LOS ANGELES — California gas prices eased fractionally Wednesday after five days of staggering increases that saw prices closing in on $5 a gallon, but a Chevron refinery closure through the rest of the year might put a crimp in plans to reduce pump pain.
During the five-day price surges, gas went up about 50 cents a gallon.
The average price of regular Wednesday was less than $4.67 a gallon, down a half-cent from Tuesday, but it's still the highest price in the nation, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said.
The highest average price in the state was $4.75 in the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles area. San Francisco's price was just over $4.73 a gallon, followed by San Diego at $4.71 and the Los Angeles area at $4.70.
State officials predicted prices would fall after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered early production of a winter fuel blend to replace costlier summer blends.