The average statewide price of regular unleaded gasoline fell a penny from last month to $3.61 a gallon, according to the latest monthly gas price survey released today by AAA.
In Northern California, the average price of $3.56 was unchanged from the Dec. 11 AAA survey. Sacramento came in at $3.60, which was actually up 6 cents from last month.
AAA put the national average at $3.30 a gallon, down 3 cents from the November survey.
"In the first 90 days of 2012, geopolitical tensions with Iran pressured the national price at the pump almost 65 cents higher. The beginning of 2013 does not have a similar situation that is moving the market," said Cynthia Harris, AAA spokeswoman. "In light of this, AAA continues to expect gas prices in 2013 that will average less than the annual (nationwide) record of $3.60 a gallon set last year."