Where Do You Fill Up In Lamorinda When Gas Prices Shoot Up?

Pump prices in the East Bay have risen 58 cents per gallon the past month. Where do you fill up?

Now that gasoline has jumped more than a half dollar a gallon, is there a station you've found in the Lamorinda area that isn't as expensive as the others?

Let us know in the comments. Your neighbors will appreciate it.

The commute page on Lamorinda Patch shows an array of prices around town. A cheap price can be difficult to find.

In California, gasoline prices have risen 57 cents per gallon the past month to an average of $4.22 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

In the East Bay, gas prices have increased 58 cents the past month to $4.15 for a gallon of unleaded regular. That price is up 16 cents in the past week.

Why have gasoline prices risen so sharply? Is it seasonal? Is it supply and demand? Is it manufactured? Here's one blogger's opinion. Give us your thoughts in the comments section.

Chris Nicholson February 23, 2013 at 04:07 PM
My Chevy Volt is powered by sunshine (PV Solar panels).
lovelafayette February 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Not in Lamorinda. Safeway @ Sunvalley. Although the lines can be long the savings are big, and include added gas discounts accumulated with your Safeway card. American Canyon Safeway has even better prices, short lines.
lisa February 23, 2013 at 06:50 PM
The Shell station right off the freeway near Target on Ygnacio Valley Rd has very good prices...Costco also (if you don't mind waiting). Just about every gas station in Lafayette is overpriced.
Larry Tessler February 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Moraga. Corner of St. Mary's Rd. and Moraga Way.
Lafayette Curmudgeon February 24, 2013 at 05:12 AM
You cannot save money by driving around look for -- or, for that matter driving directly to -- cheaper gas prices. http://xkcd.com/951/
Valerie Sloven February 24, 2013 at 07:22 AM
My husband would agree with you, and I know he is right, but I always try to fill up at Costco.I
Dennis Wanken February 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM
After April 1st, get ready to pay 1% more for taxable items in Moraga and then start waiting for your street to be repaired.
Chris Nicholson February 24, 2013 at 05:38 PM
You are stuck in the pre-iPhone era. Now it is costless (from a time and inconvenience) perspective to learn the prices of gas along your primary route. I have a car that has this functionality integrated into the Nav function. I agree with you that the premise of the article is antiquated ("discover cheap gas and go out of your way to get it.").
Informed Citizen February 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
LC, you've got a point, but maybe half right for some Lamorindans. For those that rarely ever leave tawny Lamorinda, options are slim to 'nil. Even Moraga "off-branded" gas stations no longer discount much, if at all, although they appear a few cents lower than sky-high Lafayette & Orinda. However, if you have reason to venture out much to Concord or Pleasant Hill, bundle your trips, e.g. fill up at Costco every week or two, or -- as pointed out above -- stop at Safeway's new Sun Valley pumps. These locations are 20-25 cents cheaper per gallon, and with Costco/Amex card or Safeway shopping discounts, savings can approach 50 cents per gallon against branded gas prices on key Lamorinda corners. (Other stations around Costco compete with them, and you'll only pay a few cents more at Monument's Arco or World Gas.) So, yes, drive up to Sun Valley just to fill up? What's your time worth. You'll spend $4 in gas RT, or more, but bundle it with other necessary shopping (Home Depot? Sam's Club? Costco?) and you will consistently save every month. For me, the mission is not just saving $5 - $20 every fillup (my work truck is thirsty), but also sending a message to local Lamorinda vendors that unless they compete, they won't get my business. I wish more people exercised the power of "one" more often. (Applies to many things, including voting !)
Informed Citizen February 24, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Dennis, you may be waiting for a while. Clueless Moraga voters that self-inflicted the highest town sales tax rate in California -- if not the entire USA ! -- did not even notice that the full text of Measure K only requires that HALF of the new millions in sales tax revenue to be spent on road repairs. The other half is not earmarked and will disappear into City of Moraga's general budget. Do you think it's a coincidence that Moraga's growing staff has been rumbling since "K's" passage that they are over-worked and need more staff and better working conditions? How many millions will be spent on renovations of Rheem City Offices and now the Hacienda facilities? I found it astounding that Moragan's voted themselves another tax for "road repair", while driving by a $250,000 parking facility for a skateboard pit?? Perfect example of government taking funds away from "needs", growing new projects for "wants", and then crying poor mouth when the funds for needs are no longer there. Does a City of 15,000 really need a full time "Climate Action Committee" ?? And the band plays on.
Chris Nicholson February 24, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I agree that we vote with our dollars. I like the service (they'll pump for you if you want) of the new station on the on-ramp to the 24 near the Theater in Orinda. I also love that they have a high quality car wash / detailing place. So I fill up there when I need gas and am near home (despite it costing a bit more).
LamorindaMan February 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I just buy it at the closest station to me when I'm on "E".
c5 February 25, 2013 at 02:50 PM
As of Sunday this station was 18 cents/gallon cheaper than the Shell across from Acalanes hs.
c5 February 25, 2013 at 02:52 PM
www.gasbuddy.com Chris, I didn't realize that nav systems could not only locate stations but pull pricing data as well. That's a handy function!
c5 February 25, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Lafayette shop owners are very happy that Moraga instituted the tax.
c5 February 25, 2013 at 02:56 PM
What is amazing to me is the variability of gas prices here. The price difference between the Shell near Acalanes vs the Shell on Ygnacio is 18 cents/gallon right now. I understand how Costco and Safeway stations can be lower as their parent companies have various agendas for gas pricing, but Shell to Shell only 2 miles apart makes no sense. Location counts I guess, but I'll keep using gasbuddy.com to find the best alternatives.
Chris Nicholson February 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
@C5: BMW has had since 2009 as an option, now standard in many "premium trim level" cars (not just BMW) and an option. Also you might want to ditch gasbuddy for Waze, which is primarily a free Nav app, but includes realtime traffic and fuel price data submitted by users. Advantage is that it can automatically find cheap gas ON YOUR ROUTE. Gas stations can offer Waze users discounts to attract them (5-10 cents off).
LamorindaMan February 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
If it's the two station I'm thinking of they are not comparables due to size, age, and location. Tank size (how much gasoline inventory the station can accept) and/or sales volume will dictate how much the store has to pay for gas. Also, is there a taxing difference between the two cities?
c5 February 25, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Maybe higher profit margins at Acalanes? I said margins, maybe not profits if you are correct about volume differences and pricing.
LamorindaMan February 25, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Profit margins aren't really comparable across entities. Perhaps you mean markup?
c5 February 25, 2013 at 10:06 PM


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