SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The average price of gasoline reaches a new record in the department
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline hit a new high at 9 a.m. Thursday in Santa Barbara County, hitting $6.04, according to the Auto Club’s Weekend Gas Watch.
Inflation, high demand and the high cost of crude oil that are driving gas prices ever higher are exacerbated in Southern California by outages at two refineries and supply issues, a gatekeeper said. -word of the Auto Club.
“The reasons for the increase are not only the war [in Ukraine] and some refinery supply issues, but also inflation and competition for the resources needed to produce diesel fuel, which costs about 50 cents more than regular unleaded gasoline,” the spokesperson said. of the Auto Club, Doug Shupe.
“Memorial Day trips will likely increase demand for gasoline,” he added. “The Auto Club expects an 11% increase in travel volume over holiday weekends compared to last year.”
The $6.04 in the Santa Maria-Lompoc-Santa Barbara metro area is 18 cents higher than last week, 22 cents higher than last month and $1.89 higher than last year, according to statistics from Weekend Gas Watch.
It’s also only 2 cents less than the statewide average price. The national average price on Thursday was $4.59.
But the Santa Barbara County price was not the highest among the eight metropolitan areas monitored by Weekend Gas Watch.
That honor went to the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, which also set a new record at $6.10 per gallon.
The lowest average price was $5.98 in the Bakersfield and Riverside metropolitan areas.
SANTA MARIA VALLEY
Wine Trolley returned to service on Friday
After being closed in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley returns to service on Friday and will visit a handful of the region’s most popular wineries on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 16.
The cart will begin its journeys at Costa de Oro Winery, located at 1331 S. Nicholson Ave., then make stops at Amplify Wines, Old Orcutt at Broadway & Clark and Cottonwood Canyon Winery, a Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said. of Santa Maria Valley.
Passengers can hop on and off the carriage at various stops of their choice, and the entire journey takes about 60 minutes for the carriage to complete, the spokesperson said.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the trolley.
Jennifer Harrison, director of tourism for the Chamber of Commerce and Bureau of Visitors, said the cart is an example of how visitor dollars can go further in the Santa Maria Valley.
“In other California destinations, a wine cart can cost upwards of $100,” Harrison said. “Here, for less than $20, visitors can board and travel safely through the Santa Maria Valley.”
Tickets can be purchased at Costa de Oro Winery, 1331 S. Nicholson Ave.; Cottonwood Canyon Winery, 3940 Dominion Road; and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 614 S. Broadway, all in Santa Maria.
Tickets are also available at Vino and Amicis Wine Bar, 165 Broadway St., and El Viñero, 130-A N. Broadway St., both in Old Orcutt.
Free Saturday Coin Fair Offers Ratings and Prizes
People with old coins lying around can get a feel for what they’re worth, see some shining examples of valuable coins, and add to their collections at the Santa Maria Coin & Collectible Show this Saturday.
Admission is free for the show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center at 510 E. Park Ave. in Santa Maria, where local numismatists will be on hand to offer free appraisals.
But coins aren’t the only attraction at the Santa Maria Coin Club show, which will feature 24 tables also featuring currency, casino chips, sports cards, Beanie Babies and similar collectibles.
Raffles will take place throughout the day and a draw at 4 p.m. will feature a gold grand prize and eight additional prizes, a club spokesperson said. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six, and the winner does not need to be present.
For more information, contact Ed Cohen at 805-937-1250.