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The Los Angeles Times reports today that "the California average price for self-serve regular gasoline has risen 30.8 cents a gallon in the last three weeks, according to a weekly survey by the Energy Information Administration."

No kidding.

There are some days when LAist can't believe our eyes when we look at gas prices. We saw our local Shell station self-serve price ascend from $2.33 per gallon to $2.50 per gallon after just one day. We're dreading the day when gas reaches $3 per gallon.

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We can no longer afford to drive around the city in search of cheap gas so we've added a link to to the right-hand column of the LAist website. This handy chart from lists local real-time gas price information compiled by volunteer price spotters. The information is not definitive, but we find it helpful.

If we had more discretionary income, we'd buy a vehicle listed as the most fuel-efficient by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Even the Hollywood cognoscenti have seen the light and are clamoring for the Ford Espace Hybrid SUV. The Los Angeles Daily News reports in its "Spywitness" column that the vehicle was a coveted raffle prize at this month's Ford's Getting Tied to the Cause Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Bel Air Hotel.

The only vehicle we really covet is a time-machine that would whisk us back to that day we complained that gas was a "whopping" 76 cents a gallon.

Click on the image above to view a one-month historical chart of Los Angeles gas prices.

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