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Another ARCO to close for renovations

Now that my favorite ARCO gas station at Blacow and Stevenon is up and running again, ARCO is getting ready to close its station near the Lucky on Mission Boulevard just south of Stevenson. It’ll be the same deal, with the old gas station demolished and a new one with a 24-hour AM/PM convenience store in its place.

The Planning Commission approved the demolition of the existing station last week, according to Wes Bowers of the Fremont Bulletin. Unlike me, Wes actually attends Planning Commission meetings. I used to go to those things a lot back when I covered Berkeley, but found I was very irritable for days afterward, so I stopped.

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Newark’s cheapest gas

I decided to take an hourlong drive through the city today (Sept. 12, about 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) and log some of the gas prices I saw. I started in the north-end of town near Jarvis Avenue, and then worked my way to Thornton and Mowry avenues. I keyed mainly on the high-level gas (i.e. the most expensive grade) because that’s what I use in my car. Let’s face it, we in the media always play games with these numbers. When we’re trying to sell you on a story about prices dropping, we’ll key in on the low grade because it is cheapest. And when we feel “prices are through the roof” we’ll go for the high end. I always like to know what effects me.

Here’s a list of stations I passed along with the price for the high-grade gas. This list goes from highest to lowest, you know to build suspense.  Continue Reading

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Gas stats

Well, the Shell Station hasn’t raised its prices for more than a week, so I’ve got some other Fremont gas stats to share.

The city is about to approve a deal to buy most of its gas for its fleet. Fremont’s 600 vehicle fleet uses approximately 310,000 gallons of fuel per year. The city is buying 200,000 gallons right now at a price of a little more than $1.2 million.