San Franciso, Oct 6, 2012. An unprecedented
spike in California gasoline prices showed signs of easing on Friday,
with some supply-stricken service stations preparing to reopen and
retail rates poised to ease after topping $5 a gallon in many places.
week's abrupt price spike blindsided the state's car-loving consumers
and left some retailers in Los Angeles scrambling for supply, causing
wholesale prices to surge and driving up pump prices by an average of 36
cents a gallon.