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Lowest prices since February attributed to European economic woes

Gasoline fell below $4 a gallon this weekend in Santa Rosa, continuing a slide that is easing motorists' pain at the pump.

The AAA Fuel Gauge Report said a gallon of regular was $3.99 on average, and it wasn't hard to find it for as much as 14 cents less in Santa Rosa and nearby cities, according to gasbuddy.com.

The last time gas was less than $4 in Santa Rosa was Feb. 19.

Five Santa Rosa stations were pumping regular for $3.85, and 16 more had prices lower than $3.99, the website said.

Three stations in Healdsburg were at $3.75.

The $3.99 price cited by AAA was down more than 13 cents from a week ago and almost 35 cents lower than a month ago. A year ago, gas was just 4 cents a gallon cheaper in Santa Rosa.

The California Energy Commission, which reports gas prices once a week based on a survey of 38 stations, had Monday's statewide price at $4.03.

Gas had cost more than $4 a gallon since late February, according to the commission.

With the beginning of summer just a day away, motorists may continue to catch a break, as crude oil prices continue to drop.

Oil fell 76 cents Monday to finish at $83.27 at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Ten days ago, oil closed at $84.10, near its lowest level since October.


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