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L.A. gas prices reach record high for 2nd consecutive day

Gas prices hit a new record high in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area for the second consecutive day Tuesday.

The price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline rose about 2 cents overnight to $6.49, according to the AAA website.

A week ago, Los Angeles residents were paying $5.96 per gallon. A year ago, the price was just $4.42 per gallon.

Six refineries dealing with planned and unplanned maintenance are creating a supply issue, according to experts.

Many are calling for California to suspend its gas tax until prices come down but there has been nothing to indicate that that was being considered as an option.

Governor Newsom has called for the state to begin using its cheaper, winter blend of gasoline in hopes of lowering prices.

The governor has blamed oil companies for fleecing Californians and has threatened to incorporate a windfall tax against them.

The state average for a gallon of gas stands at $6.41 per gallon. That is still about 3 cents lower than the record high set in June.

The national average is much lower at just $3.80 per gallon.

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