are trying to get richer than others and our government isn’t doing enough to help solve this situation," he said.
After paying his $5 a gallon, Valenzuela believes he has a solution.
"Boycott all the gas stations," he said. "All of them."
As of Thursday, according to gasbuddy.com, the cheapest gas in Los Angeles is $3.88 for a gallon of regular unleaded at the Valero station on East Manchester Avenue and San Pedro Street.
The most expensive gas can be found at that Mobil station on Hacienda Boulevard and Gale Avenue in Hacienda Heights. A gallon of regular there will cost you $5.21.