How Low Can You Go?

The ARCO station near the Soco coffeehouse in Santa Rosa was charging $3.26 for a gallon of super-premium gas on Monday night, as local media outlets revved up the ol’ engines on a tried-and-true story: “Residents Reflect Cheerily on Lower Gas Prices, and Hope They Go Even Lower.”

That was the gist of one happy-pants story Debriefer read in the Marin Independent Journal this week, the newspaper of record in a hyper-progressive county.

Wait a minute. Aren’t those people supposed to be supportive of higher gas prices as a way to get us out of cars and looking for non–fossil fuel solutions? What’s with you, Marin?

Which is to say: Why can’t the rest of Marin be more like Bolinas? That’s of course the West Marin poster-child town for utopic engagement with the petro-devil. The hippie freaks of Bolinas subsidize a whole commune’s worth of low-income downtown housing with sales from BoGas, where a gallon is still over $5, despite steep declines elsewhere.

Our friends at AAA report that the national average for a gallon of premium is now $3.34, down 30 cents from a month ago. In California, a gallon of high-test dropped from $3.88 to $3.50 over that same time. If you pay cash, the Santa Rosa Arco will sell you a gallon of regular for less than $3.

Here’s a thought for Marin County officials: Take a page from Bolinas, buy up all the gas stations in the county, jack the prices sky-high, and build some affordable housing with the proceeds as you nervously chuckle at the death threats. Otherwise, stop complaining that people are
living in their cars in Mill Valley.

Sonoma County Library