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Another record high for gas in Santa Rosa; $5 plus on the coast

Gasoline prices continued to climb this weekend to another record high Sunday in Santa Rosa and to more than $5 a gallon along the coast, leaving motorists angry but resigned.

"You have no choice, you have to go to work," said Pattie Williams of Petaluma. "It means less food on the table, less for clothes, less for entertainment and cutting back on bills."

Williams filled up Sunday at the Shell station on Redwood Drive in Rohnert Park, which had regular at $4.67 a gallon.

AAA reported Sunday that the average price of regular in Santa Rosa had hit $4.641 a gallon, up 2 cents from Saturday's report and 47 cents higher than a week ago.

Before the latest spike, Santa Rosa's record price had been $4.55, set on June 19, 2008.

Gas hit $5.15 a gallon Sunday at Stewarts Point on the Sonoma County coast, where prices are usually high anyway because of additional transportation costs. It was $4.99 there Friday.

"It is high everywhere," said Chet Richardson, a clerk at the Stewarts Point Store on Highway 1. "What I do notice is that people don't fill their tanks; there are a lot of partial fills."

At Gualala, a gallon of gas was $5.05.

"The locals don't say much, but the tourists have a fit," said Chevron station clerk Sherry Barnes, who said the highest she has seen it there was $5.24 several years ago. "I tell them they are lucky: They just have to pay it once, but we have to pay it all the time."

At the Union 76 station in Bodega Bay, regular was going for $4.63.


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