Last December, I reported on LA gas prices. We'd just gotten gas fpr $2.39/gal at Costco and I compared that to Anchorage prices (lowest then was $2.83) where the tax is significantly lower.
I also remarked that the Anchorage Costco prices were not even the same. (Costco told me then, that price depends on the competition near the stores.)
I caught this Chevron sign this afternoon as we were coming back from visiting relatives in the valley.
Lowest price at this station is $3.78. This is noteworthy because J filled the tank last night at the nearby Costco for $2.99. I wonder about all the folks who let stations get away with this sort of price difference. I realize that location is important. Costco isn't far from my mom's place, but there is also something called planning. Especially with an 80 cent per gallon difference! But with the way prices fluctuate, getting gas last week at Costco may not have been such a bargain now.
By the way, I checked on Anchorage Gas Prices and the lowest in Anchorage is $3.13 right now. But with such websites, people can find the lowest nearby prices easily. And if they only shopped within ten cents of the lowest local price, I guarantee that 80 cent spreads would disappear soon.
We got home fairly quickly after we got past the jam behind this accident on Ventura Freeway. (Sorry, I'm old school and still call them by their names, not by their numbers.)
By the way, the temperature for where we visited is predicted to be only 101˚F (38˚C) by 4pm today (in 30 minutes). It's supposed to be only 88˚F at my mom's by 4pm. It doesn't feel that much cooler - the humidity here (closer to the beach) is 47% but only 21% in the valley.
But this is merely speculation. Rep. Chenault and Sen. Meyer (the leaders of the two Alaska legislative houses) offer us far more principled, but hard to believe, reasons. They tell us, for example, at the end of the linked opinion piece, they are doing this "for checks and balances." These are the folks who kept the minority voice pretty much silent and prevented legislation they opposed - including medicaid expansion - from getting to the floor when it stood a chance of getting a majority of votes. Pardon my skepticism, but this seems more like a protest that there now is a governor who checks and balances the legislature.