Quote :Gov. Jerry Brown moved Sunday to try to stem the price spiral by ordering state regulators to allow cheaper, easier-to-produce "winter blend" gasoline to be sold in the state ahead of the normal Oct. 31 switch-over date.
The California Air Resources Board, which requires a cleaner blend in summer months to reduce air pollution, issued a statement.
"This action is necessary to address the extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstance," the statement said. It said the move was "necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety or general welfare."
Gas prices in California rose again overnight to set a record statewide average of $4.668 a gallon for regular, up more than 3 cents from Sunday's price, which was also a record, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The price is 50 cents a gallon higher than one month ago and well beyond the $3.803 price per gallon of one year ago.