With gasoline prices reaching record highs across California, Governor Jerry Brown moved Sunday to alleviate some of the pain. He directed the California Air Resources Board to take emergency steps to increase the supply of fuel and allow refineries to immediately switch to a winter blend of gasoline. “Gas prices in California have risen to their highest levels ever, with unacceptable cost impacts on consumers and small businesses,’’ Brown, a Democrat, said. The cost of gas jumped 20 cents per gallon on Thursday night. Prices have continued to climb since then, although more slowly, reaching a statewide average of $4.66 on Sunday.
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