Gas prices in Sonoma County near record levels

5 November 2021

With gasoline prices soaring to meet or exceed record levels in Santa Rosa and statewide Wednesday, there was angst at the pumps — and a sizable gap between the cheapest and costliest fuel in town.

“Doesn’t make sense to me, to be honest,” said Steve Johnson, a Santa Rosa area cattle rancher. “There’s no reason for it.”

Johnson, who buys gasoline at 200-gallon bulk prices for his ranch, grimaced at paying $5.05 a gallon for high-octane fuel to fill a gas can at the Arco station at Guerneville and Fulton roads.

Phil Graf of Sebastopol paid $4.66 a gallon — with a 10-cent cash discount — to top off his Chevy S-10 pickup that he admitted is a “gas hog” getting 17 to 20 mpg.

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